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Established in Righteousness - PT 5

"The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing." (Zeph. 3:17, AMPC)

Beloved friends, your personal God is in your very midst and He is mighty to save. He rejoices, sings over you with joy!

He rests in silent satisfaction in His love, making no mention of wrongs done or even recalling them.


"He brought me to the banqueting house,
and His banner over me was love...My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies."
(Song of Solomon 2:4, 16)

"You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you." (Song of Solomon 4:7)

We are God's beloved, and His standard (banner) over us is love. What is more we are all fair and He finds no spot in us. This is righteousness.

How do we receive this righteousness, being without spot?


"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her
that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish...For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' 
This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church." (Eph. 5:25-32)

Jesus, our Husband loved us and gave Himself for us. He is the One Who sanctified and cleansed us by the washing of the Word. His robe dipped in Blood (Rev. 19:13). He is the One Who has presented us to Himself, a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle.

"For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God, night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?" (1 Th. 3:9-10)

What does it mean to perfect that which is lacking in our faith? First of all the word 'perfect' means
to complete, restore, mend, equip, put in order, strengthen. Second faith involves trust and reliance. Therefore, what are you trusting in? Who are you relying on? You? Your performance? Your sin? Your self-righteousness?

Beloved friends, we need to trust Jesus! We need to trust His love, His cross, the propitiation for our sins.


Many of us need to have our faith restored, mended, equipped, put in order and strengthened in the Gospel of Christ that reveals the righteousness of God, from faith to faith, for the just shall live by his faith (Rom. 1:16-17).

"Thus saith the Lord; 'Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.'" (Jer. 17:5-8, KJV)

God through the words of Jeremiah compares the cursed man with the blessed man. In comparison, the cursed man is trusting in the flesh, man (himself and/or others) while the blessed man is trusting in the Lord, whose hope the Lord is.

Both men have a blind spot.


The cursed man does not see the good when it comes. You see, the good is coming to both men, but the cursed man does not see it. Why? He is trusting in the flesh for his strength. Meanwhile, the blessed man does not see the heat when it comes. The heat, drought, famine is happening to both men, but the blessed man does not see it. Why? Because His trust and hope is in the Lord. He is not focused on the calamity that cometh, his focus is on the Lord. Therefore, His leaves are always green and he does not have to be careful in the year of drought.

So then, who are you trusting in? The Lord your God, in the midst of you is love.


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For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." (2 Cor. 11:2)

You see, when we become established in the fullness of His love, we will understand that God has espoused us to One Husband. God wants a relationship with us not religion. He could not have a relationship with us because of sin. Therefore, God in His love, sent His Son to become our sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. This is what the Gospel of Christ reveals. This is what true love is: God sending His Son to become the propitiation for our sins so that we could be in right relationship with God (righteousness).

Therefore God is jealous over us with a godly jealously.


In Galatians 4:21-31 Paul makes a comparison between Sarah and Hagar. Paul states that these two mothers represent two covenants (Gal. 4:24). Hagar represents a bondwoman, the Law, religion. Whereas Sarah represents the freewoman, the Promise, Christ. Moreover, we are not born of the flesh through Hagar, religious bondage. No, we are born of the Spirit (the ministry of righteousness) through Sarah, the free woman. We are children of Promise, according to the Spirit. 

In Romans 7:1-13 Paul explains how it is spiritual adultery to be intimate to the Law instead of being espoused to our Husband, Christ.

"For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." (2 Cor. 11:2)

The ministry of the Spirit, the ministry of righteousness (2 Cor. 3:7-9) and the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18) are revealed by the Gospel Christ (Rom. 1:16-17) to present us as a chaste virgin to Christ. The Truth that is in Christ that we are to so learn is that we put off the old man and in the spirit of our minds put on the New Man Who is created according to God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:20-24). It is the love of Christ, our propitiation (1 Jn. 4:10) that compels us to come this conclusion (2 Cor. 5:14-21) that Christ, our Husband Whom we are espoused to has loved us, given Himself for us, sanctified us, cleansed us and presented us to Himself as a glorious Church (Eoh. 5:25-32).

"Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mk. 10:9)

"So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mt. 19:6)

"For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church." (Eph. 5:30-32)

"But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2 Cor. 11:3)

Paul's fear for the church is that the enemy would deceive and beguile us the same way he beguiled Eve. In other words,

Satan wants to beguile the bride of the Last Adam (Christ) the same way he beguiled the bride of the first Adam.


How did Satan beguile Eve? He caused her to doubt and question what God had said:

"Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, 'Has God indeed said, "You shall not eat of every tree of the garden"?'” (Gen. 3:1)

Satan beguiles us by causing us to question what God has said to us.


The Gospel of Christ reveals the righteousness of God (Rom. 1:16-17).

"But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, 'Do not say in your heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?" ' (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, ' "Who will descend into the abyss?" ' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? 'The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart' (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be savedFor with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom. 10:6-10)

The righteousness of faith tells us that if we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that God raised Christ from the dead, we will be saved. The Word of God says that we are righteousness of God in Him. All Scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

"God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high," (Heb. 1:1-3)

Jesus is the Word of God that will not return void (Is. 55:10-11), is upholding everything by the Word of His power when He has by Himself purged our sins. Paul beseeches us in the Name of Jesus to preach that same Message (1 Cor. 10, 17-18). This Good News that proclaims His peace, that proclaims His salvation and that declares to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Is. 52:7)

"But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2 Cor. 11:3)

Her in 2 Corinthians 11, Paul expresses his fear that Satan would corrupt our minds from the simplicity that is in Christ. Earlier in chapters 3 and 4 Paul explained how the Law was a veil to blind our minds (2 Cor. 3:14-16) and when our Gospel is hid is hid from those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded lest the Light of the Gospel  of the glory of Christ should shine on them (2 Cor. 4:3-4).

Satan wants to blind your mind from Gospel of Christ that reveals the righteousness of God.


Therefore, Paul beseeches us saying:

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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Rom. 12:1-2)

Beloved friends, by the mercies of God we must present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. How is this done? By trusting what we do or trusting His mercies? It is His mercies alone that we are holy. It is by His mercies alone that we are acceptable to God. His mercies has presented us as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God (righteousness).

"But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!" (2 Cor. 11:2-4)

"I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Gospel of ChristBut even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed." (Gal. 1:6-9)

"O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the Truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?" (Gal. 3:1-3)

Paul spoke very firm and direct, using some of the strongest language he could to warn us from being bewitched by hearing a different Gospel, than the Gospel that reveals the righteousness of God. Paul exclaimed his fear that if we heard any other gospel

"...YOU MAY WELL PUT UP WITH IT!" (2 Cor. 11:4)

Speaker: Dave Everett

February 16, 2020

2 Corinthians 11:2-4'>2 Corinthians 11:2-4

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