There are two kinds of righteousness available to men in this world – God’s righteousness and Self-righteousness (Man’s righteousness). Though very religious and zealous for God, yet because of their ignorance the children of Israel would not receive or submit to God’s righteousness. Rather, they were seeking to establish their own righteousness.
Similarly, there are many religious and zealous people in the world today who because they are ignorant of God’s righteousness are seeking and striving relentlessly to establish their own righteousness. How is God’s righteousness different from Man’s righteousness?
It is not only difficult but absolutely impossible for you to please everybody in the world. Only an arrant fool will set pleasing everybody as his goal in life, for it is an unrealistic or impractical goal.
When you set pleasing everybody as your goal in life you will eventually end up not pleasing anybody, but being torn apart in different directions, confused, exhausted, unhappy and unfulfilled in life. Moreover, when you make it your aim or goal in life to seek always to please people, you will not always please God or do what is right and acceptable in God’s sight. Why?
Every true born-again believer in Christ has been justified, washed, and sanctified, made holy or set apart from sin and the world unto God through “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb. 10:10 NKJV).
At the new birth, you were plucked out of the sinful and corrupt stock or root of Adam, washed and then spiritually engrafted into the divine and holy stock or root of Christ Jesus (Rom. 11:17). Having become one spirit with Christ, you are now holy; “because as He is, so are we in this world.” and “if the root is holy, so are the branches.” (1 John 4:17, Rom. 11:16 NKJV)…
The primary reason why many born-again believers today are still struggling to walk in holiness is because they are setting the cart before the horse – they are striving to live a holy life in order to be holy, pleasing or acceptable to God, rather than embracing first the truth that they are already justified, washed, sanctified, pleasing or acceptable to God by their faith in Christ Jesus.
It is an exercise in futility and frustration to seek to live a holy life without knowing, understanding, believing and appropriating the truth that you are no longer your old corrupt self but a new creation in Christ, that you are no longer a wretched sinner but a blessed saint in Christ…
Sanctification is both a spiritual state and process. It is an act of grace by which a person justified by faith in the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ is separated from sin and the world unto God.
Simply put, sanctification is a state of holiness, or separation unto God. By faith in Christ, the born-again believers have not only been forgiven or justified, but we have also been sanctified or made holy unto God in Christ Jesus. In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul refers to the believers as those who are sanctified in Christ…
One of the things that distinguished the early believers from the rest of the people was their steward mentality or mindset. They acknowledged God as the real owner of all the things which they possessed. They regarded themselves only as stewards, caretakers, or managers of God’s resources.
The early believers were able to have a common purse, having all things in common, because none among them claimed that any of the things he possessed was his own. What a right company to belong to!