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Sat, Sep 21 2013 - 08:53 PM

The Just and The Unjust

The Just and The Unjust

This is the first part. I am hoping that I will follow up with another portion later.

These words (the just) are applied to born-again Christians. Someone who is just is righteous or upright.

 

In these examples the just are those who trusted (believed the Gospel).

 

Romans 1 (KJV). All scriptures used are courtesy of BibleGateway.com

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

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.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

 

People can be righteous by their own right deeds. That righteousness can be used to compare those who are doing righteousness to those who are not. That kind of righteousness is not an everlasting righteousness because it ceases with the death of the people. It can be used to overcome evil. It can be done by anyone, not only born-again Christians.

 

The scriptures in Romans 1:15-17 is not talking about that kind of righteousness. It is talking about the righteousness of God. There is a clear difference. God’s righteousness should not be mixed up with people’s righteousness. God’s righteousness is perfect. People’s righteousness is likened to filthy rags before they are born-again even though such righteousness is not entirely evil.

 

Born-again Christians cannot be spiritually unjust after they have been declared as just because of their faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That just (righteousness) received freely cannot be changed each day or from moment to moment. To accomplish such a feat would require that Jesus die and come to life each day or every moment.

 

The just are blessed with salvation. Power to live a holy or righteous life comes with salvation. That holy or righteous living does not change God’s righteousness. The just or righteous, made so by God’s righteousness, lives by faith (believing the Gospel of salvation always as the only means of staying in God’s righteousness). The just cannot be judged concerning the righteousness of God because the just is as perfect in righteousness as God is perfect. God cannot give His perfect righteousness to believers then turn around and take it away from them because then He would fail to keep His promises to them. The promise of God that the just shall live by faith is not based on people’s acts of righteousness, but as shown in the scriptures above it is based on the righteousness of God.

 

God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith (through the Gospel of Jesus the Christ). The author of Romans shows in verse 17 of chapter 1 that the same revelation of God’s righteousness was written in the Holy Scriptures before he wrote. He used the words, “as it is written, the just shall live by faith”.

Habakkuk 2:4

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

As it is written, the just (those made righteous freely by God’s righteousness, same as that revealed in Habakkuk 2:4) shall live by faith.

 

With Love and Peace to you.

Abdool



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gloriousdays - 4 years ago

Hello Godsguitarist2012,

Thank you for your comment family (not sure whether you are a brother or a sister).

I wish more of my family would comment and let us, who are publishing, know how we are doing. After all, it for their sakes we are sent to labour.

With Love and Peace to you.

Abdool


Godsguitarist2012 - 4 years ago

that is a scholarly explanation of righteousness i have ever seen keep it coming my brother


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