Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

Righteousness

Paul is careful to say that faith does not create God’s righteousness, but it is the means by which it can be received.

Righteousness

Many people, both Jews and Gentiles try very hard to become righteous through good works, study, and prayer. Sadly some people find it hard to understand and accept that righteousness comes only by grace through faith.

Israel’s Righteousness

Paul used two words that come from the same “word group” but have slightly different meanings, both of which are important in these chapters. “Righteousness” focuses on character. “Justification” is mostly a legal term that means “acquittal (declared innocent) of guilt.

Righteousness

Last week we considered the word “end” in this verse. Today we’ll look at the word “righteousness.”Being “righteous” means to be virtuous, moral, aka a good citizen. In a spiritual sense it means ‘to be approved by God.”

Righteousness

The New Covenant explains why Yeshua’s sacrifice put an “end” to the Law of Moses for attaining righteousness.

Righteousness

Although Yeshua was sacrificed thousands of years ago, it is still effective today to all who will believe.

Righteousness

The Law of Moses was glorious, but according to the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah another, a better, Law would succeed it.

Righteousness

Yeshua offered a righteousness that came from God, a righteousness that could not be accomplished through the Law of Moses.

Righteousness

The problem in Paul’s day (and continuing today) was that the people didn’t know what they didn’t know.

Shavuot (Pentecost) – Possessing their Possession

Many generations passed since God had given Abraham that promise.  Finally Moses brought Israel into the Promised Land.  The taking of the land was not easy and despite God’s command to rid it of the former inhabitants many still remained.