Sermon 2nd August 2020
Published August 1, 2020 at 9:53 AM
Audio extract of video reflection
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Jehovah Tsidkenu-The Lord our Righteousness
What is your instinctive reaction to the concept of ‘righteousness’?
It stands alongside another concept,’holiness’,and if we are honest,both of these related ideas can send a chill down our spines,as we recognise that by nature,we lack these qualities altogether.
We also recognise how crucial these matters are from a verse like (Heb 12:14)
We recognise that ‘righteousness’ is a validating performance record before God,which either opens doors for us or which keeps them firmly closed.
Let me invite you to consider another question:how do you regard the 10 Commandments?
The traditional response has been to see the teaching which these words contain in a similar way to the way we see an exam paper,as a rigorous test which determines how we match up to God’s requirements for ‘righteousness’ and ‘holiness’, from everyone who wants to be with Him in Heaven.
The result has been that countless human beings have thrown themselves into a lifestyle of observing God’s Law in the hope of ‘making the grade’.We reduce the bible’s teaching to a call to ‘do good’,and we spend much of our energy trying to do better,be better than we have been in the past.
But what if we have got that understanding all wrong?
(Read Romans 3:10-20)
‘No one’ are the two words which leap out from these verses, a phrase repeated five times over.Those two words hammer home the point that not a single human being is able to make themselves ‘righteous’ by their own efforts,because we are ‘all under sin.’
How do you feel about Paul’s claim that we are ‘all under sin.?Why do you feel like that?
Look at the 7 effects that sin has upon us:
Our legal standing(v10),our minds(v11),our motives(v11b),our wills(v12),our tongues(v13-14),our relationships(v15-17),our relationship to God (v18)
How do you see the effects of your sin on your life,thoughts and relationships?
We are all lost,and there are no degrees of lostness.
Trying to keep the Law of God as a means of our salvation is not only impossible,but also futile.
What do you think Paul means by the teaching of v20?
(Read Romans 3:21-26)
‘But’ is a word which reverses the statement which has gone before.
How is it such a glorious word in this context?
What is the basis for our righteousness before God and how is it accessed by us?
If you had a minute in a lift to explain to someone how we can be right with God,
how would this passage help you do that?
Faith is how the gift of salvation is received,faith is simply the attitude of coming to God with empty
hands.Why do we seem to find this so hard to do?
Christianity is all about what Christ has done.it is not dependent on what we do or merit.How is this
such good news?
(Read Jeremiah 33:10-16)
The restoring,reviving work of God in His people will come on what basis?By what the people shall
do,or merit,or by what God will do in His grace?
(v15-16) prophecy about One coming who would not only bring righteousness,but who would
establish it for us through Himself.These verses repeat what was declared in (Jer 23:5-6),they are
clearly very important.Why?
(Read again Romans 3:23-25)
The righteousness through which alone,sinners may be saved,came at an infinite cost to God,why is
it important for us to remember the price of our salvation?