EXISTENTIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS (5)

(…continued from part four…)

5)            Galatians 3:21-23 “Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.”

                Jeremiah 23:6 “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Is this verse a pertainment only to the physicality of the Judean of Israel? Certainly not. It pertains more to the Christian than to any race. The name Judah means ‘praise’. Israel means ‘a prince, or better still, a ruler by God’s side’. The Christian is one creation brought into being to offer true praises to the Most High Jehovah. Who are referred to as the spiritual children of God? They are the Christians. 1Peter 2:9-10 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” ‘People’ from this verse is the Greek laos (lah-os’): ‘a tribe, nation, all those who are of the same stock and language.’ Who, therefore, are these Christians? We are the next of kin to the LORD God Almighty. It is on account of this kinship that the Scripture says, Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Galatians 4:7).

Jesus is the key to the righteousness of God

                Let us understand what “righteousness which is of God by faith” in Philippians 3:9 is. Romans 10:3 “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Ignorance of scriptural facts leads so many people into believing that their hands and acts will make them righteous before the LORD God. Romans 10:10 reveals, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Believing is an act of faith. The ‘faith’ in this verse is not unconnected with the finished work of Jesus, in His divine bid to save mankind. Faith is the key; inserted into man’s predicament, the key of faith turned, an ignition is in force, and the Holy Spirit perfects the act of faith. Faith in Jesus, when it has to do with salvation comes with a total package which include justification, sanctification, power and righteousness.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus (1Corinthians 1:30)

                1Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” In this verse we see the First and the Second Members of the Trinity making sure of the actuating the inherent righteousness. Our righteousness leads to other spiritual benefits of the above verse of the Bible. Galatians 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Should a verse like this not sum up the whole disquisition? But, unfortunately, many Church people want to prove that they must have a hand in this matter of righteousness which only the Divinity alone bestows.

 The unity of the Divinity consummates creationism

                2Peter 1:1 “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” The righteousness is never our making, God, who fashioned it in our genes, is the One who enhances its ignition. Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7) Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” This is a joint effort of the Trinity: the Lord Jesus, God the Son comes down from heaven to walk, on our behalf, the walk of redemption for us; the Holy Spirit is sent to midwife the regeneration our rebirth; and the end result makes us the heir of God the Father Himself. Ponderous! It speaks of eternality of heirship, most definitely.

                The good Shepherd, as the Eternal LORD, can only wrought an eternally secured salvation (if indeed He is a miracle Worker). Amen. All the Lord God did was to go back to the Eden right standing of Adam, carry out its evocation then wraps it around the redeemed soul, who happened to have it in his genes.

                If the creation of Adam (made from an unconscious gathering of dust) came with the bestowal package of righteousness, which he did nothing to earn, it should follow that the righteousness of his progenies of regeneration, through the sacrificial Lamb of God, cannot be earned as well. In the Eden he fell as the lord of the earth, because he could not save himself, cutting his supposedly immortality short. As a born again Christian, Adam is no longer his own lord, the eternal LORD saved him, bringing him into the eternality of his Divinity and righteous Lordship. Amen.

The Lamb of God

                Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

(Concluded)

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I DON’T WANT TO MISS HEAVEN! (III)

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The Church (most of its leadership) is not doing well by keeping the scriptural truism from the laity. So many scriptural anomalies got ingested in the unsuspecting laity during the millennia of the hegemony of Catholicism. James Arminius, whose teachings sired the Remonstrance and their five points, the fifth of which states thus: “believers are able to resist sin but are not beyond the possibility of falling from grace. The crux of Remonstrant Arminianism lay in the assertion that human dignity requires an unimpaired freedom of the will.” Over 90% of Christians believe this Arminianistic didacticism (unfortunately).

                1Corinthians 1:30 says, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” where the ‘righteousness’ is, the Greek, dikaiosunē (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay):‘equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification.’ And 2Corinthians 5:21 has “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Dikaiosunē is the same Greek word for ‘righteousness’ here.

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Matthew 16:18, “….and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Katischuo (kat-is-khoo’-o), that is the Greek for ‘prevail against’ which means ‘to overpower.’ Jesus says so clearly that none of His saved can be overpowered to fall into sin that will make him or her to lose heaven. This is the Bible. This verse points to the fact that it is absolutely incumbent upon Him to ensure our eventual heavenly citizenry the moment we pray the prayer of salvation. Jesus takes over our lives from then on.

Anyone who gets born again is a stone that has just been fix, permanently, in the building called Church. No satanic shenanigan can remove him from the structure whose erection is brought into a ginomai (made –righteous, that is) by Him who is the Architect, Draughtsman and the Bricklayer of the Church, the mystical body of His own being. God will never use an element which will become ineffectual to build the Church! The gates of Satanism cannot overpower a true Christian. A true Christian is a person who has professed the Lordship of Jesus.

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John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  ‘Life’ is zoe (dzow-ay’) ‘1. life-above 2. epithet of Jesus (John 14).’ Zoe comes from zao (dzah’-o) ‘1. to live {literally or figuratively}.’ It is in contrast to another Greek word, bios (bee’-os) ‘1. natural, physical life 2. (literally) the present state of bodily existence 3. (by implication) the means of livelihood.’ ‘More abundant’ is the Greek perissos (per-is-sos’) ‘1. superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality) 2. (by implication) excessive.’

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. To understand the unique profundity of this asseveration let us begin with ‘I am.’ When you read this verse from the Septuagint ‘I am’ will be ego eime. When Moses asked God for His name, the Septuagint rendition is ego eime. The life, zoe, that Jesus is giving abundantly in this verse is God’s kind of life. It does not come to extermination and absolutely nothing can bring it to extinction.

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What is the connection between the ‘I am’ and the shepherd? Psalm 23 opens with “The LORD is my Shepherd” where the title ‘LORD’ is Yhovah (yeh-ho-vaw’) ‘1. (the) self-Existent or Eternal 2. Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.’ In Psalm 80 the first verse reads: “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.” If the Shepherd of this verse is not Jehovah God, then Jesus never trod upon the surface of this terra firma. So, when Jesus declared, I am the good shepherd the definite article points in the direction of the One no Israelite would feign not to know: the Almighty LORD God of Israel! Amen!

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Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.        (…to be continued…)

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