Disciple Up # 197
A Disciple’s Identity Pt. 4: Staying Hungry!
(Plus the Coup In Burma)
By Louie Marsh, 2-3-2021
1) I seek God’s righteousness NOT MY OWN since I have forsaken self.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6 (ESV)
This is the key stone in the arch of the Beatitudes. A Christian mourns his own righteousness and seeks that which only comes from Jesus. If I have His righteousness then no one else’s matters
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: Romans 3:21-22 (ESV)
- What is righteousness? Righteousness = approved; Rightness = accepted
- I don’t hunger for BLESSINGSbut for righteousness.
We hunger for a righteousness we don’t have. It is not our own.
- This cannot be part of my character if I’m a moralist.
Moralist – very upright, smug, self-righteous
Christian – meek and moral, humble and at peace with God and others
Moralists can do the first 3 beatitudes but not the 4th.
2) My hunger is huge – I want ALL GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Accusative case here = whole loaf
Genitive = of – this mean perfect righteousness not just partial.
21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21 (ESV)
30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 1 Corinthians 1:30 (ESV)
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35 (ESV)
We all sense the truth of this passage before we’re taught to ignore it.
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