Posted: August 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Rag is filth. Rag is dirt. Wheather washed or left in its state, the nature of a rag is never pure, never clean. Yet when a rag being used to clean dirt looks inappropriately filthy, we tend to wash it. We wash it clean yet call it a rag and use it as such.
The Bible states an interesting description of rag as compared to our righteous acts. “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6) I never understood this scripture till now. Let’s just say, I thought I did. Understanding is such a relief.

In growing up, circumstances and opinions around me pointed out to the thought that, the dominant and only absence of righteousness is sexual immorality, and the moment you find yourself a victim, you’re undeserving of even being righteous which is, as filthy rag… So what then are you if worse than the filthy rag? The filth itself??

Many as often, we tend to inteprete God’s Word by our thoughts and intellect. Interpretation of the Word of God is of the spirit and not of the intellect/mind (soul). It takes more than just the first thought or impression of what is read or heard. It takes an external force (ie. The Holy Spirit) who dwells in your spirit and works through your spirit. It’s utterly and completely SPIRITUAL. That is why the the older generation would tell us that, Bible isn’t a story book but we HAVE TO meditate on it ALWAYS in order to prosper… including gaining insight to the Word of God (Psalm 1).

So question here is, who qualifies to be righteous?

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”, Romans 3:20-24

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”, Galatians 2:21

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace…”, Ephesians 6:14-15

We are acknowledged to put on the whole armour of God, and not only to focus on one part. What if you’re attacked where we’re left loose? Undeniably the breastplate protects the chest area… The heart, where the seat of emotions, self worth n esteem, and trust is. God’s righteousness is the breastplate that protects our hearts and when the heart fails…

Note this: “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood…” (Ephesians 6:12). Wrestling isn’t boxing. There’s a limitation to boxing unlike wrestling. In boxing, the judges determine who won as in the best fighter, but in wrestling, the last man standing is the winner and it doesn’t need a panel of judges to determine that. Everyone sees it. Everyone knows it. And yes, God desires and designed us as winners and we need to stand firm by putting on the whole armour.

Sexual immorality is not the only sin. There’s murder, coverteousness, idolatry, disobedience, lies… Oh yes! LIES. If I be juge of the greatest sin, it be lies. Tell me, who is the father of all lies? And tell me again, doesn’t all these other sins start with little lies or accompanied with them?

Who are you to judge if I’m righteous or not? I agree, my righteousness is unpleasing in the sight of God. But I admit and believe that when I got born again, he gave me His righteousness. So it’s no more MY righteousness but HIS righteousness revealed in me through Jesus Christ.

It’s hard time you see this from a brighter perspective. Your righteousness will always be as filthy rag before God. Choose this day, YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS as judged with man’s standards or GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS?

Rag is filth. Rag is dirt. If washed clean, it would be used as rag again and the process will repeat itself… Still it would be called RAG.

  1. sethbosskay says:

    So if it is ‘my righteousness’, it will be called rag no matter how stainless or clean it looks. But if ‘His righteousness’, which does not come through the law but faith, is allowed to dominate, then I become unspoiled or pure in His sight.

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