The Cross

THE CROSS
This is a collection of sermons in book form that Pastor Pinson preached on the subject of the application of our cross in our lives.

The Reward of His Suffering

 

A summary of the message I preached at my Mother’s Funeral February 24, 2014

  

   I want to talk now about what our mother’s life, Rosa Pinson, life meant to Christ, and what all the lives of godly people mean to Him. 

   I will start with a true story from a sermon, Ten Shekels and a Shirt, by Paris Reidhead. 

“Two young Moravians heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 2000 to 3000 slaves.   The owner had said, “No preacher will ever stay on this island. If he’s ship wrecked we’ll keep him in a separate house until he has to leave, but he’s never going to talk to any of us about God, I’m through with all that nonsense.” Those slaves from the jungles of Africa brought to an island in the Atlantic there to live and die without ever hearing of Christ.  

These two young Moravians heard about it.  They sold themselves to the atheist British planter and used the money they received from their sale, for he paid no more than he would for any slave, to pay their passage out to his island, for he wouldn’t even transport them.  As the ship left its’ pier in the river and was going out into the North Sea, the Moravian people came to see these two lads off, who were in their early twenties.  They were never to return again, for this wasn’t a four year missionary term, they sold themselves into life time slavery. 

As slaves they could be Christians among the other slaves.  The families were there weeping, for they knew they would never see them again.  They wondered why they were going and questioned the wisdom of it.  As the ship moved out to sea, one lad with his arm linked through the arm of his fellow, raised his hand and shouted out the last words that were heard from them.  The words were these, “MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!”  This became the cry of Moravian missions.  And this is the only reason for our living – that the Lamb who was slain may receive the reward of His suffering!” 

Who is the Lamb that was slain? 

John 1:29  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 

   Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the only one that can take away sin.  Jesus is the Lamb that was slain in our place and for our sins.  Jesus “made himself of no reputation, and took on himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross”, therefore He has a right to “receive the reward of His suffering”. 

Hebrews 12:1-2   Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy (reward) that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

   Our father and mother are now a part of that joy and reward that was set before Jesus, the Lamb of God, as He suffered.  Will you and I join them and also become the joy and the reward that was set before Jesus as He suffered? 

Revelation 5:12  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory, and blessing. 

Revelation 7:9-10  After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, kindred, people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. 

   Jesus died for the sins of the world, for all of mankind, but He will not force anyone to submit themselves to Him in this life – it is our choice, but it is the most important decision we will ever make in this life. To those that will submit everything to Christ, the scripture declares that He rightfully has claim to us: 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20   What?  Know you not that your body is the temple (dwelling place) of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?  For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 

   This is not written to everyone, but only to those that the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in.

   This is not a onetime choice, and it is more than just a profession of faith, more than walking the isle of a church to shake a preacher’s hand, it is more than water baptism, it is more than serving God – it must be a changed life:

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

   If our decision for Christ, our profession of faith in Christ, our coming to faith in Christ – does not produce a new us, a new creature with our old ways being replaced as time moves forward with the new ways of Christ, then we are not in Christ after all.  What does the new us act and think like?  It is all about our being transformed into the same image of Christ. 

Romans 8:29   For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

2 Corinthians 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory (likeness) of the Lord, are being changed (transformed) into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

   Those that indentify with the work of Christ must not be passive in denying their self – their own agenda – but instead we must follow after Christ as He leads us:

Revelation 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready.

   My mother was making herself ready, are we also making ourselves ready?  Ready for what?  Ready to be a part of the reward that Christ, the Lamb who was slain, is to receive.  If we will make ourselves a part of His reward – then He will give us a reward:

Revelation 7:17  For the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Revelation 15:3  They shall sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!

Revelation 19:9 And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 21:22,27   And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defiles, neither whosoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 22:1,3  And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

   In order to be a part of the reward for the suffering of the Lamb, we must be in subjection to Him:

Hebrews 2:6-7  But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? Or the son of man that you visit him?  You made him (mankind) a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands:

9-10  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

14-15   For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

   What a wonderful place to come to – a place where we have no fear of death, for the Lamb that was slain offers to us deliverance from the fear of death!  No longer do you and I have spend our lifetime in bondage to the fear of death!

   The question for all of us is this – will we be a part of the reward that the Lamb looked forward to receiving?  Will you and I be one of the many children that Christ will bring to glory?

 

 

Denying Christ His Reward
 
 

   In the true story from the sermon, “Ten Shekels and a Shirt”, Paris Reidhead tells of two young Moravians who sold their selves as slaves so that they could tell 3,000 slaves on an island in the West Indies about Christ.  As the ship caring these young Moravians sailed out to sea to this island for the rest of their lives, they shouted back to those on the shore their reason for doing this, “that the Lamb who was slain may receive the reward of His suffering” 

   This is why we preach the gospel, this is why we have ‘church’, this why the missionary leaves their native land for foreign lands, this is why we who stay behind give to missions – “that the Lamb who was slain may receive the reward of His suffering”. 

   Jesus suffered that He “might bring many sons to glory”, Hebrews 2:10.   Every soul that comes after Christ, denies their self, takes up their cross daily and follows Jesus – is becoming a part of the reward for Jesus’ suffering because they have become one of the many sons being brought to glory.  

Hebrews 12:2  Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy (reward) that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

   Does Jesus care if we reject our opportunity to be part of His reward?  Oh yes He cares.   Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they refused to become part of the reward for His suffering.   

Luke 19:41-42  And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,  Saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your day, the things which belong to your peace! but now they are hid from your eyes. 

   Will we cause Jesus to weep over us because we have rejected Him – because we refuse to give Him the joy due to Him for His suffering, and be part of the reward for His suffering? 

Matthew 23:37-38  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!  Behold, your house is left to you desolate. 

   “And you would not“.  Jesus came unto His own, and His own received Him not (John 1:11).  Why wouldn’t His very own receive Him?  They certainly had the opportunity.  They had so many prophecies to alert them concerning His coming?  While on this earth He proved Himself to be the Son of God over and over, yet they hated Him. 

Luke 19:14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to rule over us. 

   Is this how we view Jesus, as “an austere man: you take up that you laid not down, and reap that you did not sow”?  Well, Jesus said that if we will not allow Him to rule over us, then we are wicked.  Being part of His reward certainly involves Him ruling over us. 

   When Jesus was on trial for His very life, the people publicly proclaimed, “We have no king but Caesar”.  They didn’t want Jesus to rule over them – they had rather a tyrant rule over them.  The children of Israel accused Moses of taking too much authority upon himself, and wanted to stone him and return to Pharaoh so that they could be slaves again.  

   They declared the same thing to Samuel when they rejected God’s rulership over them in favor of one of their own being their ruler.  It is no different today, for most either want to be their own king, or have some other man be their king.  We cannot follow anyone unless we submit to them and allow them to rule over us!  We cannot be the reward of Lamb’s suffering unless we submit to the Lamb that was slain.

Luke 9:23   And Jesus said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 

   The scripture says that we should “know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins”, James 5:20.  And, thereby so doing we add to the Lamb’s reward for His suffering!

WORSHIP, THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING

 

   I was present in a worship service at Lake Hamilton Bible Camp enjoying the wonderful presence of the Lord when this came to me – that our worship ascending upward to heaven was a portion of the reward that Christ was receiving for His suffering.

 

Hebrews 12:2   Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

   The Lord looked ahead to those times when His brothers and sisters are worshipping in spirit and in truth, which are all a portion of “the joy that was set before Him”.  I know that service was just one of millions of times that His saints have worshiped Him with their spirit and in truth, but it was no less important to Him.  He would have endured the cross if this had been the only time that those He was redeeming with His own blood would worship Him.

 

   We also offer up to Jesus a portion of the reward of His suffering every time we worship Him in our private place of prayer.  I know how much those wonderful times of enjoying His presence means to me – but do we understand what our true worship means to Him? 

 

John 4:23-24  But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

   We worship the Father, and it is also correct to worship His Son (Jesus received worship on many occasions).  Philippians 3:3 speaks of this, “who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus”.

 

   Jesus said the Father ‘seeks worshippers’, not ‘seeks worship’.  It is us that He desires, and it is those that obey Him that are the reward for His suffering.  However we will find ourselves rejected if our worship is not with our spirit and in truth.  God “had respect to Abel and to his offering:  But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect (did not accept)”, Genesis 4:4-5.   Just because we offer up something and call it worship does not mean it is automatically received and accepted by God.

 

   Worship with our spirit and in truth is totally different from celebrations, ceremonies, pomp and splendor using men’s talents, technology, and machinery.  The Pharisee stood in the temple and “prayed thus with (to) himself”.  His prayer was not to God, but rather it was an effort to justify himself (at least to himself) and to glory in his own works.

 

   Worship in truth means to worship with “a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart”, Psalms 51:17.   We know that “the LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit”, Psalms 34:18.  We also know that God accepts those “that are of a contrite and humble spirit”, Isaiah 57:15.

 

   Do we have the time, and are we willing, to put out the effort to reward the Lord for His suffering by worshipping Him with our spirit and in truth?

 

   There is a message available on the internet called ‘Ten Shekels and a Shirt’ by Paris Reidhead.  This sermon is “called one of the most influential sermons of the 20th century”.  On one site alone this sermon has been listened to more than 173,500 times. 

 

   At the end of this sermon Paris Reidhead told about two young Moravian men who sold themselves into lifelong slavery on an island in the West Indies so that they could tell the slaves there about Christ.   As the ship carrying the young men left the pier, their families in tears were waving good bye to them, never to see them again.  Some questioned the wisdom of their decision, but these two shouted back to those on the shore line, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering”.  That my friend must be the purpose of our worship and our lives!

 

Revelation 5:11-12   And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.


WORSHIP, THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING

 

 

 

   I was present in a worship service at Lake Hamilton Bible Camp enjoying the wonderful presence of the Lord when this came to me – that our worship ascending upward to heaven was a portion of the reward that Christ was receiving for His suffering.

 

Hebrews 12:2   Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

   The Lord looked ahead to those times when His brothers and sisters are worshipping in spirit and in truth, which are all a portion of “the joy that was set before Him”.  I know that service was just one of millions of times that His saints have worshiped Him with their spirit and in truth, but it was no less important to Him.  He would have endured the cross if this had been the only time that those He was redeeming with His own blood would worship Him.

 

   We also offer up to Jesus a portion of the reward of His suffering every time we worship Him in our private place of prayer.  I know how much those wonderful times of enjoying His presence means to me – but do we understand what our true worship means to Him? 

 

John 4:23-24  But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

   We worship the Father, and it is also correct to worship His Son (Jesus received worship on many occasions).  Philippians 3:3 speaks of this, “who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus”.

 

   Jesus said the Father ‘seeks worshippers’, not ‘seeks worship’.  It is us that He desires, and it is those that obey Him that are the reward for His suffering.  However we will find ourselves rejected if our worship is not with our spirit and in truth.  God “had respect to Abel and to his offering:  But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect (did not accept)”, Genesis 4:4-5.   Just because we offer up something and call it worship does not mean it is automatically received and accepted by God.

 

   Worship with our spirit and in truth is totally different from celebrations, ceremonies, pomp and splendor using men’s talents, technology, and machinery.  The Pharisee stood in the temple and “prayed thus with (to) himself”.  His prayer was not to God, but rather it was an effort to justify himself (at least to himself) and to glory in his own works.

 

   Worship in truth means to worship with “a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart”, Psalms 51:17.   We know that “the LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit”, Psalms 34:18.  We also know that God accepts those “that are of a contrite and humble spirit”, Isaiah 57:15.

 

   Do we have the time, and are we willing, to put out the effort to reward the Lord for His suffering by worshipping Him with our spirit and in truth?

 

   There is a message available on the internet called ‘Ten Shekels and a Shirt’ by Paris Reidhead.  This sermon is “called one of the most influential sermons of the 20th century”.  On one site alone this sermon has been listened to more than 173,500 times. 

 

   At the end of this sermon Paris Reidhead told about two young Moravian men who sold themselves into lifelong slavery on an island in the West Indies so that they could tell the slaves there about Christ.   As the ship carrying the young men left the pier, their families in tears were waving good bye to them, never to see them again.  Some questioned the wisdom of their decision, but these two shouted back to those on the shore line, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering”.  That my friend must be the purpose of our worship and our lives!

 

Revelation 5:11-12   And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.


THE PURSUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS 

Part one of the message I preached at Peerless on February 9, 2014

  

   We are all faced with a dilemma: 

Romans 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 

1 Corinthians 6:9   Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? 

   If we are all unrighteous, and all unrighteous persons cannot go to heaven, then where does that leave us all?  Is there a solution to our dilemma?

 

THE NECESSITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

   God demands righteousness for the individual, the home, the church, and the nation. 

Daniel 4:27-28  Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of your tranquility.   All this came on the king Nebuchadnezzar. 

   King Nebuchadnezzar was not only removed from being king of Babylon, but for seven long years he became as an animal eating grass from the field – all because he would not do righteousness.  The very nature and culture of the kingdom of God is righteousness, and unless we are serious about being righteous in the sight of God, we will have no place or portion in His kingdom – but not just for seven years. 

Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

   Some teach that being righteous is just a matter of identifying with the righteousness of Christ through faith, and that it is only obtained as a gift with no effort on our part and requires no attention to change in our character.  But righteousness means to make choices to think and do what is right in the sight of God. 

   Righteousness is having and demonstrating with our lives the qualities of integrity, virtue, purity, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting.  Righteousness is the opposite of wickedness. 

   There is tremendous opposition to righteousness both from evil men and from the devil himself. 

Luke 1:74-75  That God would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,  In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 

   Seeing how essential righteousness is, let us consider some components of the process of obtaining and maintaining the righteousness of God for ourselves.

 

BY FAITH

 

   Since our own righteousness is as “filthy rags”, then we must look for another source to obtain righteousness. 

Philippians 2:13   For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

   The only source for true righteousness is God in heaven, and we can receive nothing from Him except by faith – not by working to produce our own form of righteousness.  We do not work to be righteous, but as we obtain the righteousness of God, as James says, there will be works of righteousness as proof (James 2:20-26). 

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, 

Romans 10:10   For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; 

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 

   It is a great temptation to become impatient while waiting for anything from God and instead turn to self. 

Philippians 3:9   And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 

Hebrews 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. 

James 2:23  And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 

   Some believe that all they have to do to be righteous is walk a church isle, profess Christ, shake a preacher’s hand and presto – righteousness is imputed (attributed) to them by God, and then continue to live as they did.

 

BY HUNGERING AND THIRSTING

 

   The subject of righteousness is almost totally neglected in preaching today.  The subjects we do hear preached and taught usually concern various strategies for personal success, happiness, and well-being for all that tune in or sit on a church pew.  You would think that God’s will for us is to hunger and thirst for health and wealth. 

Matthew 5:6   Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 

   To hunger and thirst is to have a strong or compelling desire or craving.  Do you have a hunger and thirst for righteousness?  Without this hunger and thirst, we will never obtain to righteousness in the sight of a Holy God.

 BY SEEKING

 

   Righteousness is not an automatic result of our confessing, professing, or coming to faith in Christ as our Savior.  As with every blessing of God, we must seek for it.  Our hungering, thirsting, and seeking for righteousness must be for His righteousness to be manifested in our lives, not for a righteousness of our own making.  To practice justifying ourselves before God is a form of self-righteousness (Luke 10:29). 

Matthew 6:33  But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; 

Hosea 10:12   Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
 

BY PURSUING

   Righteousness is not an automatic result of our confessing, professing, or coming to faith in Christ as our Savior.  As with every blessing of God, we must pursue it.

2 Timothy 2:22  Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness,

   Jesus pursued righteousness – all righteousness.

Matthew 3:13-15  Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.  And John tried to prevent Him, saying, I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?  But Jesus answered John Baptist, Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.

Ephesians 4:24  And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

1 Timothy 6:10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11  But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after (pursue) righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

BY SUBMITTING

Romans 10:3  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

   When we excuse our failures and defend our sins, our self-will, and our pride, then we are going about to establish our own righteousness.  We must not diminish the severity of our sins, but rather “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”, 1 John 1:9.

   We must cry out for cleansing, for God to expose, draw out, and deal with every sin, wrong behavior, thought, desire, attitude, and wrong opinion.

1 John 3:7  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

1 John 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whoever does not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loves not his brother.

   When righteousness is not our way of life, then it is because we are not submitting to God’s righteousness.  The righteousness of God is the image of Christ, which every child of God must be daily changing into.  God’s intention and purpose for us is that we become like Christ, and that He the Righteous One is formed in us.

Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

2 Corinthians 5:21  For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Romans 5:17   For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

   God’s gift of righteousness operating in a life will bear the fruit of righteous living.  There is no salvation apart from holy living.

1 John 2:29  If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone that does righteousness is born of him.

   God’s gift of righteousness must be appropriated by submitting to it through the daily choices we make.

1 Corinthians 1:30   But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,

   Any righteousness other than the image of Christ is a false self-righteousness.

HOW RIGHTEOUSNESS IS OBTAINED

Psalms 23:3  He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

   Righteousness is a work of the Holy Spirit, and it is accomplished as we are led by the Holy Spirit:

Romans 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

John 16:8  And when the Holy Spirit is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Ephesians 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

   Righteousness is obtained by making right choices:

Romans 6:13 & 19  Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity to iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness to holiness.

   Our righteous is affected by those we choose to associate with:

2 Corinthians 6:14  Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?

   Knowing and obeying the word of God is essential to righteousness:

2 Timothy 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2 Corinthians 6:7  By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

   Keeping righteousness in our thoughts will advance our righteousness:

Psalms 35:28   And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.

1 Corinthians 15:34  Awake to righteousness, and sin not;

1 Peter 2:24  Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness:

   The chastening of the Lord produces righteousness:

Hebrews 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to them which are exercised thereby.

   A peaceful heart produces righteousness:

James 1:20  For the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.

James 3:18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

THE REWARDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Psalms 11:7  For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.

Psalms 15:1-2   Lord, who shall abide in your tabernacle? Who shall dwell in your holy hill?  He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.

Psalms 45:7  Because You love righteousness, and hate wickedness: therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

Proverbs 12:28  In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Proverbs 14:34   Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 16:12  It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

   Just as any kingdom or nation is exalted and established by righteousness, so is a family, a home, a church, a business, a friendship, and an individual.  Anywhere that there is turmoil, tension, anger, jealousy, and unrest, there is a lack of righteousness.

Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

   What kind of tree does God right now call you and me?

Daniel 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.

Zephaniah 2:3   Seek you the LORD, all you meek of the earth, which have worked his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be you shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.

Matthew 5:10   Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Acts 10:35   But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him.

   The fear of God produces righteousness.  Cornelius was a devout man, and he was rewarded for his righteousness, for as Peter was preaching to him and his household, the Holy Spirit fell upon and filled them all.

2 Timothy 4:8  From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing.

1 Peter 3:14  But and if you suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are you: and be not afraid of their terror, neither b