Joseph Prince - What Makes No Weapon Prosper Against You?
When Jesus rose from the dead, the Bible says you were raised with him. Can I have a good "Amen"? Okay, look at this verse here. "God raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification". Let's look at the first line, "Who was delivered up because of our offenses". So there are two circles. One is circle of darkness and then a circle of light. The first circle of darkness is Christ was delivered up because of our offenses.
Now, who became liable for our offenses? Christ. The reason he died on the cross and he became the center of the circle of darkness. He became the center because he took upon himself the liability for all of us to divine judgment. So he became the center. Not you and I. He became the center of that circle of darkness because God loved us. Now, by the same token, we come to another light. The another circle, rather: circle of light. It's a beautiful circle. And there we find him in the center, the Resurrection. "He was raised because of our justification".
I like the Young's Translation. All right, Young says like this: "Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised up because of our being declared righteous". The moment God declares us righteous he raised his Son from the dead. Hey, listen, the implication is that if we were not declared righteous Jesus would not have been raised from the dead. Wow, I'll say it again. The implication is that if we are not declared righteous, if that's not settled before God, Christ would not have been raised.
So today, when we think of Jesus being raised from the dead, it's not just to conquer death, wonderful as that is. The main truth is a declaration that you are acquitted. Because the same body, Jesus's body, that bore all our sins, all our curse and our judgment and our guilt, now rose from the dead, cleared of them all. So we should have this attitude, the Bible actually says, Romans 6, likewise in the same way he died to your sin once and for all and rose before God. Likewise in the same manner reckon yourself dead indeed unto sin. Cleared from the imputation of sin. No charge of sin can be brought against you. Have that kind of life, have that kind of attitude. Reckon, act like it, that you are someone that cannot be charged with sin.
So I said, "Well, Pastor Prince, be careful about saying that". I don't have to be careful. It's Bible. The Bible says declaring his righteousness. In fact, the Bible says we are declared righteous and because we are declared righteous, Christ was raised. Give them 1 Corinthians 15, verse 17. 1 Corinthians 15:17: "If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins". So in other words, if Christ has not risen, guess what? Your faith is vain. You are still in your sins. But the fact that Christ has risen, hallelujah, and we celebrate this resurrection on this Resurrection morning, is the fact that you appear before God as righteous.
I wanna tell you a story right now. There are three archangels, all right? There's Michael, there is Gabriel, and there is Lucifer who later on became Satan. And the Bible says it like this. And all this is gotta do with righteousness. The Bible says of Lucifer in Ezekiel 28: "You were the anointed cherub who covers". That reminds me of the ark of the covenant. Do you remember? The Bible says when you build the ark of the covenant, like, show them a picture of the ark. Notice that God says the ark of the covenant is to be built with two cherub so that they are guardians of God's holiness. They are guardians of God's righteousness. So back to the devil in Ezekiel 28.
So his function was that of a guardian of God's righteousness. Now, what gave him that audacity to want to usurp God's throne? What made him think that he can get God's throne? You think that, I mean it's just a futile exercise anyway. We all know that, you know. But perhaps he knows something about God's throne. Maybe after the Triune God, if God should ever fail, if God should ever fail and the foundation of his throne is compromised, the devil has this idea he will take over. Let me show you God's throne real quick. Psalm 68, Psalm 68, or 89, excuse me. Almost the same. "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne".
Righteousness and justice, the foundation of God's throne. God's throne is established on righteousness. Say, "Amen". "Mercy and truth go before your face". This mercy and truth, by the way, is hesed ve emet. and don't forget in Hebrew the law was given by Moses but hesed ve emet, grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, literally, all right? So this is grace and truth. So what goes before God's face? Mercy and truth. Grace and truth. True grace, true grace. But his throne is established upon righteousness.
Now, the devil is a... was created with Michael and Gabriel to be what? Cherub. Cherubim means what? Guardians of God's righteousness and now the devil says, "Ah-ha, God has created a new creation called man, Adam, and I see that God loves him so much". Just like, I see some of you, you have a newborn baby, all right? After for a while I visit you again I see the way you dote on your little boy. You all can see me doing that with Justin, all right? You love that boy so you start thinking to yourself, "If I wanna get God I will get him through his love for that boy. I will cause God," now this is evil thinking, all right? "Well, Pastor Prince, how you know"? Not because great minds think alike. Because I read the Bible. I read the Bible, okay?
He thinks to himself, you can find it in Isaiah. He thinks to himself, "I will take the throne of God". But what is God's throne? God's throne is not mercy and truth. It's righteousness and justice. But God loves mercy and truth, amen? Would to God, leadership can understand that. Our judges can understand that, amen. You have to keep righteousness. You have to maintain justice but your heart must always love mercy and truth, amen? Sometimes, we have to do justice but our hearts must love mercy. Listen carefully. The devil says, "Well, if he loves men, I will try to get God to compromise his righteousness. I will cause the one that he loves to fail him and then I'm gonna see how can he forgive him righteously".
So just like the story of how they brought to Jesus when he was teaching in the temple, they brought this woman caught in adultery before Jesus. In a most rude fashion, they threw her right in front of Jesus while he was teaching in the temple precincts. And they said, "Master, we caught this woman in the act of adultery. Now Moses says that such should be stoned. What do you say"? Any resemblance is purely coincidental. And Bible says Jesus didn't answer them. Jesus just stooped down with his finger. He wrote on the ground. Look at this picture here.
Now, the reason why I show you he's writing on stone. I want you to see this. It's because one of the advantage of going to Israel is that you learn things like this. God's spirit can show you. One day a number of years ago, many years ago, actually, I was in Israel in the area of the precincts of the temple. The temple is no longer there. They threw down the, even the stones of the huge stones of the temple but the marketplace is still there. The precincts, the idea of the stone is all there, okay, at the bottom. And then I realized that nowhere is it grassy. Nowhere is it like a garden. It's all stones. So the place that Jesus taught was the precincts of the temple. It must have been when he wrote on the ground, he didn't write on earth ground, he wrote on stone.
So they are saying, "Moses said that such should be stoned". And he's telling them by his action, "You presume to tell me what Moses said. I am the one who gave the law," hallelujah. When God came down the first time, God wrote on stone. And when he stooped down, he was demonstrating he is the God that stooped down on Mount Sinai to give the law, that he knew man cannot keep. And then he rose up and he said, "He that is without sin throw the first stone," and then the Bible says, second time, he stooped down. Now, how many times did God give the Ten Commandments? Twice. Jesus also stooped the second time. Now, did he break the law? No, he didn't. This is God's law and she is guilty and then Jesus says, "He that is without sin throw the first stone". Yes, you can throw but only the one without sin throw the first stone.
The Bible says one by one they slank away. One by one they left, beginning from the eldest, everyone left until Jesus and the woman was left. Then Jesus looked at her and she was weeping. I love it. The Savior and the sinner alone. And he says, "Woman, where are those thine accusers"? And she look around. Probably she was crying all the time. She looked for the first time and she says, "No man, Lord". She called him Lord. And he says, "Neither do I condemn you". Did you hear that? "Neither do I condemn you". You know why he say that? Because he'd be paying for her sins not too long after that. There's a price for her forgiveness. I told you God cannot just appear like he's forgiving sinners with complicity with the sinner's sin so they must be paid. Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more".
Now, we see the law is powerless against love. Oh, God's wisdom. God's wisdom. Now, I close with this: what has this got to do with our righteousness? Well, friend, listen. There's this verse in the Bible, Proverbs 17, verse 15. Let's all read this together, as we bring this to a close: "He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord". The word "just" there is righteous. So the Bible says, you know what's an abomination? It's worse than sin. When God uses the word "abomination" it is a intense word. It is like I was told the image, the picture there, the Hebrew picture there is that of smelling a dead rat that's been dead for a number of days. And you are stuck in that small room with a rat, all right?
The way you feel towards that rat and the smell, all right, the deathly corpse, the carcass of that rat, you smell that, that's an abomination. The Pharisees represents the first part, justifying the wicked. They are sinful and yet they act like they are justified. They are sinners but they act like they are not. And all those who are like them, God says is an abomination, okay? That's hypocrisy, right? Hypocrisy is pretending to be what you are not. The world out there calls us hypocrites. Let's see who is the real hippo, all right? Watch this. He who condemns the righteous.
Now, when Jesus rose from the dead, you are made righteous, right? That's why Jesus was raised from the dead. Am I right? Okay, now, are you righteous? Are you justified? Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God. Am I right? What if you condemn yourself? What if you condemn yourself? Do you fit in the bill of condemning the righteous? If you condemn another brother, is that fitting of this verse? Is an abomination. Now, in a Christian life this will affect everything in your life. Many of us are condemning ourself. We wonder why our prayers don't work. We condemn ourselves when actually we're actually in a way committing abomination.
There are Christians who confess their sins but they confess the ones that are overt and clear but they don't confess that, they're condemning themself. Is an abomination when you condemn yourself. God told Peter, "What I have cleansed," referring to the Gentiles. "What I have cleansed, don't call common. Don't call unclean". God doesn't like it, okay? This will affect your relationship with your children. You must be established that you are God's righteousness, amen? I therefore, before we close, look at this. "All your children shall be taught by the Lord". Doesn't say you must teach your children about the Lord, but that the Lord himself will teach them. "All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the shalom".
The word "shalom" is not just peace of mind but also health. Great will be your children's health. Great will be their peace. Great will be their wellbeing because they are taught directly by the Lord. Why? Because in righteousness the father is established in. The mother is established in righteousness. Our being established in righteousness affects our children. When we are legalistic, they are insecure. When we are restful walk with God, great shalom comes on them. Don't try to just focus on your kids. Focus on your walk with the Lord and ask yourself, "Are you established in this truth of righteousness? Are you the righteousness of God in Christ"? And every day look for that. And the Bible says that "you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror".
We live in a world of terror, all right? But the Bible says when you are established in righteousness, "you'll be far from oppression, for you will not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you". God did not say this, "No terror," but it will not come near you. The more you say, "I'm the righteousness of God in Christ," before you board a plane, "I'm the righteousness of God in Christ". And that's the greatest humility before God. To say, "I'm not righteous, you know, I'm just this, I'm just that," and all that. That's not gonna help you. That's false humility, pseudo humility, amen?
When you say, "I'm the righteous of God in Christ," Jesus is glorified. The Bible says he will see the travail of his soul and he'll be satisfied, amen. And drop down all the way. It says: "No weapon formed against you". Weapons will be formed. There'll be new weapons formed by the enemy against you, but "No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from me, says the Lord". So he helps you in your business, even getting sued, whatever it is. God didn't say you won't get but God says, "No weapon formed against you will prosper".
Every bad letter written against you will not prosper. Every tongue that rises against you in judgment will not prosper. Why? Because we are good? Because you are good? Because you are righteous? No. "Your righteousness is from me". And that's what you're established in. And the more you establish in that, the more you will find the realities of these truths being fulfilled in your life. One last verse, we'll close. Jesus says this in Matthew 6. Matthew 6, verse 31: "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'"
In Christianity, they call this the lower needs compared to your higher needs, your spiritual needs, you know, wisdom, favor with God and all that. But let's look at these lower needs. Does God care whether you are provided for? Does righteousness cover that? Let's see. All right, "'What shall we drink?' 'What shall we wear?'" And Jesus says the body's more important than clothing which refers to health. So it's all covered here. "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness". Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. "And all these things will be added to you". "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you".
Notice, "Seek first," what? "The kingdom of God". And what is the kingdom of God? Romans 14:17 says the kingdom of God is not food and drink. It's righteousness. So it's as if he's saying, "Seek first the kingdom of God," underline his righteousness, and all these things, the lower needs, the lower ones, will be added to you. It's like clothes added to you, food added to you, as if you need more. All that you need physically will be added to you. Added. Okay, watch this amazing wisdom of God and we'll close. Have you been blessed? Jesus says the primary thing is his righteousness. Not your righteousness. You must be established in his righteousness.
Jesus rose from the dead. That means I'm righteous, amen? Because God sees me in him. God never look at Jesus without seeing me in him. I repeat, God never sees Jesus without seeing me in him. And God never sees Jesus without seeing you in him. You understand? God doesn't see you outside of Jesus, never. So you are righteous in him. How righteous are you? As righteous as Jesus. He's the measure of my righteousness. And to say otherwise is an abomination. It's pride, okay? Are you with me so far? Now watch this. This amazing wisdom from God, tell me you can find this wisdom of God anywhere else, okay? Except here in Jesus's words.
Jesus says, if you put the primary thing, the primary good in the primary place, then the secondary good will be added to you without even you're seeking it. But, listen, if you put the secondary thing in the primary place, you will forfeit all the primary good and there's no promise you'll get the secondary benefit. So the idea of people pursuing physical things all the time when Jesus says you don't put the physical things, your priority in life is physical, physical, material, material.
And Jesus is saying you're gonna lose both. You're gonna lose the primary thing, his righteousness, and in our case, we lose the consciousness of it and you're gonna lose the secondary benefit. But Jesus says if you put the primary thing first, his righteousness, every day just know this, if you declare you're righteous, you believe it, you listen to messages on it. Joseph Prince messages are quite good on it. Listen to it, amen. Not the only one, but quite good. Okay, listen, listen, listen. The more you listen to it, you see, this is your priority. This is your primary main focus. Then not only you get the benefit of righteousness, you get the physical lower needs added to you. But you put this lower need in the primary place, you lose both.
What wisdom. It helps your focus to be very simple, you know? Every day in life I don't have to pursue health, I pursue the fact am I righteousness conscious today? I think intensely to be established in that righteousness consciousness. And guess what? Clothing is added. Food is added. Doesn't mean there's no challenges. Doesn't mean there's no weapons. But any weapon formed won't prosper. Doesn't mean tongues won't rise. Tongues will rise, amen? But it will not succeed against you because of what Jesus did, people. Satan cannot successfully accuse. And the law cannot successfully condemn. You are the righteousness of God in Christ and all because of Resurrection. Give him praise, hallelujah!