The devil’s greatest success is in the fact that he is able to hide himself so well that no one can find him. And how can you battle with the enemy if you don’t know his location? Even though Christ said: “You are of your father the devil” and “out of the heart come evil thoughts…” and “death spread to all men…” in other words, the bible gives a clear indication that the devil is inside the person, in the person’s heart! But people still don’t want to believe this. The only thing that they agree to is that the body is sinful; but what exactly is sinful? Is it the blood that became sinful? Or what became sinful? Isn’t the body sinful because the master of the body (i.e. the one who lives in the body) is sinful? Because sin is a spiritual phenomenon! And this is where confusion occurs. People can’t imagine that devil lives in the heart, because the person after all remains an intelligent being, who is compassionate, able to love, can be sympathetic and merciful. All of this is in the soul, it is from the good word that has always sounded and continues to sound in this world. But the fact that in the spirit a person is struck by death, and that the spirit of the person becomes one with the devil, remains a mystery. And this is the law of sin and death.
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10:3-4)
Such interesting and serious words – for us not to be ignorant of God’s righteousness and not going about to establish our own righteousness, by our own doing, effort, and strength. By doing what I “have to”, by turning God’s word into a set of rules, into what I must do, how I must act, and how I must appear. Instead, we should simply submit ourselves unto the righteousness of God! But what exactly does that mean? How can I submit myself to the righteousness of God?
Righteousness is a state, a state of the heart. In Revelations chapter 22, verse 11, it is written: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
In front of God, there are only two kinds of states -or- two kinds of people: the state of being unrighteous (a sinner) -or- the state of being righteous (a holy child of God).
If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him. (1 John 2:29)
Often times, I hear people saying that through Calvary, Jesus brought the forgiveness of sin to us. Indeed that is true. But He didn’t just bring the forgiveness of sin – He also brought the freedom from sin, from the sinful nature, from the old carnal man!
Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:18)
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous… Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John Chapter 3)
Therefore, let us not be ignorant of God’s righteousness and submit ourselves to His righteousness! To submit yourself to His righteousness, means to accept His righteousness as your own state! To fully believe that He came to free you from sin!