If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us [our] sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9 Darby Translation
Once again here we are talking about the grand topic of RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is grand indeed as the Lord Jesus told us to seek it first and then everything else would be added to us. This passage of scripture is a blessing. It is also a means of controversy because of the first part. Some people say you have to confess every single sin you ever commit. Some people say no when you confess that you are a sinner and receive Jesus that is all that is necessary. I am not going to get into a debate about that today because that is not our focus. I will share with you what the scripture says ensures your salvation.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 New Living Translation
The same Holy Ghost who had John write I John is the same Holy Ghost that spoke to Paul in Romans. Yet no mention of confessing of sins is in this verse in Romans 10:9. Interesting indeed. By acknowledging Jesus as Lord and that God raised Him from the dead something obviously is done in that transaction.
But I want you to focus on the truth that when you confess Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, this is an acknowledgement of what Jesus did and that you needed a Lord and you are also acknowledging the reason Jesus died and was resurrected. Jesus died for our sins. This acceptance of Jesus as resurrected Lord is a confession and as a result, He is faithful and righteous to cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness or you can say He is faithful and righteous to make you righteous just like Him. Did Jesus ever confess to being a sinner? No. But yet He took all of our sins which by that ‘act‘ placed Him with us as a sinner and God treated Him as such on the cross because He took our sins by faith just as if He had committed them all.
And he took all of our sins and lifted them in His body to the cross, for as we are dead to sin, we shall live in His righteousness, for by His scars you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Jesus took our punishment for sin which is rebellion against the will of God the Father and gave us His righteousness which is simply submission to the will of God. Sin simply means missing the mark. Righteousness is what is right from God’s viewpoint. Sickness is sin. Health IS His righteousness. Poverty is sin. Abundance is His righteousness. Why? Because that is what God and Jesus have. God and Jesus are not broke or in lack. They live in opulent abundance. Some Christians believe that it is holy or righteous to be broke. Nothing could be further from the truth. Poverty is sin. Not having enough is sin therefore it is unrighteousness. The Father sent Jesus so He could give us back everything Adam lost and more. God has and is righteous and that righteousness now BELONGS to us because of Jesus. Anything contrary to what God has or is is unrighteousness. What does The Word say about unrighteousness.
Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:13 KJV
The Word yield means to allow, to give place. If you are born again, you are dead to sin and alive to Christ and His Righteousness. Romans 6:14 says, “Sin shall not which means, it does not have dominion or rulership or authority over you.” Why? Because you are not under the law but under grace, God’s unmerited, undeserved favor given to us in and through Christ Jesus. We are free from sin.
Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Acts 13:39 NIV
Do you see it? Sickness is sin. Health is righteousness or right. Poverty and lack is sin. Abundance and being RICH IS RIGHTEOUSNESS. You don’t have to seek to be rich, rich comes with the righteousness. You don’t have to seek health, health comes with the righteousness. This is why Jesus told us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Jesus’s Blood has cleansed you and me and everyone who accepts Him from ALL unrighteousness. If you believe that then since you are cleansed the only thing left is RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! You simply have to know it and believe it and receive it and it is your and IT WILL BE MADE MANIFEST. But it’s not there just when you see it. It’s there and yours RIGHT NOW!!!! TAKE IT!!!
All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!