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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Righteousness Of God

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I don't feel very righteous this morning. In fact I feel down right down this morning; and now my spell checker is tossing out extra letters and removing text.

Happily feelings don't matter.

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. I Corintians 9:24

I'll post this and check the spell checker latter, If you spot more errors than usual, I will probably come back and fix them. In fact I may throw out the whole post and write another. Again.

Eventually the feelings will line up with God's word, and there is a lot of word in the Bible about how through Christ we have the fruit of righteousness in us.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ —to the glory and praise of God. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. - Philippians 1:9-11

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." - Isaiah 29: 14

or in I Corinthians 1: 18-31 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things —and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God —that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written:

"Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

In Christ Jesus is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. That is cool.

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. - Romans 3: 21-24

I feel better already.

I believe in Jesus and have the righteousness from God.

No watter what was dragging me down, I know I am justified by grace.

I have the righteousness of God, for I am in Christ Jesus.

Now that is a good substitute for what I was.

And the reality of it will last forever.

Jesus is Lord!

Allan

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