The Righteous Nature of God and His Word
October 19, 2008
INTRODUCTION: The Spirit of God uses the word of God to implant faith in our hearts (Romans 10:17), and the more we live in God's word, the stronger our faith will become. Some people have no faith, others have little faith, and few have great faith. Like a mustard seed, faith has life in it, and if the seed is planted and cultivated, it will grow and bear fruit. The truth and message of this passage is that you can depend on the word of God, so, have faith.
I. RIGHTEOUS. 137-138
A. GOD IS RIGHTEOUS. 137
True to His covenant relationship. He is righteous in Who He is and in What He says. He is right in His
character and in His commands. Word righteous is used six times in these eight verses. God is right and trustworthy, therefore, He is correct, fair, righteous altogether.
Righteousness is the very nature of God, the essence of Who He is.
Psalms 145:17, "The LORD is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works."
Ezra 9:15, "O LORD God of Israel, You are righteous, for we are left as a remnant, as it is this day. Here we are before You, in our guilt, though no one can stand before You because of this!"
1 John 2:1, "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."
B. GOD'S WORD IS RIGHTEOUS. 138
His revelation cannot be less than Himself. Trust in the reliability of God's word is directly proportionate to one's trust in the Lord Himself. The conviction that the Lord is righteous and faithful, as is His word, evokes a response of great devotion.
"very faithful" – trustworthy; absolutely faithful, not reasonably faithful, but very faithful.
Lamentations 3:22-23, "Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. ...
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