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Feb052018

Established 

Early in my walk with God, I heard the same kind of teaching that many brand-new Christians receive: We’re poor sinners who will struggle with our sinful nature for the rest of our lives. We’ll make it to heaven, but just barely. This erroneous teaching left me without strength and without much hope. Believing the words to the song “Victory in Jesus”? Forget it.

The only hope I had was that one day—in the sweet by and by—I would die and be free. What a horrible way to live!

Thank God for the revelation of my righteousness as a Christian. It has completely changed my life. When somebody recommended Andrew’s teaching Grace: The Power of the Gospel, I was instantly hooked. I learned the truth about my new nature as a born-again believer, that I had received the gift of righteousness through Christ’s finished work (Rom. 5:17), and my faith and confidence grew to incredible heights. Getting ahold of this teaching didn’t just change my life—it saved it!

Isaiah prophesied that God’s free gift of righteousness would bring awesome benefits into the believer’s life:

All your sons will be taught of the Lord; And the well-being of your sons will be great. In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come
near you.

Isaiah 54:13-14, New American Standard Bible

There are big truths in this small passage! Notice that when people are taught of the Lord (i.e. the Word of God is rightly divided for them), the benefit is great well-being. How is your well-being? Is it great? Well, it can be. And it should be!

When you are taught of the Lord, He assures that you are established in righteousness. This is a focus that God has chosen. He wants you to be firmly established in your walk with Him, but in order for that to happen, you must know that you are righteous.

At the time you accepted Jesus, God made you 100 percent righteous and 100 percent holy. He made you that way so His Holy Spirit could live in you and you could have a new nature. This new nature that God has given you is as righteous as Jesus is. You are 100 percent right with God!

As for this righteousness, He gave it to you as a gift. You didn’t earn it. This righteousness isn’t based on what you’ve done; it’s completely based on what Jesus has done. Now, why would He do this? Simply because He loves you. He wants to be as close to you as He can possibly be; He wants a relationship with you. Righteousness makes this closeness yours. Isn’t that awesome?

Another benefit of being established in righteousness is that you will no longer be oppressed or fearful. Do you struggle with oppression or fear? Knowing that you have right-standing with God brings tremendous faith and freedom. After all, Jesus said you would know the truth, and it would make you free (John 8:32). The truth does make you free. This is real, folks.

In order to be firmly established in righteousness, you must be properly taught the Word of God on this subject. It also must be heard often so that it sinks deep into your heart and soul. Andrew will be teaching on this subject all week on the Gospel Truth. When you hear Andrew’s amazing teaching Grace: The Power of the Gospel, you will begin to fully experience the benefits of actually being established in righteousness!

Written by W. Kent Smith

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Reader Comments (3)

HI, I love watching your show. I am a born again Saint. You say on your Romans study that we can be sinless, but what about the verses about the flesh against the spirit. Is the flesh our old nature? What about the verse that says if we say we have no sin then we deceive ourselves. Thanks, John

February 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Carchia

Hello, @John! To answer your question, let's take a look at Eph 4:22.

Ephesians 4:22 (KJV)
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

The “old man (old nature),” spoken of here, is the habits and lusts that our old selves deposited in us and the lusts that were taught us by our old selves when they were still alive. Putting on the “new man” is not speaking of getting a new self but rather letting our born again self dominate our actions.

-- Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary

Andrew isn't speaking about never sinning for the rest of our lives, he is speaking about our spirit being sealed by the Holy Spirit and keeping our spirit man sinless!

We hope this helps, John! God bless you! -AWMI Team

March 2, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

Good afternoon Sir, I greatly appreciate your ministry to us. Truly listening to you teaching and explaining the word I realize that the can't be anything worth priority than the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. From your teaching on effortless change I belive that truly then the word is the substance of things hoped and evidence of the unseen needs and desires met. What else is there than knowing the word, living the word through the ability of the Holy Spirit

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGaonyadiwe

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