The Value Of
"Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter
of Thy kingdom is a right scepter. Thou lovest
righteousness and hatest wickedness: therefore God,
Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness
above Thy fellows." Psalm 45:-7
There are three kinds of righteousness. The first, the Lord
despises. It is called “self-righteousness.” The
Lord said that it is as filthy rags. Job's problem was that
he was righteous in his own eyes. In the Scriptures, the Lord
makes it clear that we do not have access to Him on the basis
of our righteousness, nor our good works, but rather, through
faith and dependency in the finished work of Jesus upon the
The second kind of righteousness is “positional.”
Through faith in Jesus, we are accepted in the beloved. The
just Father sees us, not in our sin, but rather, through the
blood of His Son who died as our substitute. We have access
to His grace by Jesus’ precious blood, and in His Name.
This is established in Romans 3:21-30.
Thirdly, there is the “outward righteousness”
in which we live righteously, as a result of our faith in
Jesus, and the submission of our lives to Him.
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous,
but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the
peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are
exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11.
Here, righteousness is not a gift, but a fruit which is the
result of our correct response to the testings and dealings
of God in our lives. This is expressed in Revelation 19:7-8,
which tells us that “the Bride has made herself ready.”
This is not salvation, but the result of her spiritual growth
after receiving the gift of salvation. It is granted to her
to be arrayed in white linen which is the righteousness (the
righteous acts) of the saints.
She is not only positionally righteous, but her actions are
righteous. This is not the filthy rags of self-righteousness,
but the result of a life unconditionally yielded and living
out of submission to the King, who reigns within her heart.
As a result, she will be entrusted with authority. Such a
one will be given power with God and with man. This was told
to Jacob when his name was changed to “Israel”
in Genesis 32:28.
One who truly has the fruit of righteousness in their life
is one who has been brought to the end of their own strength,
or their sense of personal goodness, and has their identity
in the Lord alone, and not in themselves, their own understanding,
It takes time for the Lord to bring us to from a self-centered
life of independence, to one of dependence and trust in Him
alone, and His faithfulness to get us through. Thus our Lord's
words to Peter,
"When you were young, you went your own way, but when
are old, you will yield yourself to another, who will carry
way you would not want, or choose." John 21:18 (my translation).
The Lord was showing Peter how he would glorify the Lord
in his death. Peter, who had denied the Lord three times out
of fear, was given such grace to go “this way of another,”
that he could face the threat of execution in Acts chapter
12, asleep, unafraid, and without offense. When we can go
through the unjust and difficult places in our lives without
complaining, bitterness, resentment, and fear; allowing the
Lord to order our steps, and to show forth the evidence of
Himself through our responses to life's situations, that is
This is part 1 on the value of righteousness. In the next
segments we will consider at least three potential benefits
for those who have this fruit in their lives:
(1) Potential for the Lord to work a personal deliverance
from enemy activity against us.
(2) Potential for us to become more effective in our intercession
for family, friends, and others.
(3) Potential to stand in the gap for the accomplishing of
the Lord’s purposes and interests for Himself.