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The Righteousness of God

The Righteousness of God  In Romans 1:17 Paul said, God’s righteousness is (being) revealed (ἀποκαλύπτεται, present tense). Here he says, God’s righteousness has been manifested (πεφανέρωται, perfect tense). There is little difference. The present tense emphasizes the continuation of the process in the proclamation of the Gospel, the perfect the fact that the process has a beginning. It will shortly appear that this beginning is to be found in the death of Jesus.
This manifestation of righteousness takes place apart from the law; not because the righteousness of God could not be manifested through the law, but because the righteousness which, when manifested through the law, could only lead to wrath, since the law was abused (cf.Romans 4:15), has now been manifested in a different way so as to lead to justification. It is because law has been defined out of the manifestation and faith (v. Romans 3:22) defined in, that in this paragraph (contrastRomans 1:18) we hear nothing of wrath.

Jaffa from Hotel Window

Jaffa from Hotel Window
“Jaffa,”“Joppa” or “Yafa” is a city with a history. Traditionally it is the oldest city in the world.
‎No city in the world has had a more remarkable record. It has been alternately Pagan, Jew, Moslem, Arab, Mameluke and Christian. It has been sacked and wasted by war, swept by pestilence, fire and sword, rebuilt, walled and fortified only to be again destroyed.
‎The town is defended by a wall, on which a few old guns are mounted. Its dirty lanes and alleys are uninviting, but this aspect is redeemed by the freshness and beauty of its towering palms, its lemon groves and its orange orchards and fruit gardens. The sudden transition from the discomfort of the ship to these quiet gardens is something to be remembered. A traveler says, “In March and April these Jaffa gardens are indeed enchanting. The air is over-loaded with the mingled perfume of oranges, apples, apricots, quinces, plums and China trees in bloom.”
The legendary and historic associations combine …

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy

A Call to Repentance
4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel:
“Seek Me and live;     5      But do not seek Bethel,     Nor enter Gilgal,     Nor pass over to Beersheba;     For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,     And Bethel shall come to nothing.     6      Seek the LORD and live,     Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph,     And devour it,     With no one to quench it in Bethel—     7      You who turn justice to wormwood,     And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”
    8      He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning     And makes the day dark as night; He calls for the waters of the sea     And pours them out on the face of the earth;     The LORD is His name.     9      He rains ruin upon the strong,     So that fury comes upon the fortress.
10      They hate the one who rebukes in the gate,     And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.     11      Therefore, because you tread down …

The Work of the Trinity in Salvation

The Work of the Trinity in SalvationEphesians 3:14-17Trinity again (Eph 3:14–17). The Father gives us our identity, the Spirit strengthens and empowers, and Christ“dwells in our hearts through faith” as the wellspring of transforming love.

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 8

  Take good heed therefore unto your souls
Josh. 23:11 (Margin)
Gold cannot be used for currency as long as it is mixed with the quartz and rock in which it lies [embedded]. So your soul is useless to God till taken out from sin and unearthliness and selfishness, in which it lies buried. By the regenerating power of the Spirit you must be separated unto Christ, stamped with His image and superscription, and made into a divine currency, which shall bear His likenessamong men. The Christian is, so to speak, the circulating medium of Christ, the coin of the realm by whom the great transactions of mercy and grace to a lost world are carried on. As the currency stands for the gold, so does the Christian stand for Christ, representing His good and acceptable will.

A. J. Gordon

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

January 8th

Does my sacrifice live?

And Abraham built an altar … and bound Isaac his son. Genesis 22:9.

This incident is a picture of the blunder we make in thinking that the final thing God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, viz., sacrifice our lives. Not ‘I am willing to go to death with Thee,’ but, ‘I am willing to be identified with Thy death so that I may sacrifice my life to God.’ We seem to think that God wants us to give up things! God purified Abraham from this blunder, and the same discipline goes on in our lives. God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having, viz., life with Himself. It is a question of loosening the bands that hinder the life, and immediately those bands are loosened by identification with the death of Jesus, we enter into a relationship with God whereby we can sacrifice o…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings. Complete and unabridged

Morning, January 8                                               Go To Evening Reading

 “The iniquity of the holy things.”  — Exodus 28:38
What a veil is lifted up by these words, and what a disclosure is made! It will be humbling and profitable for us to pause awhile and see this sad sight. The iniquities of our public worship, its hypocrisy, formality, lukewarmness, irreverence, wandering of heart and forgetfulness of God, what a full measure have we there
Our work for the Lord, its emulation, selfishness, carelessness, slackness, unbelief, what a mass of defilement is there! Our private devotions, their laxity, coldness, neglect, sleepiness, and vanity, what a mountain of dead earth is there! If we looked more carefully we should find this iniquity to be far greater than appears at first sight. Dr. Payson, writing to his brother, says,
    “My parish, as well as my heart, very much resembles the garden of the sluggard; and what is worse, I find that very many of my desires for the me…

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

January 8: Judging the Time and Seasons
Genesis 14–15; Matthew 11; Ecclesiastes 3:9–15

We often have difficulty judging the events in our lives and then responding appropriately. Although God has placed eternity “in our hearts,” we don’t know the reason or the outcome of our life’s events (Eccl 3:11).

The danger comes in being known for only one mode of operation and one response for all seasons. In Matt 11, Jesus speaks to a generation who responds in one way—with skepticism and unbelief. Those who judge see John the Baptist as a demon-possessed man rather than a prophet. They see Jesus as a glutton, a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and sinners—not the one who has come to save them from their sins.

Jesus illustrates their responses with a tale. He compares them to children who call out to each other in the marketplaces, saying, “We played the flute for you and you did not dance; we sang a lament and you did not mourn” (Matt 11:17). Those who hear and fail to act confuse the w…