Awake!

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“Awake to righteousness and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34).

Let me start with this question, what is righteousness?

We always envisage righteousness as being [morally] upright and think of sin as the opposite. If we view these two terms this way, we’ll be missing out on many important things.

Righteousness is beyond being morally upright.
Sin is not about what we don’t do [right], it’s far beyond that. Sin is anything against God’s will. (I’d like us NOT to think of God’s will with human’s limited knowledge, but by the Spirit).

God’s will is anything that partakes of the nature and quality of God. The will of God can never be against His nature. It can never be below His quality.

Minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God is sin. And this is far beyond keeping morals.

What is the nature and quality of God?

The nature and quality of God is revealed to us in only one way, and that is Jesus.

John 14:6, 9
[6]Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
No man can come to [the revelation of] the Father except by Jesus.
[9]Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

If we've seen Jesus, we have seen God (His nature and quality). Everything Jesus did on earth revealed God. (See John 14:10, "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.")

The works Jesus mentioned in this verse is not limited to the healings and miracles, but also what happened on the cross. The reality of the cross revealed the nature and quality of God.

No wonder why Satan wanted to stop Him through Peter when He was telling them the mind of God in Matthew 16:21-22:
"From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee."
Satan didn't want the quality and nature of God to be revealed [in us], Satan wanted to cause Jesus to sin. Thanks be to God, Jesus understood his devices. With that, Jesus gave him a rebuke that made me understand what sin truly means. (See Matt.16.23, "But Jesus turned away from Peter and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan! You are in My way [an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me]; for you are minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God, but of men").

Satan is the father of sin, and he's doing that by not minding what partakes to the nature and quality of God. All his actions stem from this.

We have established the truth about what sin really is. Sin is beyond what we don't do [right], but it's about what partakes not of God's nature and quality.

Let's move on.

Our introductory Bible text, "awake to righteousness and sin not..." simply means "awake to righteousness, that is, mind what partakes of the nature and quality of God".

You can't mind this and still be morally down. As a matter of fact, you'd excel morally. The nature of God in us doesn't support immorality. It denies ungodliness. (See Titus 2:11-12, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;")

The next statement in our introductory Bible text, "...for some have not the knowledge of God...", buttressed what Apostle Paul meant by the first statement. It gave us the template of how not to sin. It tells us that we can only awake to righteousness if we have the knowledge of God. The knowledge of God makes us to know His nature and quality. It makes us to know that we have the same life as His, that we cannot do what is contrary to His will and we cannot do anything that goes against godly nature.

We have to be conscious of the nature of God everytime. Our actions stem from what we are conscious of.

Awake to righteousness, that is, mind what partakes to the nature and quality of God by being conscious of who you are in Christ!

I say to you, "AWAKE!"

Shalom!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you loved it

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  2. Thank you for always enriching us with the word of God! More grace ma

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  3. Thank you for always enriching us with the word of God! More grace ma

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