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7 TYPES OF DIET THE BELIEVER NEEDS PT 4 (THE WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS)

TORCHWORLD MINISTRIES

ARTICLE BY APOSTLE JOSEPH MINTAH
TEACHING TUESDAY

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Last three weeks, we started looking at the 7 major types of diets the believer needs. Let me do a brief recap here.

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RECAP
1. The only food God feeds His children with is Christ.
2. The 7 major types of diets are seven aspects of the revelation of Christ.
3. It corresponds to the 7 major foods that God gave the people of Israel in the promised land (Deut 8:8).

These 7 major diets constitute the whole counsel of God.
They are as follows:
1. WORD OF TRUTH (Eph 1:13, James 1:18)
2. WORD OF GRACE (Acts 20:32)
3. WORD OF FAITH (Rom 10:8)
4. WORD OF POWER (Heb 1:3)
5. WORD OF LIFE (Phil 2:16, 1 John 1:1)
6. WORD OF PROPHECY (2Pet 1:19)
7. WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (HEB 5:12)

All these come together as the WORD OF CHRIST (COL 3:16).

So far, we have looked at Word of truth, word of grace, word of faith, word of power, word of life and word of prophecy. Today we are looking at word of righteousness. For the full audio, send a request to info@torchbearersministries.com

Hebrews 5:13-14
“For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word (o. logos) of righteousness: for he is a babe.”
“But strong food belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

From the above scripture we see that the Word of righteousness is referred to as strong food. It says it is not for babies but for the mature.

A. WHAT IS RIGHTEOUSNESS
The word righteousness is NOT a religious word per se. It was borrowed to explain a spiritual concept. But the word is a legal or business word.

It means equilibrium. In those days they traded by weights. For two items to be of the same value, they must have equal weights on both ends of the scale. If say you put 5 kg on the left side of the pair of scales and you put 10 kg on the right side, the scales will tilt to the right. The only way to remedy the situation was to add another 5 kg to the left. When that is done, the scales will be balanced and there will be no lopsidedness. Thus, the scales will attain equilibrium or righteousness.

The Apostle Paul borrowed this word to explain the reality of the finished work of Christ. In the beginning God placed man in right standing with Him. There was equilibrium between God and man. When man sinned, man fell short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). There was a shortfall. The scales were not balanced.
It didn’t matter what man did; the scales could not be balanced. In the old testament God provided a temporary measure by which man’s sin could be covered. But the sins could not be taken away because the blood of animals were inferior in redeeming man who was is a spirit (Heb 10:4)

The only one who could provide the shortfall was Christ. Therefore, Christ became the shortfall God brought to help man attain equilibrium with God.
This is what we call the gift of righteousness.

Romans 5:17
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

B. GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS VRS WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
All that I have described above is about God’s free gift of righteousness. When we believe in Jesus we are immediately brought into alignment with God in our spirits. In a split second, we are clothed with Christ. It is a gift. Not of our works but of the finished work of Christ

That is the gift of righteousness.
The gift of righteousness is the first stage of our Christian life. It is different from the word of righteousness.
The writer of the book of Hebrews says the word of righteousness is for the mature. The word of righteousness is a set of truths, instructions and experiences God takes the believer through to align his will to His.
The gift of righteousness aligns our spirits to Him. So that as He is in heaven, so are we here on earth (1 John 4:17).

But the word of righteousness seeks alignment in the will. That is a difficult process because the will of man is very stubborn and very powerful too. That is why it took God one day to deliver the people from Egypt but it took Him 40 years to cast Egypt out of them.

That is why the word of righteousness is for the mature.The most intense battle Jesus faced was not a battle with sin. It was a battle of wills. In the garden of Eden, He nearly gave up by requesting that the cup would pass over Him. But thank God, He won the battle with the words ‘not my will, but yours be done’. That was the struggle that made His sweat as drops of blood.

When we come to the Lord as babes, we have the gift of righteousness. This is free and it is glorious. But as we grow, He will seek to put us on a path that will align our wills to His so that His glory will be seen.
When it comes to the paths of righteousness it is no longer about you. It is for His name’s sake

Psalms 23:3
“He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”

We see from the above scripture, psalm 23, that the Shepherd led the sheep to green pastures and still waters. But it got to a point where the shepherd put the sheep on the paths of righteousness FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE.

At this point it is not about the free gift of righteousness. It is about the Word of righteousness. It is not just about the initial free oil. It is about the extra oil which must be ‘bought’. This is the place of maturity where you are being trained to rely on God, to be used to bring glory to Him.
You are introduced to things like the sovereignty of God, the kingdom of God, the glory of God, the Wisdom of God, the ways of God, the Will of God, etc. These are higher themes in scripture.

They constitute the word of righteousness. This is strong meat. It is for the mature.

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