Sunday, July 19, 2015

righteousness...Jesus paid it all...

artwork by Liz Lassa, creator of Spiritual Circle Journal

Liz Lassa, creator of Spiritual Circle Journal, described the meaning behind this beautiful work of art…Did you know this was the original cover to the Spiritual Circle Journal? The one I created and shared with 27 ladies in a friend's home right before I realized God was up to something bigger than I had imagined. It hangs in my quiet time spot/creative space. There is so much significance in the art. We are to be like the tree, staying rooted by the flowing river of Living Water. The rough edges around the picture of the tree represent our rough edges that the Lord wants to smooth off like the pebbles below. The three glass circles in the sky represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The sparkles in the river represent the nuggets that God wants to teach us when we get still and spend time with Him. The whole point of the Spiritual Circle Journal is to help people love their time with God and crave it more often. To grow closer to God, to know Him, to love Him, and to do His will.

As I pondered this beautiful artwork, I was inspired by Kristian Stanfill's Jesus Paid It All.


I was inspired to dig a little deeper for some of those nuggets through a word study of the word, righteousness, from Romans 8:10-11


Amplified Bible: But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you]. And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.

NLT: And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Phillips: Now if Christ does live within you His presence means that your sinful nature is dead, but your spirit becomes alive because of the righteousness he brings with him. I said that our nature is “dead” in the presence of Christ, and so it is, because of its sin. Nevertheless once the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives within you he will, by that same Spirit, bring to your whole being new strength and vitality.

Wuest: But, assuming that Christ is in you, on the one hand the body is dead on account of sin, but on the other hand the [human] spirit is alive on account of righteousness and assuming that the Spirit of the One who raised up Jesus out from among the dead is in residence in you, He who raised from among the dead Christ Jesus, will also make alive your mortal bodies through the agency of the Spirit who is resident in you.


Young's Literal: and if Christ [is] in you, the body, indeed, [is] dead because of sin, and the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness, and if the Spirit of Him who did raise up Jesus out of the dead doth dwell in you, He who did raise up the Christ out of the dead shall quicken also your dying bodies, through His Spirit dwelling in you.


Righteousness in Greek is dikaiosune (from dikaios) which means being proper or right in the sense of being fully justified (being or in accordance with what God requires); it is the quality of being upright. In its simplest sense, dikaiosune conveys the idea of conformity to a standard or norm.

Dikaiosune is rightness of character before God and rightness of actions before men.  Righteousness of God could be succinctly stated as, all that God is, all that He commands, all that He demands, all that He approves, all that He provides through Christ.


Righteousness comes from a root word that means straightness. It refers to a state that conforms to an authoritative standard. Righteousness is a moral concept. God’s character is the definition and source of all righteousness and this is exactly what Paul is referring to in the context of the present verse. God is totally righteous because He is totally as He should be. The righteousness of God could be succinctly stated as that which is all that God is, all that He commands, all that He demands, all that He approves, and all that He provides (through Christ).

Dikaiosune here refers to the divine action by which God puts a person right with Himself (in the act of justification which here equates with imputed righteousness). The original use of this word group (dikaiosune, dikaios) was in the law courts where a judge declared an accused person "not guilty" and henceforth "right" before the law (righteousness was thus the opposite of a declaration of "guilty" with subsequent condemnation).


Pastor Ray Pritchard describes dikaiosune in this application: “If you want righteousness, you can have it. Let me go out on a limb and make a bold statement. Whatever you want in the spiritual realm, you can have if you want it badly enough. I don’t think we appreciate the importance of that truth. Most of us are about as close to God now as we want to be. We have about as much joy as we want, about as much peace as we want. For the most part, you are where you are right now because that’s where you want to be. If you were hungry for something better from God, you could have it.

If you want it, you can have a close walk with God.
If you want it, you can have a better marriage.
If you want to, you can do God’s will.
If you want to, you can grow spiritually.
If you want to, you can become a man of God or a woman of God.
If you want to, you can change deeply-ingrained habits.
If you want to, you can break destructive patterns of behavior....

When Jesus says, “You will be filled,” he means “You will be filled with Jesus Himself!”

If you are hungry, come and eat of the Bread of Life.
If you are thirsty, come and drink of the Water of Life.
If you are weary, heavy laden, come and find rest.
If you are guilty, come and be forgiven.
If you are far from God, come back home again.

The French philosopher Pascal said that there is a “God-shaped vacuum” inside every human heart. Since nature abhors a vacuum, if we don’t fill it with God, we will fill it with something else. So many of us have filled our hearts with the junk food of the world, it is no wonder we are so unhappy.

Augustine explained both the problem and the solution: “O God, You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in You.” You will never be happy until you put God first in your life. And you can never do that until you surrender your life to Jesus Christ once and for all.

In the kingdom of God, everything begins with a seeking heart! Salvation begins with a hungry heart. If you are tired of the life you’ve been living, you can make a new start. Whatever you want in the spiritual realm, you can have if you want it badly enough. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? If you are, you can be filled. This is the promise of God to hungry hearts and thirsty souls."


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28 comments:

  1. I like the idea of righteousness as straightness.
    Having the righteousness of Christ is the most amazing gift we have as believers !
    Without it we would never dare to enter the courts of the Lord !
    As always, a most informative post dear Beth.
    You are a teacher, no doubt about it !

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    1. Amen, Mary, I so agree with you...we have a Good, Good Father Who provides everything we need...all is grace...thank you for your kind and encouraging words...many blessings to you sweet friend ❤️

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  2. Beautiful, beautiful words, Beth. We are so blessed, beyond what we deserve. But oh, I am so grateful for everything the Lord has given us. Righteousness is a singular gift, one that we sometimes take for granted. Without Jesus, our sins would remain, and we would still be soiled with sin. But, we have been set free!

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I went over and read your testimony. And yes, another wonderful example of how God orchestrates circumstances to accomplish His purposes!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharon! I love your blog...your open, honest, and transparent posts invite us to walk with you on your everyday life experiences...we are all so greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved by our Good, Good Father...many blessings to you ❤️

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  3. i liked your pastor's great comment: we are as close to God as we want to be! so true! thanks, beth - next to you at Tell

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    1. Yes, Sue, I so agree with you. Thanks for stopping by. Many blessings to you ❤️

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  4. I love that piece of art! And the idea behind it and the Spiritual Circle journal - I am a BIG journal advocate and host multiple journaling ops at my blog and in real life. I was drawn to the post at Juana's because of the stones in the image...I am a stone collector as well...SO glad to "discover" you today! THank you for sharing. Will check out link.

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    1. Dawn, so glad you stopped by...I was drawn to Liz's artwork for the same reasons! Many blessings to you ❤️

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  5. Thank you Beth for sharing this
    this Word study with us at Good Morning Mondays. These studies are always so indepth and encouraging.
    Blessings

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    1. Thank you so much, Terri, I love your website, too! Always so special and dear...many blessings to you ❤️

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  6. He paid it all! We're neighbors at WWI, I am #5!!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan, I am constantly encouraged by you, many blessings to you sweet friend ❤️

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  7. We were just reading and talking about Romans 8 in my Bible study. :) Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

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    1. Kristin, thank you so much for stopping by...I love the sweet sisters in Christ at #ThreeWordWednesday...many blessings to you ❤️

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  8. Beth,
    I am convicted by the thought that if we hunger for something more, spiritually, we can have it. Too often I am satisfied by what I deem is enough when really there is so much more to be had. I will ponder on this. Also, I love how you examine scripture...in this one the constant theme of Christ's Spirit being made alive in us is repeated in all versions. Thank you for helping me dig deeper!!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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    1. Bev, thank you for stopping by...it is a blessing to have godly sisters-in-Christ, like you, to share and interact with...many blessings to you ❤️

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  9. I love this reminder that God lives within each one of us. When we remember that, I think it helps us to be more gentle with ourselves. When we engage in negative self-talk and fail to take care of our bodies and minds, we hurt ourselves, yes, but we also hurt God.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Laura...I so agree with you...leaning on His everlasting arms...many blessings to you ❤️

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  10. Beth, thanks so much for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival. I pinned on my Mondays @ board.

    Blessings,
    Donna

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    1. Thank you, Donna...many blessings to you ❤️

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  11. Your words are just perfect for me right now in my life. I have been looking at redemption and making things right in my own life. You talk about making a new start and this happens when we go to God and let go of the old. The past is gone and we are a new creation. Thank you for filling me with these truths to help me in my own life. Blessed you shared this at The Weekend Brew.

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    1. Mary, I, too, feel that I am learning more and more about the grace our Abba Daddy covers us with...His robe of righteousness and so much more...many blessings to you ❤️

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  12. Beautiful artwork, beautiful words. I love, love, love that song. He paid it all! Your neighbor from Sunday Stillness today ♥

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    1. Thank you, Nannette, I so appreciate your kind words...many blessings to you!

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  13. Making me ponder where I am today and where I want to be. Yes, I have been complacent with life during various periods. But being that way leaves me without growing closer to God and that is NOT what I truly want.
    Much food for thought, Beth. MUCH!
    Seeking the higher road...~ linda

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    1. Linda, I'm right there with you...seeking Him, to know Him and love Him more...Philippians 3:10a Amplified [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly]...many blessings to you!

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  14. I read this after I was over at Darling Downs from the SDG link-up and when I saw the correlation between righteousness and straightness, it reminded me of her post about staying focused. Though I know that I am prone to wander, keeping my eyes focused on Him helps me stay closer to the straight path.

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    1. Jen, I love that correlation...the more we lean in to Him, He covers us with His robe of righteousness, we experience His peace and His presence...as we draw near to Him, He draws near to us...all is grace...many blessings to you!

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