The Righteous God
God is righteous (Ps129:4).
His word, commands, laws, judgment are all righteous (Ps119:7, 62, 123, 172).
He delivers in His righteousness those who take refuge in Him (Ps31:1).
Faith is making Him my righteousness and
The life of this faith is walking in the way of righteousness (Pr8:20; 2Pe2:21), to awake after death to
see the Lord’s face in righteousness (Ps11:7, 17:15).
“Righteousness” (tssadik in Hebrew, dikaios in Greek) may not mean much in normal times
But at a critical moment it is the most important thing for
All men will have to stand before God’s throne of judgment after death (Ps122:5; Rev20:12) where
The righteous will be judged to eternal life, but the wicked to eternal punishment (Mt25:46).
The ancestor of mankind Adam, the living being, was deceived by the devil and
Disobeyed the commandment regarding the fruit (Ge2:17, 3:4-6).
Consequently, all men became destined to follow the devil to hell (Mt25:41).
The Bible defines “the righteous” as those who obey the word of God:
Abel, Noah, Abraham, Daniel, Job etc (Ge6:22, 7:1, 15:5-6; Eze14:14; Mt23:35; Jas2:21).
The Law that was given to Israel so their obedience would be their righteousness (Dt6:25):
While it justified the righteous and condemned the wicked (Dt25:1),
If a righteous person did not continue doing righteousness, he was killed (Eze18:4, 33:13).
As such, the righteous Judge Jehovah displayed His wrath everyday (Ps7:11) for
No one living is righteous before God (Ps142:2; Rm3:10).
In the Temple was the name, “Jehovah = the Righteousness of Israel” (Yaweh-Tsidkenu) and
The atoning sacrifice was given there, not because they were righteous (Dan9:18) but
Because of God’s mercy in the sacrifice carrying the wickedness of those who gave (Lev16:21-22).
The prophets spoke of a ruler coming from David’s line to judge with justice (Is32:1; Jer33:15), and
Become an offering in righteousness (Mal3:3).
Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days,” because
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body (Jn2:19-20),
He would tear down the righteousness where by
Obeying the Law in the name Jehovah saved themselves (Eze14:14; He10:4), and
He would keep the Father’s command in the name Yeshua (Jn5:43) and
Save Himself and the souls of men (Jn10:18; He12:24), for which
The Word in the beginning became flesh, the Righteousness of God came as man (Jn1:1-2, 14),
To become the Defender for sinners (Jn8:2-11).
For His death was the culmination of the Law (Rm10:4),
As He died, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
Laid down His life as an offering in righteousness (Ps51:19; Mal3:3) and obeyed the
command, trusting the Father for His righteous judgment (Jn10:18; Rm3:25-26);
Judged the devil, the wicked one (1Jn3:8); and
Became sin on behalf of all men so they may become righteousness in Him (Rm5:18; 2Co5:21).
His resurrection was the confirmation that He is the righteousness.
He ascended to the heavenly throne becoming
The King of righteousness, the righteous Judge (2Ti4:8; He7:2) who
Judges by the words He spoke (Jn12:48) but also
Defends those who seek refuge in Him (1Jn2:2).
The Holy Spirit comes to those who made Yeshua their righteousness (1Co1:30),
Justified through faith, by His blood (Rm4:13, 5:1, 9).
The Christian, who knows the way of righteousness, struggles to not sin again (1Pe2:21-22),
Putting to death the evil desires of the flesh (Rm6:11-18).
But if he does sin, he turns from his ways and trusts in the blood of Yeshua (1Jn1:9, 2:2).
He continues doing righteousness by obeying Christ’s law (1Co9:21; Jas2:20-26) and
Defends the innocence of Yeshua as a witness of His blood (1Jn2:1) for
When he dies and his soul awakes after
He longs to see the face of his righteousness, Yeshua.
Yeshua who became a sinner in my place…
Where can this sinner take refuge but in You?
Yeshua my Defender! The blood of Yeshua alone is my righteousness!
After I die and my soul awakes
Let me be found before the face of my Defender Yeshua. Amen.