August 28, 2011 in What is the new covenant?
What is Righteousness?
How do we get it?
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For the righteousness of God is revealedin the gospel from faith to faith, just as it is written, “The righteous by faith will live.”
Definition of Righteousness from Strong’s concordance (1343)
1) in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God 1a) the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God 1b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting 2) in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due
The only way we can attain a State/condition approved/acceptable by God, is by faith in Jesus Righteousness (that He alone is Righteous/Perfect), and from faith to faith Not faith to law.
Under Old Covenant Righteousness is by the works of the Law (Deut 6:25; Php 3:7-9))
Also called “Self-righteousness” (Romans 9:30-10:4)
The ability to attain Righteousness by Self
Our Righteous Acts are like Filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)
External keeping of the commandments produced external holiness
Under New Covenant, Rightousness is by Faith alone.
Righteousness is a GIFT, it is FROM God not from Man (Romans 1:17). The Righteous that is by Faith Apart from Works (Romans 4:6-8; Galatians 2:15-21)
Jesus showed that Self-righteousness was impossible by expounding the Law internally (Matt 5:21-30)
Messiah is the End of the Law, End to Self-Righteousness- (Romans 10:4)
2 Corinthians 5:21
How did Jesus become Sin? Did He become Sin by Sinning? No!! He was tempted in All ways, yet without sin. (Heb 4:16)
Jesus received our Sin as a Gift- He received it Undeserved/Unmerited
How do we become righteous? By doing righteous things? It’s important to do righteous things, but the point is we didn’t become righteous by doing righteous things. We were made righteous, we received Righteousness as an Gift. Just as Jesus didn’t sin to become Sin, so we didn’t do any righteous things to become Righteous.
We received His Righteousness as a Gift, underserved/unmerited, not because of any righteous acts we’ve done.
God only sees One Righteousness-that is His Righteousness
Let’s Boast in God’s Righteousness not our own righteousness (1 Cor 1:22-23; 29-31; Jer 9:23-24)
Is it the job of the Holy Spirit to make me feel guilty and point out my faults all the time? John 16:8-11
*He will Convict the world wrong concerning Sin- because THEY/WORLD/UNBELIEVERS don’t believe in Me
Sin is in the Singular, the Sin of Unbelief. John 3:18,36; 8:24. Mark 16:16The Holy Spirit only makes unbelievers convinced, not the Church.
How can the Holy Spirit convict you of your sin if God Remembers them No MOre? a double negative? is God confused? Hebrews 10:17-18
Heb 10:2 “For the worshippers would have been cleansed Once and For All, and would No Longer have Felt Guilty for their Sins.”
*Concerning Righteousness, because I AM GOING TO THE FATHER
God will judge the world one day to see if they’ve received His Gift of Righteousness. Acts 17:31.Jesus was crucified to take the punishment of my sin, and He was raised to make me Right with God (Righteousness/Justification) Romans 4:23-25. 6:11. Jesus included my sinful nature in His death, when He rose from the dead He included me in His Resurrection, I was was raised with Him in Resurrection life and now I share in His Life, share His Righteousness- Right standing with God.
The Holy Spirit will only Convict/Convince that you are God’s Righteousness. He will never point out your fault.
*Concerning Judgement, because the ruler of this world has been Condemned.
The only person that the Holy Spirit ‘makes’ feel guilty, or point out faults to is the devil.
The devil is the one who makes you feel guilty and points out your faults all the time- he is the prosecutor at law. Revelations 12:10-11
Do not mistake the devil to be the Holy Spirit
What is the Law? 2Cor 3:6-11
*The ten commandments, engraved by the finger of God
*The ministry of death
*The ministry of condemnation
*Made ineffective with fading glory
*It has been cancelled (Col 2:14-15)
*We died to the law (Romans 7:6)
What was the purpose of the Law? Romans 7:6-11
*Brings sin to life. V.7
*Gives sin opportunity to take control.
*Produces in me all kinds of evil desires