|Jesus Christ the righteous is the Just One and the Holy One, and "every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. According to the Bible, it is impossible to be righteous without God.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Job was rebuked by the LORD for maintaining his own righteousness when God took his posessions and weath. In the New Testament, a rich young ruler told Jesus that he had kept all of the commandments from his youth; however, he was troubled when Jesus asked him to sell all his posessions and follow Jesus. This ruler did not understand that righteousness is only found in following Jesus, the Word. William Branham taught that Jesus referred to this same man in the parable of the rich man calling to Abraham from hell, asking for Lazarus to bring some relief from his torment, and warning to his family.
|Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? (Job 40:6-8)
Job's righteousness was in Christ
- But a man had sinned, and there was no way for him to ever rise in the Presence of his Maker. And so, in this condition, he was permitted by God to see the Just One coming. A Man Who could put His hands on a sinful man and a holy God, and bridge the way, the Son of God. Then when the Spirit was on the prophet, he cried out, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the last days He'll stand upon the earth, and though after my skin worms destroys my body, yet in my flesh shall I see God for myself. Mine eyes shall behold, and not another."
- Sermon: I Am the resurrection and life, Campbellsville, Ky, Nov 18, 1963
The righteous are led by God
- Nothing in the world can go wrong as long as you're in God. "The footsteps of the righteous is ordered of the Lord."
- And then they sent again for Jesus. And He seemingly ignored their call and just went right on. After four days passed, He said, "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth. And for your sake I'm glad I wasn't there." For if He'd have been there, they'd have been trying to get Him to do something that wasn't the will of God.
- Sermon: Then Jesus Came, Jeffersonville, IN, April 7, 1957
Sin and righteousness
- Now, a righteous man is not a sinless man. For you notice he said, "Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are." He had his ups-and-downs and his differences. And the Scripture of his life proves that he had his ups-and-downs like we do. And he had his times of wondering and his times that his temper got away from him, and he had a lot of things, that went wrong. But he was still a righteous man, because he confessed his unworthiness and believed in God. So that's what made him righteous.
- Sermon: God's provided way, West Palm Beach, FL, Dec 1, 1953
The Holy Spirit imputes righteousness
- Now, what is the--what is the circumcision today? Is the Holy Spirit. God circumcises our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Where was done by the flesh with hands in the days gone by, but it's done by the Holy Spirit now. When we believe correctly on the Lord Jesus Christ, God gives the Holy Ghost to us to confirm it, that our faith has been reckoned before Him, and imputed to us for righteousness. Without the Holy Spirit, He's never recognized it yet.
- Sermon: I will restore, Des Moines, IA, June 20, 1960
The absence of the righteous today
- Many times, that, the very thing that this Bible calls immoral, the world today calls virtue. When you take our--our young girls, and strip their clothes off of them, and put them out there with little shorts on, in slacks and things, and walk them down the street, and they think that's virtuous that the girl can display her female flesh. When, the Bible says it's sin, horrible! But the world calls it virtue. See, they're making the Commandments of God... And the church says nothing about it. It's time that somebody rose in the name of righteousness, in the Name of Jesus Christ, and put a stamp on this, 'cause sometime we're going to answer for it at the Day of the Judgment.
- Sermon: The flashing red light of the sign of His coming. Jeffersonville, IN, June 23, 1963
||Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
||And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
||Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
||That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
||And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
||O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
||But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
||As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
||Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
||For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
||But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
||Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
||Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
||Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
|II TIMOTHY 4:8
||Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
||To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
|I PETER 3:18
||For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
|I JOHN 1:9
||If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
|I JOHN 2:1
||My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
|I JOHN 2:29
||If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
|I JOHN 3:7
||Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
||And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
||And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
||And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
||For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
||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.