Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

True freedom is submission.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

While you were married to your first husband you were excluded from the blessings of your second husband.

Believers are under the authority of righteousness at salvation, but when the standard of doctrine inculcates the soul then an understanding of God’s righteousness will result in a desire to be bound to it.

It is the righteousness of God that has been attacked in angelic and human history, being a slave to it is to reveal that righteousness to the dark world.

We share in the Father’s Righteousness through faith and in Christ’s Righteousness because we are in union with Christ through the baptism of the HS.

1 John 1:7
but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

We walk in the light, we don’t become the light;
1 John 1:5 God is light

To walk in the light is not to be sinless; that would consist in becoming the light. Walking in the light is responding to, and being guided by, the Light—and God is Light (vs. 5).

In a practical way, it means that when the Light, which God is, shines into the heart and reveals sin or darkness that is there, it is judged and put away by His grace and power.

What is deeply in error and dishonoring to God are those current definitions of Christian to be different merely in his ideals, his manner of life, or his outward relationships, when, in reality, he is a new creation in Christ Jesus.

His new headship-standing being in Christ, every change which is needed has been wrought to conform him to his new positions and possessions.

COL 2:13
And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

Unregenerate men are not encouraged to seek the forgiveness of sin alone, or any other individual feature of saving grace. They are encouraged to be made righteous through faith in Christ.

On the other hand, when sin has entered into the life of a Christian it becomes a question of sin and sin alone which is involved. The remaining features of his salvation are unchanged.

“righteousness” – dikaiosune is “the character or quality of being right or just as is God in character;” it was formerly spelled “rightwiseness,” which clearly expresses the meaning.

Righteousness is used to denote an attribute of God, which is essentially the same as His faithfulness, truthfulness, and that which is consistent with His own nature and promises.

ROM 3:25,26 speaks of His “righteousness” as exhibited in the Death of Christ, which is sufficient to show men that God is neither indifferent to sin nor regards it lightly.

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