THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS ETERNAL: ADAM DID NOT HAVE IT.
Updated: Aug 30, 2020
I recently heard a pastor say that when the believer falls into sin, he loses the righteousness of God just like Adam sinned and lost the righteousness of God in the Garden of Eden! But this is an error and not the truth because Adam never lost the righteousness of God.
He never had it because if he had the righteousness of God, he would not have lost it because the righteousness of God through faith is everlasting!!! When one receives the righteousness of God, one cannot lose it. It's an impossibility! The righteousness of God was preached to Adam but he never believed or accepted it( the tree of life). Instead, he chose the wrong path: a path of sin (unbelief).
The righteousness of God since the beginning has been that of faith( believing in the work of Christ).All the old Testament saints who attained God's righteousness had it through faith and none of them lost this righteousness even when they fell into sins( actions). Abel became righteous through faith( Hebrews 11:4)
Noah became righteous through faith when he believed God and prepared the ark( Hebrews 11:7). After the flood we are told that he got himself into drinking and got drunk one time and became naked( Genesis 9:21) yet the drunkenness he got himself into after he had attained the righteousness of God before the flood, COULD NOT TAKE AWAY THE RIGHTEOUSNESS HE HAD ATTAINED THROUGH FAITH! So in the new testament his faith righteousness is still spoken of because he did not lose it !
Abraham, the father of faith, became righteous through faith(Genesis 15). In Genesis 16, he had sexual intercourse with his house help and got her pregnant. In Genesis 20, he lied about his wife before Abimelech. (remember he told this same lie in Egypt in Genesis 12 and became rich out of it). Yet all these bad "stuff" he did COULD NOT CHANGE HIS STATUS OR TAKE AWAY THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF FAITH HE HAD RECEIVED IN GENESIS 15 because In the new testament, his faith righteousness is still spoken of!
The righteousness of God through faith is everlasting! You can't lose it no matter your sins( actions). Your actions of sin CANNOT MAKE YOU LOSE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD!!! This is the prophecy of Daniel that Christ will bring in an everlasting righteousness!!!( Daniel 9:24)
Therefore, people who are righteous by faith CANNOT LOSE THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS WHEN THEY FALL SHORT BECAUSE BY THEIR FAITH, THEY HAVE RECEIVED AN EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH CHRIST OBTAINED FOR THEM IN HIS RESURRECTION!!!
The believer has become A SLAVE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS!( Romans 6:18). This is the dispensation of grace putting things into its proper perspective and challenging the old status quo of man made religion brought about by Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar! Job calls them "miserable comforters" (Job 16:3)
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