Jesus' Role in Making Us Righteous

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Jesus' Role in Making Us Righteous
Christ did not need to have committed even one sin in order to made sin for you, so you do not need to do even one righteous thing in order to made righteous!

Kingdom Principle: Righteousness; Part VI
Locate in Scripture: Romans 5:12-19; II Corinthians 5:21; Psalm 40:5-10; Hebrews 1:7-8

Jesus came to make you righteous. What sin took from you in the fall, Jesus came to restore. Humanity was created in God’s image and enjoyed a perfect union with God. Sin interrupted that until Jesus came making it possible to be brought back into that perfect standing because of the righteousness He gives as a gift through faith.

What is God’s Righteousness?

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What is God's Righteousness?
God could not overlook sin but had to be faithful to humanity because of His nature. Jesus was God’s expression of righteousness. He's the solution to the Sin.

Kingdom Principle: Righteousness; Part V
Locate in Scripture: Romans 3:21-26

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

The Vine’s Dictionary defines righteousness in this way, ‘Righteousness is the character or quality of being right or just”. The righteousness of God is essentially the same as His faithfulness and truthfulness, and it is consistent with His nature and promises.In essence, the entire character of God depends on His ability to always do the right thing.

For humanity, God’s righteousness, ‘the character or quality of being right or just’, was demonstrated in Jesus. Since He created mankind with a choice (Genesis 2:16-17), knowing beforehand that they would sin, God’s righteousness was validated when He sent Jesus into the world to redeem it. In other words, He did not leave the consequences of that choice on the shoulders of humanity. Rather, God’s actions proved consistent with His righteous nature because God will always be faithful to mankind, Jesus demonstrated this.

The Just and the Justifier

What is Self-Righteousness?

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Are you righteous? Righteousness is one of the most important principles Jesus taught but He said it needed to surpass that of the Pharisees, how do you measure up?

Kingdom Principle: Righteousness; Part IV
Locate in Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 14:16-24

To understand righteousness and why it is one of the most important principles Jesus taught we must understand the truth about our lack. In other words, we must understand the difference between our righteousness apart from God and our righteousness with God as the source. Comprehension of these things will bring about a perspective change in how we relate to God and operate in His kingdom.

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

In the parable of the Wedding Banquet, Jesus makes the contrast between His righteousness and self-righteousness abundantly clear (Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 14:16-24). Here is a synopsis of the parable; the King has prepared a wedding feast for his son and his servants are sent to gather those who had been invited. However the invitation is rejected so the King sends more servants and again they are ignored, mistreated and even killed. Then, the king sends his servants out into the streets to invite everyone they find, both good and bad. And as they enter his banquet they are given wedding clothes to wear to this amazing feast. When the king comes in, he finds one without the clothing he was given and immediately throws him out.

God is the Source of Righteousness

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God is the Source of Righteousness
If you want to live holy, it can only be Christ in you, enabling you to live a good and holy life. God's resources are unlimited, empowering you to live righteously.

Kingdom Principle: Righteousness; Part III
Locate in Scripture: Luke 18:9-14

In 2004 I headed out with a group to church plant. Over the next several years we worked tirelessly caring for the growing church. It was a great experience. Many times filled with heartache, but most of the time filled with joy and excitement. However, the seeds of discouragement were planted after an encounter with someone who ‘meant well’ and then took root when personal situations drastically changed making it hard to maintain the demands of family, work and ministry. I needed help and found that the well was too dry to continue. Somewhere along the line what had been a joy and passion had turned into a terrible burden. But instead of seeking the help I needed from the Lord, I ran away and quit the ministry because I didn’t know how to continue.I was tired, I was beaten up and most of all, I was discouraged.

The Foundation of Righteousness

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The Foundation of Righteousness
You need to be righteous to get to heaven, and yet you cannot be righteous on your own by the things you do. You need Jesus and His righteousness!

Kingdom Principle: RighteousnessPart II
Locate in Scripture: Genesis 3; Romans 5

From the very beginning God created humankind in perfection. What made it perfect is that we were created to experience an intimate and personal relationship with Him. Adam and Eve experienced God in the garden. They were created in righteousness; upright, sinless and in right standing with God.

Righteousness 101

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Righteousness 101
Righteousness does not come through living holy; rather holiness comes from being righteous. Don't work at this, God provided this for you in Jesus!

Kingdom Principle: Righteousness; Part I
Locate in Scripture: Matthew 5:20

“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20).

What a shock this statement must have been to everyone who heard it. The teachers and Pharisees were, by human standards, very righteous. They lived in such a way that righteousness could be observed in their lives. They practiced the letter of the law in each moment of every day. In fact, no one could accuse them of breaking any of the commandments because of the outward holiness that was exhibited. And yet Jesus said it was not enough.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

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The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Kingdom Principle: Seeds; Part XII
Locate in Scripture: Matthew 13:1-23; 31-35; Mark 4:1-25; 30-34; Luke 8:4-19

In our bi-monthly staff meetings, we watched a short video of a recent conference in which Jim Collins, who wrote the book Great by Choice spoke. He is explaining the five core mindsets of leaders who have demonstrated great resolve in running their businesses over long periods of time. We have been watching short segments of this presentation in order to discuss them. In our most recent meeting we watched a segment on Productive Paranoia. While the name is interesting, what stuck out to me was a statement he made which summarizes the Biblical principle of the mustard seed. He said something to the effect of what you do before the difficult times come, will help you to be strong when people most need you. His premise is that being prepared, planning and making reserves has to be done in the good times so when times of uncertainty hit, you are prepared, able to survive and succeed when others fail.

The Smallest Seed

“Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade” (Mark 4:30-32).

Everything Concealed Will Be Brought Into the Open

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Everything Concealed Will Be Brought Into the Open

Kingdom Principle: Seeds; Part XI
Locate in Scripture: Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-25; Luke 8:4-19

I had the privilege to co-teach an Ephesians Sunday School class recently. As I was teaching I asked the group a question to make them think deeply about the passage we were studying. I was interested in hearing their answers and the reasoning behind it. My intent was to challenge them, however in that moment of waiting while they processed, the Lord imparted to me a new understanding of the scripture concerning the question I asked. It was a deeper revelation than the understanding I had when I walked into the room. It was like a light bulb turned on in my head. I was so excited that I could barely wait to get home and search the scriptures to confirm what He spoke to me. I desired to study it out to prove and solidify this new understanding of the passage. I spent the next couple days looking into it. God’s Word is progressive and He promises to bring us continually into a deeper understanding.

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