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Righteousness

 

           The Purpose of Righteousness.

               (Craig R. Gooden)

 

Many people ask the questions, is there a right way to live? Is it possible to live without going wrong? or in simple Biblical terms, can I live a sinless life? These are fair questions, questions that need answers.

If there was ever a text that speaks about the purpose of righteousness, it is 2Corinthians 5:21. Read it and Consider the following…

Jesus, knew no sin, and yet was made like us so that we can be like Him. In order to gain understanding, we need to look for answers in the life of Jesus. Jesus lived a sinless life, did no wrong, was tempted as we are, yet without sin. So in other words, I’m obliged to say, “if He could do it for me, surely by His strength (Phil 4:13) I can do it also”.

We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8) and this same Grace teaches us that we can live ‘Righteously’ and Titus 2:11-12 even goes as far as to say we can live  ‘Godly’, right now in this present world!

So based on these scriptures, what do YOU think? Are ALL things possible through Christ who gives you strength? Wouldn’t He give you strength to live righteously both inwardly and outwardly?   Share your thoughts.

11 comments on “Righteousness

  1. Keiran Mckenzie
    September 1, 2010

    Ok, so this is saying then, that we could achieve ‘perfection’? Sinless-ness? Before Christ returns…

    ‘For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, “WE SHOULD LIVE …RIGHTEOUSLY”, and godly, “IN THIS PRESENT WORLD” Titus 2:11-12,
    Hmmmm, is ‘living perfectly’ (righteously) a requirement of God? or is it optional?

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  2. Uriah Racava
    September 1, 2010

    God has His own standards and requirements. The problem with mankind of this era is, we love wickedness of some sort to occupy our daily life, not realizing the craftiness of satan, who would control us into ignoring God’s standards and requirements. We inspire our selfish self to integrate “humane desires” with the “desire of God” and think it’s alright.

    Proverbs 14: 12 ‘There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.’

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  3. Melissa Nicholson
    September 1, 2010

    Most definately, Matt 5:48 calls us to be ‘perfect even as our heavenly father is perfect’. Its important for us to believe in this character perefecting process “sanctification” in order for us to grow into Christ’s nature.
    Again in Heb 6:1, we’re encouraged to go in faith towards God in the direction of perfection.

    Its good to know that this process isn’t for us to do on our own, but Heb 13:20,21 says it is God, who makes us perfect in every good work.
    God wouldn’t ask us to strive for something impossible.

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  4. Anonymous
    September 2, 2010

    I agree with everything that has been stated. But what if you feel your too sinful? that you’ve gone too far into sin to even be near perfect?

    You’ve mentioned being ‘perfect even as our heavenly father is perfect’, but what are the qualities-needed in order to be perfect?

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  5. Keiran Mckenzie
    September 2, 2010

    The words, ‘TOO sinful’ and ‘TOO far’ dont exist with GOD.
    Imagine mounting up ALL the sins of the ENTIRE WORLD into ONE body… that body… Was. Christ.
    He included Your sins… “that’s Deep”
    Read 1John 1:9 for your solution…

    You wont be blamed for your sins against Him! 🙂

    …Also, Yes Melissa, the text you quoted in Heb 6 seems to be talking to “stagnant-Christians” …see from Heb 5:11 – 6:8. We all need to take note of this!
    GOD would prefer us, to progress onto bigger greater things, having a greater knowledge of His love… but we still dont (like Verse 6:8 ‘recieving rain; but unfruitfully bearing thorns’).

    So, how does someone begin this so-called ‘Sanctification’ journey? DOES ANYBODY KNOW?

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  6. GE-1213
    September 2, 2010

    thing is… it’s difficult!! Heres the current issue – had an interview for a very well paid job. ive got experience and i know i can do the job well. The company loves me, but i wasnt completely truthful about my qualifications. i said that i had completed a certain course that in reality i haven’t even started. They’ve asked me to send them a fax of the certificate, and so i went home and googled the particular certificate that i needed. A quick bit of photoshop to change the name and year, and what do you know?! I’m ‘qualified’, right?

    Well… all i need to do now is find a fax machine and press send. Then I’ll have a big job with big earnings. I have debts to pay off, you know, and right now ‘God’ and ‘righteousness’ are just in my way. At the same time i respect that God is much bigger than my unemployment and financial situation, but I’m finding it hard to accept that being honest is the best thing to do in this situation. I know your gonna all say “just be honest and trust God”, but imagine if you were in the same situation. How could you remain ‘righteous’?

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  7. Tokoza Muimo -- Teeks
    September 3, 2010

    To GE-1213 — ooh this is an interesting one :), The same situation would most probably demand me to look down the line of time, in terms of the consequenses, like if the company ever finds out what you did, and the record you might get of you lying to one of your employers: your reputation would be soiled.
    Or the alternative… if you trust God and He provides you with a job or not, you still have an honest slate with Him. It depends which is most valuable to you. You’re in the sort of situation that, when God comes through for you for being honest, it will build your trust with Him and it will be a great testimony for others, who knew what you gave up because of what you believed God would give you.

    So, you might feel that it’s easier for you to have this job rather than to let God have His way a little bit, (I know exactly how difficult that is!) but deny a moment of short term pleasure here, because God offers you a lifetime of opportunity…

    TK

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  8. darren
    September 3, 2010

    Well how can we live a sinless life? as the world is sinful, it’s like sayin i can stay clean if i rolled in mud pile lol

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  9. Keiran
    September 3, 2010

    Tokoza said, ‘it depends which is most valuable to you’.
    Short term gain means “everything”… when it’s all we can see! But although it “seems right”, ‘the end thereof are the ways of death’ Prov 16:25.

    King Solomon showed great wisdom when he wrote these 3verses: Prov 10:2, 15:16 & 21:6…
    I suggest you read them! In reality,
    ‘GE-1213’… you can become the “King/Queen” of success in this life (still feeling ’empty’) and actually achieving nothing good but just feeling miserable… What’d be the point in that?
    ‘what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?’ Mark 8:36

    This post sparks the thought that there is something in ‘righteousness’ that Money CAN Never buy. Something where TRUE & ‘real’ treasure is. Im convinced that, though righteousness IS NOT the ‘ticket to Heaven’, It is, however, the key to knowing the character of GOD. By imitating God’s love, we, as children, begin to ‘Know and understand’ what God goes through for us… every day. See Eph 5:1-2, 1John 2:3-4, & 4:7-8

    I believe this. is the ‘purpose of Righteousness’.

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  10. Keiran
    September 3, 2010

    Hmmmm… Think about it, does ANYONE fully know the anguish GOD has been through, by loving us?? Can You grasp it?
    Surely only His Son Jesus could grasp it…right? But Why..?

    Simply becuase Jesus was fully righteous, not just sinless, but constantly filled time with loving others! Like a child, He always copied His Father’s love, and thus, UNDERSTOOD His Fathers unconditional love for us: ungrateful sinners. By ‘fellowshipping in Father’s sufferings, Christ appreciated His Fathers love even more! Christ’s motivation to die for all of us was HIS UNDERSTANDING OF THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR THE WORLD. (See end of His prayer John17)

    …And a life of practical righteousness will bring you this understanding.

    Paul says, ‘I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:…havingthe righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;!! Philippians 3:8-10

    People label this as “sanctification” without actually applying it wholeheartadly to their life. But when it is explored and revealed, it is the treasure of life, much more valuable than money.

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  11. Craig Gooden
    September 5, 2010

    Wow – This is truly showing that everyone has a deep sincere desire to know God to the fullest yet still struggle with this strange thing called the ‘flesh’ that we are truly stuck in until Jesus comes back. But does that mean that we cant live righteously? no no no this is DEEP, Rom 12:2 says “be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” the word renewing means to change in our way of living to a correct moral way of living – Love God with all your heart mind and strength and love your neighbour as your self. So by being willing to do this we begin a new way of walking, living, talking.

    @ GE1213 – Your situation is interesting – Paul said the things i want to do i dont do and the things i dont want to do that i do… Basically he breaks it down and then says If i do the things which i dont want to do its not me but sin that dwells in us…Romans 7:18-20 the flesh. So then there seems to be a struggle, the struggle between the un-transformed flesh and the transformed mind – that is the new mind that you have allowed to be in you. Your flesh is telling you to print and fax the lie, whilst your mind is pricked telling you its wrong, so you battle between the two, and the conclusion boils down to this: “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you” Phil 4:13 – GET ON YOUR KNEES BROTHER AND ASK GOD TO MAKE A WAY. We will have this battle in our members until Jesus comes back and our bodies are then transformed – redeemed (Rom 8:23 beautiful text – the redemption of the body AMEN) So dwell on this text – Gal 2:20 – Your old man is dead – Therefore Christ lives in you. Christ wouldn’t send the fax (i hope you get what im saying); HE has better things in store for you.

    @ Annonymous – You will feel sinful if you keep your eyes fixed on you. Look unto Christ who is the Author and finisher of our salvation. Jude 24“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless…” You may feel sinful and messed up but the one who can keep you from falling IS NOT MESSED UP OR SINFUL YET HE TASTED DEATH FOR US. The text says He can keep you from falling, and can present you as faultless, or in other words “Christ can keep you from sinning”. Dont let feelings cloud your faith. We are to live by faith not by sight, so if you feel like your sinful by faith believe He who lives in you will keep you, if you feel like you cant pray then – PRAY, if you feel you cant read the Bible then – READ the Bible.

    GOD is soon to return let us endeavour to do His will

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