In the previous post, I listed The 10 Essential Elements of the Real New Testament Message. If I have them right and I have them all, a read thru the NT should readily bear this out.
The first of the 10 elements is: Righteousness. What God wants, what He is looking for, what He requires of every individual person is righteousness. If one possesses righteousness, as God requires it, that person is accepted of God. If a person does not possess righteousness, they are rejected of God; plain and simple. But, this is only true if the NT, which is true revelation from God, says so. Does it? Read thru and look for that.
Now, to make sure you’re not only looking for one word; righteousness has some synonyms, and other very closely related words. I don’t pretend to know all of them, but I have found some, and I want to be sure that I take note of them, as I should come across them. Words that serve to support the idea that God’s requirement is righteousness would be holy and holiness, pure and purity, perfect and perfection, godly and godliness.
Understand that these are absolute terms. That is, there are no half-measures. There is no partial righteousness, holiness, purity, perfection, or godliness. It is all or none! That’s an amazing thought, isn’t it?
Understand how this concept works in practice when trying to relate God’s truths to others, as everyone has an understanding that righteousness is the issue. Ask someone, “Do you think you’re good enough to go to heaven?” You won’t get a response like, “O, being good enough doesn’t have anything to do with going to heaven!” Everyone innately seems to know that the issue is righteousness, and will readily cede it to you by simply answering the question with a yes, no, I hope so, or I don’t know. However, in almost every instance, that same person will be measuring their own righteousness or goodness in a relative sense; gauging themselves against others. Commend that person for understanding that the issue is indeed righteousness, but that God’s requirement is for an absolute righteousness, a perfect purity.
You’ll most likely get the response from that person, as they step back into the mass of humanity, and declare, “But, no one is perfect!” Exactly! If the issue is righteousness, and a person readily grasps that, and then is told that righteousness means perfection, then they have taken you to what is logically and scripturally The Second Essential Element of the Real New Testament Message. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell