Which one is right?
Is there more than one kind of righteousness?
If so which one do you have?
“The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” – Isaiah 32:17-18
This beautiful passage talks about a righteousness that is found only after Vs. 15 of the same chapter, “till the Spirit is poured on us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field,” – this is the Only righteousness found in Christ – the One NOT based on works but by Grace through Faith!
The prophesies about Jesus and about the righteousness that He would usher in are all throughout the Old Testament and they all have one thing in common – they talk about a Peace and a Healing and a reconnection with God – “dwelling places.”
When God is truly your “dwelling place” there is an overwhelming peace that passes all understanding because you realize that “Nothing can separate you from His Love” and because of that Great Love – each and every event and moment and person in your live was allowed by The God who is Crazy in Love with You!
There is a quietness and a confidence forever when you are no longer responsible for your righteousness but instead rest in Jesus – the Spirit that was poured on us from on high – and because of Him – the desert of my soul becomes a fertile field!”
This is a righteousness that is not found in your efforts – not now and not ever! And because this righteousness can Only come from the Spirit the more you rest in it the more Grateful and Loving and Compassionate you become.
This righteousness is not attainable by your effort – only by your surrender! This righteousness does not take security in a moral code or list of rules but instead grows in Thank-Fullness each and every moment it realizes the Amazing Gift of the Cross of Christ!