The Beatitudes (Part 9): Blessed are the those we Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness (Part 2)


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Psalm 37:5–6 ESV
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.


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Matthew 5:6 ESV
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.


What is a Beatitude?
The word beatitude comes from the Latin beatitudo, meaning "blessedness."
Blessedness meaning “Knowing the assurance of God”
Matthew 5:6 ESV
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Hunger & Thirst
Failure in Modern Church
Rightousness - Right with God
Salvation & Righteousness - closely linked
Isaiah 61:10 ESV
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Righteousness (noun) - 100 times in New Testament
Righteous (adjective) - 40 times
to be just
Old English: Rightwiseness
God is morally and spiritually perfect
Man is the opposite
Corrupt, depraved, sinful, vile and godless
Romans 3:5 ESV
But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)
Romans 3:9–11 ESV
What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.
Romans 3:20 ESV
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Righteousness from God comes through faith
Romans 3:21–22 ESV
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:
a man is justfied by faith
Romans 3:28 ESV
For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Peter speaks of righteousness obtained by faith
2 Peter 1:1 ESV
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
Original Sin - rejected by modern church
Robert Schuller (US Television Preacher) - writes heresy, proported as doctrine
It is hard to concoct a sentence containing the words “sinner”, “God”, “Grace” and “Christ” that could be more heretical !

In Self-Esteem: The New Reformation, he writes, ‘The most serious sin is the one that causes me to say, “I am unworthy”. For once a person believes he is an “unworthy sinner” it is doubtful if he can really honestly accept the saving grace God offers in Jesus Christ.

On this issue at least, Scripture and Schuller are not even on speaking terms.

Bible teaches....
Psalm 145:17 ESV
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
God is perfect
Romans 1:18 ESV
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
We deserve judgement
Romans 2:13 ESV
For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
Perfect obedience in our own power is though impossible
We are therefore “not worthy”!
Obedience is required - for righteousness
Galatians 3:10 ESV
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
This is a death blow against “good works as a means of justification”
Not even religious acts can save you
Isaiah 64:6 ESV
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
Jesus - The Substitute
Hebrews 4:15 ESV
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
1 Peter 3:18 ESV
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Theologians used to speak of Jesus as a ‘public person’, meaning that everything he did was on behalf of others. They were spelling out the Bible’s teaching that he came into the world on behalf of others, lived on behalf of others, resisted temptation on behalf of others and died on behalf of others. In all of these actions, Jesus was a substitute for sinners, doing for them what they could not do for themselves. He lived the life they could not live and died the death they should have died.

The perfect substitute
2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
Through trust in Christ, all the sinners’ sin is debited to Christ
and Christ’s righteousness is credited to the sinner
Romans 3:26 ESV
It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Justification means more than forgiveness
The sinner who trust in Christ is declared by God to be righteous
Fulfills both demands
Absolute obedience to its precepts
death penalty for disobedience
Sin is not removed, but the price has been paid
Being brought into favour with God
James teaches of Righteousness in Action
Hunger & Thirst for righteousness
James 1:22 ESV
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Knowledge of God’s righteousness and purposeful desire and endeavour towards obedience are required
James 1:25 ESV
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Righteousness is demonstrated in our perseverance and actions
Our Righteousness Shines
A life embrasing sin cannot be Righteous
e.g. Liar
Next time
Matthew 5:6 ESV
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
For they shall be satified

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