Wednesday, November 20, 2013


The first instance of the word "righteousness" in the Word of God, is found in Genesis 15:6, and the last time it is mentioned is in Revelation 19:11.  Jesus is the only man ever to be considered righteous, in and of Himself, throughout the Scriptures.  All who we recognize as righteous (Enoch, Noah, Abraham, etc.), received their right-standing with God through His grace and their faith in Him.  Both the Hebrew צְדָקָה (tsĕdaqah), and the Greek δικαιοσύνη (dikaiosynē), has to do with "a state approved of God."  In fact, being Christ-like, and being righteous, are the same thing.  It is of the utmost importance that man will be judged as being righteous on "judgment day."  Why?  

Because God is a holy God, and all He does is righteous -
*  "...the LORD our God is righteous in all His works which He doeth" (Dan. 9:14).
*  "...the LORD our God is holy" (Ps. 99:9).

Man is required to be righteousness in order to go to heaven -
*  "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?"  (1 Cor. 6:9).
*  "...what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness (and) what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14).

Man is not holy, nor is he righteous -
 *  "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Gen. 6:5 compare with Lk. 17:26).
*  "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one" (Rom. 3:10).
*  "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).

Man cannot become righteous through works -
*  (Salvation is) "Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Eph. 2:9).
*  "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5).

Jesus has provided us with His righteousness through faith in Him -
*  "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21).
*  "And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness" (Gen. 15:6).

Trust in the finished work of Jesus that makes Him the Savior!
Let your works demonstrate to the world that He is your Lord!

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