Righteousness

 

Righteousness is a singular Greek word, that word is (dikaiosune). It is the character or quality of being right or just.  Old English used the word rightwiseness which best expresses its meaning. It is used to denote the attribute of GOD. In Romans 3:5 the righteousness of GOD means essentially the same as His faithfulness, His truthfulness that which is consistent with His own character, nature, and promises. In Romans 3:25-26 God’s righteousness is exhibited in the death of Jesus which is sufficient to show all of creation that GOD is not indifferent to sin nor does He regard sin lightly. Jesus’ death on the cross demonstrates GOD’s quality of Holy righteousness which can only be placated or satisfied by the utter condemnation of sin.


When righteousness is found in the sayings of Jesus, as in Matthew 6:33, it indicates that the acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross fulfills the sum total of the requirements of us as we seek GOD. When the King lays down His life for those who are His subjects, all we, His subjects, have to do is accept it and be willing to do likewise for the kingdom.


When righteousness is used in the writings of Paul, it always refers to the gracious gift of GOD to humanity, whereby all who believe on the Lord Jesus are brought, (eventually), into a rightwise relationship with GOD. Paul makes it abundantly clear that our righteousness is unattainable by obedience to any law, or by any merit of mankind’s own efforts, or any other condition than that of faith in Jesus Christ. The person who trusts in Christ and seeks first the righteousness of GOD and His kingdom, “becomes the righteousness of GOD in Jesus Christ.” Those words are found in 2 Corinthians 5:21. We become in Christ all that God requires a person to be, all that we could never be by ourselves alone. Finally, our faith in Christ brings our soul and our spirit into a vital union, a right relationship with GOD in Christ and this inevitably produces righteousness in our lives, which is conformity to the will of God. The change in our lives, our character, our good deeds, our compassion, our love is a reflection of the Holy Spirit who now lives in us and through us.

 

The world will say “Whatever!” Actually, so does GOD.


...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever islovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.                                                        —Philippians 4:8

 

Aloha Ke Akua,

 

Pastor Peter French