Sunday, February 15, 2009

God’s holiness and His righteousness

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ, yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them as dung, that I may win Christ. And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith”. (Philippians 3:7-9)

Basic truths

God’s righteousness is part of his character (Psalms 7:9; 116:5; 119:137).

God Himself is the standard of right and wrong (Deuteronomy 32:3 4)

God delights in the exercise of righteousness (Jeremiah 9:24).

The wicked have no interest in God’s righteousness (Psalms 69:27)

Righteousness requires the punishing of disobedience or failure to conform to the standard (Daniel 9:14) and the rewarding of obedience (Hebrews 6:10).

God’s righteousness is exhibited in:
  • The heavens (Psalms 50:6; 97:6)
  • His testimonies (Psalms 119:138,144)
  • His commandments (Deuteronomy 4:8; Psalms 119:172)
  • His judgments (Psalms 19:9; 119:7,62)
  • His word (Psalms 119:123)
  • His ways (Psalms 145:17)
  • His acts (Judges 5:11; 1 Samuel 12:7)
  • His government (Psalms 96:13; 98:9)
  • The gospel (Psalms 85:10; Romans 3:25,26)
  • The final judgment (Acts 17:31)
  • The punishment of the wicked (Romans 2:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:6; Revelation 16:7; 19:2)
God’s righteousness is described as:
  • Very high (Psalms 71:19)
  • Abundant (Psalms 48:10)
  • Beyond computation (Psalms 71:15)
  • Everlasting Psalms (119:142)
  • Enduring for ever (Psalms 111:3)
  • The habitation of his throne (Psalms 97:2)
What we must pray for:
  • To be led in righteousness (Psalms 5:8)
  • To be quickened in righteousness (Psalms 119:40)
  • To be delivered in righteousness (Psalms 31:1; 71:2)
  • To be answered in righteousness (Psalms 143:1)
  • To be judged according to righteousness (Psalms 35:24)
  • For its continued manifestation righteousness (Psalms 36:10)
Further study (Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] Nave's Topical Bible: Righteousness; Self-righteousness

[2] Torrey's Topical Textbook: Righteousness; Righteousness Imputed; Righteousness of God; Self-righteousness

[3] Baker's Evangelical Dictionary: Righteousness

[4] Easton's Bible Dictionary: Righteousness

[5] JVI Prophecy Dictionary: Rewards of Righteousness

Sermons on Jeremiah 9:23-24 (Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] Preaching the Pastor’s Favorite Hymns: Be Thou My Vision

[2] Thrive Over Sin (1 of 4): Do Not Be Prideful

[3] For other available sermons, please surf to Sermon / Preaching resources. Sermons are also available from South McGehee Baptist Church, McGehee, Arizona; Central Baptist Church, Lowesville; First Baptist Church, Mountain View, Missouri; Swift Creek Baptist Church; Word of Life Baptist Church, Pottsville, Philadelphia; Palm Springs Baptist Church, California; South Woods Baptist Church; Grove Baptist Church, Ulster; Dudley Baptist Church, United Kingdom; Independent Fundamental Baptist Sermons, Fundamental Christian Radio Broadcasts, Off-Site Audio Page and The Christian Radio Tuner

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