1 Corinthians 6:11 (AMP)
But you were washed clean (purified by a complete atonement for sin and made free from the guilt of sin), and you were consecrated (set apart, hallowed), and YOU WERE JUSTIFIED [PRONOUNCED RIGHTEOUS, by trusting] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God.
The word justified means you have been made right with God. The question is: Will you receive God’s free gift of righteousness? Here is why that’s so important: Being right with God equates to being accepted and approved by God. Being accepted and approved by God equates to feeling loved by God, and feeling loved by God is what allows someone to receive from God. This is the progression that will transform a person’s life when they get saved.
Question: What is a person supposed to believe in order to be saved? Answer: That God raised Jesus from the dead so they could be right with God and so they could live like the righteousness of God in Christ. (See Rom. 10:9-10.) Very rarely when someone gets saved are they told that they have received a new righteous nature that will enable and empower them to live a godly life. We talk about being saved by grace, but we never learn how it operates. Grace operates through faith righteousness!
Sweeping statement now: Unless a person believes in their heart that they are right with God, they will never believe that God loves them unconditionally. Wow, what a revelation: God loves me unconditionally because I’m the righteousness of God in Christ! Religious Christianity is telling people all the time that God loves them, but unless someone understands faith righteousness (a righteousness apart from works), they will never be able to experience God’s unconditional love. If someone never experiences God’s unconditional love, they will never get to the point of trusting God completely and experiencing His grace in their lives.
Unless I believe in my heart that I’m accepted and approved by God apart from my performance (apart from what I do or don’t to do), I’ll never be able to experience God’s unconditional love, and if I don’t experience God’s unconditional love, I’ll never fully trust God and experience His grace.
Many today believe they are saved (accepted by God) apart from their works, but they don’t really believe they are blessed (approved by God) apart from their obedience. This is one of the reasons many believers are struggling in their health, finances, and relationships. They can’t trust God in these areas because they are not sure He really loves them apart from their obedience (apart from what they do or don’t do).
The self-limiting belief when it comes to faith righteousness can be identified with a question, and that question is: Are you trying to become righteous or do you believe you are righteous because of Jesus? Religion tells us that we are righteous based on what we do or don’t do, but to embrace an attitude of works righteousness equates to rejecting the sacrifice of Jesus, which nullifies the power of God in your life. This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said, “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (See Gal. 2:21.)
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