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JESUS  -  MY  RIGHTEOUSNESS,  part  3  quotes

1)    “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus”. Romans 8:1.

2)     The miracle of transformation from being a defiled sinner into being a perfect man or woman clothed in Christ’s righteousness, is referred to as:
  - becoming a "new creature" (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15);
  - becoming a "new lump" (1 Corinthians 5:7);
  - becoming a "new man" (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10);
  - becoming a "new bottle" (Mark 2:21-22; Matthew 9:16-17; Luke 5:36-39);
  - being "born again" (John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23).  

3)    Are we justified forever - no matter what we do?
     “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God...without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:24-25, 28.

4)    What would God have us do after we have been justified and cleansed from all unrighteousness and have accepted the gift of righteousness by faith alone?
     “The just shall live by faith...” Galatians 3:11.

     “...the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4.

     Before we were justified, we were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).  But after being justified by faith, God has given us His grace, strength and power to begin to live a new life.

5)    What must we do with our faith in living this new life?
     “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God....For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:1-2, 6.

     “...for by faith ye stand.” 2 Corinthians 1:24.

6)    God offers extra help against the devil in living this new life of faith!
     “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11.

     What does this heavenly armour consist of?
     “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” Ephesians 6:14-18.

7)    What would God have us do after we have successfully put on this heavenly armor and have stood up?
     “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13.

     These inspired verses reveal that we must put forther efforts in using this armour of God to resist all the wiles or temptations of the Devil, to fend off all the fiery darts of the wicked, and to wrestle against all darkness and spiritual wickedness so we can remain standing and not fall.  God also assurs us that He will not allow the Devil to send so many darts against us all at the same time that we would have no chance to fend them all off!
     “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

8)    Jacob’s time of trouble is just ahead of us.  To prepare us for this difficult time, the Lord allows just enough darts and temptations to come against us so that we are forced to exert efforts to battle against all these evil things.  The more victories we win through faith and works means the more we are growing proficient in living as sons or daughters of God, the stronger we are becoming in the Lord, and thus better prepared to remain standing and not fall and be lost during the last great evil day!
     “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:17-18.

     “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12.

9)    Are we to remain standing in the very same place we first stood up in?  No.
     “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4.

     Which direction are we to walk?
     “But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.  But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.” Jeremiah 7:23-24.

     Where are we to walk forward?
     “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16.

     What are these old paths and the good way that we are to walk in?
     “Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth...” Psalms 86:11.

     “Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.” Psalms 119:151.

     “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” 2 John 1:6.

10)    Why does God gives us His grace?
     “By whom [Christ] we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.” Romans 1:5.

     This verse of truth reveals that grace is given so that we can obey the truth through faith.  Grace is not given so that we can sit back and relax and do nothing in this fight of faith.