“Neither yield ye your members as instrument of unrighteousness unto sin but yield yourself unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instrument of righteousness unto God” – Romans 6:13
LIGHT FOR NOW: Walk in the consciousness of your realities.
Righteousness is a function of faith in Christ. This is because righteousness is a spiritual reality of the born again man; it is his nature and status; it is not his achievement, attainment or accomplishment, rather, it is faith in the accomplishment of Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection. Thus, righteousness is who we are to God in Christ; why is it in Christ? Paul sheds more light on this in 1Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption”. So, who is made unto us righteousness? Jesus Christ.
Is righteousness an accomplishment of man or the accomplishment of Christ in His finished work? It is an accomplishment of Christ in His finished work which has now become the makeup of the believer. Is the believer righteous or will the believer be righteous? The believer will not be righteous, the believer is righteous. Having said that, a vital question now is, what was Paul discussing in our opening text? A misinterpretation of the above text could lead into assumptions like Paul was saying, give your bodies to righteousness and holiness; with this kind of assumption, many will now imply that if the believer is giving his body to righteousness and holiness, then righteousness is not the believer’s status, but rather the attainment of the believer in giving his body to righteousness.
However, this interpretation is wrong and the bedrock of this misinterpretation is from lack of understanding of Paul’s use of words. Observe verse 16 and 19 of the same chapter as we ascertain clarity on Paul’s words, “know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness? I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so, now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness”.
So, what was Paul saying in essence? The understanding of Paul’s words here in our text and its post text will be ascertained when the word “yield” is fully grasped.
That word “yield” was translated from the Greek word “paristemi”. The word “paristemi” implies to exhibit, to bring before. Another shade of the word is to account, to reckon or to confess. That is, Paul was not saying yield your members as instrument of righteousness in order to be righteous; rather, Paul was saying account, reckon or acknowledge the fact that your bodies are instrument of righteous. The body of the believer is already righteous and holy; an instrument of righteousness; his exhibition of it is not what makes it righteous or holy, rather it can be exhibited or displayed as such because it has been made righteous. That is why the word “paristemi” cannot be used if the quality is not present. Paul was saying that the believer should acknowledge the fact that righteousness is his quality; it is this acknowledging that will influence this conduct. So, the believer is righteous, nothing can change this fact, not even a bad conduct can change this fact; rather, it is the acknowledging of this fact that will change bad conduct as far as the believer is concerned.
INSTRUCTION: Your realities must be acknowledged; know this.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for making me your righteousness, thank you for the boldness to stand before you without inferiority complex. Thank you for righteousness which is my nature and quality in you. I give expression to this reality in the acknowledging of it, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Your wrongdoing as a believer cannot change your righteous status; rather your wrongdoing will change because of your righteous status in the acknowledging of your righteous status.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3