But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 King James Version
Righteousness. Have you ever seen one of those dolls where you can take the top off and another smaller doll is on the inside of it? Then you take the top of that one and another smaller doll is inside of it. That’s how righteousness is. Except instead of the things inside getting smaller and smaller, they keep getting bigger and bigger. And with the doll you eventually get to the last doll but with righteousness there is no end. It is EVERLASTING. That is how God the Father is. He is infinite and He is your Father so there are qualities and attributes of infinity in you. It does us well when we began studying on a subject that we continue even when it is the same subject because The Word of God is inexhaustible. To think it can be exhausted is to think that one can exhaust Jesus. As we know with Jesus, if things ‘appear’ to run out He simply creates more or multiplies what is already on hand. And guess what? So can you!!!
The word righteous means dikaios: correct, righteous by innocence. It means also to be just or justified especially just in the eyes of God. This is what it means to be righteous and it has to do with how God the Father sees you based on what Jesus has done for you. The word righteousness means dikaiosuné: righteousness, justice is a legal term and has to do with a judicial decree made by God the Father Himself which is irrevocable. Because of Jesus dying and taking our place and taking the punishment that we ourselves deserved, He in turn got what we deserved and we in turn got what He deserved. All that belongs to Jesus belongs to us as joint heirs. Now what is more powerful to think about is the only reason God the Father and Jesus did what they did and took what they took, (beatings, death-spiritual and natural, spittings, disrespect, etc..) was so that they could execute a legal way to get everything they already had into our hands and lives. THAT IS LOVE!!! Not human love but agape love-completely unconditional, undeserved, unmerited favor which is also GRACE. If you think about it, that is God the Father (LOVE) and Jesus (Who is GRACE) all smashed into One.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10 King James Version
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 King James Version
So righteousness is a means to an end for God the Father. It is the means for Him to legally restore all that Adam lost and more because through Christ Jesus we have been made the righteousness of God. Because we are now in right standing there is nothing that can stop or block our full rights and benefits from being made available to us. However the only way to know all that is yours is to spend time and study and let the Holy Ghost reveal what The Word is really saying and has already provided. Your job may offer the benefit of reimbursement of a fitness gym membership but if you do not know about that benefit you could be out of $200 unnecessarily. It could be your right to get that money back but if you don’t know about it that benefit is useless to you. I encourage and admonish you to spend time with Jesus. Jesus IS The Word. When you are spending time in the Word of Righteousness, all the benefits of righteousness will be known to you. You can then appropriate them legally. Remember, it is the Truth that you KNOW that makes you free.
All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!