Before the fall of man, Adam lived in the glory of God. He enjoyed constant communion with God in the Garden of Eden. Every time God interacted with Adam, it was God that came to him and it was also God that spoke to him. Adam didn’t have the privilege of going to God to start a conversation with Him. There was no time that Adam initiated a conversation with God. He didn’t receive the righteousness to approach God, and this was simply because God had not yet tested him; Adam’s obedience of faith had not been proven or established. God couldn’t confer righteousness on Him without his faith in Him. Eventually, when he was tested, he failed. Had Adam passed that test, do you know that righteousness would have been counted to him? He would have received the righteousness of faith to stand before God and to speak to Him, but he didn’t believe God. He doubted God’s Word, disobeyed God and as a result, righteousness was not imputed unto Him (Genesis 3:1-6). Evidently, righteousness to approach God at will is only reckoned to those who believe in Him. The right to approach God and to stand before Him is conferred on us by God Himself on the ground of faith.
After the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, every man that lived sought righteousness: the right and the privilege to approach God or have interaction or communion with Him. From Abel to Enoch to Noah; they all sought it and God’s testimony of each attested to this, that he was pleased with them respectively. Abel got his testimony, but he was already dead when it came, so he could not rightfully use it (Hebrews 11:4). Enoch got his but he was caught up immediately, so he couldn’t even show us an example of living in the righteousness of God (Hebrews 11:5). Noah became the heir of the righteousness of faith, because he moved with reverence for God and built Him an ark as instructed by God. God called Abraham to follow Him to a place that He would show him in Genesis 12, and he obeyed. God blessed him with the blessing of righteousness because he believed God. This blessing of righteousness by faith is referred to as the blessing of Abraham. This same blessing of righteousness is conferred on everyone who believes and obeys the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!
My Solid Front (Confession):
Heavenly Father, I thank You for the blessing of righteousness that You have conferred on me through faith in Jesus Christ. I declare that I am the seed of Abraham and that I am blessed to be a blessing in all ramifications in Jesus’ Name!
Hebrews 11:3-8: Genesis 15:1-6.