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Emanna for 08/20/2020

God's Righteousness in the Gospel

Bible Verses

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes, both to Jew first and to Greek. (17) For the righteousness of God is revealed in it out of faith to faith.

Words of Ministry

This matter of righteousness is a crucial aspect of the truth of the gospel. This is very basic, for it is our ground and basis for being saved. Our salvation rests upon the solid rock of God's righteousness. Because of God's righteousness, the gospel is powerful to save everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus. Legally speaking, both love and grace can fluctuate, but righteousness, especially God's righteousness, cannot. Madame Guyon once said that even if God wanted to change His mind regarding her salvation, He could not do it because He had already judged her on the cross. Through Christ our substitute, we have already been judged according to righteousness on the cross. Therefore, God must save us. God is a just God. Because He has already righteously dealt with us judicially, He is now obligated to save us. We can boldly say to Him, "God, I do not speak now of Your love or of Your grace, but of Your righteousness. I appeal to You regarding Your righteousness. According to Your righteousness, You must save me. If You do not save me, it means that You are unrighteous." If we say this to God, He will reply, "I surely must save you." Nothing binds God as much as His righteousness. Psalm 89:14 says, "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of thy throne" (A.S.V.). If God's righteousness could be taken away, His throne would be cast down. We can say, "Praise the Lord! Even if God wants to change His mind, He cannot do it because He is a just God!" How meaningful this is!

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 818-819. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 11/4/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.