Covenant Righteousness And Relationship
by Shirley Williams
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In prayer this morning, God began speaking to me about our “position of righteousness” which is in Christ. It is also a “position of covenant relationship” between God and man through Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary for the remission of sins.
Righteousness is translated as “right standing with God.” In the Old Testament, the Israelites were considered righteous when they fulfilled the commands of their covenant relationship with God.
Through Moses, they were given the law of God so that it would guide them and bring them into holiness as God is holy (Lev.19:2--20:26--21:6-6). So, part of righteousness included, not only, “Love the Lord, your God with all your heart” but also love His law (Word).
One of the main elements of this covenant relationship was trust and faith in God (Hab.2:4). And from the New Testament, Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that comes to God must believe (trust, have faith) that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
This is true as we look at Abraham when God came to make covenant with him. Genesis 15:5-6, “And He (God) brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell (count) the stars, if you be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall your seed be. 6-And he (Abraham) believed (trusted, had faith) in the Lord; and He (God) counted it to him for righteousness.”
Now, Abraham had a foundation from which to stand upon and be secure in God. He stand was by faith, in a covenant position of righteousness (right standing) with God. And so it is with each of us today as born again children of God, in Christ (the Anointed) Jesus.
In a vision the Lord gave me concerning our position of righteousness, I saw an exchange of sins for all people for the righteousness of God. II Cor.5:21, “for He has made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
As I was thanking the Lord Jesus for taking my sins in his own body to the cross, I saw myself face to face with Jesus. I took off this blackish, filthy looking garment that I was wearing and I handed it to Jesus. Isaiah 64:6 says, that “our own righteousness (by our works) is as filthy rags in the sight of God.”
After I had given this filthy garment to Jesus, I had a sense of being exposed and unclothed before Him. That nothing about me--no sin was hidden from Him. You cannot hide from an all-seeing, all-knowing God. There’s no place and no excuse we can hide behind that He doesn‘t know where we’re at any given moment. He knows every intricate part of us because we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (Eph.2:10).
Without hesitation, Jesus took the filthy garment from me. In exchange, He handed me a dazzling white garment. Also, without hesitation, I took the garment and put it on. It was so white, not contaminated white like we have on earth. It was pure and undiluted. So pure that it was light. This beautiful new garment, I knew had been washed in the blood of Jesus.
Everything in heaven and from heaven is ‘life’ and living just as this garment Jesus gave me was alive and living. Once I had this new garment on, I was looking at it on me---holding out my arms and looking down the front of it. It was so beautifully light and pure.
I watched in amazement as I saw this beautiful white garment just melt into me until it was actually became a part of me. I watched as Light began emanating outward from the inside of me to totally cover me from head to foot. By grace through faith, I was now clothed in His righteousness.
I had become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and Him in me. Oh, what joy I felt leap in my spirit. By the Lord’s communication with my spirit, I knew what this meant, not only for me but for all His children.
One of the devil’s evil deceptions has been to keep hidden from God’s people the true meaning of their righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Instead, he’s kept many saints of God believing that they‘re just “an old sinner saved by grace.” That there is “none righteous, no not one.”
This has sounded real religious to say but the truth is, you’re either an old sinner, or you’re saved by God’s amazing grace (Eph.2:8). You can’t be both an old sinner and saved by His grace at the same time.
God has told us in Hosea 4:6, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” And it’s Satan’s method of operation to blind the minds of people, both saved and unsaved from the glorious light of the gospel (II Cor.4:4). But Jesus promised in John 8:32, that His truth, (both Logos and Rhema) we would know, and His truth would make us free.”
When Jesus had taken my old filthy garment of sins, He put it on Himself. Not only did I see Him put the filthy garment on but I watched as it was absorbed into Him. He became my sins and He became your sins as He literally took them into Himself. And instead of light, He became darkness.
So much so, that on the cross, the Father had to turn His face from Jesus; for He could not look upon sin. I began to weep when I saw this and I thanked Jesus all the more for taking my sins and in exchange, giving me His righteousness. I praised and thanked Him for setting me free from the power.
Jesus took everyone’s individual sins in His own body and became sin for every person, past, present and future (those yet to be born). And after paying the price with His life’s blood, He gave us, by grace, the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17). A precious gift that we receive by faith.
By Jesus taking our sins on the cross, we gained reconciliation and right standing with God the Father once again. “And all things are of God, Who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (II Cor.5:18).
Also, because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross, we could now enter into that position of covenant relationship with Father God, through the Son, Jesus Christ. We could now stand in that position of righteousness by faith, being covered with His love and the anointed blood of Jesus.
We could now “Come boldly to the throne of God and receive grace and mercy in our time of need” (Heb.4:16). We had now received an open invitation to come and spend time around the throne of God in fellowship.
God didn’t put special dates and times to come to the throne, as if by appointment. He said, “Come...” In other words, the door is open all the time to you and I to come boldly to the throne of God. After all, when we’re born again, this earthly world is no longer our home.
We’re now citizens of heaven who are just passing through this earthly realm, proclaiming the good news of the Anointed One and His anointing. Doing Kingdom business as Ambassador’s of God, declaring the Kingdom of God to be established in the earth and His will to be done here as it’s already being done in heaven.
But first, it’s vital that we understand how we get to this place of being Ambassador’s and doing Kingdom business for the King of King’s and the Lord of Lord’s.
Jesus went to the cross in our place, He shed His life’s blood for the remission of sins and now, “With the heart man believes unto righteousness (receives this gift of grace), and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10). After His death and burial in a borrowed tomb, on the third day, Jesus came up out of the grave, resurrected to life by the glory of God.
He’s ALIVE now and forever (Matt.28:5-6)!! Our Redeemer LIVES!! And if a person will do as Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved,” you can live throughout all eternity with our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!
ROYAL ROBE AND CROWN:
As I continued to watch this vision, I saw myself in a long robe of white and purple. On my head, I was also wearing a golden crown. It was so beautiful and I had the actual sense of royalty but I knew it was not of my own. I knew that it had not come by anything I had done to earn it. I knew it was bestowed on me because of grace. Because of the exchange that had taken place at Calvary by the Son of the living God.
Isaiah 61:10--62:1-4 (paraphrase), “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks Himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Your righteousness shall go forth as brightness and your salvation as a burning torch. And nations shall see your righteousness and kings your glory. And you shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. And you shall no more be called forsaken or desolate but you shall be called married (in covenant); for the Lord delights in you.”
TRANSLATED TO THE THRONE ROOM:
One minute I’m looking at myself in this royal robe and the next minute, I find myself transported to the throne room where I am now standing before the Father and Jesus. The first thing to happen here was, the robe fell from me to the floor. The crown also went with it. Rev.4:10 says, that when the twenty-four elders fall on their face in worship before God, they cast their crowns before the throne.
The reason is Rev.4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created.” It is to acknowledge in humility and honor to the Lord God Almighty, that He is King over all the earth. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”
In my garment of righteousness and in the very presence of God, the Father, I bowed myself and fell before Him in worship. The presence of the Lord was so very real and powerful that falling before Him in worship was ALL I desired to do.
Nothing else was more important than giving worship to God. In the throne room of God, you become aware that there is no time here. Only earth is marked by time. In heaven, there is only eternity where you’re not conscious of time.
I don’t know how much time had passed when in my spirit; I heard the voice of Jesus coming from the throne, telling me to “arise to my feet.” I did as He said. When I stood, once again I was wearing both the robe and crown. And now, I turned around with my back to the throne of God and faced outward into what was the spirit realm. The spirit realm where principalities and powers of the air reside.
It was from this position of righteousness---this position of covenant relationship with my Father and my Lord, that I began speaking forth with authority. I began speaking prophetic declarations and making decrees that went powerfully into the heavenlies and earth realm.
From that covenant position of righteousness, dominion and authority, I declaring and prophesying God’s will and Kingdom rule to come to earth and things be done in the earth as its being done in heaven. As I spoke those things given to me directly from the throne of God to speak, I knew that all of heaven was in force and prepared to back up those proclamations and decrees.
In His Word, God said, “So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth, it shall not return unto unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that thing which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”(Isaiah 55:11).
So, God was saying, “You‘re speaking for Me, as though I’m speaking Myself and all of heaven stands ready to back up the words I’m giving you. Speak them forth into the spirit realm, into the earth and they will prosper. My Word will come to pass in the earth.” With boldness and authority, I spoke forth the word of the Lord.
The robe was white and purple, and it was all the way to my feet. This spoke to me that God never does anything half way, such as the robe only being half-way down my legs. God goes all out---all the way and does things to perfection in our lives. Jesus declared from the cross, “It is finished.”
What God started in each person that is born again, He won’t do a half job and leave you unfinished, but He will bring you to perfect completion, having been made in the image of Christ. He is the Author and the finisher of our faith.
This color speaks of purity and holiness and victory. It also speaks of God's love. And of things being uncontaminated and undiluted. God is pure. God is holy and He’s called us all to be holy, as He is holy. We are made holy through the finished work of Jesus on the cross and being washed “white as snow” in the blood.
Plus, we’re made holy through God’s Word and the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, working with the Word. Our righteousness is a gift from God. Our holiness is a calling from God. No where in Scripture does it ever say that holiness is a
gift. We’re called to be holy, as God is holy.
This color is made up of two colors being blended together. One of the colors is red and it speaks to me of the blood of Jesus, whereby your sins have been forgiven and you’ve received salvation. Purple is also a color in the Bible to signify royalty. King’s from the OT wore purple robes. From 1 Pet.2:9, the Church is called, “A royal priesthood.” From Rev.1:6 we’re told that we’ve been made “kings and priests unto God.”
The other color used to make purple is blue. This color is often associated with the Holy Spirit, Who only comes where the blood (red) has been applied. The blood (red) of Jesus had to be poured out on the cross so that the Holy Spirit (blue) could be poured out on the Day of Pentecost.
The color blue is also associated with the prophetic, divine revelation, dreams and
visions and the anointing. This color is also associated with the Tabernacle of God, as is
colors, red and purple. Which means, they’re associated with praise and worship of God.
The color of the crown on my head was gold, which speaks of the glory and wisdom of God. It also speaks of position and being redeemed. And also of being refined as gold. It also speaks of our faith being purified as gold. A crown from Scripture is an ‘emblem of royalty.’
In the Garden of Eden, through sin, man lost his crown of gold, as it were. His crown of glory that had been his covering. But Jesus, when He went to the cross, He bought back man’s glory in Himself. Jesus is the glory of the Father, and because of the shed blood of Jesus, man was re-crowned in Christ (the Anointed One and in His anointing).
Everything in our heavenly covenant is done, it’s completed. From this earthly realm, we see things as uncompleted, not finished and in manifestation. But in the heavenly realm, everything is complete, finished and guaranteed in the blood of Jesus. We must learn to see things from heaven’s ‘finished’ view and then receive all provisions by faith.
So, it would only be when a person received Jesus as Lord and Savior would his spirit be re-born and be re-stored to righteousness (right standing) with God again. Because of sin, coming into full restoration of the glory would now be by degrees.
It will need to be achieved by the Word of God, which will take you “from glory to glory” while here on this earth. We keep “pressing toward the goal” because the Lord Jesus is our glory. He is our goal. The Bible says to, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Also, the crown spoke to me of kings and priest’s who wore crown’s, such as Aaron in his office as high priest. As high priest, Aaron ministered before the Lord in the holy of holies in behalf of the Israelite people. David as king of Israel, also wore a crown, which signified position and authority to rule as God‘s anointed and appointed king.
Again, I saw the position of covenant and righteous relationship with God in this. And again from Revelation 1:5-6 it says, “And from Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the Kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6-And has made (past tense) US (the Church) kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory.”
As the Church---as the body of Christ, we have all been made kings and priest’s, whereby we minister unto the Lord, our God. It is into that most holy place that God is beckoning the Church, His children to come to today in more intimate communion.
To “come boldly to the throne of grace, whereby we can obtain grace and mercy in our time (and others time) of need” (Heb.4:16). God, the Father is wanting His children to come into the throne room and hang out, as it were, more often and from there do Kingdom business.
It is from the throne room of God that we’re to go into and receive those things He desires spoken into the spirit realm. Into the earth. We’re to receive ‘Word’ there, directly from God, to speak forth and pull down thrones of Satan from out of the heavenlies over families and cities and nations.
It is from there that we’re to decree God’s Kingdom to be established in all the earth instead, with all of heaven in force to back up and bring to pass those anointed words.
If you will read the book of Esther again, you will see a picture of where the Church is right now. It’s a clear picture of prophetic intercession in behalf of people and nations, according to the will and purpose of God. And that is, to set them free, as well as to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth and bring the Church into her glorious state.
God is saying that it’s time for His people to get an understanding of the foundation of their righteousness and then come to His throne boldly. To begin seeing yourself as a king and priest before Him, not as someone who‘s unworthy.
The grace of God has made you able to stand in covenant relationship, and the blood of Jesus has made you worthy to say, ‘I’m the righteousness of God.' Even if you don’t see a revelatory vision of the throne of God, every time you make intercession, in the spirit, you’re in the throne room.
What is our purpose for being there? We are there in our priestly position to get a prayer list from God. Not to give Him a list. Yes, petitions and supplications is a part of prayer but intercession is receiving from the very heart of God what it is He wants declared and decreed into the earth. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
So, as the righteousness of God in Christ (the Anointed) Jesus, from the covenant position of dominion and authority and sonship by the Holy Spirit. From that covenant position of righteousness, relationship and intimate fellowship, let us “come boldly to the throne of grace...” to receive Father God’s agenda. We are of the household of faith, let us not forget that.
We are of royalty because our Father is King and we’re His kings and priest’s in the earth. We are His Ambassador’s, going wherever He sends us to speak on His behalf, spreading the good news of the gospel. Spreading the Word of the soon return of Jesus Christ to this earth to gather up His Church, where we‘ll forever be with the Lord. Amen.
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