What Is God's Righteousness?
by Sharon McClean
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Matt.6:33--But SEEK FIRST the KINGDOM of GOD and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things shall be added to you.
Is. 51:1--Listen to ME, you who follow after RIGHTEOUSNESS, you who SEEK THE LORD: Look to the ROCK from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the PIT from which you were dug. (2) Look to ABRAHAM your father, and to SARAH who bore you; For I called him ALONE, and BLESSED him and INCREASED HIM. (3) For the Lord will COMFORT ZION, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her WILDERNESS like EDEN, and her DESERT like THE GARDEN of THE LORD; JOY and GLADNESS will be FOUND in it, THANKSGIVING and the VOICE of MELODY. (4) Listen to Me, MY PEOPLE; And give ear to Me, O My nation: For LAW will proceed from Me. And I will make my JUSTICE rest as A LIGHT of the PEOPLES. (5) MY RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NEAR, MY SALVATION HAS GONE FORTH, and MY ARMS will JUDGE the PEOPLES;
(Rom. 3:21--But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is REVEALED, being WITNESSED by the LAW and the PR0PHETS, (22) even THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD which is through FAITH in JESUS CHRIST to ALL and on ALL who BELIEVE. For there is NO difference; (23) For ALL have SINNED and FALL SHORT of the GLORY of GOD, (24) being JUSTIFIED FREELY by HIS GRACE through the REDEMPTION that is in CHRIST JESUS, (25) whom God set forth to be a propitiation by His blood, through FAITH, to DEMONSTRATE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, because in His forbearance GOD HAD PASSED OVER THE SINS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY COMMITTED, (26) to demonstrate at the PRESENT TIME HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, that He might be JUST and the JUSTIFIER of the one who has FAITH in JESUS. (27) Where is boasting then? It is EXCLUDED. By what Law? Of works? NO, but by the LAW OF FAITH. (28) Therefore we CONCLUDE that a man is JUSTIFIED by FAITH apart from the deeds of THE LAW.)
(Heb. 11:6--But WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM, for he who COMES TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, and that HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. (7) By FAITH NOAH, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ARK for the SAVING of HIS HOUSE-HOLD, by which HE CONDEMNED THE WORLD and became HEIR of the RIGHTEOUSNESS which is ACCORDING TO FAITH.) (1 Peter 3:18--For CHRIST also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might BRING US TO GOD, being put to death in the flesh but MADE ALIVE BY THE SPIRIT, (19) by whom also He went and PREACHED to THE SPIRITS in PRISON, (20) Who formerly were DISOBEDIENT, when once the LONGSUFFERING of GOD WAITED in the DAYS of NOAH, while the ARK was being prepared, in which A FEW, that is EIGHT WERE SAVED THROUGH WATER.)
(1 John 5:6--This is HE who came by WATER and BLOOD--JESUS CHIRST, NOT ONLY by WATER, but by WATER and BLOOD. And it is THE SPIRIT who BEARS WITNESS because THE SPIRIT is TRUTH.) (1 John 4:13--By THIS we KNOW that we abide in Him, and HE in US because HE HAS GIVEN US HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (in the word) and TESTIFY that the FATHER has SENT THE SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.) (Pro. 1:23--TURN at My REPROOF; Surely I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON YOU; I WILL MAKE MY WORDS KNOWN TO YOU.)
(Luke 4:18--The SPIRIT of THE LORD IS UPON ME, because He has anointed Me to PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. He has sent Me to HEAL the BROKENHEARTED, to preach DELIVERANCE to the CAPTIVES, and RECOVERY of SIGHT to the BLIND, to SET AT LIBERTY those who are OPPRESSED, (19) to PREACH the ACCEPTABLE YEAR of THE LORD.) (Is.42:6--I the Lord have called You in RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will hold Your hand; I WILL KEEP YOU and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT to the people, as a LIGHT to the GENTILES, (7) to OPEN BLIND EYES, to bring out PRISONERS from the PRISON, those who SIT IN DARKENESS from the prison house.
(Is.49:8--Thus says the Lord: In an ACCEPTABLE TIME I have HEARD You, and in the day of SALVATION I have HELPED You: I will preserve You and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT to the people TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the desolate HERITAGES; (9) That You may say to the prisoners, GO FORTH, to those who SIT IN DARKNESS, Show yourselves.) (Amos 5:18--Woe to you who DESIRE THE DAY OF THE LORD! For WHAT GOOD is the DAY OF THE LORD to you? It will be DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT. (20) Is not the day of the Lord DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT? Is it not VERY DARK with NO brightness in it?
(Acts 10:34--Then PETER opened his mouth and said IN TRUTH I perceive THAT GOD shows NO PARTIALITY. (35) but in EVERY NATION whoever FEARS Him and WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS is ACCEPTED BY HIM. (36) THE WORD which GOD SENT to the children of Israel, PREACHING PEACE through Jesus Christ--HE IS LORD OF ALL--(37) “THAT WORD YOU KNOW, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee AFTER the BAPTISM which JOHN preached: (38) “how GOD ANOINTED JESUS OF NAZARETH WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT and WITH POWER, who WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD and HEALING ALL who were OPPRESSED by the devil, for GOD WAS WITH HIM.)
(Rom. 10:1--Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for ISRAEL is that they may be SAVED. (2) For I bear them witness that they have a ZEAL for GOD, but not according to KNOWLEDGE. (3) For they being IGNORANT of GOD’S RIGHTEOUNESS and SEEKING to ESTABLISH THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS have NOT SUBMITTED TO THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD. (4) For CHRIST is THE END of THE LAW for RIGHTEOUNESS to EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES. (5) But THE RIGHTEOUNESS of FAITH speaks in this way. DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, who will ASCEND INTO HEAVEN? (7) Or who will DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS? (8) But WHAT DOES IT SAY? The WORD is NEAR you, even in your mouth and heart (that is the WORD of FAITH which we preach:) (9) that if you CONFESS with YOUR MOUTH the LORD JESUS and believe in your heart THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, you will be SAVED.)
(Acts 13:32--And we DECLARE to you GLAD TIDINGS--that PROMISE which was made to THE FATHERS. (33) God has FULFILLED THIS for US their CHILDREN, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also written in the SECOND PS: “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.) (SECOND Ps. 2:6--Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of ZION. (7) I WILL DECLARE THE DECREE: The Lord has said to Me, “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I WILL GIVE YOU the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION.) (Jere. 10:6--Inasmuch as there is NONE like YOU, O Lord (7) Who would not FEAR YOU, O KING of THE NATIONS? For THIS IS YOUR RIGHTFUL DUE, For among all the wise men of the NATIONS, and in ALL their kingdoms, there is NONE like YOU.) (Ps.82:8--ARISE, O God, JUDGE the EARTH; For YOU SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS.)
(Ps.99:1--THE LORD REIGNS; Let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; Let the earth be moved! (2) THE LORD IS GREAT IN ZION, and He is high above all the peoples. (3) Let them PRAISE YOUR GREAT and AWESOME NAME--HE IS HOLY. (9) Exalt the Lord our God, and WORSHIP AT HIS HOLY HILL; For the Lord our God is HOLY.) (Ps.43:3--Oh send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let THEM LEAD ME; Let them BRING ME TO YOUR HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.) (Ps.47:1--Oh clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of TRUIMPH! (2) For the Lord Most High is AWESOME; HE IS A GREAT KING OVER ALL THE EARTH. (3) He will SUBDUE THE PEOPLES UNDER US, and the PEOPLES UNDER OUR FEET. (5) God has gone up with a SHOUT, the Lord with the sound of a TRUMPET. (6) Sing praises to God. Sing Praises! (7) For GOD IS THE KING OF ALL THE EARTH; Sing praises with UNDERSTANDING. (8) GOD REIGNS OVER THE NATIONS; GOD SITS ON HIS HOLY THRONE. (9) The princes of the people have gathered together, THE PEOPLE OF THE GOD OF ABRAHAM.)
(Heb.2:16--For indeed HE DOES NOT GIVE AID TO ANGELS, but HE DOES GIVE AID to THE SEED of ABRAHAM.) (Gal.3:16--Now to ABRAHAM and to his SEED were the PROMISES made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your SEED,” who is CHRIST
(Rom 3:13--For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or to his SEED through the law, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. (2) (ABRAHAM) He did not WAVER at the PROMISE through unbelief, but was strengthened in FAITH giving GLORY to GOD, (21) and being FULLY CONVINCED that WHAT HE HAD PROMISED HE WAS ALSO ABLE TO PERFORM. (22) And therefore it was ACCOUNTED to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS. (23) Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, (24) BUT ALSO FOR US. It shall be IMPUTED TO US WHO BELIEVE IN HIM WHO RAISED UP JESUS OUR LORD FROM THE DEAD.)
(Gal. 3:13--Christ has redeemed us from the CURSE of THE LAW, having become a curse for us as it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (14) that THE BLESSING of ABRAHAM might come upon the GENTILES in Christ Jesus that WE MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT THROUGH FAITH.) (Is.46:12--Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, who are FAR FROM RIGHTEOUSNESS; (13) I BRING MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall not be far off; MY SALVATION SHALL NOT LINGER. And I will PLACE SALVATION in ZION, for ISRAEL MY GLORY.)
(Isaiah 51:12--I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of man who will be like the grass? (13) and you FORGET the LORD your MAKER, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth; You have feared continually every day of the fury of the OPPRESSOR, when he has PREPARED to DESTROY. And where is the fury of the oppressor? (14) The captive exile hastens, that he may be loosed, that he should not die in the pit, and that his bread should not fail. (15) But I am the Lord your God, who divided the sea whose waves roared--The LORD OF HOST IS HIS NAME. (16) and I have put MY WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH; I have COVERED you with the SHADOW OF MY HAND, that I may PLANT the HEAVENS, lay the FOUNDATION of the EARTH, and say to ZION, ‘YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.’)
(Isaiah 52:7--How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings GOOD NEWS, who PROCLAIMS PEACE, who brings GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS who PROCLAIMS SALVATION, who says to ZION, “YOUR GOD REIGNS!” (8) Your WATCHMEN shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; For THEY SHALL SEE EYE to EYE when the LORD BRINGS BACK ZION. (9) Break forth into JOY, sing together, you waste places of JERUSALEM! For the Lord has COMFORTED HIS PEOPLE, HE HAS REDEEMED JERUSALEM. (10) The Lord has made bare HIS HOLY ARM in the eyes of ALL THE NATIONS; And ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD.)
(Ps.22:27--ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN to THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES of THE NATIONS SHALL WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) For THE KINGDOM is THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.) (Matt.6:9--”In this manner, therefore pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. (10) YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH as it is in heaven.) (Heb.10:7--Then I said, ‘Behold I have come--in the VOLUME of THE BOOK it is written of Me-- TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.”) (Ps.40:7--Then I said, Behold, I come; in the SCROLL of THE BOOK it is written of Me. (8) I DELIGHT TO DO YOUR WILL, O My God, and your law is within my heart. (9) I have proclaimed THE GOOD NEWS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in THE GREAT CONGREGATION;) (Ps.22:25--My praise shall be of You in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; I will PAY MY VOWS before those who FEAR HIM. (26) The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who SEEK HIM will PRAISE THE LORD. (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES of THE NATIONS SHALL WORSHIP BEFORE You.
(28) For THE KINGDOM is the LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.)
(Returning to the Lord’s prayer: Matt. 6:11--Give us this day our DAILY BREAD.) (John 6:32--Then JESUS said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the BREAD FROM HEAVEN, but MY FATHER gives you THE TRUE BREAD FROM HEAVEN. (33) For THE BREAD of GOD is HE who comes down from heaven and GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD. (48) I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. (51) I AM THE LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of THIS BREAD, he will LIVE FOREVER; and the BREAD I SHALL GIVE IS MY FLESH, which I SHALL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD.)
(1John 4:16--And we have KNOWN and BELIEVED the LOVE that GOD HAS FOR US. GOD is LOVE, and HE WHO ABIDES IN LOVE ABIDES IN GOD, and GOD IN HIM.) (1 John 3:16--By THIS we KNOW LOVE, because HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE for US. And we ALSO OUGHT TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THE BRETHREN.) (1John 4:9--In THIS the LOVE of GOD was MANIFESTED toward us, that GOD HAS SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON into the WORLD, that we MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM.)
(Ps.48:9--We have thought, O God, on YOUR LOVINGKINDNESS, in the midst of YOUR TEMPLE. (10) According to Your name, O God, so is YOUR PRAISE to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; YOUR RIGHT HAND IS FULL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) Let MOUNT ZION REJOICE, let the daughters of Judah be glad, BECAUSE of YOUR JUDGMENTS.) (Ps.65:1--PRAISE is awaiting You, O God, in ZION; and to YOU the VOW shall be PERFORMED. (2) O You who HEAR PRAYER, to YOU ALL FLESH WILL COME. (5) By awesome deeds in RIGHTEOUSNESS You will ANSWER us, O God of our SALVATION, You who are THE CONFIDENCE OF ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, and the far-off seas;) (Acts 13:46--Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that THE WORD of GOD should be spoken to you first, but since you REJECT IT, and JUDGE YOURSELVES UNWORTHY OF EVERLASTING LIFE, behold we TURN to the GENTILES. (47) For so the Lord has commanded us: I HAVE SET YOU AS A LIGHT to the GENTILES, that YOU SHOULD BE FOR SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.) (Is.49:6--Indeed He says, it is too small a thing that You should by My servant to raise up the tribes of JACOB, (Ps. 24:6--This is JACOB, the GENERATION of those WHO SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.) (Returning to Is. 49:6--and to restore the preserved ones of Israel: I WILL ALSO GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT to the GENTILES, that YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.)
(Ps.118:19--Open to me the GATES of RIGHTEOUSNESS; I will go though them, and I will praise the Lord. (20) THIS is THE GATE of THE LORD, through which THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL ENTER. (21) I will praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my salvation. (22) THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (23) THIS was the LORD’S DOING; it is MARVELOUS in our EYES. (24) THIS IS THE DAY WHICH THE LORD HAS MADE; WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.) (Acts 4:10--Let it be KNOWN to you ALL, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, whom you crucified, WHOM GOD RAISED FROM THE DEAD, by Him this man stands here before you WHOLE. (11) THIS IS THE STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED BY YOU BUILDERS, which has BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (12) Nor is there salvation in any other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.)
(1 Peter 2:6--Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect precious, and he who BELIEVES ON HIM will by no means be PUT TO SHAME. (7) Therefore to you who BELIEVE He is PRECIOUS; but to those who are disobedient, THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE, (8) and a STONE OF STUMBLING and a ROCK of OFFENSE. They stumble, being disobedient to THE WORD to which they also were appointed. (9) But you are a CHOSEN GENERATION, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a HOLY NATION, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, that you may proclaim the PRAISE of HIM who CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS into HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT;)
(Is.9:13--The LORD OF HOSTS HIM you shall HALLOW; Let HIM be your FEAR, and let HIM be your DREAD. (14) He will be AS A SANCTUARY, but A STONE OF STUMBLING and A ROCK of OFFENSE to both the houses of Israel, as a TRAP and a SNARE to the inhabitants of JERUSALEM. (15) And many among them shall STUMBLE; they shall FALL and be BROKEN, be SNARED and TAKEN. (Ps. 9:7--But the Lord shall ENDURE FOREVER; He has prepared HIS THRONE for JUDGMENT. (8) He shall JUDGE the WORLD in RIGHTEOUSNESS. And He shall administer JUDGMENT for the peoples in UPRIGHTNESS.) (Pro.2:21--For THE UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND. And the BLAMLESS will REMAIN IN IT; (22) BUT the wicked WILL BE CUT OFF from the EARTH, and the UNFAITHFUL WILL BE UPROOTED FROM IT.) (Matt.15:13,b--Every PLANT that MY HEAVENLY FATHER has NOT PLANTED will BE UPROOTED.) (Jere.31:28--And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them TO PLUCK UP, to BREAK DOWN, to throw done, to DESTROY, and to AFFLICT, so I will watch over them to BUILD and to PLANT says the Lord.)
(Jere. 32:39--then I will GIVE THEM ONE HEART and ONE WAY, that they may FEAR Me FOREVER, for the GOOD of them and THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM. (40) And I will make an EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH THEM, that I WILL NOT TURN AWAY FROM DOING THEM GOOD; but that I will put MY FEAR in their hearts so that THEY WILL NOT DEPART FROM ME. (41) Yes, I WILL REJOICE OVER THEM TO DO THEM GOOD, and I WILL ASSUREDLY PLANT THEM IN THIS LAND WITH ALL MY HEART AND WITH ALL MY SOUL. (42) For thus says the Lord: Just has I have brought ALL THIS GREAT CALAMITY on this people, so I WILL BRING ON THEM ALL THE GOOD THAT I HAVE PROMISED THEM.
(Jere: 31:28--And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to PLUCK UP, to BREAK DOWN, to THROW DOWN, to DESTROY, and to AFFLICT, so I will watch over them to BUILD and TO PLANT, says the Lord.)
(Isaiah 62:11--Indeed the Lord has PROCLAIMED to the END OF THE WORLD: “Say to the DAUGHTER of ZION, surely YOUR SALVATION IS COMING; Behold HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM, (12) And they shall call them the HOLY PEOPLE, the REDEEMED of THE LORD; and you shall be called SOUGHT OUT, a CITY NOT FORSAKEN.)
(Heb. 12:22--But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of the LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels, (23) to the GENERAL ASSEMLY and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN who are REGISTERED in HEAVEN, to
GOD the JUDGE OF ALL, to the SPIRITS of just men made perfect, (24) to JESUS the MEDIATOR of the NEW COVENANT, and to the BLOOD of SPRINKLING that speaks better things than that of Abel.)
(Gal.4:22--For it is written that ABRAHAM had TWO SONS; the one by a BONDWOMAN, and other by a FREEWOMAN. (23) But he who was of the BONDWOMAN was born according TO THE FLESH, and he of the FREEWOMAN through PROMISE, (24) which things are SYMBOLIC. For these are THE TWO COVENANTS; the one from MOUNT SINAI which gives birth to BONDAGE, which is HAGAR--(25) For this HAGAR is MOUNT Sinai in ARABIA, and CORRESPONDS to JERUSALM which NOW IS, and is in BONDAGE with her children--(26) but the JERUSALM ABOVE IS FREE, (SARAH) which is THE MOTHER OF US ALL. (31) So then brethren, we are not children of the BONDWOMAN but of THE FREE.)
(Isaiah 51:2--Look to ABRAHAM your father, and to SARAH who BORE you; For I called him alone, and BLESSED him and INCREASED him. (3) For the Lord will COMFORT ZION, He will comfort all her waste places; (8,b) But MY SALVATION will be FOREVER, and MY RIGHTEOUSNESS from GENERATION to GENERATION to GENERATION.) (2 Corin. 3:7--But if the MINISTRY of DEATH, written and engraved on stones was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, (8) how will the MINISTRY of THE SPIRIT not be MORE GLORIOUS? (9) For if the MINISTRY of CONDEMNATION had GLORY, the MINISTRY of RIGHTEOUSNESS exceeds much more in GLORY.) (John 3:16--for God SO LOVED the WORLD that He gave HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have EVERLASTING life. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON into the WORLD to CONDEMN the WORLD, but that THE WORLD through HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.)
(Gal.5:5--for we THROUGH the SPIRIT, eagerly WAIT for THE HOPE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS by FAITH. (6) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything. But FAITH working through LOVE.) (1 John 4:9--In THIS the LOVE of GOD was MANIFESTED toward us, that GOD HAS SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON INTO THE WORLD, that we MIGHT LIVE through HIM.) (1 John 5:4--For whatever is BORN of GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD. And THIS is THE VICTORY that has OVERCOME THE WORLD--OUR FAITH. (5) Who is he over comes the world, but he who believes that JESUS is THE SON OF GOD.)
(Ps.2 6--Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I WILL GIVE YOU, the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
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Wow, nobody does it like you. I have always been amazed at how gifted you are at researching God's word and telling a much needed message using JUST God's undefiled word. Awesome!!! Much Love, Lucian
Dear Sharon, This is such an encouraging message. In today's world, so often people are urged to follow their own agendas and goals and lean upon their own abilities. But, if we seek God's Will above all else, that's when our lives will fall into place. Realizing that faith in the Lord is the key to a righteous life (and not the laws of man) will help us rise above the world. I love this verse: "For whatever is BORN of GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD. And THIS is THE VICTORY that has OVERCOME THE WORLD--OUR FAITH." Love always, Peggy