1 Corinthians 15:57-58, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Choose Wisely, Isaiah 10:1-2, Isaiah 55:6-11, It's Your Choice, Matthew 6:31-34, Philippians 2:8-11, Proverbs 14:34, Psalm 45:6-7, Psalm 50:6, Righteousness exalts a nation, Unrighteousness, Woe to the unrighteous
Bible Ballistics: Vol. 18 No. 20 Righteousness Exalts A Nation???
exalteth a nation:
is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34
Righteousness: 1. the quality or state of being righteous…2. righteous conduct……3. the quality of state of being just or rightful…
Scripture gives us the most profound and insightful thoughts on the subject, let’s look and consider God’s Word!
is for ever and ever:
of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7 Thou lovest righteousness,
and hatest wickedness:
hath anointed thee
with the oil of gladness
above thy fellows.” Psalm 45:6-7
A reference to not only God’s righteousness, but the righteousness of the Lord Jesus who would be exalted for the sacrifice HE made for our sin at Calvary.
“And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name
which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
of things in heaven,
and things in earth,
and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-11
“And the heavens shall declare
for God is judge himself.
Selah.” Psalm 50:6
Jesus made a most profound and yet simple declaration about “righteousness”, and it is up to each of us how we will respond.
“Therefore take no thought, saying,
What shall we eat? or,
What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things
do the Gentiles seek:)
for your heavenly Father
knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first
the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness;
and all these things
shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought
for the morrow:
for the morrow
shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day
is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:31-34
Will we pursue the “first” of God’s kingdom, or our own? Will we be recipients of God’s “righteous” provision in Jesus, whose death, burial, and resurrection for victory over sin is our only hope; or will we choose our own unrighteousness, refusing God’s offer of love, forgiveness, and salvation? It’s your choice!
Even as Paul told believers to put on the “breastplate of righteousness” –Christ’s righteousness–imparted to us by God’s grace, and our response of faith to the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice of Jesus for SIN! When individual sin spreads through the land unchecked, it erupts into a state of national “UN”-righteousness. What will be the result? Just look around us! We can disregard the gift of God and reap the consequences or accept Jesus, spreading the good news everywhere we go!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God,
who hath reconciled us to himself
by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us
the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses
and hath committed unto us
the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God did beseech you by us:
we pray you in Christ’s stead,
be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him
to be sin for us,
who knew no sin;
that we might be made
the righteousness of God
in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
We can choose to be a part of sharing God’s truth of redemption through Jesus, or we can be a part of acerbating the problem of “UN”-righteousness! And just a few more scriptures regarding those who choose unrighteousness.
unto them that decree
and that write grievousness
which they have prescribed;
2 To turn aside the needy
and to take away the right
from the poor of my people,
that widows may be their prey,
and that they may rob the fatherless!” Isaiah 10:1-2
Will you choose God, while HE may be found! May we pray and live a life that promotes righteousness, affecting real change in our world!
“Seek ye the LORD
while he may be found,
call ye upon him
while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return
unto the LORD,
and he will have mercy upon him;
and to our God,
for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts
are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways
my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher
than the earth,
so are my ways higher
than your ways,
and my thoughts
than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down,
and the snow from heaven,
and returneth not thither,
but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower,
and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be
that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing
whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:6-11
The choice is yours, but choose wisely, there is a test coming, and it may be soon. Even as Paul encouraged us:
“But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast,
in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know
that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Amen and Amen!!!