Daily Light – Jan 26, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Biblical Righteousness is ‘not’ just some’thing’….it is some’one’…It is both a place/position and a person.   Jesus is our position and person. 
Sooo…I am grazing in the book of Romans this morning…and other contextually linked writings of Paul…..feasting on the morsels of truth and light that the Holy Spirit gave to the Apostle Paul to write to you and me and to ‘all’ who read, or hear, these truths.
At the top of the page, chapter 1, in the open margin, somewhere in time, I had read or heard someone say the following, and it seemed to capture the essence of the overall context of the central message of Romans: 
“The righteousness of God is that righteousness which His own righteousness requires that He require.”  (why don’t you read that several times until its intended meaning becomes clear). 
Romans 1:17  NIV, Paul writes       For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.'”
Romans 3:21-26  NIV, Paul writes      But now a righteousness from God apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.  He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed before hand unpunished — he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies the man who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 5:1 NIV Paul writes    Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with god through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. 
1 Corinthians 1:30 NIV Paul writes    It is because of him(God) that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
God is rightly righteous.  We are not righteous…we are actually born in a state of unrighteousness.  God requires and desires for us to ‘be’ righteous ‘so that’ we can have fellowship with him.  We cannot make or earn the required position of righteousness that God requires….so…God reconciled the difference…He reconciled the Gap…and He made Jesus-God-the-Son to become ‘righteousness’ ‘so that’ we could become the righteousness of God through faith/believing in Jesus.   
2 Corinthians 5:14,17-19,21    NIV Paul writes    14, For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all and therefore all died (judicially)…17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  19, that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.   21, God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 
Dear Father…wow…all I can say is thank you.   I know we could never be good enough, no matter how hard we try, to meet the requirement for perfection and righteousness that you not only require..but because of your own righteousness…you deserve.    Thank you that you made up the gap…that you reconciled the difference in giving your son Jesus to die the death we deserved and YOU then give us forgiveness and eternal life…and You place/position us IN YOUR SON…so that we might become YOUR righteousness…..and all of this because of your love and grace shown and given to us.  Thank you, thank you.  Amen
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