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ARE WE MISSING THE MARK WHEN IT COMES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS? (Matthew 5:20; 23:23; Galatians 5:19-26; 1 Samuel 16:1-12)
Jesus said, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed therighteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20).
He also said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23).
The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees can be summed up in four words: external, partial, redefined, and self-centered. They majored in minors; they omitted the weightier matters of justice and mercy. It could be said; they measured righteousness strictly by externals.
But, righteousness ultimately involves bringing forth the fruit of the Spirit. A righteous person is a person whom you can trust, who has integrity, whose word means something, and who is not dishonest. Those things are spiritual, yet we tend to judge people by things more evident and visible to the eye (Taboos of cultural standards).
God called His people to a high standard of righteousness. And this standard has much more internal working than it does external. Please, don’t misunderstand my statement and read into it something I am not saying. I am not saying that there will be no visible evidence of an internal working, because there will be if you are a child of God.
To be righteous means to do what God tells us to do; and God teaches us to obey His Word. No exceptions!
Jerry W. Arnold All Rights Reserved Posted: 7/18/21