W4L Newsletter May 2019

Isaiah 54:17
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.

And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.

 This is a big subject and one we will look at in more detail some other time, but what is Righteousness?

goodness, virtue, virtuousness, uprightness, decency, integrity, worthiness,  justice, honesty, honour, honourableness, innocence, blamelessness, guiltlessness, irreproachability, sinlessness, saintliness, purity, nobility, noble-mindedness, the quality of being morally right or justifiable.

So Righteousness is Equity of Character or Act it’s vindication given by God to the Believer

People so often seek after Gods approval, by religious acts and traditions, but it’s by Faith in the fact that we have been MADE his righteousness through HIM and not by what we do.

Romans 9:30-33 (AMPC)
What shall we say then? That Gentiles who did not follow after righteousness [who did not seek salvation by right relationship to God] have attained it by faith [a righteousness imputed by God, based on and produced by faith], 31 Whereas Israel, though ever in pursuit of a law [for the securing] of righteousness (right standing with God), actually did not succeed in fulfilling the Law32 For what reason? Because [they pursued it] not through faith, relying [instead] on the merit of their works [they did not depend on faith but on what they could do]. They have stumbled over the Stumbling Stone.  33 As it is written, Behold I am laying in Zion a Stone that will make men stumble, a Rock that will make them fall; but he who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] shall not be put to shame nor be disappointed in his expectations.

We can’t fulfill the Law in our own ability, this is why we have the Law, simply to show the Awesome Grace God has shown to us.

Romans 10:1-13 (NKJV)
Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

People today don’t understand that their religious acts can’t make you in right standing with God, He loves you no matter what, let’s look at the rest of these verses.

5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

We see here that We can’t make God like us any more, we can’t get into Heaven by our own acts, but in fact our rightousness is the same as our salvation, it is given when we believe in our hearts that Jesus died and was raised from the dead for our sins., this is faith in the death and reserection of Jesus Christ, so it is when in Faith we believe that Jesus is our righteousness and salvation.

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Have a blessed month, till next time.