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FULFILLING ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS

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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    *Dearly Beloved,* *FULFILLING ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS* * Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfil all righteousness (Matthew 3:15 NIV).* *Like
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      *Dearly Beloved,*

      *FULFILLING ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS*

      *"Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfil all
      righteousness" (Matthew 3:15 NIV).*

      *Like John the Baptist, one would wonder why Jesus Christ would present
      Himself for a baptism of repentance. However, Jesus' response to John the
      Baptist was that it was appropriate for Him to take part in John's baptism
      at that time in order to fulfil all righteousness. Since there was no
      requirements about baptism in Mosaic Law, Jesus could not have had in view
      anything pertaining to Levitical righteousness. Nevertheless, John the
      Baptist's message was a message of repentance, and those experiencing it
      were looking forward to a coming Messiah who would be righteous and who
      would bring in righteousness. If Jesus Christ as the Messiah were to
      provide righteousness for sinners, He must be identified with sinners. It
      was therefore in the will of God for Him to be baptized by John in order to
      be identified with sinners. This identification received the approval of
      God as God sent down His Spirit on Jesus and declared that Jesus is His
      beloved Son. *

      *Jesus Christ did not only identify with the people by His baptism, He
      actually came to serve them and give His life as ransom for them (see
      Matthew 20:28; Philippians 2:4-8). Because of this, He was exalted to the
      highest place and given a name above all names "...that at the name of
      Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
      and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
      Father" (Philippians 2:10-11 NIV).*

      *Most of people in high places and positions of leadership find it
      difficult to be identified with people they are leading and are in low
      places. They think that they are "too big" to be identified with the
      downtrodden. They are not ready to sacrifice their pleasure to satisfy the
      people that are under them. They have forgotten that in God's reckoning,
      "The greatest among you will be your servant" (Matthew 23:11 NIV). No
      wonder, Paul admonished in Romans 12:16, "Do not be proud, but be willing
      to associate with people of low position" (NIV).*

      *In what way do you identify yourself with the people you are leading or
      serving? Do not be "too big" to really serve others around you. To fulfil
      all righteousness, find ways you can identify with people around you. The
      Lord will indeed reward you for this.*

      *In His service,*

      *Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).*

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