Awake to Righteousness and Sin Not
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness or they shall be filled.”
This is a beautiful promise: If I hunger and thirst after righteousness, I shall be filled with righteousness. If I am full of righteousness, there will be no room for unrighteousness or sin in my temple, or is there? This scripture affords a strong argument against those who are defending sin as a terminal illness; there are strong voices out there who claim that we must bear sin as our lot on earth. They expect us to confess sin as the strongest power and ruling force in our lives. But we do not believe carnality (or spiritual ignorance) is a permanent malady. We do not agree with them when they say that confessing the light of Life in Christ is proclaiming ones own self-righteousness. To deny that He can control sin in our lives is to discredit the power of His indwelling presence.
Let us think for a moment; any righteousness I manifest must be accredited to the power of Yahweh within me. He and he alone can produce righteousness in his temples. But if he is able to produce some righteousness within me, and as my creator he is the first cause of my every weakness, what power prevents him from reinforcing my desire to be clean and thoroughly cleanse me, his temple?
If I confess all my righteousness is from the power of the risen Christ within (and I surely do) but yet insist that he cannot completely deliver me from the forces of sin’s inclination, whose ability and power am I finding fault with, mine or the supplier of my righteousness? The supplier, of course. If my weakness is stronger than Christ’s greatest strength, how strong is he? Did he not say, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” I John 1:9. Woe is me if the power of his redemption is so limited that he cannot cleanse me from all unrighteousness, for I must continue producing and reaping the deadly works of the flesh which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousy, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambition, dissension, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like (Gal. 5:19-20).
Paul has an added thought to his summarization of the above sins that would put a chill down my spine if I doubted the power of Christ over his temple: “…of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of Yahweh,” Galatians 5:21 (NKJ). It seems pretty clear here that if there is no deliverance from the above-mentioned sins, all hopes of anyone inheriting the Kingdom is void, and we are yet barred from the Kingdom. Please notice; he did not exclude the Christians.
One brother, in dealing with this subject, explained the indwelling power of Christ can deliver me from the big sins, which are the ones mentioned above, but he cannot deliver me from the petty sins of our every day life, which he said would not hinder us from our inheritance. Where, may I ask, do we find the terminology “petty sins” in the Bible? And what activates these so-called “petty” reactions? Are they not responses of the spirit, inner person, the same spirit that manifests itself in bolder expressions when antagonized, stimulated, or provoked? Another side of this issue we should examine is how can he deliver us from sin’s root, which are the works of the flesh, and leave all its harmful sprigs untouched? Are we to believe our so-called common sins are impossible for Yahweh to handle, but our gross sins are no problem? I say they are all a part of the carnal mind, and to be carnally minded is death.
According to Colossians 1:13, those of us who have come boldly before Yahweh’s throne of grace and have accepted the indwelling of his Spirit have been translated into the Kingdom of his dear son. “The Kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Romans 14:17. Am I to believe that the joy and peace of the Kingdom, given by the Father, is mine to experience but not the righteousness?
My righteousness, I am told, has nothing to do with reality, except in the mind of Yahweh. Does this apply to my joy and peace? Do they only exist in the mind of the Creator also? These wonderful treasures must be one package, for I say, peace and joy cannot exist outside of faith and righteousness.
How can we believe we can be filled with the Holy (sinless) Spirit of Yahweh that floods our soul with unutterable joy and peace, but yet be left to the mercy of a maverick spirit dwelling inside of us that Yahweh cannot control?
If a complete infilling of the Holy Spirit cannot produce righteousness in the temple of Yahweh, we Christians are yet most miserable and hopelessly lost in our sins. We have accepted and exhausted the highest power in the entire universe to no avail; we would still find ourselves desperately entrapped in sin. This cannot be; there is no power in heaven or on earth that is greater than the Spirit of Christ within our temples.
Another horrifying statement I keep hearing is the sad sick statement that Yahweh has locked some of his poor creatures out of his righteousness, joy, and peace because they were not of the frozen chosen or predestinated into that glory. A strong defense of this statement is found in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day,” John 6:45. “Draw” is the key word in the above statement.
If the loud music and wild life that is produced in the modern saloons draws a crowd, where abides the strength of the drawing power–in the building, the booze, or in the music? Neither. These things don’t have power to draw anything. The spirit that abides in the people who hunger and thirst after what is offered in the houses of ill fame is the drawing force. Spirit attracts like spirit. If liquor and worldly activities had within themselves a captivating drawing power, none would be safe. I and millions of other people can stand in front of any joint anywhere and feel absolutely no pull toward going in. If the drawing power were in the place, we would all feel the force tugging at us as we passed by.
“Tempted” is another word for “drawn.” “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of Yahweh: for Yahweh cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death,” James 1:13-15.
“It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of Yahweh. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, cometh unto me,” Concerning his oncoming crucifixion, our Lord said, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die,” John 12:31-33.
Yasha’s death took the “if” out of the above statement. That “all” men (the word “men” is added by the translators) will be drawn to the Lord cannot be denied without contradicting this scripture.
Another scripture that certainly seems to be misleading if some are shut out and have not received an invitation to come is found in Luke 11:9-13, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
We wonder about the scripture below, which seems to be making a very broad statement concerning the capability of Christ and his plans for the future. “Wherefore Yahweh also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Yasha every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yasha Christ is Lord, to the glory of Yahweh the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is Yahweh which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” Philippians 2:9-13.
It is precious that he allows us freedom to experience while he supervises the whole operation without robbing us of our initiative. “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will,” Ephesians 1:5-11.
Yahweh will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. It is stated that the Spirit is the agent that draws man unto Yahweh. It is self-evident that that Spirit must be inside of an individual to be effective, but how does the Spirit get inside to begin to create a hunger toward righteousness?
We cannot claim that we do not have light to inform us of the difference between right and wrong; for John said, “He (John the Baptist) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world,” John 1:8-9.
James gives us a powerful remedy; that is, “Submit yourselves therefore to Yahweh. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to Yahweh, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded (Christians),” James 4:7-8.