Created, Called and Raised in Righteousness

From The Heart

Publish date: 03/09/2014

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  Revelation 4:11 KJV

This Greek word translated “pleasure” means desire, pleasure, or will. All things were created and exist according to God’s will and desire, and to please Him.

Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV

This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.  Genesis 5:1-2 NKJV

God made mankind in His own image – in the image of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – and Heblessed them the day they were created.

Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.  Isaiah 43:7 NKJV

This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise.  Isaiah 43:21 NKJV

Our – and all mankind’s - ultimate purpose is to bring God glory and declare His praise.

The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them. Psalms 89:11 NKJV

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face. 15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.  Psalms 89:14-15 NKJV

God created all things and they are established in His righteousness, mercy and truth. The only way for the whole earth to thrive and prosper is by his mercy and through His righteousness and truth.

I have made the earth, And created man on it. I — My hands — stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded. 13 I have raised him up in righteousness, And I will direct all his ways; He shall build My city And let My exiles go free, Not for price nor reward," Says the Lord of hosts.  Isaiah 45:12-13 NKJV

God declares here that it is He who made the earth and created man on it. He did not create us for evil or to do what we wish, but He created us for righteousness and to serve His purposes.

Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it: 6 "I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,

As a light to the Gentiles, 7 To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. 8 I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images. 9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them."  Isaiah 42:5-9 NKJV

Jesus was called in righteousness to fulfill His purpose, which was to destroy the works of the devil and to redeem mankind. Because He was raised from the dead in righteousness, we too, have been the righteous of God in Christ. God has a wonderful plan and purpose for each of us. From the moment we are made righteous, God’s ultimate plan for each of us kicks in. we are created in righteousness to BE righteous and to DO good works that glorify God.

Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another By profaning the covenant of the fathers?  Malachi 2:10 NKJV

The same God created all of mankind. We honor our Creator and act righteously when we love one another and treat one another with kindness and generosity. We dishonor Him when we are unfaithful and treacherous toward our neighbor. Who is your neighbor? Jesus says everyone is your neighbor, not just the people you like and trust.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God planned for us to walk in! Not for anything else.

Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.  Colossians 3:9-11 NKJV

Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. Our New Man is recreated once again in the image of our Creator when we are born again. We must make a conscious decision to put off the Old Man and then to put on the New Man. We must stop acting like the devil is our father and start acting like Jesus and our own Heavenly Father, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.  1 Peter 4:19 NKJV

Keep doing good – even when the pressure is on for you to quit and give up; even when your good deeds result in persecution and suffering. Commit your soul to your Creator - the One who made you – He is faithful and will see you through and reward you for your faith and your faithfulness.