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kevinlee

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Re: The Righteousness of Christ
« Reply #40 on: January 26, 2014, 07:20:39 PM »
Dear Richard,
    so glad for this topic. I have decided for now to keep focused this subject (The Righteousness of Christ) and none other, because this subject fulfilled in our lives will open heavens door. Love you kevin

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« Reply #41 on: January 28, 2014, 12:17:34 PM »
I love you too, dear brother! Yes, Kevin, there is no more important subject than the righteousness of Christ. We began this topic over 13 years ago, yet there has been little interest in it.  It brings joy to my heart every time someone makes a post in this topic. One day soon, it will be of great interest to many more.  I long for that day. 

"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not." Malachi 3:16-18.
 
 
Kevin, share with us what the righteousness of Christ means to you.

 
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

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Re: The Righteousness of Christ
« Reply #42 on: February 01, 2014, 04:46:54 PM »
 We are told that " the righteousness by which we are justified is our title to heaven and the righteousness by which we are sanctified is our fitness for heaven". Both our title and fitness are a matter of faith, and both title and fitness are needed in the true Christian experience. Many are the men who would tell us that our title is our fitness.  If this is true, whats the point of the gospel? But this is sadly the gospel that is being promoted by most churches to day.  Jesus truly wishes to live out his life through us so the world can truly see who God is. Jesus said 'if you have seen me you have seen the Father." This must be said of us, the world must see the Christ in us.
  How can this be accomplished in our lives?  A few scriptures jn3:3 jn;3:6 rom6:6 gal2;20 rom7:1-6  we are told that righteousness does not come by the law, but the law demands righteousness, this is not a riddle, but when rightly understood it is the remedy for our broken lives. The answer matt 16:24  Jesus never spoke of the cross as his, it was always ours and unless we take it up, we will never have His righteousness shine in our lives, no matter how much of the scriptures we know. Sister White said that" the yoke and the cross are symbols representing the same thing,- the giving up of the will to God. 5BC 1090"    How to wear the yoke? " take hold of the arm God' and say "I am nothing, and Thou art everything. Thou hast said, 'with out me ye can do nothing.' Now Lord, I must have Thee abiding in me, that I may abide Thee." Then advance step by step, by LIVING FAITH abiding in Jesus" 5BC 1092   
   Brothers and sisters take from one who knows from my own failures, unless we are truly dead to self we will never experience the loveliness of Jesus. With out a total surrender to Christ we remain in bondage to sin,self and Satan and may not know it.
   I close with quote "   All true obedience comes the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and mind into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be  but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, sin will become hatful to us. DA 668  This is righteousness by faith amen

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Re: The Righteousness of Christ
« Reply #43 on: February 02, 2014, 10:28:13 AM »
Amen, Kevin. What a blessing to find those who love Jesus and want to speak of Him who gave all for us! Satan is active, and we must be active. Satan is untiring and persevering and we must be. This is no time now to make excuses and blame others for our backslidings. We must tell even those who profess the truth that they must cease to offend God by their sinful excuses. Jesus has provided for every emergency. If they will walk where He leads the way, He will make rough places plain. He, with His presence will create an atmosphere for the soul. He closes the door, and brings the soul into seclusion with God, and the needy soul is to forget everyone and everything but God. Satan will walk with him, but speak aloud to God, and He will drive back the hellish shadow of Satan. With humble, subdued, thankful hearts they will come forth saying, Thy gentleness hath made me great.

The sincere seeker comes forth from the audience with God, rich in the assurance of His love, to go forth to distil a heavenly fragrance wherever he goes. He can talk of the righteousness of Christ, he can talk of the love of God with sincerity. He has tasted, and he knows the Lord is good. This work is to be done in all our churches. Christ, His love, His forgiveness, His purity, is to be the theme upon which we are to dwell. The charms of Jesus are to be kept ever before our minds, charged with the elevated character of the true model that every soul must copy. Let us turn our eyes from everything that would dishearten and discourage. Satan will seek to distort everything to our vision, and make a mountain of a mole hill. Our eyes must be fixed on Jesus. 
 
The Lord Jesus is our leader. We must follow where He leads the way. We are not to commence to plan for the second step. We are not to say, Lord, after I have taken that step, what shall I do, for I shall meet with difficulties; but by faith we must take that one step, come what will, and trust in Jesus.
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Re: The Righteousness of Christ
« Reply #44 on: February 14, 2014, 06:39:32 PM »
I was born into the Adventist faith but never understood how obedience was to be achieved in my life. I knew that God would have us to be  obedient to His law, but to do that which God has asked us to do just because He has asked is not i righteousness by faith. "He who keeps the law out of an obligation to keep the does not keep the law" COL 95 97?
   When I was 45yrs old I had returned to the Lord after 10yrs. The first thing that I asked the Lord for was a true understanding of obedience, this is what He showed me. 2COR 5:14  and SC 61 " obedience is a fruit of faith."
  I understand now that obedience will come natural to those truly love Jesus. Read 1JN 3:1-9 It will be like fruit that grows on a tree. If we will walk with Jesus each day, in prayer and in His word and keep our eyes on Him the fruit will grow on ( the character ) will reflect Him perfectly each day.
  Want to be obedient every day? Spend a hour each day reading The Desire Of Ages and ask Jesus to show you how to love him more each day. I know this sounds generic, but we cannot do the Lords work unless we truly love Him. Truth is not truth unless it is first constrained by the love of Christ, with out love we are just "sounding brass" a bunch of noise. 
He's waiting for us.  Lets go home

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Re: The Righteousness of Christ
« Reply #45 on: February 15, 2014, 08:56:44 AM »
Amen, Kevin!  That reminds me of something I read the other day. It spells it out very clearly so that none will be confused.

     The white robe of innocence was worn by our first parents when they were placed by God in holy Eden. They lived in perfect conformity to the will of God. All the strength of their affections was given to their heavenly Father. A beautiful soft light, the light of God, enshrouded the holy pair. This robe of light was a symbol of their spiritual garments of heavenly innocence. Had they remained true to God it would ever have continued to enshroud them. But when sin entered, they severed their connection with God, and the light that had encircled them departed. Naked and ashamed, they tried to supply the place of the heavenly garments by sewing together fig leaves for a covering. 
     This is what the transgressors of God's law have done ever since the day of Adam and Eve's disobedience. They have sewed together fig leaves to cover the nakedness caused by transgression. They have worn the garments of their own devising, by works of their own they have tried to cover their sins, and make themselves acceptable with God.
     But this they can never do. Nothing can man devise to supply the place of his lost robe of innocence. No fig-leaf garment, no worldly citizen dress, can be worn by those who sit down with Christ and angels at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
     Only the covering which Christ Himself has provided can make us meet to appear in God's presence. This covering, the robe of His own righteousness, Christ will put upon every repenting, believing soul. "I counsel thee," He says, "to buy of Me . . . white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear." Revelation 3:18.
     This robe, woven in the loom of heaven, has in it not one thread of human devising. Christ in His humanity wrought out a perfect character, and this character He offers to impart to us. "All our righteousness are as filthy rags." Isaiah 64:6. Everything that we of ourselves can do is defiled by sin. But the Son of God "was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin." Sin is defined to be "the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:5, 4. But Christ was obedient to every requirement of the law. He said of Himself, "I delight to do Thy will, O My God; yea, Thy law is within My heart." Psalm 40:8. When on earth, He said to His disciples, "I have kept My Father's commandments." John 15:10. By His perfect obedience He has made it possible for every human being to obey God's commandments. When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah.
     The guests at the marriage feast were inspected by the king. Only those were accepted who had obeyed his requirements and put on the wedding garment. So it is with the guests at the gospel feast. All must pass the scrutiny of the great King, and only those are received who have put on the robe of Christ's righteousness. 
     Righteousness is right doing, and it is by their deeds that all will be judged. Our characters are revealed by what we do. The works show whether the faith is genuine. 
     It is not enough for us to believe that Jesus is not an impostor, and that the religion of the Bible is no cunningly devised fable. We may believe that the name of Jesus is the only name under heaven whereby man may be saved, and yet we may not through faith make Him our personal Saviour. It is not enough to believe the theory of truth. It is not enough to make a profession of faith in Christ and have our names registered on the church roll. "He that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us." "Hereby we do know that we know Him if we keep His commandments." 1 John 3:24;  2:3. This is the genuine evidence of conversion. Whatever our profession, it amounts to nothing unless Christ is revealed in works of righteousness.
     The truth is to be planted in the heart. It is to control the mind and regulate the affections. The whole character must be stamped with the divine utterances. Every jot and tittle of the word of God is to be brought into the daily practice. 
     He who becomes a partaker of the divine nature will be in harmony with God's great standard of righteousness, His holy law. This is the rule by which God measures the actions of men. This will be the test of character in the judgment.
     There are many who claim that by the death of Christ the law was abrogated; but in this they contradict Christ's own words, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. . . . Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law." Matthew 5:17, 18. It was to atone for man's transgression of the law that Christ laid down His life. Could the law have been changed or set aside, then Christ need not have died. By His life on earth He honored the law of God. By His death He established it. He gave His life as a sacrifice, not to destroy God's law, not to create a lower standard, but that justice might be maintained, that the law might be shown to be immutable, that it might stand fast forever. 
     Satan had claimed that it was impossible for man to obey God's commandments; and in our own strength it is true that we cannot obey them. But Christ came in the form of humanity, and by His perfect obedience He proved that humanity and divinity combined can obey every one of God's precepts. 
     "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12. This power is not in the human agent. It is the power of God. When a soul receives Christ, he receives power to live the life of Christ.
     God requires perfection of His children. His law is a transcript of His own character, and it is the standard of all character. This infinite standard is presented to all that there may be no mistake in regard to the kind of people whom God will have to compose His kingdom. The life of Christ on earth was a perfect expression of God's law, and when those who claim to be children of God become Christlike in character, they will be obedient to God's commandments. Then the Lord can trust them to be of the number who shall compose the family of heaven. Clothed in the glorious apparel of Christ's righteousness, they have a place at the King's feast. They have a right to join the blood-washed throng.
     The man who came to the feast without a wedding garment represents the condition of many in our world today. They profess to be Christians, and lay claim to the blessings and privileges of the gospel; yet they feel no need of a transformation of character. They have never felt true repentance for sin. They do not realize their need of Christ or exercise faith in Him. They have not overcome their hereditary or cultivated tendencies to wrongdoing. Yet they think that they are good enough in themselves, and they rest upon their own merits instead of trusting in Christ. Hearers of the word, they come to the banquet, but they have not put on the robe of Christ's righteousness.
     Many who call themselves Christians are mere human moralists. They have refused the gift which alone could enable them to honor Christ by representing Him to the world. The work of the Holy Spirit is to them a strange work. They are not doers of the word. The heavenly principles that distinguish those who are one with Christ from those who are one with the world have become almost indistinguishable. The professed followers of Christ are no longer a separate and peculiar people. The line of demarcation is indistinct. The people are subordinating themselves to the world, to its practices, its customs, its selfishness. The church has gone over to the world in transgression of the law, when the world should have come over to the church in obedience to the law. Daily the church is being converted to the world. 
     All these expect to be saved by Christ's death, while they refuse to live His self-sacrificing life. They extol the riches of free grace, and attempt to cover themselves with an appearance of righteousness, hoping to screen their defects of character; but their efforts will be of no avail in the day of God. 
     The righteousness of Christ will not cover one cherished sin. A man may be a law-breaker in heart; yet if he commits no outward act of transgression, he may be regarded by the world as possessing great integrity. But God's law looks into the secrets of the heart. Every act is judged by the motives that prompt it. Only that which is in accord with the principles of God's law will stand in the judgment.  Christ Object Lessons. 
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.