This is possibly the most important message that all of God’s professed people need to hear and heed. Please take some time to prayerfully read, study and contemplate this vitally important message.
So many people right now who profess to be waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ, do not have on the garments of Christ’s righteousness. And what did Jesus say about those who do not have on the proper garments? … Matthew 22:13 …’And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ … Jesus confirmed that those who do not have the right wedding garment (the righteousness of Christ) will be forever lost and cast into the lake of fire.
“Oh yes, Jesus died for me on the cross!” … The message of the gospel – of Jesus dying for our sins, has become so formal and plain that there is no power in it anymore in our churches!
2 Timothy 3:5 …’Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.’
Do you not realize what God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ did for us? Their great sacrifice should break every one of our hearts and cause us to fall on our knees and proclaim, “Father, I am yours! And all I have is yours! What would you have me do?”
The Son of God, the Majesty of heaven, this King of kings, the Prince of heaven, was rejected by His very own people, whom He led from bondage. And He so humbled Himself that He even bore the shame of the cross. Jesus didn’t just die for us, He died on a cross, in between two thieves!
Oh what love! Behold the Lamb of God! This love of God and the sacrifice made needs to be our daily thought and contemplation. Then, as we “behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us.” (1 John 3:1), we will draw nearer to our blessed Saviour. And Jesus will draw near to us and heal us.
The reason why Laodicea is so wretched and sickly, is because the professed people of God have only a “surface knowledge” of the truth. But they have failed to put that knowledge into a real living and active faith in Jesus Christ. They think they are “rich” through their mere knowledge. But in reality, because their faith is not an active, true regenerating faith, they are wretched and poor, and this condition is utterly repulsive to our Holy God.
Without Jesus dwelling in our hearts, our religion is dead formalism!
“Are not the symptoms of decay and declension painfully visible in the midst of the Christian churches of today? Spiritual death has come upon the people that should be manifesting life and zeal, purity and consecration, by the most earnest devotion to the cause of truth. The facts concerning the real condition of the professed people of God, speak more loudly than their profession, and make it evident that some power has cut the cable that anchored them to the Eternal Rock, and that they are drifting away to sea, without chart or compass.” (Review and Herald, July 24, 1888)
Revelation 3:16 …’So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.’
So what must we do to remedy this condition? We must enter into a true personal relationship, by faith, with our Redeemer, so that He can turn our lives from poor and wretched, into righteousness in Him … Revelation 3:18 …’I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.’
Christ and HIS Righteousness
Daniel 9:7 …’O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee.’ Jeremiah 23:6 …’he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’
Matthew 5:6 …’Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.’
There is only one remedy for the sickness of the professed church today, and that is the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The Lord counsels us to be clothed with His garment (Rev. 3:18), so that when God sees us at the wedding banquet, He sees us through the righteousness of His Son. The question is, are you wearing the ‘white raiment’ of Jesus Christ? Are you not only ‘waiting’ for the Lord’s return, but also allowing Christ to dwell in you day by day?
Galatians 2:20 …’I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’
Our lives need to be hid in Christ. We need now to be living the faith of the Son of God. That Majesty of all heaven, who gave His life for us, can live in us, through His Holy Spirit and ‘transform us by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)
Ephesians 4:23-24 …’ And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.’
As the apostle Paul confirmed in Romans 3:10, there is none that is righteous, and in 1 Corinthians 6:9, he confirms that no unrighteous person will enter the kingdom of God. So it is imperative that we be cleansed from our unrighteousness and clothed with the righteous garments of Christ Jesus. Now it is clear from the Word of God that we can do nothing to save ourselves. This salvation, this grace of our heavenly Father is freely bestowed upon us, because His own Son took the full penalty for our sin. Again, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us!
The law points out sin, but cannot deliver us from sin, which is why the imputed righteousness of God is without our own works (Romans 4). The law declares us sinners, which in turn directs us to Jesus Christ. No works of the law in of ourselves can make us justified (Romans 4). Only by faith can we be declared righteous through Christ.
Due to our sin, we deserve death. But because of the matchless love of God, we may be accounted righteous before Him, through faith in His Son. When we repent of our sins and believe in Christ, our faith is counted as righteousness. Oh what love and great compassion our God has for us!
We are in need of a regeneration, a new birth. Without this, the sinner will remain under the condemnation of God’s changeless, holy law. As the Word of God confirms, it is only those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh that are not condemned. Are you dear reader living each day IN our Lord and Saviour? Are you dear reader walking after the Spirit and not the world?
Romans 8:1-6 …’There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.’
Righteousness is opposite to sin. Do you see that friend?
While we cannot be saved by our own works of the law, we also cannot be saved without obedience to the law giver, Jehovah. But that obedience is not of ourselves, it is Christ’s obedience working IN us, through our daily submitting to Him, causing us to do His good will and pleasure. “No repentance is genuine that does not work reformation in the heart and mind. The righteousness of Christ is not some ‘cloak’ to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sin. It does not cover continued wilful sin (Hebrews 10:26). It is a principle of life that transforms the character and controls the conduct. Holiness is wholeness for God; it is the entire surrender of heart and life to the indwelling of the principles of heaven.” (Desire of Ages, p.555-556)
Romans 6:1-2, 15-16 …’What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? … What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?’
1 Corinthians 15:34 …’Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.’
1 John 5:17 …’All unrighteousness is sin.’
Hebrews 1:9 …’Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity.’
When we completely surrender ourselves to Christ, a new power takes possession of the heart. A change is wrought that man can never do himself. It is a supernatural work (Psalm 51:10). But we must submit to this transforming power in order to be covered by Christ and His righteousness. There will be an outward evidence of the indwelling Spirit and righteousness of Jesus Christ. Those who are sanctified by the truth will be self controlled and follow in the footstep of Christ, who did no sin.
But there is something stopping the majority from being clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The love of worldly music, entertainment, television, movies and other ungodly things have clouded the minds, and is keeping us from this new birth and regeneration into the Spirit and life of Christ. The heart that is absorbed in worldly interests CANNOT be given up to God, and therefore cannot be under the full influence of Christ.
“No man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ’s righteousness while practicing known sins or neglecting known duties. God requires the ENTIRE surrender of heart, soul, mind and body before justification can take place (Matthew 22:37). And for us to be able to RETAIN justification, there must be continual surrender and obedience to Jesus Christ, in an acting living faith that works by love to purify the soul.” (Review and Herald, Nov.4, 1890)
James 2:21-22 …’Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?’
This growth in Christ and setting apart is what we call sanctification. By daily submitting to the will of God, Jesus will sanctify us and present us righteous before God in Himself … “I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:16-17)
But do not become disheartened and overcome if you fall into accidental, rash sin. For we have an Advocate with God in Jesus Christ the righteous … 1 John 2:1 …’My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.’ … Yet we will HATE the sin that caused the suffering of our precious Saviour.
When we fully submit to Jesus Christ, our hearts are united with His heart. Our will is merged with His will. Our minds become one with His mind, and all our thoughts are brought into captivity to Him (2 Corinthians 10:5), and His life is lived out in us (Galatians 2:20). This is what it means to be clothed with the garments of Christ’s righteousness. Then as God looks upon us, he no longer sees the fig leaf garment that Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves with, nor the nakedness caused by the deformity of sin, but Christ’s own robe of righteousness which is in perfect obedience to the great and holy law of Jehovah.
This message is to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour and the sacrifice He and His Father made for the sins of the whole world. This message presents justification through faith in the surety; Jesus invites people to receive His righteousness, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God.
Many have lost sight of Jesus. We need to have our eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human race. All power is given into His hands (Matthew 28:18), that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to us helpless humans. This is the message that God commands to be given to the world. It is the third angel’s message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of God’s Spirit in a large measure.
2 Corinthians 5:15,21 …’And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again … For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.’
The Real Danger of the Trinity Doctrine
The trinity doctrine has confused many a mind as to who exactly it is that comforts us and helps us. And yet the Word of God is very clear on this subject of who it is that dwells in us, renewing us into the image of God. It is Jesus Himself! Look at what Jesus said concerning the ‘comforter’ …
John 14:16-17 …’And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.’
Do you see this amazing truth friend? Did Jesus say He would send a ‘third God of the Godhead’. No! Jesus confirmed that it would be Himself, via His Spirit, as the comforter.
And this is vitally important friend, because not only does the trinity doctrine teach that Jesus is NOT the literal Son of God, and therefore diminish the matchless love of the Father, who ‘sent His only begotten Son’. The trinity also teaches there is a literal ‘third god’ whom is the one to comfort us while Jesus is in heaven. And yet who is it we need to dwell in us, to overcome sin and temptation? Who is it the Bible confirms is in us, seen throughout this page? It is Jesus Christ, NOT ‘another being’.
Think about this important point: – Who is the one divine being who has also taken on the fallen human nature? Who is the one divine being who has been tempted in all points as we are? (Hebrews 4:15). Who is the one divine being who knows what we go through and is able to truly help us overcome? (Hebrews 2:18). It is Jesus Christ, the righteous Son of God!
Please understand this vitally important fact. If we do not have Jesus Christ in us, then He will not be able to impute and impart His righteousness in us, and we will be lost. The trinity doctrine takes Jesus away from us and places ‘another god’ in us. Another ‘god’ who cannot help us overcome sin. But also understand, there is ‘another god’ who wants to control us … Satan!
Oh, but this isn’t what my church teaches! Then stop relying on your church for salvation and start relying on the only One who can save us – Jesus Christ.
Looking towards the end of time with His prophetic eye, Jesus said … “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). Jesus could see the wretched state the professed church would be in. He could see that the majority of His professed church would fall away from the truth of RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH. And He could see that the majority would end up following Babylon and look to her ‘false god’ (third person of the trinity) as their ‘comforter’.
The trinity teaching robs Christ of the job that only HE can do in us. Obedience is worked out for us and with us and in us by the very One who Himself shared our fallen nature while on earth. If Christ did not come in our sinful nature with all its hereditary weaknesses, He could not, as an indwelling Saviour, provide us with a resistance to temptation. The same is true if we believe that we replace Christ with ‘another god’ in us as our comforter. And thus, our ‘hope of glory’ fades away!
Colossians 1:26-27 …’Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.’ http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/