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Righteousness by Faith

John Bradshaw


The righteousness of Christ is offered to all. Learn how to receive and experience the righteousness of Christ in your life!


John Bradshaw

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  • August 25, 2020
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Thank you so much for joining me today let's pray and expect God's blessing. Father in heaven we thank you today for Jesus and we ask that as we come to you would that you would strengthen us speak to us and give us grace to experience you know paua in Jesus' name amen one of the low points of my academic Korea one of the most memorable challenges I ever had I can never forget have a good few years ago now it was while I was undertaking a math assignment. I was 6 years old and in the 4th grade my birthday came right in the middle of the school year so I did the 1st 2 years in. 18 months of less then skipped a grade and at 6 years old I was grappling with what appeared to be extremely complicated mathematical problems at least complicated for a 6 year old well he's complicated with this 6 year old this traumatizing experience came early in the 4th grade year really write the beginning I had the most wonderful teacher I had ever had well let me say that again because up to then I had to many teachers and Mrs Mellen z. was a very very special person we were working through a list of very advanced mathematical equations when I got stuck I sat staring at what was on the page in front of me realized I simply couldn't do the work I didn't know how I'd never seen the stuff before I didn't know wat to do. And the longer I stared at my page read my math book the more I knew that I couldn't even do the 1st one of these problems listed and I felt terrible In fact I cried 6 years old what would I do I didn't have a clue I still remember what those math problems were. I remember that day clearly and I remember that I'm mot as well at the time had been reading hieroglyphics but then this is mounds he came to my Mrs mounds he was the best teacher in the entire world from then till now best teacher I met as a matter of fact I think on your way back there at the time but. I'm still in touch with her you know and she says call me a me but I want she's Miss is you know I didn't mean cushy so old because even though she was really young at the time but she was Mrs Mountie all the respect all the love in the world for her this wonderful human being came to my aid she realised I was distressed she came to help me she asked what was wrong I told her I couldn't do that would she asked me why I told her I just didn't know how this is mounds you have never seen anything like this before you know she did she showed me what to do and I said oh no that I know what to do it really isn't that difficult in fact it wasn't difficult at all and I never had another problem with understanding how to do that sort of would. All I needed was for someone to show me how and when Mrs mounds e showed me how. I didn't have a problem with it I just needed someone to show me the way do you think there might be a modern day old parallel to my mathematical conundrum way back then I think there could be in the wood of God God presents to us what is necessary for a person to enter into heaven it's right there in the Bible and as you read in the Bible 1st Corinthians Chapter 6 verse 9 you discover that it says no you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God be not d.c. And then Paul lists 10 different categories of sin and he says that these or those that do the. Shall not inherit the kingdom of God That's plain Paul wrote to the Philippians and he told them very clearly that what is required for a person to know eternal life is full that person to be righteous good people friend don't go to heaven righteous people go to heaven but knowing that you need to know this just any old kind of a righteous n'est will not do. And certainly a person cannot enter heaven relying on one's self righteousness a righteousness that we can't originate won't get us very far it is tainted and tinges and infected by sin. Like the fig leaf righteousness of Adam and Eve to a before it isn't helpful Paul wrote to his good friends there and Philip on and told them about as far as you can measure a person's righteousness you think I was a pretty righteous sort of a guy I was a Jew Yeah a very I was a Pharisee I was in the same tribe as King Sol I pushed you to the church and did whatever the law said a man should do and still that didn't fit me for heaven in fact poll said I now consider all that to be refuse dung in the King James Version goblet and Paul explain what I need to have is not my own righteousness but I need to have Christ's righteousness the righteousness which is of God by faith and when I have that I will know Jesus and I will know and experience the power of His resurrection so they have it we understand it now what we need is the righteousness of Christ not our own our own won't get us anywhere we need Christ to be. Righteousness but the problem with that is there are Christians everywhere who see this written in their work books and they stare at it frustratedly like a little boy crying in math cos they don't know what to do because although they see the problem and though they might have heard about the solution they do not know how to make it would look in their law. I had that experience too as a child I wanted to go to heaven in the worst way and I knew that heaven was for good people but I didn't know how to be good in fact I knew for certain that I was anything but good I had a good hot if you know that you judge it the way you judge people I was a decent human as far as decent human beings go but at my core it was a sin and I had no power to do right or to live right and so the question is this how does a sinner who is not just before God become a righteous in God's sight how do those who are wrong become right in God's sight how does a sinner become a saint How did the last become found how did those who are did in a Trace process and sins come to the place of being right in God's eyes the answer might seem obvious but it clearly isn't obvious to everyone there are still myriad people who think that we become a righteous before God by obedience to the law if I just try harder I'll be righteous before God if I just try harder I'll be able to obey better you know that's the way people thought under the old covenant they said everything the Lord had said we will do did they mean it yes they meant it with a sincere Oh they were sincere with a serious serious as a heart attack do they want to do right oh yes they wanted to do right was there anything fundamentally wrong with their intent there was nothing wrong with their intent they wanted to obey God but how did it work out for them Moses was gone for 6 weeks and he came back down the mountain side here with the same individuals 6 weeks ago everything the Lord has said we will do 6 weeks later they're dancing naked around a golden cough. They good intentions did not carry them very fine. And you know what one of the great problems we encounter when studying this very important subject is that even in a wrong ideas there is very often a grain of truth let me say that again even in a wrong ideas there is very often a grain of truth isn't it a good idea to obey God Oh yes isn't a big insta God sometimes a bit of a battle Oh yes no and no listen if you allow God to grow you know you're going to grow to the place where obeying God is just going to become impulsive to you you just be carried out your own impulses when you do God's will that's a fact but you know as we grow sometimes a B.D.'s can be a bit of a. Tough slaw But is it a good idea to try to but a year away to holiness in the sight of God No that's what we call in the business a bad idea the Bible tells us that all of our righteousness is are as filthy rags and I read where somebody wrote this I can tell you right now where I got this from what I wrote it down let no one take the limited narrow position that any of the works of man can help in the least possible way to liquidate the debt of his transgression this is a fatal deception there's nothing we can do to liquidate the dead about transgression fatal deception human beings are fundamentally flawed we are fundamentally corrupted Adam and Eve lost their perfection in the Garden of Eden. And as a result their posterity was born fundamentally unrighteous the best that we can do is going to be tainted by the corruption of our own inadequacy and incompleteness we simply cannot present righteousness to God because we don't have any of our own righteousness to give him what we need is a righteousness that we do not have and there's only one place to receive that righteousness and that is in Jesus Christ and by the way I don't want to make this sound like some kind of imperative like some kind of a threat I mean that we are fundamentally flawed but Holly lujah God has said there is a way out for you God is saying in spite of the mistakes and spot of your errors in spite of your lack of judgment spotty a witness I've got a way out for you so it's not that old boy you better it is. You may God is giving you a way out of this thing I recall being in a maze where was this thing it was near Toronto Canada fantastic is a place that you go with your family and you walk your what he's been told a life size mazes and it's fantastic if you can find your way up we ended up figuring out how to get out but if you cannot figure out the way home. You might spend the rest of your life in there except that along the way there are other want to call them trap doors but you can just go to this part of the wall push and open and you can you can go out you know what I mean. Thank God for that in the life we are in this maze of sin. But thank God there is a way out of the maze you know to many of us are like mice trying to figure out a way around the maze and hope that we get out. It's amazing con get out there's a there's an escape hatch there that you can go through and his name is Jesus so let me ask you how is it that a person experiences this righteousness of Christ well full mux I think we know the answer it is written right there in the passage that we are considering we receive the righteousness of God. By faith so let's talk about that read about in Philippians Shepherd 3 we want to know how a person is made right in the sight of God and we want to know how we can experience that rightness in the sight of God writing to the church in Rome you find that in Romans Chapter 3 poll said this he said that by the deeds of the law this shell no flesh be justified in his sight that's in God's sight for by the law is the knowledge of sin by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his side by the law is the knowledge of sin that would justify let's not be afraid of it in Greek it is because it means to be considered just as probably not a good idea to interpret the Bible according to a dictionary but a dictionary of the English language that I consulted says that just means conforming to a standard of correctness or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good. In other words it means just righteous simple and poll says that we cannot be that by the deeds of the law the meaning of the car use to justify and its cognates as long been an issue of of debate between Catholics and Protestants especially some Protestant scholars grant because a judicial a declarative interpretation for some post-conception of justification is limited simply to God's judicial declaration that the person now believing in Christ is righteous or innocent in terms of divine judgment in which case the righteousness of justification doesn't involve any onto logical or ethical change but instead it speaks of a person's legal innocence derived from Christ and his attorney were no change just a legal declaration there are some who insist strongly that the righteousness of justification has nothing to do whatsoever with regeneration. But some others insist that because you have strong on to logical overtones justification in this line of thinking is virtually synonymous with spiritual regeneration and it speaks of the sin is actual transformed nation now it would appear that both sides are right but not entirely so if justification and Padan are one in the same thing that a person who is justified is affected. Not only Pod and but cleansed know how cleansed there is the rub cleansed and that is righteous but this isn't a cleansing that brings with it listen this isn't a cleansing that brings with it not choose ready. Clinched made declared righteous wait is maturity come into it really important because there's still a need for growth. And there's still a need for development maybe this is the middle ground that theologians at least the theologians in question so if I have been missing I think it is Jesus tells a story about 2 men who went to the temple to pray one was a Pharisee The other was a publican remember how Jesus starts the story it begins in Luke 18 and verse 9 by saying Jesus told this to certain individuals who watch who trusted in themselves that they were righteous Pharisees you see these were very zealous very dedicated out would lean moral individuals so there was a tendency among them to trust in their own righteousness and to think of themselves as pretty holy pole had been a Pharisee So let's pick up the narrative in verse 11 Bible says the Pharisees stood and Pryke thus with himself God I thank the that I'm not his other main. Extortion is unjust adulterers or even as this publican I fast twice in the week I give tides of all that I possess anything wrong with the things that this man did no no no no tithing in fasting both very good things but what was his problem he thought that doing those things made him accepted with God and that was not accurate but then there's the poor publican publicans one hated they collected taxes on behalf of the Roman government you know how in the Middle East locals get into a lot of trouble when it is suspected that they would King with the occupying forces people don't like that the Romans had invaded Israel and the people of God were suffering the ignominy of not even governing their own land that was quite a commentary on their religion to. When the land of God was occupied by heathen the despised tax collector is in the temple and he's seeking God and or does he have to recommend himself to God nothing he knows that he's a scoundrel he knows that he is on a righteous he knows that he needs God's mercy so he calls out to God and he says simply dog be a fool to me a sinner that was ole God being simple to me a sinner very simple and what didn't Jesus say about the man he said this man went down to his house justified rather than the other it was justified pretty simple according to God and he was declared righteousness before him I read somewhere where somebody said and I mention this moment ago that justification and pot in our one and the same thing and I think that's right too but Paul went on to say in verse 21 but now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested being witnessed by the law and the Prophets even the righteousness of God which is by 38th of Jesus Christ unto all and upon Old them that believe there is no difference verse 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus so you see Paul is telling us the only way we can be justified is through Christ through Christ this is why he asks us in verse $27.00 where is boasting then he says it's excluded there's no place of boasting or full boasting there's no place for pride when it comes to righteousness because we realize that our righteousness doesn't come from us but it comes from Jesus and what sort of a righteousness does Jesus give us He gives us absolute. Complete dare I say it perfect righteousness Now let's consider the story very important story of Abraham so we'll pick it up in the Word of God in Romans Chapter 4 Paul wrote in Romans 4 in verse true that if Abraham was justified by works then he'd have something to glory in that is glory in himself that's what he said but poll tells us that the Scriptures say that Abraham did what can you tell me. Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness Romans 4 and verse 3 we read a little further on that the promise to Abraham that he should be the heir of the wound wasn't made to him or his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith Abraham was told he was going to have a son the son would not only be his area but he wouldn't have a son and eventually the Messiah would come out of Abraham's line now what Abraham was told this for the 1st time. Well Ok in fairness when Abraham was told for the 1st time he was not an especially old man but time as it does if you're blessed by and when I was 99 years old actually he won't even Abraham you still labor him when he was 99 years old God appeared to him and told him that he would multiply Aber exceedingly Avram fell on his face an appropriate reaction I think God said to him in Genesis 17 verse for you shall be a father of many nations he said a father of many nations have I made the 13 years or so earlier Abrams son Ishmael was born Hegar Abrams wife's servant was the mother of that child but now God says hey fella you're going to be a daddy again Abraham laughed about it he said Shel a child be born unto him that's 100 years old and shell Sarah that is 19 years old bear God said it's going to happen and Abraham believed God back in chapter 15 it says that Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness now in Romans 4 and verse 19 we read this. And being not weak in faith he considered not his own body now did when he was about 100 years old neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb it goes on he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief but was strong in faith giving glory to God and here is the key verse 21 and being fully persuaded that what he God had promised he God was able also to perform Abraham was convinced I believe with every fiber of my being God can do what God said he would do even if it is unlikely as a 100 year old man fathering a child and a 90 year old woman giving blood he believed in the Word of God and that act was counted in for righteousness it was an act of faith he received righteousness by faith he was not declared to be a righteous man because of the things that he had done he was made righteous by God because he believed and accepted by faith what God had said we can put it this way what accomplishes justification does justification come as the result of our good deeds or works that famous passage in the book of efficiency is that we are saved by grace through faith where our wood looks in that passage they're not there except that we are saved by grace through faith. Good works let's get this straight you say by grace that score. Through faith you respond the grace of God unto good works God move sees the initiator of this comes to you in the office you believe it that's faith and now as a result of you moving forward in a row lation ship with the dog good works performed in your life Abraham believed God said that's enough for you to be considered righteous. Sounds so simple doesn't it you know why it's because it is people typically like to feel like they've done something in order to deserve something but with salvation there's nothing we can do to deserve it all we can do really is accept it it's a gift Paul said in Romans 10 and verse 9. Shell can face with the mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in the God had to raise him from the Did Val shalt be saved Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness Justification by Faith is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do from self but still make receiving salvation any more complicated than it really is it's a very human tendency to want to receive something as a result of having done something and again I'm going to double back around here God says believe and I'll give you righteousness for some people that's too simple and so they would. For other people they say well where's the rest of the equation because if I've received righteousness you're telling me that that that the drunk in the God who remembered Sunday school song Jesus loves me the sign of. Cries out to God through the haze Oh God forgive me I just so want to be a Christian I renounce Maula which are going to tell me is that he can't have assurance of salvation until he's gone what a day a month the week living on the straight and narrow and even then Christian how straight is the straight and narrow how straight do you have to live in for how long before you can be sure that you have the gift of eternal life where as John wrote in 1st John Chapter 5 in verse 13 I write these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life young man came to me he said pasta like to talk to you we set down in the 4 of this big beautiful church he said I'm really worried that I don't have salvation I sit on some to worry about I said. Have you accepted Jesus the Lord and Savior Yes yes I. Mean you're living a daily experience with god. Jesus real to you. I said I'm not I'm not finding the disconnect I'm not seeing that the problem here is the want to being told that I go to put every last cent out of my life before I can be sure that God except me and has forgiven me and I can go to him and that's something. Just last night I was thinking around with some seeds planted in a little pots to get him started to stick in the garden someday that would be like saying to little cucumber seed that I was handing last night well because you are not a cucumber and I cannot eat you. Out toss you in the trash because I'm only interested in complete cucumber was I saying Didn't you see how small a cauliflower seed is easier to handle if they were bigger. Like saying to the teeny tiny Tolly Flosi because you are not ready to be turned into a delicious meal of. You know me then you aren't good to me and I'm a toss you out. We say. Wonderful Callie flashy wonderful eggplant seed. I like you just as you are I'm going to help you to grow into a few fruit bearing plant and when you have borne fruit I shall harvest the fruit and a love you at every step of the way as a matter of fact I'm going to keep weeds out of your way I'm going to war to you I'm going to take care of the pests I'm going to run off the dia I'm going to make sure the turkeys don't scratch around now God and I will take care of you and love you and hover of you so that you can grow to full potential see this young feller said to me I'm being told that because they sit in my life because I'm not doing every last thing oh come on. You can go through life believing that he was the 2nd person in less than 12 months both young men to approach me please may I talk to you with exactly the same issue I've been told that I'm not going to have an Until How about that. No you didn't hear me say that it's a languishing law all about in sin Oh I'm not saying that Jesus came to save us from our sins but I'm suggesting because the Bible states when you have faith in God your receiver right shifts ness by the way you have received the righteousness of Christ your fitness and your title for heaven and you grow you grow and you grow and you grow you just keep on growing How long do I grow preacher until the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ that's how long and when will I know that I've done enough growing you won't you want to keep on reaching out to Jesus and pressing on to Jesus you want to just keep on doing that and you look to Jesus oh you're a rich Yeah but Jesus is my savior you messed up that God He loves me you're incomplete my completeness is in Jesus are you saying it's Ok for you to be like that no I had been less than what I ought to be but I hang on to Jesus and he is growing me hang on and grow hang on and grow hang on and experience his power in your life and trust him at every step Odisha something with you Christiane is a really interesting thing you know if you go to the Olympic Games and you want to the gold medal you have to train and qualify and qualify and train and train some more you have to get to the Olympic Games go through the heats and then the semifinals and then the final and you've got to win that and then you've got to wait for half an hour or an hour and then they're going to play the national anthem and then you're going to step up onto the top level of the victory does looking down and somebody is going to place a gold medal around your head now that's the into games you can train you can use strain and you will for the prize did you know that Christianity works kind of different. If Christianity were the Olympic Games you would get the gold medal the moment you say I want to go to the Olympics let me explain that when you be a Christian what do you get you get the gift of salvation to many of us Oh no I don't have that maybe one day I'll be good enough maybe one day I'll get that no hold on the minute you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior what you got you've got to give to salvation now it's just a matter of not giving it back don't give up don't walk away don't turn your back just keep on hanging on to Jesus and grow keep on hanging on to Jesus and grow into the right is your gold medal we've got enough for everybody wonderful just stay on the track keep heading towards the finish line hang on to Jesus here is going to get you from here to there that's how it works with Christianity I want to challenge your thinking is that how it is in your mind when you came to Jesus did you know that you had the gift of salvation now what you're saying is what about that guy because he's got a wicked temper are you telling me that he said I'm not telling you nothing about him I don't know about you Oskin he may be right every maybe wrong but if he has accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and he's repented and he's growing in the grace of God I'm going to argue with him about it but I will tell him get over it a bad temper in the name of Jesus you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior salvation is yours is salvation yours you know what faith means faith is believing that what the Word of God says it's true based on the fact that the Word of God says it's true believing that the wood of God is going to do what it says because the Word of God says it's going to do what it sees you may have the righteousness of God Now you may experience righteousness. By faith and you glad it's not by works let's not make this any harder than it needs to be let's believe in the God who does the work in us that we could never do and let's except by faith in Jesus our Savior from sin now a moment from now later today tomorrow and forever we look forward to the time that Jesus comes back the great corridors of space split wide open there is gravity loses its power in the souls your feet and you go up come on let's pray together and thank God that we have the gift of salvation wait. Do you have the gift of salvation. If you surrender your heart to Jesus if you see the Lord I want that gift like that gift I believe for that gift now and by faith I accepted from you he prayed that prayer if you have should be in good shape if you haven't you not in good shape. By the way let's pray the prayer now and know that when we say mean salvation is ours come on our Father in heaven thank you that as we enter into this this Christian race poll describe it like that. We thank you that we enter in with the gold medal hanging around our neck. And the promise of salvation actually the assurance of salvation between us by your Holy Spirit now give us the assurance that Jesus is yours in fact you've given us that assurance give us grace to simply appropriate that assurance by faith to believe it. To not look at our own sin but to look at the great salvation or the Great the fiction of Jesus. We thank you today that we can have your righteousness by faith we believe that. We thank you for it and we pray in Jesus name a man a man and a man and God bless you today.


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