God is Holy and every creature that worship Him must be holy. It does not come by one night , but it is a personal pressing to the transformation into the image of God . This image is not of appearance but is a complete submission to the will of God , wherein you loss all things for the Excellency of Christ JESUS.
How long shall darkness overwhelm this real? How long shall men be subject to sin (iniquity)? How long shall the earth be control by the forces of the prince of the power of the air (the devil)?
Awake to righteousness, and sin not (1 corinthians 15: 34). Many generation have been deceive through their so called pastor, evangelist, teachers and prophets, who never look unto the perfection in Christ JESUS. Been bought by His precious blood through redemption. He is able to present us before the Father , by His own righteousness being put within our inward and outward vessels (body members).
Men have been deceived by this verse in the scripture, all our righteousness is as filthy rags,(Isaiah 64: 6). There are two kinds of righteousness found in the scripture;
1) By mans ability, mine own righteousness, which is of the law, (Philip. 3: 9).
2) By Gods grace, that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (Philip. 3: 9).
The law have help man to abstain from the outward sins which are even condemn by human nature. As it is written, knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for slayers , for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers , for liars, for perjured, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1: 9-10).
Therefore through the commandments in the law, a person can keep himself or herself from the above listed sins.
Brethren no one can judge you, when you holdfast unto the righteousness of the law. With the law you will have no trouble with men , because as you cleave to the law your conscience will bear innocence in the their sight.
But not so in Christ JESUS, as it is in the law. In Christ, we focus our attention on the inward, because all our actions (deeds) , thoughts and emotions do proceed from within our inward parts (body members). As it is written, For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit , lasciviousness ,an evil eye , blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile (make unclean) the man (Mark 7: 21-23). As we look unto our inward desires and intentions, there appear a battle field, that trouble us and brings us to an inward trouble whenever we want to do something.
Friends, only Christ JESUS can make us see the iniquities that are within us. These iniquities are the ones that make humans to have eternal condemnation, as it is written depart from me ye that work iniquity (Matthew 7: 23). As we look unto the scriptural context of the word Iniquity, we found that, it is the living character in humans which hinder us in the paths of righteousness of God in Christ JESUS, it hinder us in the way to please God, and also hinder us to wait in the patience which is in Christ JESUS.
Brethren, many Christians have been blinded by the devil, by keeping them from looking to their inwards parts, where the Sit of Christ is found, but instead the devil make them live by their flesh and walk in the flesh. He hinder them from acknowledging Christ. Because a Christian live a victorious life by acknowledgement of the Will of God, who inspires through His Holy Spirit.
Preachers, have deceived many congregations with the verse in Isaiah 64: 6. It will be very hard for them to preach the Holiness and Righteousness of God, because they didnt experience it in them.
It was iniquity that have make the righteousness to be as filthy rags, because, outwardly we found ourselves guiltless before men, but inwardly we are found guilty before the Omniscience of God. But we have the Blood of JESUS that cleanse and make us purer before God. It is only the Light of Christ, that make us see the dead bones(sinful nature) in us. When we look at Isaiah, he was called a prophet of God. He never knew that he is a man of unclean lips. But when God reveal Himself before him (Isaiah), he saw his unworthiness and his iniquities. As it is written,
woe is me! For am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar; And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this had touch thy lips; and thy iniquity is taken away and thy sin purged(Isaiah 6: 5-6). Although he was a chosen prophet, but God want him to be perfect.
Our perfectness is determined through the cleansings of our sins and iniquity. We can also see iniquity in a vacuum (empty space) as an unpleasant object living in humans and which make a man to be become defile (unclean) before the LORD. Therefore, is very abominable in the sight of God. Christians (together with preachers) become lukewarm, when Iniquity is bounding in them. They will outwardly show unto their fellow humans that they serve God, but inwardly they are fill with comprise because the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and they become unfruitful.
Christ JESUS, has made us know the signs of apostasy and those who will live in a comprising Christian life. As it is written, And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold (Matthew 24: 12). It is iniquity that make a person to become lukewarm and also make him or her live a life contrary to the Will of God. A lukewarm Christian is seen in the scripture as an individual or a congregation, who is neither cold nor hot.
You are called to live in the Righteousness of God through faith in Christ JESUS, not that which is found in the law. For in the law, man abstain from the visible (outward) sin; but in Christ JESUS, you will see yourself walking in the grace of God, and purge from both visible (inward) and invisible (inward) sins and iniquities. These you will attain through the Fear of God walking in you inwardly, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, who will teach you the Righteousness of God.
Friend, submit yourself to JESUS who is the Savior of our soul, and He it is that condemn the ungodly (who live in the flesh) and justify the righteous (who please God). Be strong, rooted and stabilize in Him.
The Peace of the Lord be with you.
By David Demba