Category Righteousness

Ephesians 1

Says we are . . . Saints Faithful Blessed with all spiritual blessings Chosen Holy Blameless Predestined Adopted as sons Accepted in the Beloved Redeemed Forgiven Lavished with His grace To the praise of His glory Saved Sealed Redeemed Given faith and love We have . . . Knowledge of the mystery Obtained an inheritance […]

Righteousness and Not Sin Imputed To You

Romans 4:6, 8 Just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes [1]righteousness apart from works: 8 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.” You are blessed today because all your sins are forgiven in Christ. God does not count your sins against you. Instead, […]

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is […]

Blame

“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed? As I have observed, those who plough evil and those who sow trouble reap it. At the breath of God they are destroyed; at the blast of his anger they perish.” Job 4:7-9 Three of Job’s comforters look for unrighteousness in […]

You Cannot Live in Sin

Did you know that you cannot live in sin? Well that’s exactly what Paul says in the first two verses of chapter six! He anticipates the objection that grace encourages people to sin in order to get more grace. Apparently, some had accused Paul of encouraging sin in just this way (Rom.3:8), and he replies […]

You Have First-Class Righteousness

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Some Christians believe that they have to work at becoming more righteous. And they kick themselves when they do wrong. They don’t realize that by doing these things, they […]

The Three Stages of Self

We have, in fact, to pass through three phases in our attitude towards and understanding of ourselves. We start life by a false attempt at self-appreciation. We try to make out we are all right: “going about to establish our own righteousness”, the Bible calls it. That finishes when we become honest about ourselves in […]