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Class Notes

Class Notes

Righteous People Living by Faith

Posted by byfwc on May 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Message: Righteous People Living by Faith

Text: Hab. 2:4

"Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith."

Rom 1:17

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith…

Hebrew 10:38

Now the[a] just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

Intro; This is one of the greatest declaration in the Bible…That righteous people live by one way and one way only and that is a life of faith and trust in God.

This is what separate “The body of Christ” from all other groups, is that we understand that God has a way of life or a system in which we live by… And that way is called Faith.

· We don’t live by our Feeling or Emotion

· We don’t live by other people experiences

· We don’t live by what it looks like

· We only live by faith…

Who are the Just or Righteous?

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

The just or the Righteous:

1. Were people at one time…That were without strength …

§ We were Without strength: refers to people who were spiritually weak, worthless, useless, helpless, hopeless, destitute, & powerless.

§ We were ungodly: refers to not like God, different from God, profane, having a different life-style than God.

§ God is godly, that is, perfect; man is ungodly, that is, he is not like God; he is imperfect

§ But Christ died for them…

· Christ died as our sacrifice

· Christ died as our ransom- payment

· Christ died as our propitiation- to gain or regain the favor or goodwill

o A few will die for a just and upright man (righteous).

o Some will even dare to die for a "good" man.

Christ...

• died for the ungodly, for those who were the very opposite of righteous and good.

• He died for those who were "without strength & ungodly":

Who are the righteous and Just?

Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

2. Were sinners, That God proved His love toward

§ Sinner"- refers to a man or woman who is sinful, the man or woman who sins...

• Disobeys God's Word and will for their lives

• They living selfishly.

• They ignoring God's commandments.

• They like doing their own thing.

• The live by the lust of their flesh, the lust of their eyes.

• And by pursuing the pride of life and the things of the world.

Ø God proved His love by giving up His only Son to die for us…

Ø God proves His love by justification through the blood of Christ

Ø God proves His love by saving us from wrath

Point- God sent his son so that we may be able to be called just or justified…

Who are the righteous and Just?

3. Were enemies, but God has reconciled and saved…

Enemies refer to opponent, adversary, foe, rival… the just and the righteous at one time were enemies to God, but have been reconciled back to him.

Reconcile means- to change from enmity to friendship, to bring together, to restore.

We have been restored by:

· Christ's death on the cross

· Christ's life- When we believe in Christ, God takes our belief and counts it as righteousness.

· The Ideal Righteousness of Christ”

· covers us,

· and God accepts us

· and He saves us

Covered, Accepted, & Saved!!!

Who are the righteous and Just, They are the ones that have been covered, accepted ,saved & reconciled.

How do believers live by faith?

What does it mean to live by faith?

It means to do four things—consistently.

1. As believers we should commit our life and problems to God—all day long…

· We are to take the experiences and the problems of the day and commit them to God once-for-all.

· We are to believe that God hears our commitment and gives us the strength to walk triumphantly throughout the day.

· We are to know that God does not like a whining, whimpering child begging and begging for strength when all we are really doing is wallowing around in self-pity.

2. As believers we must deny ourselves.

· The feelings, emotions, and selfishness of our flesh are to be rejected, even ignored if necessary.

· Matt. 16:24 24Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

3. As believers we must act as though we have made a commitment to God.

· We has made a commitment, so we are to act like it.

· Our feelings are immaterial.

· We are to act responsibly.

· We are to go ahead and do what we should be doing.

· We are to behave as we should.

4. Then while we as believers are doing what we ought to be doing,

· We are asking God for His grace and strength.

· We should be acknowledging God in all of our ways throughout the whole day.

· We are to walk in prayer all day long, asking forgiveness as we comes short and slips and falls, and praising and thanking God for His eternal mercy and grace.

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