Righteousness and Justice
(Psalm 97:2) Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. (NAS)
The Lord coming in clouds and thick darkness speaks of a divine visitation bringing the justice of God. This type of visitation is like a two edged sword. It will produce judgment and blessings simultaneously. Those that have been faithful through repentance and intercession will find this to be a season of cleansing and blessing.
We will be cleansed and sanctified by the Spirit of Truth so that we can become partaker's of His Divine nature and His Holy character. 1 Peter 1:4 stimulates that we have His precious and magnificent promises by which we become partaker's of His Divine nature through the true knowledge of Christ.
Those that have not been faithful to God's Word will find that this visitation will produce judgment and Divine retribution. The church is also being challenged at this time to determine how willing she will be to intercede on behalf of mankind and stand in the gap as did Moses.
Psalms 97:2 declares that Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of His throne. For there to be a true manifestation of the Lord's manifest presence there must be a foundation of righteousness and Justice upon which His seat of authority is established. The pillars upon which God’s throne is established is Righteousness and Justice. The Bible tells us that those who overcome will be pillars in the temple of God.
(Psalm 89:14) Your throne is founded on two strong pillars the one is Justice and the other Righteousness. Mercy and Truth walk before you as your attendants. Blessed are those who hear the joyful blast of the trumpet, for they shall walk in the light of your presence. (TLB)
(Revelation 3:12) 'He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. (NAS)
We are to be the pillars of righteousness and Justice through which the Lord will execute His judgments in the Earth. With maturity we will become the trees of Righteousness that bare fruit reflecting His Divine attributes.
In Jeremiah 33:16 the Lord first revealed Himself as Jehovah Tsidkenu-The Lord Our Righteousness. A righteous God pronounced death as the penalty of sin, yet that same God became flesh, the righteous branch, to taste death for every sinner and provide the righteousness that is transferred or imputed.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness and truth yet HE WILL NOT LEAVE THE GUILTY UNPUNISHED. The heart cry of the Spirit is to REPENT and RETURN to the Lord that times of refreshing may come from His presence. However, there will be certain judgment for those that do not.
In the old Testament there is evident revelation of Israel as being a nation seeking after righteousness, yet in its passionate desire for righteousness, the people discover their own unrighteousness. Therefore, we become people that are seekers after hearts of purity and communion with God in holiness. God will always have a remnant of people in the Earth who seek after Him and His Righteousness.
The righteousness of God is revealed to us through the written word. When the first written law was given to us in the form of the ten commandments we recognized the first five commandments dealt with the right relationship with God. The second five commandments related to a right relationship with our fellow man.
All proper relationships first begin with a proper understanding and relationship with God Himself. Only after we have a spiritually healthy relationship with the Lord can we move into proper relationships with our fellow man based on sincere fraternal affection. The Lord is looking for those that can walk together in agreement and unity so that He can pour out His anointing upon them.
When righteousness has been established in the hearts of believers through the Word, we may then move into a subsequent aspect of righteousness, which is Holiness. The Spirit of Holiness is the very power of the resurrection as described in Romans 1:4.
The first installment that is being released to us is for the purpose of resurrection power. God’s great power is released to us through the Spirit of Holiness. The Lord desires to establish righteousness and Justice in us as a foundation of his throne and manifest presence.
The manifested power of God lies in the cross as stipulated in 1 Corinthians 1:18:
(1 Corinthians 1:18) For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
As we seek the Lord's face rather than his hand we then become partaker's of his Holy character by being reflections of His image. We will begin to truly KNOW HIM and the power of His resurrection though it may include the fellowship of His sufferings. Gods manifest power is essential to us in becoming the light of the world during the coming times of darkness.