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Seeking More Of God's Righteousness
by Sharon McClean
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(Rom. 5:8--But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from WRATH through Him. (1 Thess. 5:8--But let us who are of THE DAY be SOBER putting on the BREASTPLATE of FAITH and LOVE and as a HELMET THE HOPE OF SALVATION. (9) For God DID NOT APPOINT US to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.)

(Returning to Rom. 5:12--therefore, just as through ONE MAN SIN ENTERED the world, and DEATH through sin, and thus DEATH SPREAD to ALL MEN, because ALL SINNED--(13) For UNTIL the LAW sin was in the world, but SIN IS NOT IMPUTED where there is NO LAW, (14) Nevertheless DEATH REIGNED from ADAM to MOSES, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the TRANSGRESSION of ADAM, who is A TYPE of Him who WAS to COME. (God did not impute sin to Adam because the law did not come until Moses.)

(Rom. 4:7--BLESSED are those whose LAWLESS deeds are FORGIVEN, and whose SINS are COVERED; (8) BLESSED is THE MAN to whom the Lord SHALL NOT IMPUTE SIN. (9) Does this BLESSEDNESS then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that FAITH was ACCOUNTED to ABRAHAM for RIGHTEOUSNESS. (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. (14) For if those who are of the law are HEIRS FAITH is made VOID and THE PROMISE made of NO EFFECT, (15) BECAUSE the LAW BRINGS ABOUT WRATH; For where there IS NO LAW THERE IS NO TRANSGRESSION. (16) Therefore it is of FAITH that it might be ACCORDING to GRACE, so that THE PROMISE might be sure TO ALL the SEED, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those WHO ARE OF THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM, WHO IS THE FATHER OF US ALL.) (Rom.10:4--For CHRIST is THE END of the LAW for RIGHTEOUSNESS to everyone who believes.)

(Luke 18:9--Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in THEMSELVES that they were RIGHTEOUS, and DESPISED OTHERS; (10) “Two men went up to the temple to PRAY, one a PHARISEE and the OTHER a TAX COLLECTOR. (11) The PHARISEE stood and prayed WITHIN himself, “God, I THANK YOU THAT I AM NOT LIKE OTHER MEN-- extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or EVEN as THIS TAX COLLECTOR. (12) I FAST twice a week; I give TITHES of ALL that I POSSESS. (13) And the TAX COLLECTOR, standing AFAR OFF, would not so much AS RAISE HIS EYES to HEAVEN, but beat his breast, saying GOD BE MERCIFUL TO ME A SINNER!” (14) I tell you, this man went down to his house JUSTIFIED rather than the OTHER, for EVERYONE who EXALTS HIMSELF will be ABASED, and he who HUMBLES himself will be EXALTED.)

(Rom. 10:3--For they being ignorant of GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS, 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 RIGHTEOUSNESS to everyone who believes. (6) But the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH speaks in THIS WAY, “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN? Or, who WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS? (8) But WHAT does it SAY? The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart (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.) (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.)

(Rom.5:15--but THE FREE GIFT is NOT like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more THE GRACE of GOD and the GIFT by the GRACE of the ONE MAN, Jesus Christ abounded to MANY. (16) And the GIFT is NOT like that which came through the one who sinned. For the JUDGMENT which came from ONE OFFENSE resulted in CONDEMNATION, but THE FREE GIFT which came from MANY OFFENSES resulted in JUSTIFICATION. (17) For if by the ONE MAN’S OFFENSE DEATH REIGNED through the ONE, much more those who receive ABUNDANCE of GRACE and of THE GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS will reign in LIFE through the ONE, Jesus Christ. (18) For as by ONE MAN’S DISOBEDIENCE many were made SINNERS, so also by ONE MAN’S OBEDIENCE many will be made RIGHTEOUS. (21) So that as SIN REIGNED in DEATH, even so GRACE might REIGN through RIGHTEOUSNESS to ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord.)

(Jere.51:10--The Lord has REVEALED our RIGHTEOUSNESS, come and let us DECLARE in ZION the WORK of the LORD OUR GOD.)

(2 Corin. 5:14--for the LOVE of CHRIST CONSTRAINS US because we JUDGE thus: that if ONE DIED for ALL, then ALL DIED; (15) and he died for ALL, that those who LIVE should LIVE NO LONGER FOR THEMSELVES, but for HIM WHO DIED for THEM and ROSE AGAIN.) (Heb.9:27--And as it is APPOINTED for men to DIE ONCE, but after this THE JUDGMENT, (28) so CHRIST was OFFERED ONCE to bear the SINS of MANY. To those who EAGERLY WAIT FOR HIM HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART from SIN, for SALVATION.)

(Titus 3:4--But when the KINDNESS and the LOVE of GOD our SAVIOR toward man APPEARED, (5) not by WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS which WE have done, but according to HIS MERCY he SAVED US, THROUGH THE WASHING OF REGENERATION and RENEWING of the HOLY SPIRIT, (6) whom He poured out on us ABUNDANTLY through JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOR, (7) That having been JUSTIFIED by HIS GRACE we should become HEIRS according to the HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE.) (John 17:1--”Father, the hour has come. GLORIFY Your Son, that Your Son also may GLORIFY YOU, (2) as You have GIVEN HIM AUTHORITY over ALL FLESH, that He should give ETERNAL LIFE to as MANY as YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM. (3) And THIS is ETERNAL LIFE, that they may KNOW YOU, the ONLY TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST WHOM YOU HAVE SENT.)

(World Book Encyclopedia Dict. AUTHORITY: The power to enforce OBEDIENCE. (2) A source of correct information or wise advice.)
(1 John 4:13--By this we KNOW that we ABIDE in HIM and He in US, because HE HAS GIVEN US of HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have SEEN (In the word) and testify that the FATHER has SENT the SON as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.) (Looking back at verse 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. (10) In THIS is LOVE, NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD, but that HE LOVED US and SENT HIS SON to become the PROPITIATION for our sins. (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.)

(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. (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.)

(Rom. 6:10--For the DEATH that He died, He DIED TO SIN ONCE for ALL; but the LIFE that HE LIVES, He lives to GOD. (11) Likewise you also reckon yourselves to be DEAD indeed to SIN, but ALIVE to GOD in Christ Jesus our Lord. (13) And DO NOT present your members as instruments of UNRIGHTEOUSNESS to SIN, but present yourself TO GOD as being ALIVE FROM THE DEAD, and your members as INSTRUMENTS of RIGHTEOUSNESS to GOD. (14) For Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are NOT UNDER LAW but under GRACE. (15) What then? Shall we sin because we are NOT under LAW but under GRACE? Certainly NOT! (16) Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves SLAVES to OBEY, you are that one’s slaves whom you OBEY, whether of SIN to DEATH, or of OBEDIENCE to RIGHTEOUSNESS? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you OBEYED from the heart that FORM of DOCTRINE to which you were DELIVERED. (18) And having been set FREE from SIN, you became SLAVES of RIGHTEOUSNESS.)

(Hosea 10:12--Sow for yourselves RIGHTEOUSNESS; reap in MERCY; Break up your fallow ground, for IT IS TIME TO SEEK THE LORD, till HE COMES and RAINS RIGHTEOUNESS on you.) (Ps.24:3--Who may ascend into THE HILL of the LORD? Or, who may stand in His HOLY PLACE? (4) He who has CLEAN HANDS and a PURE HEART, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall RECEIVE BLESSING from the Lord, and RIGHTEOUSNESS from the GOD of his SALVATION. (6) THIS is JACOB, the GENERATION of those WHO SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.)

(Is.52:11--DEPART! Depart! Go out from there, touch NO UNCLEAN THING: Go out from the midst of her, BE CLEAN, you who bear the vessels of the Lord. (12) For you SHALL NOT GO OUT WITH HASTE, nor GO BY FLIGHT; for the LORD will GO BEFORE you, and the GOD of ISRAEL will be your REAR GUARD.) (Is. 64:5--You meet him who rejoices and does RIGHTEOUSNESS, who REMEMBERS YOU in YOUR WAYS; You are indeed angry, for we have SINNED--in these ways we continue; And we need to be saved. (6) But we are ALL like an UNCLEAN THING, and ALL our RIGHTEOUSNESSES are like FILTY RAGS; (4) For since THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD men have not HEARD nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye SEEN any GOD BESIDES YOU, who ACTS FOR THE ONE WHO WAITS FOR HIM.)

(Ps.25:4--Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; Teach me YOUR PATHS. (5) Lead me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me, for YOU are the GOD of my SALVATION on YOU I WAIT all the day. (8) GOOD and UPRIGHT is the LORD; Therefore HE TEACHES SINNERS in THE WAY. (9) The HUMBLE HE GUIDES in JUSTICE, and the HUMBLE HE TEACHES HIS WAY. (10) ALL THE PATHS of the LORD are MERCY and TRUTH, to such as keep His COVENANT and His testimonies, (12) Who IS THE MAN that FEARS the LORD? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. (14) The SECRET of the LORD is with those who FEAR HIM, and He will show them HIS COVENANT.)

(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;) (Acts 3:19--Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be BLOTTED OUT, so that TIMES of REFRESHING may come from the presence of the Lord, (20) and THAT HE MAY SEND JESUS CHRIST, WHO WAS PREACHED TO YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive until THE TIMES OF RESTORATION of ALL THINGS, which GOD has SPOKEN by the mouth of all HIS HOLY PROPHETS SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN. (25) You are sons of the PROPHETS, and of the COVENANT which God made with our FATHERS, saying to ABRAHAM, and in your SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH shall BE BLESSED. (26) To you FIRST, GOD HAVING RAISED UP His Servant JESUS, sent Him to BLESS you, in TURNING EVERY ONE OF YOU away from your INIQUITIES.)

(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.) (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.)

(Ps.85:4--RESTORE us, o God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease. (5) Will you be ANGRY FOREVER? Will You prolong Your anger to ALL GENERATIONS? (6) WILL You NOT REVIVE US AGAIN, that Your people may REJOICE in YOU? (7) Show us YOUR MERCY, O Lord, and grant us YOUR SALVATION. (8) I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak PEACE to HIS PEOPLE and to HIS SAINTS; but let them not turn back to folly. (9) Surely HIS SALVATION is NEAR to those who FEAR HIM, that GLORY may DWELL IN OUR LAND. (10) MERCY and TRUTH have met together; RIGHTEOUSNESS and PEACE have KISSED each other. (11) TRUTH shall spring out of THE EARTH, and RIGHTEOUSNESS shall look down from HEAVEN. (12) YES, the Lord will GIVE what is GOOD; and our LAND will YIELD its INCREASE. (13) RIGHTEOUSNESS will go before HIM, and shall make HIS FOOTSTEPS OUR PATHWAY. )

(Ps.47:2--For the Lord Most High is AWESOME; HE IS A GREAT KING OVER ALL THE EARTH. (3) He will SUBDUE the PEOPLES UNDER OUR FEET. (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. For the SHIELDS of the EARTH belong to GOD; HE IS GREATLY EXALTED.) (Heb. 2:16--For indeed HE DOES NOT GIVE AID to ANGELS, but HE DOES GIVE AID to the SEED of ABRAHAM.) (Gal.1:8--But even if we, or an ANGEL from heaven, PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL TO YOU than WHAT WE HAVE PREACHED TO YOU. Let him be accursed. (11) But I make known to you, brethren, that THE GOSPEL which was PREACHED by me is NOT ACCORDING to MAN. (12) For I NEITHER received it from man, nor was I TAUGHT it, but it came through THE REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST.)

( Gal.3:8--And THE SCRIPTURE, foreseeing that GOD would JUSTIFY the NATIONS by FAITH, PREACHED THE GOSPEL to ABRAHAM BEFOREHAND, saying, “IN you all the NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED. (16) Now to ABRAHAM and 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.)


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Peggy Yengling 24 Nov 2012
Yes, dear Sharon, it is according to God's Grace that we receive His forgiveness and His promises. His righteousness is NOT of the law but of faith. As it is written: 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. And, once we have acknowledged Jesus as our Savior, we are directed to live for Him because He died so that we may live fully as His obedient children. What a perfect guide for a life that is pleasing to Him! What love He has given - may we all desire to give our love back to Him! Thank you for this wonderful reminder of why we were created and how we need to respond to our Lord. Love always to my dear friend! Peggy


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