A Portrait of Righteousness
by Julie Pisacane 7/17/2008 / Bible Studies
Romans 1: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
Greek is a verse that describes how a Christian reveals himself to be righteous.
To be without the gospel of Christ, is to live an unrighteous life in vain. I often think
upon a verse that emphasizes the utmost importance of the Gospel of Christ in
John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast
the words of eternal life. A significant question is asked and a powerful answer
given in one short verse.
Our righteousness is Christ as our covering, our life hidden in Him now as we serve others
in the mission fields God has provided upon his earth. It is the Gospel of Christ that
enables believers to live this precious life in loving obedience
unto Him with blessed assurance.
True believers live on into eternity protected from any future separation from God.
The results of the Gospel are seen in believers. We read in 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new. Our works are committed unto the Lord,
and this is how we serve in His ministry.
It is written : Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts
shall be established~ Proverbs 16:3.
By serving each other as if they are Christ, we shine His Light unto others.
We read and obey this from the words written in Matthew 25 :34 Then shall the King
say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred,
and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and
ye took me in: The words spoken by Christ tell us that the whole world is
our neighbor and we are to love them as He first loved us.
Our actions are done in obedience to the Gospel of Christ. Our hearts are
filled with the desire to please God as the vessels of glory that He shapes us to be.
We are molded by the power of the Gospel and fully trust in God.
True believers are commanded by God to share the Gospel of Christ and
we do this through earnest prayer, gentle witnessing, and loving actions of faith
that line up with His Word. Christ is our righteousness. He covers our shame
and changes us from the inside out. He knows our hearts and those who
come into our lives should know who it is we belong to.
If ye know that he is righteous,
ye know that every one that doeth righteousness
is born of him. 1 John 2:29