Sunday, August 30th, 2015
Deliverance (Part 21)
Of The Righteous*
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17 (NKJV)
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Psalm 34:19 (NKJV)
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.
Proverbs 10:2 (NKJV)
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
Romans 3:22 (NIV)
Righteousness is a theme of the Bible. It's also a ticket to salvation.
It's more about love and mercy than law and order. It's more about heart conditions than life constructions. It's about reflecting God's justice and compassion. It's about the Character of God and not our own. Because left to our own works, we have no righteousness.
In the Old Testament, righteousness was found through faith in the Lord. Abram believed God, 'And He reckoned it to him as righteousness' (Genesis 15:6). Abram was determined to walk a path trusting God as his Guide.
In the New Testament, righteousness became a Savior named Jesus. God gave us a personal Example of how to live our lives. Even so, His flawless act was tougher than the Laws of Moses. We couldn't reach either Mark; righteousness seemed unattainable.
So we were graded on a sliding scale, with faith bridging the gap. But in Jesus, God provided a Model of faith to follow. Therein, faith in Jesus plus works like His equals deliverance.
'Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him' (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).
Note the word, pleading. It underlines the urgency of God's call.**
To Be Continued...
* Righteousness in the Old Testament: http://artkatzministries.org/articles/righteousness-in-the-old-testament/
* The Righteousness of God by Bob Deffinbaugh: https://bible.org/seriespage/6-righteousness-god
** Previous AMTC devotion: The Ministry of Reconciliation, A Pleading Love: http://amtcdevotions.org/the-ministry-of-reconciliation-part-2-conclusion-a-pleading-love
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.