"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
What is righteousness? To be 'Just' is same as righteousness. "Deuteronomy 6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us. Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Both in the Old and in the New Testaments, our righteousness is our obedience to God. If we obey, it is our righteousness, but if we disobey, it is our sin that is unrighteousness. But, our sinning preachers say that our obedience is our unrighteousness and it is as filthy rags to God. They have learned scriptures from the devil, and they teach the lie of the devil. Please check up these links for details: "Filthy Rags lesson", "Righteousness lesson", "Filthy Rags video".
If we are righteous, we are already saved (refer 'Salvation'). Jesus did not come to save the saved. But if we live in unrighteousness, we need salvation. God has mercy for the unrighteous people, who fear him and saves them from unrighteousness. After this process is done, they will do righteousness. If they don't do the works of righteousness, then their salvation is fake. and they are not saved, because saved people walk in the path of righteousness. Let us study how God changes an unrighteous person into a righteous person. Let me quote these verses. "Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, (a) by the washing of regeneration, and (b) renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 (c) That being justified (make you as a just person) by his grace, (d) we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Ephesians 2:10 (e) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Please continue here: "His Works".
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