This is part one of a five part series from the 2018 Morningview Baptist Church Men’s Conference. This year the conference focused on how we as men live up to our calling as sons of God and partake in the divine nature.
What is this righteousness?
It has been revealed
The most important truths in this world are not explained, but revealed
It comes down to the fact that I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for my sins
This fact wasn’t explained to me and I can’t explain it to someone else so that they too will believe
It must be revealed by the Holy Spirit
This righteousness is apart from law, but the law and prophets bear witness to it.
Something new about this righteousness (that it’s given by grace through faith to all who believe), but something old as well (This righteousness was first revealed through the law, and the messiah was prophesied by the prophets)
Righteousness apart from the family of Abraham, but prophets saw It coming
It comes through faith
Faith is cheerful submission to the revealed will of God
Relying on God to determine what is good and evil, right and wrong
In Jesus Christ for all who believe
This faith is primarily placed in a person
Not in a doctrinal system
Three offices fulfilled. We must receive Christ as all three
You can be confused or ignorant of right doctrine yet still be saved because you believe in Christ
Who is it for?
Verse 23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
“All” means peoples from every nation, not every human being that has ever lived
Verse 24 says, “and are justified by his grace as a gift,” referring back to the “all” who have sinned. Since we know that not every human is saved, all cannot mean every human, and the rest of the passage supports the interpretation that “all” is referring to both Jews and gentiles.
What are the three results?
It shows God’s righteousness in his dealings with the saints of old.
Boasting in our works or pedigree becomes excluded.
We don’t overthrow the law, but we uphold the law.