1 John 2:1 says, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” Jesus Christ embodied righteousness, Jesus Christ WAS righteousness. When He went up to heaven He didn't take that righteousness with Him, He left it with the Holy Spirit.
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines righteousness as, “acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin”. Only the Blood of Jesus Christ can have you live free from guilt or sin. His Blood shed on that cross made this one of the many wonderful benefits of calling on Him as your savior! Galatians 3:11 says, “So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” So righteousness is what naturally comes as a result of faith in Christ.
Too many of us try to do what’s right in own power and strength and we come up short every time. We know we should read the Word of God but sadly, we hate to! We know we should go to church on Sunday but we’re unmotivated to do so. We know we should be praying but we can’t pray longer than three minutes. You need the Spirit of God! You need that baptism of the Holy Spirit to renew your strength and walk with God! It’s VITAL!
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” You are God’s Righteousness! The only way to walk in this righteousness fully is to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
When you get baptized, a new love and appreciation for God will be birthed. An excitement for the things of God will invigorate your life. When you read the Bible, God begins to speak to you through it. Things you’ve read a hundred times before jump out at you with new life. Your prayer life doesn't become stagnant because “the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (Romans 8:26)
Have you been striving to do things in your own strength? Have you been frustrated with your private relationship with God? Have you lost your love and appreciation for what Christ afforded to you on the Cross? It’s time to get baptized with the Holy Spirit!