WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
All Scripture is useful for teaching, correction and instruction in righteousness; it produces a harvest of righteousness when it is put into practice.
False doctrines and superstitions have taken the peoples' minds captive. High pretensions, forms, ceremonies, observances and theories do not make the person of a righteous and pure mind: and "Where is that peace which passes all understanding?
Righteousness has dropped out of the lives of most. There is not the daily living experience of God's Love in our minds. Mammon occupies our time. The simplicity of God's Righteousness has been crowded out of our minds. Our attention has been diverted away from the all important message of Jesus - The Way of Righteousness.
Remember? What was the first thing Jesus said to do? He said, "seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God & His Righteousness." John the baptizer came first to show us the Way of Righteousness: "repent & believe." Jesus taught the Way of Righteousness at the "Sermon on The Mount" in Matthew Chapters 5, 6 and 7. (Three whole chapters; that's how important righteousness is.)
The greatest truth, lost sight of, righteousness, must shine by the will of our mind, into that soul, and drive out that evil. Yes, righteousness is the "active agent" that heals and purifies the mind.
When the mind turns away from the soul, and connects with the Righteousness of the Father, the ensuing Love brings the transforming power of "wanting to become born again". Then we begin to change. We are no longer dominated by those thoughts rising up from the soul. We become impregnable to the assaults of Satan and his demons. We begin to serve God, not mammon.
How illuminating and assuring are the teachings of Jesus to the true seeker: "putting off the former old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and being renewed in the spirit of our mind, putting on the new man which is created by the Righteousness of God." (Eph 4:22-24)
However, let us not forget that we cannot achieve "righteousness" by our own efforts alone; "righteousness is a gift from God". (Rom 5:19) "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Mtt 5:6)
Jesus' teachings is the doorway into the Kingdom of God, wherein dwell the righteous. Whosoever hears these teachings, AND DOES THEM, the same is like a wise man who built his house upon a rock.
While knowledge of the truth is essential, even the knowledge of the GREATEST truth, righteousness, it will not save us unless we apply it and become righteousness. Even a "belief" in the truth will not save us; it must be applied, put into practice to bring about the new man, a new man born again in the Righteousness of God.
And what is that rock upon which Jesus builds his Church, and adds to it daily - "revelation". Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness must use revelation to become clothed in the garment of God's Righteousness: righteous men; right, just and straight.
Little Children, let no man deceive you, we look forward to a new heaven and a NEW EARTH, Mount Zion the heavenly Jerusalem, the Home of Righteousness, the City of The Living God, where the minds of righteousness men are made perfect.
We must come to understand the teachings of Jesus through the revelations of God: (Rom 3:11) for righteous judgment of God comes through revelation. (Rom 2:5) We must come to the Way of Righteousness; for being made free from sin, we become the servants of righteousness. (Rom 6:18)
For so it is at the end of this earthly life, when the resurrection from the dead comes; both of the just and the unjust. When the angels come and sever the just from the unjust; the just taken back to Life in Heaven, while the unjust remain in the outer darkness (Bottomless Pit). Awake to Righteousness.