Job 9:2 ...how can a man be righteous before God? Psalm 15:1 ...who may abide in (God's) tabernacle? Who may dwell in (His) holy hill?

There are two kinds of righteousness: One of which is imparted as a gift when we simply have faith and believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ; the other is a futile attempt to qualify ourselves as righteous by our good works.

God's word say's

Romans 3:10 There is none righteous, no, not one...

Psalm 143:2 (in God's) ...sight no one living is righteous.

Isaiah 64:6 ...our righteousness are like filthy rags...

Ezekiel 33:13 ...he (who) trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die.

Matthew 5:20 ...unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

The question now is, how can we exceed the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees?

Here's how!

Romans 5:19 ...many will be made righteous.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (It is) ... through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Titus 3:4-6   ...when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior...

Romans 4:6 ...God imputes righteousness apart from works...

The scribes, Pharisees and even Israel had...

Romans 10:2-4 ...a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, (had) not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

You see...

1 Corinthians 1:30 ...Christ Jesus, ...became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption...

2 Peter 1:3 ...His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him...

Jeremiah 23:6 (Jesus) ...THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Romans 5:17 ...those who (have received the) abundance of grace and...the gift of righteousness will reign in life through...Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:18 And having been set free from sin, (they become) slaves of righteousness.

The fruit of those who have received the free gift of righteousness from Jesus is to obediently apply themselves to righteous deeds...  

1 John 3:10 ...Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

1 John 3:7 ...He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as (Jesus) is righteous.

Proverbs 20:7 The righteous man walks in his integrity...

Job 17:9 ...the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.

Proverbs 28:1 ...the righteous are bold as a lion.

Proverbs 13:5 A righteous man hates lying...

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal...

Proverbs 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right...

Psalm 37:21 ...the righteous shows mercy and gives.

Proverbs 21:26 ...the righteous gives and does not spare.

Proverbs 29:7
The righteous considers the cause of the poor...

Psalm 14:5 ...God is with...the righteous.

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life...

Proverbs 12:12 ...the root of the righteous yields fruit.

Proverbs 12:3 ... the root of the righteous cannot be moved.

Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer...

Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.

Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoices...

Proverbs 15:6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure...

Psalm 1:6 ...the LORD knows the way of the righteous...

Proverbs 12:21 No grave trouble will overtake the righteous...

Proverbs 12:13
...the righteous will come through trouble.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

Psalm 5:12
(The LORD), will bless the righteous ; With favor (He) will surround him as with a shield.

Proverbs 11:6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them...

Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright...

Psalm 11:7 ...the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous...

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are those who keep justice, And he who does righteousness at all times!

Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.

Proverbs 11:19 ...righteousness leads to life...

Proverbs 21:3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Proverbs 13:21
...to the righteous, good shall be repaid...

Proverbs 11:18 ...he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.

Psalm 37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land, And dwell in it forever.

Proverbs 11:28 ...the righteous will flourish like foliage.

Isaiah 54:17  "...This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD.

We encourage you to...

Matthew 5:6 ...hunger and thirst for righteousness...

Matthew 6:33 ...seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness...

Proverbs 2:20 ...walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.

Psalms 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD.

Proverbs 21:21 He who follows righteousness and mercy (i.e. Jesus) Finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Remember, only those who first have faith and believe are truly...

Phillippians 1:11 ...filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ...

Therefore the evidence of our righteousness by faith in Jesus is our good works that follow.

These Bible verses were compiled from the New King James Version by Brian & Jon Israel, Truth Ministries, PO Box 25096, Cleveland, OH 44125 www.ConnectionMagazine.org, email: jon@connectionmagazine.org

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