“Righteousness”

The quality of being morally right or justifiable.

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Listen to Me, you who know righteousness. You people in whose heart is My law. 
- Isaiah 51:7


The passage above, My law, is referred to the Ten Commandments. As you read Deuteronomy, Moses was instructed by God to teach these commandments to the Israelites. There’s a connection between living righteously and remembering God’s law. In the same manner, God instructed Joshua to

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth

but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you

observe to do according to all that is written it in.”

Joshua 1:9

Joshua was the predecessor of Moses. After Moses’ death, God had chosen Joshua to led the people to the promise land. The Law isn’t simply to limit the people of Israel or Joshua, but it is rather to guide them and help them know right from wrong. It is a tutor for the time being. To know what’s acceptable in the eyes of God and what isn’t. Think about the land without a law. How would you think the citizens of the nations act if there are no consequences to the bad behavior of the people who are residing in it? Therefore, God created the Ten Commandments for our sake. To protect us from doing harm towards ourselves and towards others.

Should We Still Obey The Law or Keep Up With It?

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
 I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
- Matthew 5:17:22

What Was The Purpose of The Law?


19Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one. 21Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. 23Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.

Galatians 3:19-24

To summarize the passage above, the Seed implies the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The law had to be first given as the tutor before Jesus could finally be born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus came as the mediator between men and God. Due to our parent’s sin (disobedience) which Adam & Eve committed in the garden of Eden we reap the consequences of their sin, death. The penalty of sin is death. Once Jesus came into the world, He had to endure a gruesome death to save the world. He offers eternal life to those who are willing to believe, and put their trust in Him. We are no longer saved through works but by grace alone. It is a free gift from God. Although it isn’t so free because it costs Him His precious Son. Grace is an unmerited favor. We don’t deserve it at all. But because God’s love for us, He sacrificed His One & only Son.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one & only Son.

That whoever believes in

Him will not perish

but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

The Effects of Righteousness?

7"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
-Galatians 6:7-10

How Should We Live Righteously? (Application)

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:16-22

It will be evident in our lives whether we are living righteously before the Lord. We are either carnally led or spiritually led. Unfortunately, we either give up one and cultivate the other. We can’t live both ways. Something has to give. As the passage says, “You can’t serve both God and mammon.” You will either love one and hate the other. Therefore, it is equivalently imperative to choose sides we are willing to live for. There are only two camps to choose from. Either living for the kingdom of God or the father of lies which is Satan.

Jesus said, “We are known by our fruits.” Fruit is referred to our character. A tree is known by what kind of fruit it is depending on what it bears. If you plant an apple tree, you will harvest apples. In the same manner, our lives speak volume to others. In the way we carry ourselves into the world and the choices we make. The words we say and by the principles we abide by.

The Works of The Spirit

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

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