When are we considered righteous before God? David acknowledges that he was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; his mother was sinful who conceived him [and he too is sinful] (Psalm 51:5). Likewise, all humankind fell into this state of iniquity. There is none who is righteous, none, the Bible says, we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) We are considered righteous before God, when God’s righteousness is imputed to us at the time we believe in Him with personal trust and confident reliance on YAHSHUA the Messiah (Rom. 3:22). Righteousness is not a natural part of the natural man, since we were born in sin, and we carry the root of disobedience and rebellion. The Word of God says that the mind of the flesh is death… because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed, it cannot. So then those who are living the life of the flesh cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him (Rom. 8:6a,-8). For men to reflect God’s faithfulness, he must be born again. Born of the Spirit and regenerated by Him. God’s righteousness abides only in the heart of the born again person. YAHSHUA said, If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free (John 8:31-32). If anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation. The old things are passed; all is made new (II Cor. 5:17).
The believer should not live a life that denies others from seeing God’s faithfulness in his life. If anything, he should be a memorial of God’s faithfulness in whatever circumstance. He is indebted to Him for his position in God’s Son, YAHSHUA the Messiah. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, said YAHSHUA, that they may see your good works and praise your Father Who is in heaven (Mat. 5:14-16). Our lives are instruments of praise to the Father when we are abiding in YAHSHUA and in His Word. And that, my friend, constitutes our life to be a memorial unto YAHWEH registering His faithfulness to us, with an invitation like that of the Psalmist: Come, and hear, all who worship and fear God, and I will declare what He has done for me (Ps. 66:16).
Israel, as a nation, has more to be a memorial of God’s faithfulness to the world than any other nation, for this nation experienced one supernatural miracle, after another in their journey through the desert to the Promised Land. Their existence today in itself is a tremendous memorial of what YAHWEH has done for them. From the beginning of the creation of this nation, we see powerful miracles opening doors of impossibilities to the human eyes. Take the Red Sea, for example. Who would or could ever part the voluminous waters of that body of water to form walls so that millions of people could pass through in dry land? Who could transform rocks into a waterfall to satisfy the thirst of those people? Who could nourish those people bread from heaven for forty years? And who could command the waters of the Jordan to be divided for that nation to cross it to their final destination? These are just a few memorials one cannot deny the existence of Israel’s God. Israel, as a nation, should stand as a memorial of God to the entire world shinning YAHWEH’S existence, faithfulness, and loving-kindness. Joshua, under the direction of YAHWEH, commanded the people to gather twelve stones after their crossing the Jordan River, as a memorial forever. A memorial for all the people of the earth to know that the hand of YAHWEH is mighty and that they may reverence and fear Him forever (Joshua 4:24).
Should not the death of YAHSHUA be a memorial to all who professes Him as Lord and Savior? Should it not be a memorial to all who have experienced the new birth in YAHSHUA? When He gave up His life on the cross and the soldiers confirmed His death by piercing His side, the new birth happened. The believer is the fruit of His travail. And as such we have a responsibility to the world to live our life as a memorial of YAHWEH’s faithfulness. But the church of Messiah, like Israel, have failed Him.
What then should the life of a believer reflect? Paul said, and all of us, as with unveiled face, continued to behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another from the Lord [who is] the Spirit (II Cor. 3:18). For God who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of YAHSHUA the Messiah (II Cor. 4:6). The life of a believer should reflect beams of light that shine YAHWEH’S faithfulness as a memorial to the world and a book of remembrance will be written of them in heaven, and YAHWEH will say, they shall be Mine; in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declares them to be My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him (Mal. 3:16-17).
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