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Whatever is Right

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the Whatevers of Philippians 4:8

2 Thessalonians 1:1-7

A socialist once came to see Andrew Carnegie and soon was railing against the injustice of Carnegie having so much money. In his view, wealth was meant to be divided equally. Carnegie asked his secretary for an assessment of everything he owned and at the same time looked up the figures on world population. He did a little arithmetic on a pad and then said to his secretary. “Give this gentleman l6 cents. That’s his share of my wealth.”

What is “fair” and what is JUST/RIGHT are not the same thing…

What are the Roles of Righteousness?

Righteousness as a State

  • Ps. 14:1-3 – we are not natively righteous
  • Rom. 3:9 – We are corrupt TOGETHER; spoiled by sin

Righteousness as a Measure of Inner Condition

Righteousness as Judgment

  • Ps. 9:7-8 – God alone can correctly judge
  • 1 Jn. 1:9 – God’s forgiveness is justified because of Christ’s work

Righteousness as a Lifestyle

  • Gal. 3:11 – Abraham lived by faith BEFORE the Law was given
  • Rom. 1:17 – we live in given righteousness; “Carl Sagan apple pie”

Righteousness as A Gift

  • Isa. 45:13 – what will be given to me by God?
  • 2 Tim. 4:8 – crown signifies victory; Jesus wins, we benefit!

Righteousness Because of Christ

  • 1 Pet. 3:18 – Jesus’ righteousness IS for our reconciliation
  • Rev. 16:5 – God alone has the necessary perspective to judge

Jesus alone is ultimately righteous. Therefore, when we allow Him to fill our thoughts, our thinking itself becomes transformed.

Pastor Ed Backell

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