His Righteousness our greatest price
With Mat 6:33 as the main theme, let us explore His righteousness. Jesus is addressing people’s apparent lack of food and clothing, and showing God’s provision. Thus making the revelation of His righteousness very relevant to day to day real living, struggling to survive. The message of righteousness is thus not an intellectual, philosophical, or idealistic mind game, you need to find His righteousness in order to survive spiritually.
His Righteousness – the ultimate treasure of Kingdom
Living is living from “His righteousness” It is the beginning of our spiritual existence. There is no life outside of His Righteousness, but the life of self-righteousness, the righteousness by law. You cannot have a bit of each. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to become our righteousness. Isa 53:11; Jer 23:5-6
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, all these things shall be added unto you. Mat 6:33
SEEK – There are several themes in Jesus parables that focus on Seeking something. We are all seekers, and have a deep desire within us to be filled. The pearl of great price Mat 13:45-46; The lost coin Luke 15:8; The great treasure Mat 15:44. Mt 5:6 Every soul, consciously or unconsciously, hungers for righteousness, and every soul seeks to gratify that hunger in its own particular way, and in accordance with its own particular state of knowledge. The pathways by which righteousness is sought are many – It is the realization of His righteousness that brings us home, finding rest, translated into the Kingdom of Heaven. His Kingdom is the abiding home of the soul, which is the source and storehouse of every permanent blessing. The righteousness is within. (Mat 6:33; Luk 17:21; Rom 14:17; Eph 1:3)
FIRST – “proton” firstly (in time, place, order, or importance): — before, at the beginning, chiefly (at, at the) first (of all). This is where a whole lot of error crept in, in people’s pursuit for God. We need to seek the right key to gain entrance. We can seek many entry points getting lost in translation, remaining still on the outside looking in. This literally means when doing a treasure hunt, you will not get the next clues right, if you have not yet discovered the first clue. If we miss this first step, we get everything wrong. His righteousness is always the first step from which we begin any spiritual activity, like prayer, worship, giving, ministry, etc.
KINGDOM – His reign, His world, His way. The Kingdom is not a destination it is a way of life! Luk 17:21. Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. Mat 4:17.
HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS – Rom 3:23 – 26; 4:5 Even in the OT it is promised that one day the remnant of God’s people will call God their righteousness. “This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness”—Jeremiah 23:6. Thus righteousness is not good or right behavior, our righteousness is a person – Jesus. He became our righteousness.
What is righteousness: It is to live in the restored state like Adam and Eve did before sin. It is to live inwardly from a premise of sonship, kingship, royalty, godliness, holiness and redemption. In right standing with God, means live starts in Him, seated with Him in heavenly places. Eph 2:6.
How we find His righteousness?
– Righteousness is a gift to be received. God gave Jesus as our atonement for sin, so that we can live through Him. Rom 5:17
– All who believe share in the righteousness of Jesus Christ 1Co 1:30 See also Ro 3:21-22; 4:6,24; 9:30; 10:3-4; 2Co 5:21
– It is taught. 2Ti 3:15-16 We can be further taught in righteousness from the Word, who is our righteousness.
– We receive Him. Joh 1:12
– Our first step is a position of rest. The rest of faith. Heb 4:2, 3.
Rom 14:17; Heb 7:2; James 3:8 Peace and joy is the fruit/proof that you know you have received His righteousness.
– His righteousness is a fruit not works. Php 1:11 The Word is sown in a heart that is willing to receive and believe it, good soil. Then His righteousness will begin to grow in you like a tree.
How did Jesus attain our righteousness, how did He do it?
God justifies believers on account of the righteousness of Jesus Christ Ro 5:18-19 See also Ro 3:23-26; 1Pe 3:18; 2Pe 1:1
The blessings of His righteousness.
Mt 13:43 the righteous will shine like the sun
Jas 5:16 their prayers are effective
1Pe 3:14 Will suffer persecution
Mat 6:33 All things will be added unto you
1Jn 3:7 As His children we will naturally do righteousness it is in our new DNA (1 Corinthians 5:17) (1 John 3:9)
His righteousness works for us. Ro 6:18; 8:10; 1Pe 2:24