by Mark Baker

The Effect of Righteousness
Mark Baker
Isaiah 32:17

-- New Revised Standard
Isaiah 32:17 The effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

The New King James says it like this.
Isaiah 32:17 The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.

I have a question to ask, have you ever considered that righteousness has an effect?
The prophet Isaiah said it is quietness and trust or assurance forever.

This is something to strive for, however we must understand what righteousness is and how we can receive this effect. Many would say it is the result of holy living. In other words, if you live a holy life then you are righteous. I believe this is not accurate, it is the other way around. If you are righteous, it will effect you, and that effect will be to walk in holiness. God's Word tells us in 1Pt. 1:16: Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
We certainly can not be holy on our own. We know our own righteousness is as filthy rags. So how do we achieve this?

I would like to start out by looking at what righteousness is. One of the definitions given by W.E. Vines Greek dictionary of righteousness is… the character or quality of being right or just; it was formerly spelled rightwiseness, which clearly expresses the meaning. It is used to denote an attribute of God, and that of a gracious gift of God to men whereby all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are brought into right relationship with God. This righteousness is unattainable by obedience to any law, or by any merit of man's own, or any other condition than that of faith in Christ... The man who trusts in Christ becomes the righteousness of God in Him, 2 Cor. 5:21, i.e., becomes in Christ all that God requires a man to be, all that he could never be in himself.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the ...

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