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"Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! 'Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new!" Kenneth Grahame - Wind in the Willows

7.22.2012

Righteousness and Glory

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23.  It does not say that all have fallen short of God's righteousness, but of His glory, i.e the manifestation of His nature.  Of course righteousness is an attribute of His nature, but before the fall of man righteousness was never an issue between God and man.  God did not teach Adam about righteousness, but drew him into fellowship with Himself so that being with God he would become like Him.

Righteousness is only an issue for the believer now when he is out of fellowship with God.  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all UNRIGHTEOUSNESS," I John 1:9.  When we confess our sin, God brings us back into fellowship with Himself so we may become more like Him, having dealt with our unrighteousness by the blood of Christ.

"knowing this: that THE LAW IS NOT MADE FOR A RIGHTEOUS PERSON, I Timothy 1:9. 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. AGAINST SUCH THERE IS NO LAW," Galatians 5:22-23.

There is no regulating standard of righteousness against the fruit of the Spirit, i.e. the attributes of the nature of God that are born in the person for whom and in whom Christ has been made all righteousness.

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