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Last week we took a look at the difference between righteousness and Holiness. Today we will move on to look at godliness. But before we do that, let me bring you up to speed on what we did last week.

• The Word Righteousness as used in the New Testament is not a religious word. It was a legal word which means equal or balanced. It was used to describe the phenomenon whereby a weighing scale has attained equilibrium because equal weight has been put on both ends of the scales and as a result there is no lop sidedness. The relationship between God and man was so marred and lop sided that we could never be on the same wavelength. Mankind tried to do many things to make up the shortfall. For we had fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).

 Then God provided the shortfall in Christ. The death of Christ brought us into perfect alignment with God. This was because, just as God killed an animal in the garden of Eden and clothed Adam and Eve with the skin of the animal (Gen 3:21), God also sacrificed His Son and clothed us with His Son (Christ). See. Gal 3:27. This means that God sees the believer through His Son. That is why He calls the believer, sanctified (1 Cor 6:11), Justified (Rom 5:1), Righteous (2 Cor 5:21), Saints (Eph 1:1), accepted in the beloved (Eph 1:6), drawn near (Eph 2:13, no longer strangers (Eph 2:19). The believer is brought into right standing or alignment with God by reason of the finished work of Christ.

• Righteousness speaks of justification and sanctification respectively. Justification simply means NOT GUILTY. God looked at us and declared us Not guilty simply because somebody took our place. We exchanged places. A good example is when Barabas exchanged places with Jesus (Luke 23:13-25, Acts 3:14-15). Barabas was free to go home not because of anything he had done. In the law books it was written that he was a free man. But that didn’t change his nature, neither did it change the record that he was ever a prisoner.

• Holiness is God’s nature. It is like the ‘blood’ that runs through His veins. Apart from clothing us with Christ, God imparted into us His very nature called Holiness. This nature of God imparted into the believer has several names in scripture. It is called, the seed of God (1 John 3:9), it is called the treasure (2 Cor 4:7), it is called CHRIST Himself (Col 1:27) and it is also called Grace (1 Cor 15:10). This Holiness nature of God is in every believer.

What Jesus did on the Cross supplied us with both righteousness and Holiness (Eph 4:24). This Seed, treasure, Grace in us is what distinguishes the old testament folks from the New Testament believer. In comparing the Old Testament to the New Testament, we see that the standards of God’s Holy requirements are even higher in the New Testament than in the old. But the reason is because the New Testament believer has within him the very nature, seed or DNA of God. In the Old Testament, the righteous requirements of God were grievous to them and they couldn’t bear (Acts 15:10) because they were trying to fulfill it in their own strength. But in the New Testament, even though the standard is higher, His commandments are not grievous (1Jhn 5:3) because of what we carry (His Nature, Seed, DNA, GRACE).

By way of practical example let me say that in the Old Testament, they were required to push a car without an engine and they wore themselves out trying to. In the New Testament, we are required to move a bigger truck but this one has an engine (Holiness, Seed of God, Treasure, Christ, Grace).

• Therefore, the believer cannot be more righteous or holy. However, he or she can be more godly. Godliness simply means releasing God’s Holiness in you. It is a matter of letting your light shine so that our Father gets the glory.
• We cannot be more righteous and Holy but we can be more godly. Godliness has got to do with our relationship with men and how we must project God’s Holy character to all men.
• All that we said about the righteousness takes place in our spirits. Our spirits are truly holy and righteous just as Jesus before the Father.
• So, before God, we have no problem at all as far as our position as children is concerned.
• But we are charged, enjoined, commanded and encouraged to exhibit the nature of God. That is the part that will bring our reward. All that God worked into our spirit will not attract any reward in heaven. But how we cooperated with the Holy Spirit here on this enemy territory and did His Will is what will attract rewards.
• We can grow in godliness (1 Tim4:8).
• We can grow in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18)
• We can grow in faith (2 Thess 1:3)
• We can grow in Love (Phil 1:9)

The responsibility to live a life worthy of our nature and calling is placed squarely on the believer. Throughout the New Testament we are commanded to take the responsibility of expressing God’s Holy nature that is in us. What is in us is so strong, big and powerful that we, NOT God, are expected to do the following:
• Renew our minds (Rom 12:1)
• Present our bodies (Rom 12:1-2)
• Present our parts as instruments of righteousness (Rom 6:13)
• Purge ourselves (2 Tim 2:21)
• Flee from youthful lust (2Tim 2:22)
• Flee sexual immorality (1 Cor 6:18)
• Purify ourselves (1 John 3:3
• Be holy (1 pet 1:14-15)
• Keep ourselves (1 John 5:18)
• Abstain from all appearances of evil (1 Thess 5:22)
• Cleanse our hands, purify our hearts (James 3:8)
• Cleanse ourselves from all filth (2 Cor 7:1)

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