Efraim Valverde Sr. Ministries
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philipians 2:3
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The Members of the Kingdom of Righteousness

“The Kingdom of Righteousness” functions to this day amid a world of unrighteousness. Over this kingdom of unrighteousness reigns, “until he be taken out of the way” (2 These. 2:7), the “prince of this world” (John 12:31), the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4), the devil. No one can deny the fact that this world is full of unrighteousness; of injustice.

The suffering, pain, and horrible misery which prevail in this world is undeniably a product of human injustice. Notwithstanding, the sadly distressing truth is that the very same injustices that exist amid a world that does not fear God, occur also among the people of God who are called to be a part of the Kingdom of Righteousness here on earth.


John the apostle, inspired by the Holy Spirit, makes a piercing declaration which divides humanity in its entirety into two groups: “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (1 John 3:10).

 


John the apostle here combines two fundamental virtues that are indispensable characteristics of each one of the members of the Kingdom of Righteousness: love and righteousness. For it is impossible for love and righteousness to operate separately. Whosoever loves can not work unrighteousness to those they love, and whosoever does righteousness does so because the love. The only ones that can do righteousness, in the manner in which the King of Righteousness commands it, are those who are willing to “deny themselves” (Matt. 16:24). Those who are willing to follow the example of our King who commands us to love and bless one another including those who are our enemies (mat. 5:44).
Righteousness is one of the many Godly virtues that is most mentioned in the Bible; from the book of Genesis unto Revelation. However, I repeat, that the sadly distressing truth is that there are only but a few “children of the Kingdom” who truly understand what it is to do justly. Only a few realize how important it is before God for His children to work righteousness. A great majority of “the children of the Kingdom” demonstrate with their actions that to do righteousness is simply not important to them.

Unquestionably, many of them commit injustices in their ignorance. However, there are many more among “the children of the Kingdom” who deliberately perform injustices in numerous manners knowing that they are not doing right. These have become prisoners of the deceiver and continue to work unrighteousness “having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Tim. 4:2).