It was in my darkest moments that Gods love shone the brightest in my heart. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
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Christ Our Righteousness
Christ Our Righteousness
One of the great majestic names of the LORD God is “The LORD Our Righteousness” (Jer. 33:16).
Jesus Christ is our righteousness (1Corinthians 1:30). We do not and cannot attain a right relationship with God in our own righteousness because our self-righteousness is as filthy rags. We are guilty sinners in the need of a perfect righteousness (Rom. 3:23; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:20-23).
When we speak of Christ our righteousness, we are using a great forensic term referring to our acquittal by God. All that we have as Christians we have received as a free gift of God through Jesus Christ. We are justified once and for all by grace through faith in Christ. It never has to be repeated because it is a non-repeatable event. When we are united to Christ, we have a righteous and holy standing before God. We are “in Christ.” We have a vital union in Him. We enjoy a right relationship with God because of the finished work of Christ on the cross. Christ is the basis of our perfect acceptance with God (2 Cor. 5:21).
God has robed us with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. He is the basis of our acceptance with God.
Godet said, “It is the act of grace whereby God removes the condemnation pronounced on the sinner, and places him relatively to Himself, as a believer, in the position of a righteous man. The possibility of such a Divine act is due to the death and resurrection of Christ.” His death is the foundation of everything God does for the sinner.
The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:12 that we are through the atoning death of Christ declared righteous before God. This “righteousness” of God in Christ is that quality, which is ours when God acquits the believer, based upon the finished all-sufficient death of Christ (Rom.4: 22-25). God acquits the believer for Christ’s sake, not ours.
This righteousness, like justification, is always forensic. God is Judge, and we must stand before Him. We can only plead guilty because we are guilty. God treated Jesus Christ as if He were the guilty sinner, and deals with the believing sinner as though he or she were righteous. Christ did not deserve the curse; we did. The imputed righteousness of Christ to the sinner is a demonstration of the wisdom of God. It is a display of His justice, mercy, grace, love, and power as would never enter into the mind of men. It is a manifestation, “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (I Cor. 1:25).
The cross and the resurrection is the power of God unto salvation. Let us glory in the cross of Jesus Christ and God’s saving grace.
Because our right standing with God is His work, He alone can get all the glory. God pronounces the verdict based upon whether we have accepted or denied Jesus Christ as our Savior. Man cannot satisfy the Judge unless he is righteous. There is no denying of the fact that no man is righteous before God. No man can produce the righteousness God requires. It has to be given to him if the sinner gets it. Under these circumstances, his faith is counted to him as righteousness (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:26). Christ Himself becomes the righteousness we need (2 Cor. 5:21). God the Righteous Judge views us not as we are in our sinfulness, but in Christ. He is our perfect standing before God. It is only the righteousness of Christ that can possibly satisfy the perfect demand of the law of God.
Christ is our righteousness; none other will satisfy God.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006 Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances whatsoever without the author’s written consent.
“Christ Much and Christ More”
Have you ever thought what it would be like if you could not die? How terrible it would be if your body had wasted away with a terrible disease and you could not die. I have conducted many funerals when loved ones have reluctantly said the deceased was better off because he was no longer suffering.
On the other hand, Francis Bacon echoed the attitude of many when he said, “men fear death as children fear the dark.” Apart from an intimate love relationship with Jesus Christ no man is prepared for his encounter with death.
Moreover, death for the believer in Christ is presented in the Bible as an improvement over the very best in this life. How wonderful it would be if Jesus came for us on the very best day this life could offer when everything is going great. It would not be a terrible tragedy. The Apostle Paul’s life was full and he could write, “For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain” (Philippians 2:21 NET).
Paul did not say his death would be “better by far” because he wanted to escape this life. The death of the Christian is never portrayed as an escape or improvement on the worst of life.
The heartbeat of Paul’s life was Christ. “For to me to live is Christ and to die is better yet.” Christ was everything to Him.
H. C. G. Moule with keen insight said, “Life and death . . . look to him like two immense blessings, of which he knows not which is the better. On either side of the veil, Jesus Christ is all things to him.” The only difference will be that “on the other side” everything Paul longed for in this life “in Christ” will be more perfectly realized there.
The apostle’s desire was to “depart” and be with Christ. He had tasted the delights of God’s righteousness and longed for freedom from evil that he would never have in this life on the earth. He would know perfect freedom.
For the Christian death will be freedom from all sin, pain, suffering, persecution, cares, etc.
I am sure the apostle Paul had in mind that this freedom would mean that finally he would be like Christ in His perfect righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8). Crowned with His righteousness! It is not our self-righteousness, but our being clothed in righteousness that Christ imputes to us (2 Cor. 5:21).
We will know him as he is known. Every spiritual truth that has puzzled us in this life will be clearly revealed to us in Christ. In that day we will know as he knows (1 Cor. 13:12).
But the blessed thought, most precious of all is we will be with him. Every born again believer will be with Christ. Yes, we know him and he is with us in our present life, but oh the fullness of our knowledge of him and his wonderful, glorious presence when we are with him clothed and crowned with his righteousness!
The Psalmist said, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15 NASB).
For the unbeliever death is an eternal separation from a righteous, loving God. It is something to be feared and dreaded. However, for the believer death is just the opposite; it is also precious to the believer just as it is to God. There will be no separation from him.
Moule says it well. For Paul it was a dilemma “between Christ and Christ, Christ much and Christ more, Christ by faith and Christ by sight.” And that is our dilemma, too.
As you read these words is it true of you? Do you long to be like Christ? Do you long to see Him in all His gory? Do you earnestly desire to be perfect as he is perfect?
The apostle John said, “And everyone who has this hope focused on him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure” (1 John 3:3 NET).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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If You Stand On
There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love Charles Stanley
Thinking About Your Promise.
Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. Psalms 119:97 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise. Psalms 119:148 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
It is vital to commit yourself to putting time aside to read and meditate on God and His Word.
Before you begin your day as well as at the close of your day, take some moments to be with God, strengthening and encouraging yourself with what He desires to show you.
Whenever a Bible verse jumps out at you, write it down and then talk with Poppa about it. As well recite it every day until it is ingrained in your mind.
Then when challenging times come, those verses will return to you and encourage you to continue on.
As well, when God instructs you act upon it immediately. Otherwise it will be harder the longer you wait.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Elohim Ozer Li (Psalms 54:4 GOD My Helper ) for blessing me with the greatest helper in every area of my life, The Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus that Your sacrifice made it possible for Him to be my private tutor. Thank you The Holy Spirit for being the best Guidance Councilor there could ever be. I praise you all in the name of the best Rabbi, Jesus Christ. Amen
May you have a grateful heart towards He who has given so much to you. indeovi vas ( may you live with Jesus in Latin )
Seleh- stop and think about it.
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Who Would Want to Change That?
Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives Deuteronomy 5:33 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
I would not change a thing if I could do my life over again.
Everything was for my benefit both the good and the bad.
The bad helped me mature while drawing closer to Christ.
The good was fellowship with Christ.
Who would want to change that? Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
The Further Away We Get From
The further away we get from prayer, the further away we get from Jehovah. Joseph- Anthony: Green
Maybe it is Age, But
Maybe it is age, but I am certain The Holy Spirit has a wonderful sense of humour. He is a marvelous friend who loves to share a laugh with me. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
Has a Wonderful Sense of Humor
Speaking from personal experience, I know Jesus has a wonderful sense of humor and many times laugh my head off at some of the jokes He has played on me. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
Should be the Loftiest of Joy.
Joy in the Lord should be the loftiest of joy. Charles Spurgeon