A Christian song goes:
Righteousness, Peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (3ce)
That’s the kingdom of God.
Don’t you wanna be a part of the kingdom (3ce)
Come on everybody!
This song is actually culled from a bible verse.
Romans 14:7 says ‘For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost’. Verse 18 goes on to say: ‘For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men’. It goes even further in verse 19 ‘let us therefore follow after the things which make peace, and thing wherewith one may edify another’. The message version makes it clearer as follows:
‘God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you’ll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you. So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault’.
The entire chapter 14 of the book of Romans calls on the strong to love the weak by living righteously and circumspectly. We are urged not to put a stumbling block in front of one another through our words and actions. This is an aspect of righteousness. When we put a stumbling block in front of others we are not living a pure and holy life.
Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost make up the kingdom of God. In order to show forth the kingdom of God, we must have these three elements. What is righteousness?
Righteousness is being right with God. It is the act of living according to God’s instructions. When we do this, we make God happy.
What does the bible say about righteousness?
All of us are born into complete bondage to sin, unable to produce any sort of righteousness on our own. Romans 3:9-12. As a matter of fact, Isaiah says our attempts to produce righteousness on our own are disgusting in the eyes of God. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
Our righteousness indeed is imputed from Jesus through the atoning work that He accomplished on the cross (Phillipians 1:11). We couldn’t produce it so Christ produced it for us. Only the perfection of Christ could have accomplished this work. Only Jesus could have lived a perfect, obedient and sinless life. Only Jesus could have atoned for the sins of His people. Only the righteousness of Christ would enter His kingdom.
For us to really be righteous we must first of all surrender our life to Christ. To surrender your life to Christ now say the following words:
‘Lord Jesus, I repent for all my sins, come into my life and make me a new person. Come in to stay come in today. In Jesus name I have prayed’. Amen.