Following Christ - Living for Righteousness
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2Pt 2:5 Preacher of righteousness Gen 6:9 Noah was a righteous man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God 22 did all commanded
I. Example of Christ
21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22 "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth"; 23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; (cf Isa 53)
II. Efficacy of Christ’s Death
24a who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree
1Pt 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 1Pt 4:18 Now "If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
III. Effects of Christ’s Death
24b , that we, being dead to (being from) sins,
Rm 6:2 (Continue in sin…?) Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Rm 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Rm 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
IV. Expectation of Christ
24c might live for righteousness Ps 18 Mt 6:33 seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
Acts 10:34 Then Peter said: "God shows no partiality 35 in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him
Titus 2:12 (grace) teaching us that: denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age
1Jn 2:29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. 3:7 let no one deceive
V. Emancipation of Christ
24d by whose stripes you were healed. Jn 8:31-32 truth shall make you free!!!
Lk 4:18 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Ps 41:4 I said, "LORD, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You."
Mt 13:15 the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them
Js 5:16 Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed…prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. Do most Christians experience the freedom from sin and righteousness that God intends? Why or why not?