However, as Christians, we now have something that the unbeliever does not have on himself. Not only are we born again with the Holy Spirit, who is now residing in our human spirits, but we are now also clothed with the very righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself, which will now be good enough to grant us entrance into heaven once we die and cross over.
However, there is now one more thing each Christian must get a real grip on after they have fully realized this astounding fact and revelation. Even though we are now all clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself and we have now been given a free ticket to heaven once we die and cross over, this does not mean that we can try and abuse or take advantage of this grace and righteousness that we now have upon us from the Lord. We still have to make every concerted effort on our end to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord.
This new found righteousness that we now have in Jesus Christ does not give us the liberty, the right or the excuse to be able to keep on sinning. We should all still be doing our best to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord and staying out of any unacceptable sins. And when we do find ourselves falling short or having a hard time in staying out of certain sinful activities, we now have the Holy Spirit Himself, who can now give us His divine power to be able to pull put of any heavier sins that we may have fallen into.
Bottom line - once we have become saved and born again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we should all do our best to allow God to start the sanctification process within us. And once God the Father starts this sanctification process within each one of us, we should then do our best to live this life the way that He will want us to live it, not the way the world will want us to live it.
The Bible very clearly lays out all of the ways and commandments of our Lord and exactly what He wants all of us to do and exactly what He wants all of us to stay away from in this life. We also have the Holy Spirit on the inside of us whose job is to not only guide us and teach us in this life, but to also convict us when we do start to stray and get off into any sinful activities that the Lord will not want us engaging in.
Again, no one person will ever become the 4th person of the Holy Trinity. We will never become perfectly holy like God is, but we should still make every effort on our end to try and live good and righteous life before the Lord so that we can become well pleasing to Him, and so that He will then approve of the way that we have lived our lives down here and conducted ourselves among our fellow man.
Before I get into the actual Scripture verses on how God wants all of us to have a good and righteous walk with Him, here are two good definitions on what the word righteousness means from some of the different Bible Dictionaries and Commentaries:
- Without guilt before God, acting in accord with God's laws
- Inherent or imputed guiltlessness before God
Now I will give you some very good verses from Scripture on the importance that we all try to do the best we can to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord once we have become saved and born again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
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