Commenting on Isaiah 1:26
It will be all God’s doing. God’s justifying grace in Christ leads to righteousness and steadfastness in the lives of the justified. These are the evidences of genuine conversion.
W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: Isaiah. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996). Electronic edition (Logos); no pagination.
Commenting on Psalm 85:10 “For ‘truth,’ which required death (Gen. 2:17), and ‘mercy,’ which can think of nothing but life and blessing, are here together. Death is endured according to truth, and the culprit given life and liberty according to mercy. ‘Righteousness’ also kisses ‘peace,’ and ‘peace’ kisses ‘righteousness.’ Instead of being offended at each other’s presence, they welcome each other. For righteousness is more than honoured by that which He who makes peace offers to it on the cross; and peace is deeply satisfied, when it sees that it can publish itself to sinners on so sure a title as honoured and accomplished righteousness. And all these glories will shine in consistent beauty in that kingdom which this wondrous cross introduces. All is harmony where all was strife before.”
J.G. Bellett, Short Meditations On The Psalms; electronic ed. accessed on 5/19/14 here: http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/bellett/Psalms.html#a85
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“Righteousness is merely doing what is right in the eyes of God. It is not some pious attitude.”
Mike Stoudt in a message given at the 2013 Greenwood Hills Labor Day Conference.
“God’s righteousness is related to His holiness. Holiness is the standard, and righteousness is its active fulfillment. Or you might say His holiness is His complete separation from all that is sinful, and His righteousness is the manifestation of that holiness.”
John MacArthur, Jr., Strength for Today, Feb. 6. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1997.
Scripture: Romans 12:1-2
The gospel should affect our view of life on earth: God is over all! Romans chapter 9 – 11
By thinking about Israel, we have seen that God is sovereign. That means that He is over all. This gospel of grace shows that all is of God. It is of His mercy that Gentiles are saved today. It is of His mercy that Israel as a nation will be saved in the future.
We saw that Israel has disobeyed God’s message of righteousness by faith. That is why they have been cast away and blinded. But their fall is not final, because God has made promises that He will fulfill. The nation of Israel as a whole will be restored in the future. And all glory will go to God!
So in chapters 9 to 11 we see that God’s gospel should affect our view of life on earth: God has plans. Things that happen are not random. God is a living God who is at work. God is over history and the future.
A few major effects of God’s gospel should be that we:
- Recognize God is above all. Let God be God.
- Respond to God’s word. Obey His message!
- Realize God has plans for mankind. Know Israel has a future.
- Rejoice to be part of God’s plans! Live like a saint.
Israel has a future by God’s mercy, and we are who we are by God’s mercy! By God’s mercy we are part of the Lord’s eternal purposes!
We who believed the gospel have the privilege of now being saints – God’s holy people! This should change my view of who I am!
Continued in His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 10
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Let us return to the true and tested paths first set out by the former prophets. There just is no substitute for heart righteousness; all religious acts must flow out of a genuine response of faith and obedience to God, or they are merely self-serving, self-glorifying and, consequently, self-condemning.
Commenting on Zechariah 7:1-7: Walter C. Kaiser, The Preacher’s Commentary Series, Volume 23: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. series ed. Lloyd J. Ogilvie. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc, 1992, p. 368.Read More