In Romans 5:18-19 it says, “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men resulting in justification of life. For as by the one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Who was that one man who was disobedient? It was Adam. Who’s the one Man who was obedient? It was Jesus. You are not made righteous by your obedience, but you are made righteous by that one Man’s (Jesus) obedience. You are not made righteous by what you do, you are made righteous by what He did.
When Adam was in the garden, there was one tree that he was not to eat of. It was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Do good and don’t do evil. Prior to that Adam knew nothing about doing good or doing evil all he knew was to walk with God. He was righteous with God, simply because God created him that way. When Adam was created Adam was made righteous. Child of God, according to 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” John 3:3 tells us you must be born again of the Spirit of God. The day you got born again of the Spirit of God, just like Adam you were created righteous. Paul said in Ephesians 4:24 you were created in true righteousness and holiness. Notice that it said we were created that way. You are not your own workmanship, you are His workmanship. You see the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is all about your workmanship. Christianity is about Him and what He did, not about what we do.
In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 it says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” I’m sure most of you have read books on you getting your thought life right. There are a lot of good books on this subject and I don’t want to criticize anyone because people write books on what they have learned so far. There is a lot of teaching on that subject and I have been in that camp where I taught it, thank God I have grown and I am still growing. I haven’t arrived yet, but thank God I have left.
You will find when you try to get your thought life right you will struggle more and more with you thoughts. The more you try, I cast that thought down in the name of Jesus, I’m not thinking that get out of my life, you’ll go 10 feet and Satan will hit you with another thought. I’m trying to think Holy, I’m trying to think Godly, I’m trying to think about the love of God, I’m trying to think about the goodness of God and then all of a sudden this wrong thought comes, then here comes Satan and he gets you condemned. He will attack your thoughts and you have been conditioned to think that you have to get all your thoughts right. If you will notice the last part of verse 2 Corinthians 10:5, it says to the obedience of Christ, it’s not your obedience. It’s not even our own faith that is in us, it is His faith that is in us.