Posts Tagged ‘Righteousness’

9
Dec

Bible Devotions From Romans 6

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My servant Paul declares that believers are to become slaves of righteousness. He uses this term to contrast with the term slaves to sin.

By it he is describing the contrast between those who are united with My Son and those who are not. Does this imply then that My Son in His earthly life was a slave of righteousness? Remember that My servant Paul declares that he is expressing these truths about sin and righteousness in human terms because of the limitations of those who believe in being able to grasp spiritual realities. And I have already pointed out to you in a previous word that by using the term slave of righteousness that My servant is not intending that you understand the term literally as one who is held captive to the will of another to serve that other. Instead one who is a slave of righteousness has a real choice and serves by the free choice of his own will. And the motivation for serving, for being a slave of righteousness is love. The difference between the ones who believe in being called a slave of righteousness and My Son is that they formerly were slaves to sin and had no choice but to serve it, but as slaves of righteousness their will has been freed to make a new choice in the direction of righteousness and away from the direction of sin. But My Son never was subject to sin and His will has always been free and never subject to the bondage of sin. And while He is the true and perfect model of the one who serves righteousness and is the one who is the foundation by which all in Him can serve righteousness, He is in that respect much more than what My servant Paul describes here as a slave of righteousness. And since you are urged as slaves of righteousness to reckon yourselves as dead to sin and alive to Me, recognize that it is by the power of the life of My Son within you that you can do this. This means then that as you determine to identify with My Son, to be focused upon Him and to continually depend upon His life within you in order to truly be alive unto Me in every respect, that you will indeed be able to walk out what it means to be a slave of righteousness. And as I have told you before, though the term slave is used here, it actually refers to what is the only real freedom, that is the freedom to do My will. That is indeed the purpose for which My Son has set you free. And in this sense you might say that you, as a slave of righteousness, are also a slave of love. And remember that this kind of slavery brings life, in contrast to the slavery to sin which brings death.

The former condition, as My servant Paul declares, is a free gift, while the latter is bondage. Thus you are able because of the life of My Son within you to live in true freedom and to exercise your will in true liberty.

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9
Jun

Bible Devotions From Romans 6

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I want to speak to you today about presenting your members to serve righteousness. When My servant Paul uses these words, “your members as instruments of righteousness”, he is referring to the use of your bodies in the practical working out of your will and your heart to serve and glorify Me. The fact that you are admonished to resist allowing sin to rule in your bodies indicates that there is ever before you a choice either to fulfill the lusts, the natural desires of the flesh or else to fulfill My will by serving righteousness. My servant declares that before you yielded yourselves in faith to My Son you were free from righteousness. By this he does not mean that you were not called to live righteously, for that is the call of My Word to all. It means rather by the use of the words free from righteousness that you had no understanding or regard for the demands of righteousness upon you. But when the truth of My Word impacted your hearts and brought conviction, repentance and faith as My servant Paul declared in this portion, “you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered”. And you were not only set free from your former bondage to sin, but you had a new compulsion, a new motivation in your hearts to turn away from sin and to serve and glorify Me. Now what My servant Paul is emphasizing is that where as before you had no real choice to do otherwise and to serve sin, you are now given a real choice. And there is the necessity of your recognizing that you have genuinely been set free from the dominance of sin to serve Me. This means that you have no real excuse. If there is an established pattern of sin in your lives, it is not because you are helpless and bound to the compulsion to sin. It is rather because in the exercise of your choice, you have willingly embraced sin.

And these words are to urge you to break with that choice and with that pattern because the fruit of it eventually is death, and by this My servant means first of all your fellowship with Me is broken. And secondly that persisting in that pattern will ultimately bring an end to your blessing, your enjoyment of the fruits of righteousness and ultimately if you persist, to the end of your life on earth, for as he declares here, the continuation of uncleanness and lawlessness just leads to more of the same.

And if you recognize that that path has a dreadful end, it is possible to stop that deadly cycle simply by repentance. And the concrete action of repentance will be to present your members as slaves of righteousness and holiness. This is the true freedom and the true life. And if the wonderful gift of the sacrifice of My Son on your behalf grips your heart and nourishes your soul, you will not only be motivated towards righteousness by fear of the consequences of sin, but you will be so motivated by compelling love. My love for you which was extended even when you were in sin and as it declares in another place in this letter that you were actually in a state of enmity towards Me. So in the state of righteousness and holiness, your heart will be glad to choose to walk as a slave of righteousness.

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1
Jun

Bible Devotions From Psalm 82

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To whom are you looking to perform justice in the earth? The Psalmist here recognized that man is incapable of performing justice in the earth. He asks how long will man judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?

In contrast to what is practiced, he speaks of what ought to be done: the defense of the poor and the fatherless, the extension of justice to the afflicted and needy, freeing them from the hand of the wicked. But he laments that these things are not done, that men walk in darkness and they fail to recognize their own mortality. So then the Psalmist cries out for Me to arise and judge the earth. And he recognizes that all nations are Mine. After so long a time since these words were originally written, do you see that the situation regarding justice in the earth has changed? You know that just as these words declare the circumstances then, they remain an accurate description of what is also true in the earth today. And you understand why it is so, because the hearts of men have not been changed.

They still do not understand. They still walk about in darkness, and even when you may see here and there a breakthrough of justice and righteousness, you can be sure, very sure, that it is not because of the goodness and righteousness of men, but rather because My hand has been extended and overrules. In the light of all this, what is to be the attitude of your heart and the conduct of your life as you have received My saving grace? Is it not first of all to recognize that I alone am the source and the dispenser of justice? When you prayed for some days about the sentencing of John Reaser, did you not appeal to Me to overrule and to extend mercy? And though it seemed that the government prosecutors executed the matter, did you not believe that it was My overruling hand that caused them to do so? So then, first of all, look steadfastly to Me and not to man for justice. Secondly, because you have received My grace and My mercy, you can defend the poor and fatherless and do justice to the afflicted and needy. Your hearts can be so guided into the way of mercy that you will avoid the pitfalls of injustice that have captivated those who do not look to Me. You may sometimes feel that your small efforts are futile in the face of so much injustice. But remember that your strength is not in yourselves, and your cause is not futile when I am in it. And I can make that which seems small and weak to account for much. Remember also that the wicked and the unjust shall not prevail. They will not be ultimately victorious. And the final step that you can make is expressed in the closing words where the Psalmist speaks to Me to arise and judge the earth. And he is confident that this will happen because all the nations are Mine. And so you cannot only represent true justice in the earth by looking steadfastly to Me rather than to man for it, but you can yourselves exercise justice by standing and defending and delivering the poor and needy? But you can also as one of the faithful remnant stand before My throne of justice and call upon Me to arise and judge the earth. Do not be overcome and despair because you see the tide of injustice seemingly increasing to such enormous proportions.

If you will remember and hold in your heart what the Psalmist declares here, you will not be overcome with despair and defeat, but you will be strong in faith and in action to participate in the victory of My justice in the earth.

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