RIGHTOUSNESS IN GOD’S KINGDOM
Text: Matthew 5: 19,20
Memory Verse: For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven” Matt 5:20
TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS IN GOD’S KINGDOM: Matt 5:19, Rom 3:22; 4:11; 9:30-32; 10:8-10
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, spoke much about the Kingdom of God both during His earthly ministry and after His resurrection. In different passages He used the terms “ kingdom of heaven” and Kingdom of God” as synonymous. As the Son of God and as the King of the Kingdom, He carefully outlined and taught the kind of righteousness required of the citizens of the Kingdom. Different kinds of righteousness exist and they are not all the same. There is self righteousness-“our righteousness”, “their righteousness”. There is also “the righteousness of faith”. The righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees is self- righteousness, righteousness by self-effort, external righteousness which is void of right or godly motives. It falls far short of true righteousness, coming forth out of cleansed hearts and pure motives.
Christ, living in us and through us, gives us the grace and the power to live righteously in this present world. This righteousness received by grace through faith is TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS.
EXALTATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S KINGDOM: Matt 18:1-4, Luke 13:23-29, Rom 14:17-19
The kingdom of God is for the righteous only; only the righteous are for the Kingdom of God. The righteous are those who have been forgiven and cleansed by God through faith in Christ. They are made righteous and obtained righteousness by faith. Having received the grace of God, they live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
They live by the faith of the Son of God and delight in the law of God. This is righteousness. He has a relationship with God which is anchored on grace and established by faith. His supreme desire is to love God more truly and keep His commandments wholeheartedly. His desire is to see others love God truly and keep His commandments faithfully. It grieves him when anyone breaks, violates or disobeys the law of God. He has joy only when the divine nature produces righteousness in men and women around him. He lives for God’s glory and teaches others to do the same. As he delights in God, God also delights in him. His heart is in the Kingdom of God. “Whosoever shall do and teach them (the commandments with the least), the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven”
HOME CELL STUDY
JESUS IS GOD’S IMAGE
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature Col 1:15
God is the invisible, divine Creator, Possessor of heaven and earth and the Father of the faithful. No one has ever seen God. However, God can be seen through Jesus. Knowing the Son is knowing the Father. The Father and the Son are inseparable Personalities of the Trinity. Anyone who believes in God and yet rejects Jesus is a liar. Any religion or practice that denies Jesus has denied God. How can you believe in the Father whom you have not seen when you reject the Son whom you have seen? Jesus is God’s standard to the world. Jesus is the grace of God, the Perfect expression of God’s love for the world. When you have Jesus, you have got everything. The riches and power of God can only be accessed through Jesus. Anyone claiming to have powers without believing and living the life of Jesus is fake. That is the anti Christ. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the life. We must follow Jesus.
QUESTION: State reasons why you know you have Jesus in your life.