Galatians 3:6, “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
James 2:23, “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”
Beloved please, what kind of righteousness did Abraham really receive? We are told that Abraham “believed God”; he expressed faith in God and this same God “counted it to him for righteousness”. Please, what does this mean? Did Abraham experience spiritual transformation that led him to receive the very righteousness of God? Was Abraham bestowed the very righteousness of God (in Christ)? Or was it a symbolic righteousness; a superficial righteousness; a tentative righteousness; an artificial righteousness; a “shadow” righteousness – as opposed to a “real”, divine righteousness? Please, stop and think about this for a minute. Meditate on these questions.
Did Abraham really become righteous? Was he endowed with the righteousness of God? The righteousness of Abraham... …please, is it the same righteousness faithful, salvaged sons and daughters of God have today? You, yes, you, reading this right now, the righteousness you have received by faith from God the Father, please, is it the same righteousness that Abraham received by faith? Is your righteousness in Christ any different from Abraham’s righteousness? You have received righteousness by faith. Abraham also lived by faith. Is the quality of your righteousness the same as that of Abraham? Any difference in the righteousness?
If you say there’s a difference, then please, what is it? What kind of righteousness did Abraham receive – a ‘honorary’ righteousness or a real divine righteousness? If you say it was a honorary righteousness, please, what do you mean by that? If you say it was a real divine righteousness, then please, how is his real divine righteousness different from yours?
If you are like me, then you would agree that the righteousness given to Abraham by God is the same righteousness you and I have received today. It is the same righteousness people like Enoch and Elijah received. These are people who walked so very closely with God our heavenly Father, so much so that they became ONE with God. They attained “eternal oneness” with the spirit of the Father indwelling them (“the still small voice”) and as a result were caught up, translated from the planet to the heavenlies without going through the usual or traditional passage of death. Or do you really believe the righteousness God has poured on you is better than that given to Enoch or Elijah? What have you done or achieved with yours? Please, do you understand what Enoch and Elijah achieved with theirs? Have you come any close?
The very righteousness of God in Christ has always been in existence from the very beginning. For in the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with God and the WORD was God. Christ did not come into existence when Jesus showed up. Oh no! Christ has always been – even since the dateless past. Christ simply showed up on a mortal bestowal mission as Jesus of Nazareth over 2,000 years ago…
So, Christ, as SPIRIT, has always been in existence and working or operating on Earth. The very righteousness of God has always been available to anyone who makes himself or herself ready or available to receive it, regardless of date and time; regardless of era, dispensation or epoch. To receive divine righteousness, the individual is required to walk by “FAITH”. That’s the operative word, “faith”. Oh! Hallelujah!! Glory to God!!! Yes, there are some gifts, blessings and endowments we have today that people in prior dispensations did not have or enjoy. In Ephesians 4:7-8, brother Paul wrote, "But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”" However, when it comes to “righteousness”, saints of old had it. They had it. And they walked in it or walked in its realities.
This righteousness is called “the righteousness of God in Christ” by some people today, a term popularized by the blessed and remarkable Apostle Paul. Call it “the righteousness of God in Christ” or call it “unmerited righteousness” or call it “divine righteousness” or call it whatever. It is the same righteousness, my dear. Christ bestows it on you freely, if you allow your soul to be activated – regardless of day and age, era or dispensation. The divine love is constant. There’s this constancy in the divine nature that demands the character, behavior or acts of God to be constant always – regardless of your tribe, nationality, geographic location, professed religion, etc… If you exercise faith, divinity responds! This righteousness is yours by faith!