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The Foundations Of Faith Series
To begin our exploration of God's righteousness as it relates to our FoundationOfFaith Series, let's consider Peter's first two points.
- GRACE AND PEACE MULTIPLIED
- KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND OF LORD JESUS CHRIST
Grace and peace are concepts that illustrate God's righteousness intially to our carnal hearts and intellects. Both are objectives are largely unobtainable thus far by our human means. Void of that we have turned largely to the mere pursuit of such individually.
Peace has been reduced to personal happiness/contentment. To a great extent the heart is never satisfied. Therefore, even when we find happiness it becomes harder and harder to sustain. We move on to the next thing.
God's peace begins with a peace with Him, extends to a peace with ourselves, moves outward into to peace with others and all things. This peace is only a result of His righteousness and is a direct affirmation of His righteousness. It is most desired by Him. With this peace comes His more meaningful love.
Grace however has been eliminated or confused with tolerance, which we think might bring some form of peace overall. By not standing firm for His righteousness, our own unrighteousness and the unrighteousness of others tramples all over us.
God's grace first and foremost is found in the righteous sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. With this grace peace is made with God; grace and peace continue to work together to seperate us (sanctification) by imputation and then further by faithfulness to a constant spiritual influence and process.
Knowledge of God
Scripture states that "The beginning of Wisdom is the fear of the Lord", "The beginning of Knowledge is the fear of the Lord", "The beginning of Understanding is the fear of the Lord". Where is there proper fear/reverence for the Lord if not born in His righteousness?
We may not know at the start what exactly that righteousness is, but, where know where it can be found. We may not know at the start what our part in His righteousness is, but, we know that can be found in His Son.
Knowledge of Jesus our Lord
We don't know Jesus because we have figured Him out intellectually, we know Him only because of what the Father has revealed of Him to us.
We know that while on earth that He did not do/say anything but what the Father had told to Him. Though He is God (unfied member of the triune godhead), He acted not on His own righteousness purposely so as to act upon His Father's. In this He can not be accused of acting self righteous. He is instead the embodiment of the Father's righteousness; this agreed to be done so before creation was even created.
Jesus knew. Now we know. To explore righteousness one must consider why these things must need be so.
Let's explore this then even further!
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