As I begin my 2nd letter to the 21st century Church; let us take a closer look at Apostle Paul’s words in his 1st letter to the Church in Corinth, the 15th chapter and the 34th verse:
“AWAKE unto righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame”.
Righteousness is not right doing (trying to please God with piety or morality). Righteousness is right being (a change in identity or nature), which is a product of right believing (faith). Abraham BELIEVED God, and God credited RIGHTEOUSNESS to his account (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:3). The righteousness that comes from faith is what pleases God (Hebrews 11:6), as opposed to the righteousness which is of the law- which no man ever fulfilled, except Christ.
Let us go back to our opening text and read it with better understanding:
“AWAKE unto right being, which comes from right believing; and sin not…”
“AWAKE unto your new identity (in Christ) through faith, and sin not… “
“Do not be ignorant of who you are in Christ. Rise up to the possibilities and potentials you have in Christ, as a new creation; through faith”.
The word AWAKE appears 3 times in Paul’s writings (if you use the KJV), and there is a common denominator:
- Romans 13:11-12… LIGHT.
- Ephesians 5:13-14… LIGHT.
- 1 Corinthians 15:34… KNOWLEDGE.
We AWAKE unto our true identity in Christ, through FAITH… and FAITH comes from LIGHT or KNOWLEDGE of Christ and who we are in Him (Deuteronomy 8:3; Romans 10:17). An ignorant Church is a sleeping Church… and a sleeping Church will forever struggle with sin. Instead of going back to the law and using the law to attack sin in the Church; why not introduce LIGHT… and watch the Church grow in faith and righteousness? The law at its best only produces right doing (piety or morality). The law CANNOT produce a change of nature (Romans 8:3). Dear Church; why not embrace KNOWLEDGE, embrace the LIGHT and AWAKE unto RIGHTEOUSNESS???