THE CONCEPT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

DISCERNING THE LORDS BODY
December 24, 2020

THE CONCEPT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

ROM. 4: 3; James. 2: 23

INTRODUCTION

Righteousness is a topic widely discussed in many quarters, but this divine concept has not been thoroughly understood, either in the sense of not possessing the working knowledge or finding it hard to believe or accept adequate its promised benefits.

While some have gone into extreme dogma on the issue of righteousness, it is clear what the bible says about Gods intent. However, righteousness as a mystery it may seem, it is the will of God to reveal this to every member of His kingdom.

WHAT IS RIGHTEOUSNES?

There are various definition to righteousness and various bible scholars have attempted to define this great mysteries but in its simple terms righteousness according to the new testament teaching is as listed but not limited to this

  • Righteousness is right standing with God through Jesus Christ
  • Righteousness is relationship with God through Jesus Christ
  • Righteousness is Gods total responsibility for the justification and redemption of man (without human effort)

One of the greatest privileges of man is to have a relationship with God, and this has been bought for us through Jesus Christ (Life, Death and resurrection).

RIGHTEOUSNESS: (Rom.5:21)

  • Righteousness is mans benefit for Christ obedience. – Rom.6: 23, 5:19
  • Righteousness is a gift to be received and not a stage be attained –

Rom. 5:17-18; 10: 3)

  • Righteousness is a gift and not a reward for mans activity – Rom. 3: 21, Eph.2:9

WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY: Rom. 6:19, Eph.2:10

As those who have received the gift of righteousness, we have a responsibility to bear the righteous deeds which is the proof that we have received the gift of righteousness or walking in the light.

  • Our responsibility is to believe – Rom. 10: 10,
  • Our responsibility is to do and not to ‘be’ (righteousness) – Phil. 2:12,
  • Righteousness is instant but its fruits are progressive
  • Righteousness connects us to God but its fruits connect us to men and men to us
  • Righteousness works in us and its fruits work through and around us.
  • Righteousness is what God makes of us but the fruit is what we make of our selves.

CONCLUSION.

 As we have received of the lord this free and precious gift, lets us go all out to do the works that demonstrate and complete our faith. By this we overcome evil, and establish goods will on the earth. Shalom

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the blog. Really thank you! Keep writing. Sang Preisach

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