Church of Jesus EM

Sun, Mar 15, 2020

Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

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Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness
(Mt5:6)

God is the God of righteousness (Ps4:1).
His word is righteous, His deeds are righteous (Ps119:123; Da4:37) and
He lets those who delight in His righteousness be glad (Ps35:27).

Faith is longing for His righteousness (Ps42:1) and
The life of this faith is working for His kingdom and His righteousness (Mt6:33).

While those in the world try to fill their hunger and emptiness with things of the world,
God does His work, His righteousness by
Satisfying those who hunger for righteousness as
He does the hunger of the lions (Job38:39; Ps81:10).

Righteousness refers to God Himself, His word;
When it is opposed it is called wickedness, that is, sin.
When Adam disobeyed the commandment regarding the fruit (Ge2:17),
Sin and death entered all mankind.

For all the commands of the Law that Israel received were righteous (Ps119:172),
If they obeyed, they were called righteous (Dt6:25)
While if disobeyed, condemned as guilty (1Ki8:32).
Even if they were called righteous by keeping the Law, however,
By their righteousness they could only save themselves but not their own children (Eze14:14-20) for
The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them and
The wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them (Eze18:20).

Yet the meaning of the Temple was important for
It was the righteous dwelling which reminded them of the commandments (Is33:5; Jer23:6),
But it was also the place where the sacrifices of the righteous were offered (Dt33:19).

Nevertheless, the people eventually forsook their LORD and
Sought to be filled with other gods (Is55:1-3),
Digging their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water (Jer2:13).

Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days,” because
Though the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body (Jn2:19-22),
With the righteousness He will fulfill, He would save those who believe Him for
He came as a righteous Branch from David’s line (Jer33:15; Mal4:2).

His public life that began after He was baptized
Started early in the morning and continued throughout the day until late into the night,
As He did the work of the Father who sent Him (Jn4:31)
For He came to fulfill all righteousness (Mt3:15).

As He died, Yeshua said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) According to the Father’s command, the sinless very nature of God died (Jn10:18; Php2:6),
confirming the righteousness surpassing that of the Scribes and the Pharisees (Mt5:17-20);
2) Judged the origin of sin the devil (Ge3:4-6; Is14:12-15); and
3) With His righteousness, saved all men from sin and death (Rm3:25-26).

He resurrected and sat on the heavenly throne and
He is the King of righteousness (He7:2).

The Holy Spirit whom He sent
Lets it be known that
There is no difference in the righteousness by faith in God and Jesus Christ (Jn16:10; Rm3:21-22).
And He lets those who delight in this do His work.

Blessed is he who hungers, thirsts and longs for righteousness
As a deer pants for flowing streams (Ps42:1).
To receive the crown of righteousness when the righteous Judge appears (2Ti4:1-8),
He lives for righteousness (1Pe2:24).
Whether it is the work of an evangelist or duties in the church (Col1:24)
He does not refuse the Lord’s work but does it with gladness and zeal,
Thus receiving an abundance and has his fill (Mt6:33-34, 25:29).

O Lord,
This amazing righteousness by faith alone! Sola fide!
Let us all be like Epaphroditus who was ill and almost died
But continued to do the Lord’s work (Php2:25-30).
Without being recognized or even noticed,
Let us work for Your kingdom, Your righteousness! Amen.
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