God’s Abundance: Righteousness (#922)
Good morning. We’re going to continue our series on God’s Abundance today. As you can see from the web site, we’ve covered a number of topics where God just doesn’t give us things, He gives us lots of them, and we’re going to talk today about God’s Righteousness and how unbelievably abundant His Righteousness is towards us. As you know in much of Christianity, they will tell you you are righteous through Christ and then give you a big long list of things to do to earn your Righteousness. And, if you do one thing they don’t like then they tell you you are not righteous anymore — that is a common occurrence. Well, as we’ll see in the scriptures, as many of you have read, already: that is not the way God operates. God makes us righteous and we are righteous: absolutely, 100%, not through our works, but through the work of Jesus Christ. But, getting that into our heads: that we are really righteous, and living that every day can take a little more mental effort, but the righteousness itself is completely paid for. There is nothing you could do to not be righteous before God. And before I start, let me say that the two words: righteousness and justification, come from the same Greek word. Because Jesus Christ justified us, the result is we are righteous. It is like if you clean the dishes, the dishes would be clean. That is the same verb, but in English we have two different words. We are justified, means to be made righteous. So you’ll see the word justified and the word righteousness show up. And the word justified is interesting, people have come up with cute little puns about it, like: “to be justified is just as if I never sinned,” and it is true because Jesus Christ has paid for our sins. And righteousness is a word that William Tyndale came up with when he was making one of the first translations of the Bible into English. He came up with it because he felt when you’re righteous, you’re basically right with God: there is no conflict between you. We know what it means to be right with a person: when you get along, when you see eye to eye; there is no disagreement. And we also know what is like to not be in right with somebody: and have big disagreements, and fights, and arguments. We’ll when it comes to us and God, we are right with God. Not through our works, but through the work of Jesus Christ. So because we’ve been justified, we are right with God. So you’ll see the word justified and the work righteousness show up over and over today. Let’s start in Deuteronomy chapter six….
As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20170625. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Deut. 6:25 It shall be our righteousness if we observe to do
Prov. 28:1 The righteous are bold as a lion
Prov. 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe
Isaiah 32:17 The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever
Acts 13:39 Justified from all things that you could not be justified by the law
Romans 3:20 ff By the deeds of the law no flesh shall be justified (vs. 20)
Romans 4:1-5 Faith counted for righteousness (vs. 5)
Romans 5:1-8 Justified by faith (vs. 1)
Romans 10:9, 10 Believeth unto righteousness.
I Cor. 1:30 Christ Jesus is made unto us righteousness.
II Cor. 5:21 That we might be made the righteousness of God.
Gal, 2:16 A man is not justified by the works of the law
Gal. 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God – if righteousness is by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Gal, 3:11 The just shall live by faith
Phil. 3:9 Righteousness through the believing of Jesus Christ.
Heb. 4:16 Come boldly to the throne of grace (cf. vss. 14-15)
Righteousness is the God-given justification (freedom from the penalties of sin) whereby a person stands in the presence of God without any consciousness of sin, guilt, or shortcomings.
Because we have been justified, we are righteous.
The whole world is trying to earn righteousness by their own deeds, which they can never do. We have the joy of walking in the righteousness which he already accomplished for us, by his perfect, accomplished believing as our lord and savior.