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True and Self Righteousness

I NEVER UNDERSTOOD what righteousness was in the church. In fact, I did not know what it meant to be righteous. I thought it simply meant “doing what’s right” but it’s a bit more specific than that. There is no question there is a HUGE difference between true righteousness and self righteousness. Let’s look.

My Self Righteousness

“Self” can also mean “soul.” It’s simply the place of self-consciousness, self-life and thought. Every soul has a “moral compass” of right and wrong. In fact, the conscience comes from the spirit (which the soul is a vessel of) born again or not. When I was supernaturally told to read the Bible by a voice (that later turned out not to be God) I began my walk as a self-righteous person.

Even though I had renounced my occult practices upon reading the Law, and repented with tears, I did not have true conviction of the Holy Spirit. It was merely my “soul” and surfaced in nature. A combination of accusing religious spirits “convicting me” of my sin. It was more like an “old fashioned” Old Testament repentance of “turn from wicked deeds, and walk with God.” My repentance then, because it was not of God meant that I was not righteous. You see, you have to BE righteous in order to achieve true righteousness. The error of my self-righteousness was that I did not have this blessed BE from God, but from ME, MYSELF AND I.

Self-Righteousness—A Further Analysis

The “foundation” of self-righteousness entirely RESTS upon the person’s own soul (or self). All the “righteous deeds” done are from the SELF, and therefore “filthy rags” because they are done under the old creation or “flesh.”

I also noticed that, I did not understand what it MEANT to BE made righteous. During my self-righteous era, I was confused about the Gospel. I thought that the Cross and Christ dying is what made me righteous. “Eh” kind of. But, let’s see the full truth about this and the difference between true and self righteousness.

The truth is the blood of Christ of His death on the Cross atones for the sins: spirit, soul, and body; but the actual “being made” righteous comes from the faith of God given to you to BELIEVE in the RESURRECTION OF JESUS OF NAZARETH. Because the Resurrection of Christ from the dead by the Spirit is what JUSTIFIED HIM before the Father. “And being made in the likeness of His death” and so forth with His Resurrection, WE HAVE THAT JUSTIFICATION CHRIST ALSO HAD (STILL HAS) BEING MADE ALIVE FROM THE DEAD!

But, I did not have true godly faith in the Resurrection when I was self-righteous, and therefore “still in my sins” and unjustified and “unrighteous.”

Real Convicition

When the Holy Spirit led me to repentance, it was surreal. First of all, unlike my other “repentances” I was actually drawn to the Cross of Jesus of Nazareth during it. It was like I was facing the Cross, alone. As I was “approaching” His Cross I received simple revelation that, despite my goodness, I was far separated from God. Literally “cut off.”

Before I repented, I was first brought to this sorrow. It was like I was the reason Christ was on the Cross. I wept for the pain I caused Him BECAUSE OF MY SIN. It was so deep, I didn’t even speak.