SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
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RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH
We must believe that what the Scripture says about us is absolutely true as a child of God.  Since God
Himself is now our very own righteousness, and we are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.  On
the basis of this we are partakers of the divine nature of God.

2 Peter 1:4
By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises,
so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and
corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become
sharers (partakers) of the divine nature. The Scripture also tells us that there is no condemnation for
those who live IN Christ Jesus, and do not walk after the desires of the flesh.  There is no
condemnation as we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light.

John 3:18-21
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already,
because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.   And this is the
condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the
light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds
may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."

A man cannot be in Christ and be governed by the old nature.  He is either in the family of God or in the
family of Satan.
 I John 3:10 declares, "By this the children of God and the children of the devil are
obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness not of God, nor the one who does not love his
brother."  

There can be no real progress or maturity of faith, no strong victorious Christian life with a mixed
conception.  We are either new creatures in Christ or we are not.  We have passed out of death into life,
or we have not.  When Apostle says, "Sin shall not lord it over you", he means exactly what he says.

We as the Church of the Living God, must understand and know what we are IN CHRIST, and how our
Heavenly Father views us in light of living IN HIS SON, JESUS, and what He considers us to be.
Romans 3:21-23 declares,21  But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and
altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested by the Law and the Prophets, 23 Namely,
the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus
Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 Since all have
sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.  

Notice that this Scripture says,
"But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested".   
When Jesus came, and died upon the Cross, and was buried and resurrected, He became our
righteousness.  Righteousness was made manifest in the Person of Jesus Christ.  

Many Christians mistakenly and ignorantly  believe, that if they live a moral life, do good things for
people, keep the Ten Commandments, are faithful to their spouse, and go to church every week, that
they will go to heaven.  But God Word tells us differently. The Scriptures tell us that we must have a
righteousness that equals God's righteousness.  Many people when told this, respond by saying, "but
that is impossible, because there is only One man who had such righteousness, and that was Jesus
Christ".  This is very true.  But none of us in our own selves have ever kept the Law or commandments
perfectly, outwardly or inwardly, but we need a righteousness that equals God's in order to be
acceptable before Him.  Hallelujah!

And this is exactly what is said in
verses 21-22, of Romans 3: declares, But now the righteousness of
God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested
by the Law and the Prophets,  Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with
personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who
believe....".  The kind of righteousness that God offers you and me is a righteousness that is "through
faith in Jesus Christ",  and it is unto all and upon all who believe.  There are two kinds of righteousness-
the righteousness of man and the righteousness of God.  The righteousness of man is a person's very
best behavior and the good works they do, but that can not make  you acceptable before God.  You
need a righteousness that equals God's, and He is offering it to you---the righteousness of God that is
without the law.

Further clarity on our subject, is that a righteousness that is according to Law is a righteousness of
doing, earning, and achieving in order to be accepted before God.  All the world religions in this time,
think you have to do, earn, and achieve in order for God to accept you.  The word "Gospel" means
"good news", and the good news of the Gospel is that God is offering His very own righteousness and
acceptance to all who will believe in what His Son, Jesus Christ, provided--His death on the Cross for
our sins, imputing to us the righteousness that equals the Law. This is the righteousness of God that is
apart from the Law,  without us doing, earning, and achieving; and it comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

Notice please in verse 22, of Rom 3:  That it is the righteousness of God that is through faith in Jesus
Christ that is meant for all who believe. Why is God offering His righteousness to everyone"  For there is
no distinction".  Verse 23 says, "for all have sinned, and are falling short of the honor and glory of God"..
You have sinned, I have sinned, and we all come short of God's standard or perfection.  Because of our
sin, the greatest thing we need is acceptance, right relationship and right standing with God....and God
has offered this not through the works of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ.  The righteousness
of God does not come by your working, your trying, your earning, your being good, or your attempts to
achieve; it comes through faith, dependence, obedience, and reliance upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

How was Abraham (the Jewish forefather) saved?  The Bible says he believed God!  He believed the
promise God gave him.  And then, righteousness was imputed to his account.  The fact that Abraham was
declared righteous before God through his faith was not just for him alone.  We read in Romans 3:21-22,
that a man is declared righteous through his faith in Jesus Christ.  The Bible declares that because of
the payment Christ made on the Cross when He shed His blood for our sin, righteousness (right
standing) will be imputed to any person's account who simply believe upon Christ and obeys what He
commands.

Rom 5:17 For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much
more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of
righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man
Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  God is offering you a gift of righteousness, a gift of right
standing before Him.  A gift does cost something but not to the one who receives it.  If you gave me a
gift and asked me to pay for it, it wouldn't be a gift, but it cost you something. God made righteousness
available to you and me as a gift, and this gift of righteousness, acquittal, and right standing before God
comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
PART ONE OF TWO SERIES
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Questions To Ask In Your
Growing Relationship As A Disciple Of Jesus Christ
1.  Read Titus 3:5.  Is the righteousness that we need a righteousness that we can produce?
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2.  
Read 2 Corinthians 5:21.  What kind of righteousness do we need?  
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3.  
Read Romans 3:22.  How do we receive this righteousness?
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4.
 Read Philippians 3:9.  What is the righteousness of the
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5.  
Read Galatians 2:21.  How could we frustrate God's grace?
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6.
 Read Romans 5:17.  The righteousness of God is received as what?
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Titus 3:5
He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity
and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions

2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might
become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to
be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].

Romans 3:22
Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance
on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction,

Philippians 3:9
And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that
can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law's demands (ritualistic uprightness and
supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which
comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from
God by [saving] faith.

Galatians 2:21
Therefore, I do not treat God's gracious gift as something of minor importance and defeat its very
purpose]; I do not set aside and invalidate and frustrate and nullify the grace (unmerited favor) of
God. For if justification (righteousness, acquittal from guilt) comes through [observing the ritual of]
the Law, then Christ (the Messiah) died groundlessly and to no purpose and in vain.
[His death was then wholly superfluous.]

Romans 5:17
For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely
will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness
[putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ
(the Messiah, the Anointed One).
Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions
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Answers to Questions
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1.  Read Titus 3:5. Is the righteousness that we need a righteousness that we can produce?  No

2.  
Read 2 Corinthians 5:21.  What kind of righteousness do we need?  The righteousness of God
(that comes through Christ).

3.
 Read Romans 3:22.  How do we receive this righteousness?  Through faith in Jesus Christ.

4.
 Read Philippians 3:9.  What is the righteousness of the Law?  A righteousness belonging to
me-a works righteousness that I can produce.  

5.
 Read Galatians 2:21.  How could we frustrate God's grace? We could frustrate God's grace by
trying to be saved by our own good works instead of trusting Christ and His death for us for our
salvation.

6.  
Read Romans 5:17.  The righteousness of God is received as what?  A gift.
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