True Righteousness and Godliness…

School has started for many students … It won’t be long before they will be taking exams. I’m an “ol’ prof” – spent many years teaching at SAGU (Southwestern Assemblies of God University)… I guess you’d expect me to think in terms of test questions. My Bible reading today brought a potential “test question” to mind… J

Here it is based upon 1 Timothy 3.16 in your Bible: See if you can identify who is being spoken of in this verse… “Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great! He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up into glory.”

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If you guessed “the Lord Jesus Christ” you’d be exactly right!

Now, having answered that question, the truth behind it is important – even critical. Self-righteousness – righteousness that we seek to produce by our own efforts won’t cut it! In fact it actually becomes sin, because it is based upon prideful self-effort! Jesus is the only true source of all true godliness and righteousness! Check out the following Scriptures… Romans 3.21-24; 10.5; 1 Corinthians 1.330-31; 2 Corinthians 5.21; Philippians 1.9-11 and 3.9. Really! Take the time to check them out… Here’s just one of them: “God made Him (Jesus), who had no sin to be sin for us, so that IN HIM we might become the righteousness of God in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5.21)

Now, I want to be sure to get the answer to that test question right! Don’t you?!

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