Devotional Passages 3/10/18

Romans 12:2 (HCSB)
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

1 Peter 3:13-15 (HCSB)
And who will harm you if you are deeply committed to what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,, but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

Romans 8:26 (HCSB)
In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us, with unspoken groanings.

Revelation 5:13 (HCSB)
I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!

John 1:16-17 (HCSB)
Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness, for the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The Righteous Will Live by Faith

Take in the verse below, considering what the Righteousness is defined by Grace.

Romans 1:16-17 (HCSB)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel,, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith,, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.

When you consider what is involved in the act of Grace in our lives, it at first seems to be a very simple. We trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin and He blesses us with His Grace. The phrase t the end of this passage indicates so much more. ‘The righteous will live by faith”. Both faith and trust are tightly bound together. Faith is the spiritual commitment of trust.

In other words, because we trust what God (Jesus) says, we invest that trust in faith. The greater that investment in trust, the stronger grows our Faith, the more our joy and love blossoms. Because we Love Christ we obey Him.

John 14:15 (HCSB)
If you love Me, you will keep My commands.

Trust to faith to love to obedience; obedience to ‘Repentance”. Jesus said:

Luke 5:32 (HCSB)
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Are you beginning to see a chain of events taking place here? We aren’t done yet, because it is by this repentance (changing of our course both cognitively and spiritually) that the course we plot our actions on is altered to be in keeping with the will of God.

Isaiah 61:10 (HCSB)
I greatly rejoice in the Lord, I exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness, as a groom wears a turban and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

We see in that blessing of Christ’s Grace on us, we now are wrapped in a robe of righteousness. It’s not ‘our’ righteousness, it is Christ’s, which he has put on us.

Romans 3:10-12 (HCSB)
as it is written:
There is no one righteous, not even one.
There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become useless.
There is no one who does what is good, not even one.

Our living righteous is not us, but Christ living in us. Thus, “The righteous will live by faith“, is proven out.

There is more to this, as Grace isn’t a ‘one and done’ proposition. We are taught by the Holy Spirit, new things. These erupt in conviction. Because we have faith and trust in what He says, this conviction leads to repentance. Repentance further applies Grace even more. More grace, by faith; continually clothed in His righteousness. Indeed, the righteous shall live by faith!

Hebrews 10:38-39 (HCSB)
But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him.
But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.

Through our faith in Christ, we are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. By His Grace which clothes us in that righteousness, we obtain ‘life’.

2 Corinthians 5:7-10 (HCSB)
For we walk by faith, not by sight, and we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.

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