Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What is the righteousness of God.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Guest Speaker: Pastor Joe Sugrue
March 18, 2010

While you were married to your first husband, the OSN as an unbeliever, you were free from your second husband’s righteousness and excluded from His blessings.

At salvation your new headship-standing being in Christ, every change which is needed has been wrought to conform you to your new positions and possessions.

And 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.

2 Cor 5:21
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might [through faith] become the righteousness of God in Him.

"It will be for our eternal benefit to learn that the secret to spiritual power is to be found not in struggle, but in surrender!"

“righteousness” – dikaiosune is “the character or quality of being right or just as God is 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 3:5
But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He?

We are not the light, we walk in the light.

This righteousness is one of relationship. God has shared His righteousness with us. We reflect it back to Him as well as to our fellow believers and mankind.

Righteousness, as a gift from God, is what allows us to be what we should be in relationship to our Father and mankind.

“justified” – aorist passive subjunctive of dikaioo = to be made righteous and therefore pronounced justified by the ultimate Judge, God the Father.

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.

“Dikaiosune is found in the sayings of the Lord Jesus, (a) of whatever is right or just in itself, whatever conforms to the revealed will of God, Matt. 5:6,10,20; John 16:8,10;

Matt 5:6
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Matt 5:10
"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matt 5:20
"For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees [by the Law], you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

John 16:8
"And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment;

John 16:10
and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me;

(b) whatever has been appointed by God to be acknowledged and obeyed by man. Matt. 3:15; 21:32.

Matt 3:15
But Jesus answering said to him [John the Baptist], "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted Him.

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