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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
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Christian Righteousness in the Bible Path
It's great to have you back again for this issue of Daily Bread. The
Bible talks a lot about righteousness. But what does righteousness
mean? Let's have a little Daily Bread Crumb, since it's been a while
since we've had one. The word righteous comes from a compound of two
words in Old English, right + wise. The meaning is acting rightly or
according to what is right, with a sense of justice or morality.
Paul has been explaining meticulously to us in this letter to the
Romans and all of us beloved of God, called to be saints, that the
Israelites, who are the Jewish people, the Hebrews, the children of
Israel, God's own people, have gotten so enamored by the law that God
gave them, that they forgot about God Himself. They didn't recognize
the new law. They couldn't fathom that God broke the Old Testament
and blessed us with a New Testament.
Zechariah 11:10-13 -
Jeremiah 31:31-34 -
He says in the opening Verse of Chapter 10:
1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel
is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but
not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and
going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted
themselves unto the righteousness of God.
In trying to go around making their own goodness known, they haven't
surrendered themselves to the goodness of God.
Biblical Righteousness Bible Discussion
Christian Righteousness in the Bible Vow
I have to share something with you. You're really gonna like this
because we sometimes make things that are so simple, so difficult,
and then when that little light bulb in our brain finally goes on
(it's called being enlightened by the Holy Spirit), it does something
to us inside that brings us a more perfect understanding of our
In the beginning there was Adam and Eve and they were in the Garden
of Eden and there was no law. Then the serpent came along and said,
if you disobey God, you can know the difference between good and evil
... You can be like God! (Now, tell me what was wrong with not
knowing the difference between good and evil?)
Well, you know the rest of that story, how God laid down the law
right then and there, and mankind now had rules to follow and the
burden of knowing right from wrong, which they should have left in
God's hands. Then, as time went on, mankind grew more and more evil,
so God destroyed everything with the Great Flood and the earth
started anew with Noah.
Well, things didn't improve much with time, yet God saw righteousness
in Abraham and made the promise that you read about in our last
study. Now, years passed and different events happened and God's
chosen people were given special laws of their own.
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This made them a well respected people, because no one else on earth
had such righteous laws. Well, as time went on, you may have read in
the Old Testament in your Bible, that the law was virtually
impossible for mankind, even God's chosen people, to follow, because
they inherited sin from Adam and Eve. God saw that people could never
make enough sacrifices and offerings to atone for their sins, so He
sent His Son to be the final sacrifice, the end of the old law, and
the beginning of the new law. What is the new law? Well, imagine Adam
and Eve un-eating the apple. The new law, is Grace, just
like at the beginning. We, by believing in Jesus, become one with
Him, and for the believer, for the one who obeys God, there is only
good, you don't know evil, just as Adam and Eve didn't know evil
before they disobeyed and were given law.
Problem: The Jewish people over the years became so attached to the
law, it became an obsession with them. So much so, that they couldn't
let go of it when God released them from it. They couldn't see that
Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that
Biblical Righteousness Bible Blessing
Christian Righteousness in the Bible Hope
Let's think back to Chapter 3 of this letter from Paul for a moment. He
Q ... Do we then make the law void through Faith?
A ... Certainly not, we establish the law by way of Faith.
So, with Grace, God puts the law within us and it is then established.
Jeremiah 31;31-34 -
The law, that is, the Old Testament law, is Holy. It came from God,
but do you think that God wanted to impose law on man or do you think
that He did it because mankind would destroy themselves with evil if
He hadn't? That was before Jesus of course.
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Paul says: Moses described the righteousness of the Old Testament,
saying, The man who breaks the law, shall live by the law. Leviticus
18:5 We all break the laws of the Old Testament every day of our
lives. Paul goes on to say, but the righteousness which is of faith
goes like this (The words in brackets are Paul's.):
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden
from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in Heaven, that thou
shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to Heaven, and bring it unto us
[that is, to bring Christ down from above], that we may hear it, and
do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who
shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, [that is, to
bring up Christ again from the dead] that we may hear it, and do it?
But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart,
that thou mayest do it.
Now more from Paul's epistle to the Romans:
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy
mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the Word of Faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from
the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him
shall not be ashamed [Isaiah
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the
Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not
believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not
heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it
is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel
of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! [Isaiah
16 But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Esaias
saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? [Isaiah
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the
Word of God.
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound
went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I
will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a
foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them
that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not
21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched
forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. [Isaiah
Biblical Righteousness Bible Conclusion
Christian Righteousness in the Bible Summary
We should keep the Israelites in our prayers, as Paul did, and strive
to follow the original law of Faith ourselves. Above all, believing
in Jesus is the key in all of this. He is the author of our Faith. He
is righteousness. He is freedom. He is salvation. Jesus is Lord!
Can't wait until next time when we share more Daily Bread together,
so hurry on back and don't forget to notice how beautiful your feet
are the next time you look at them! God Bless.
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