Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Righteous - A Summer Snippet Of The Christian Message

This web author will be doing something different this summer. Pastor emeritus Bickel will highlight various parts of certain topical messages, with explanation and Scripture links.

This Sunday's Summer Snippet

For Reference - A couple of topical messages, highlighting "the righteous:"

"When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in Him be found; clothed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand."

[TLH - CPH; c. 1941 - "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less"]

Who are the Righteous?

The "righteous" are those who are "clothed" with the “spiritual garments” (holy “clothes”) of Christ – His person and perfection. They will be afforded a place in God's kingdom (heaven). Matthew 22:1-14 is a parable of Jesus, which helps in our understanding of this “covering” of Christ’s righteousness. Also, we have Scripture’s further description - Philippians 3:8;9:

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith" - Philippians 3:8; - KJV

The righteous are children of God. They, by faith, have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and are God's children [Galatians 3:22-29] as opposed to those who are God's "children of wrath," and "children of disobedience." Ephesians 2:3 ; Ephesians 5:6

Psalm 1:1-6 - You are either righteous or wicked. There are no gray areas with the Triune God.

Question: How do you obtain Christ’s righteousness to be righteous?

Sinful souls are made righteous by God, by His grace, through faith:

Please note: The bold lettering below, is for emphasis of God's grace (undeserved mercy and kindness) and, also for belief and faith.

Ephesians 2:1 - "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;" - KJV

Ephesians 2:4 - "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us," - KJV

Ephesians 2:5 - "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" - KJV

Ephesians 2:8;9;10 - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." - KJV

Titus 3:5;6;7 - "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." - KJV

Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." - KJV

Romans 1:17 - "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith." - KJV

Rom 3:22;23;24;25;26 - "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." - KJV

Romans 4:3 - "For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." - KJV

Romans 4:5 - "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." – KJV

Romans 4:6 - "Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works," - KJV

Romans 4:11 - "And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:" - KJV

Romans 4:13 - "For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith." - KJV

Galatians 2:16 - "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." - KJV

Please Reference: The Gospel of John 1:1-21 ; also: John 3:36

See also: Hebrews 11:6 - noting that it is faith which pleases God.

Finally, it must be noted that the whole salvation (rescue) process of a human soul from eternal damnation and alienation from God, [hell] is initiated by the Triune God. It is His work entirely, from beginning until end. [Jeremiah 31:18;19 ; John 1:12;13 ; James 1:16] And, that act is accomplished through the means of the Word of God (the Gospel). See: Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 1 Peter 1:23

Related to the above "Summer Snippet:"


Related Scriptures [above] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

Please note: Topical Messages, by subject

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

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