“FOLLOW AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS!”

1 Timothy 6:1-12

Verse 11, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”  

Last Sunday we preached a message on “How rich we are,” and we concluded with 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  WHAT? In other words: that we might be made godly.

Think about what God is saying in this verse: 

“That we might be made the righteousness of God.” In the Hebrew language this means the same as divinely righteous. It means that we are made righteous in the sight of God; that is, that we are accepted as righteous, and treated as righteous by God on account of what Christ has done for us.

There is a beautiful contrast between what is said of Christ, and what is said of us. He was made sin, and we are made righteous; that is, He was treated as if He were a sinner, though he was perfectly holy and pure. We on the other hand are treated as if we were righteous, though we are defiled and depraved.

Because of what the Lord Jesus has endured on our behalf we are treated as if we ourselves had entirely fulfilled the law of God, and had never to pay sin’s penalty.

The righteousness of God tells us that this is His plan of making us righteous, or of justifying us. What? Those of us who are righteous, or justified, are justified on His plan and terms, not our own.

The idea is that all our righteousness has come to us through none other than our Redeemer. What?

  • On one hand, the one who was perfectly innocent, by a voluntary substitution, is treated as if He were guilty, and is subjected to pain and sorrow, which, if he were guilty, would be a proper punishment for sin.
  • On the other, they who are guilty, and who deserve to be punished, are treated, through His vicarious sufferings, as if they were perfectly innocent. The whole plan is one of substitution; and without substitution there can be no salvation.
  • Innocence voluntarily suffers for guilt, and the guilty are made pure and holy, and are saved.
  • The greatness of Gods Divine compassion and love is thereby shown for the guilty; and because of this it is right and proper for God to call all men to be reconciled to Him.
  • When God has given His Only Son to die on the cross in order that we might be reconciled, is the best possible reason why we should cease our resistance to Him, and live godly. Barnes Notes (edited).

CONTINUED TOMORROW!     

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