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Brethren, I need your help; what does it mean to be righteous? And what was the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees like? I need some insight from you so that I can help a friend of mine....



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Righteous

 

  1. (of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable; virtuous.
    "he is a good, righteous man, I am sure"
     
  2.  
    informal
    very good; excellent.
    "righteous bread pudding"

Do you mean self-righteousness?



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The Pharisee made a show of prayer by wearing the prayer boxes on their foreheads and making certain they had the best seats in the synagogues and they made a show of the amount of money they gave to the poor and to the synagogue.
The righteous man would be like the Good Samaritan. He would give in secret and realize that he was a sinner and needed Jesus as his Saviour. He would be humble of heart and act knowing that what he does in secret for God he would be rewarded openly.

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Brethren, I need your help; what does it mean to be righteous? And what was the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees like? I need some insight from you so that I can help a friend of mine....

 

:thumbsup:

 

Self Righteousness Is A Fool's Lie

 

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

 

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

 

Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

 

Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways:

 

And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Romans 3:10-18

 

For Righteousness Is A Gift

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Called

 

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18-19

 

Jesus

 

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

 

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

 

To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

 

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:20-28

 

~

 

Praying For Your Friend

 

Love, Joe



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Through one mans offence, death reigned through us all, but through Jesus we recieve the gift of righteousness. He gave us righteousness as a free gift through His sacrifice on the cross. We are more righteous than the Pharasees and Saducees because we're righteous by His righteousness through faith.


Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
 

When we are born again, we become a new creation, set apart. Our old man, (Sin Nature) Was crucified with Christ so we can walk in the newness of life.

Romans 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,  6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.  8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,  9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.  10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.  11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


 

In Christ, we died and our lives are hidden in Him

 

Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

 

We are a new creation, all the old garbage from our past has been wiped away and all things become new. He reconciled us to Himself not imputing any of our tresspasses against us. He didn't just die for us, but He died as us, that we may be a new creation in Him. He became our sin on the cross, so we may become HIs righteousness on this earth.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

Now, here's a problem. Our sin nature has been put to death, we are partakers of His divine nature, but we have a lifetime of thinking like the devil. The flesh is the mindframe, memory, habbits, etc of the old man which we need to put off. Our new man is created in true righteousness and holiness. We're born again, and not born again sinners. Who we are born again, new creation, is not sinners but saints in His righteousness. Our minds need renewed though. We still think like the old man, so we're going to act on his deeds until our mind gets renewed through the Word and the reality of Him.
 

Ephesians 4:17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest ofthe Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

 

 

 



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Brethren, I need your help; what does it mean to be righteous? And what was the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees like? I need some insight from you so that I can help a friend of mine....

 

:thumbsup:

 

Self Righteousness Is A Fool's Lie

 

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

 

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

 

Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

 

Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways:

 

And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Romans 3:10-18

 

For Righteousness Is A Gift

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Called

 

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18-19

 

Jesus

 

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

 

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

 

To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

 

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:20-28

 

~

 

Praying For Your Friend

 

Love, Joe

 

Thank you very much bro Joe



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Through one mans offence, death reigned through us all, but through Jesus we recieve the gift of righteousness. He gave us righteousness as a free gift through His sacrifice on the cross. We are more righteous than the Pharasees and Saducees because we're righteous by His righteousness through faith.

Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
 

When we are born again, we become a new creation, set apart. Our old man, (Sin Nature) Was crucified with Christ so we can walk in the newness of life.

Romans 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,  6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.  8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,  9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.  10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.  11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

In Christ, we died and our lives are hidden in Him

 

Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

 

We are a new creation, all the old garbage from our past has been wiped away and all things become new. He reconciled us to Himself not imputing any of our tresspasses against us. He didn't just die for us, but He died as us, that we may be a new creation in Him. He became our sin on the cross, so we may become HIs righteousness on this earth.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

Now, here's a problem. Our sin nature has been put to death, we are partakers of His divine nature, but we have a lifetime of thinking like the devil. The flesh is the mindframe, memory, habbits, etc of the old man which we need to put off. Our new man is created in true righteousness and holiness. We're born again, and not born again sinners. Who we are born again, new creation, is not sinners but saints in His righteousness. Our minds need renewed though. We still think like the old man, so we're going to act on his deeds until our mind gets renewed through the Word and the reality of Him.
 

Ephesians 4:17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest ofthe Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

 

God bless you bro Joshua



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Thank you all for your great concerned and your wonderful comments, may the good Lord bless you more abundantly... Amen



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Christ lived a perfect life. His righteousness exceeded that of the Pharasees. He took our sins upon the cross. But He also imputed or credited His righteousness to our account due to our faith in Him Romans 4:9-11. When He lives in us, we also have His righteousness.
2 Cor 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. NKJV

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unless your's exceeds the scribe's, can only mean the righteousness of Christ inputted to man, is the only hope for man!

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Blessings eben4Christ

      God Bless you & Praise the Lord!  The Pharisees were supposes to be the "keepers of the Law" the teachers,the priests.....they lived according to the Law & to be "righteous" would mean to obey that Law to the letter,,,,which of course,could not be done but they went about acting as if they themselves were excellent,perfect,without fault,Holy,sinless....Which is "self -righteous".......

      No man could live in keeping "the Law" in perfection ,the Law was given by God to show man that He needed a Savior because none are "righteous",no-not one!In Christ,we live in the "Righteousness" of God.....God is Perfect,Excellent,Sinless,Holy,Good.. Covered by the Blood of Jesus ,our sin is eradicated & we are Holy,Excellent,Righteous(His)......All our unrighteousness is crucified with our flesh when we are "Born Again"

                                                                                                                                        With love,in Christ-Kwik
 



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Just to give my view, which is a bit different:

 

Matthew 5:20

“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
 
It is clear that the scribes and Pharisees were righteous, and to reach heaven, our righteousness has to exceed that of the Pharisees.
 
At the time of Jesus, there were several differing groups of Pharisees. One group, those who attended the school of Hillel, emphasized mercy. God had given the Jewish people the Mosaic law, and it is by the Mosaic law that righteousness is measured. A person who keeps the law is said to be righteous. The blessings and curses for the people of Israel was also based on the obedience to the law given by God thru Moses. So, the Pharisees sought to help the Jewish people learn the law and obey the law given by God. They would live among the people, and would teach daily, for free. The school of Hillel taught the scripture teaching should be free, so the Pharisees from that school would take on secular jobs to earn their keep, and then teach for free, helping the people learn and obey God.
 
So, to the Jewish people, the Pharisees and scribes were people dedicated to God, and His law, and to helping the Jewish people for free, no charge. Not just that but from the largest school which was the school of Hillel, the view of the law was based on mercy. These were the most righteous of men of that time. I compare them to people like Mother Theresa.
 
If the righteousness of a person is measured by their obedience to the Mosaic law, given by God, then certainly the Pharisees had it made. Yet, when Jesus told the people that their righteousness had to exceed that of the Pharisees and the scribes, basically, that would be impossible.
 
While Jesus criticized the Pharisees, they were actually the closest to what Jesus taught and were the well loved leaders and teachers of that day. His criticisms of the Pharisees, meant He was criticizing the best of people, who we know were not perfect but really were among the recognized best, as good as many consider Mother Theresa. The problem is, while they have done wonderful works, and are certainly righteous based on works, without faith in Jesus, no ones works of righteousness earns them a place in the kingdom of heaven.
 
To me, it is sad that people today take Jesus criticism of the Pharisees, and cast them as awful people, thinking of themselves as so much better. In reality, the many of the pharisees were excellent people. They worked hard to obey God, keep His law, serve Him, serve the people, and give charity. So, all of the best people there are, who have done great works, do not have sufficient righteousness to earn a place in heaven. To have a place in the kingdom of heaven, one must be more righteous then the best of the best. Only the righteousness of Jesus is worthy enough to earn heaven, and you can't get that by doing wonderful works, but simply as a free gift by belief in Him and His works.  


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Brethren, I need your help; what does it mean to be righteous? And what was the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees like? I need some insight from you so that I can help a friend of mine....

 

 

Christ lived a perfect life. His righteousness exceeded that of the Pharasees. He took our sins upon the cross. But He also imputed or credited His righteousness to our account due to our faith in Him Romans 4:9-11. When He lives in us, we also have His righteousness.
2 Cor 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. NKJV

 

I love II Corinthians 5:21, Williamina, it is one of my favorite verses.

To be righteous in God's eye is to live by true faith.

16)  For i am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17)  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written the just shall live by faith.

Romans 1:16-17     see Habakkuk 2:4

For by our faith, Christ Jesus is made our righteousness, I Corinthians 1:30-31, in whom we may glory.

 

But Paul speaks of the righteousness of the flesh--scribes/Pharisees:

4)  Though I might also have confidence in the flesh, if any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

5)  Circumcised the eighth day of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law a Pharisee:

6)  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law blameless.

7)  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

8)  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.

Philippians 3:4-8

Paul speaks of the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisee being but dung/manure next to the excellency of Christ Jesus, which he sought to win.  And than states he want Christ's Righteousness:

9)  And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.

Philippians 3:9

 

To be righteous in God's Eyes is to rely solely on the finished work of Jesus Christ our Saviour God to be justified.  But the Pharisee and scribe rely upon they own ability to keep the law for righteousness, which is contrary to the Word, I King 8:46; Psalms 130:3; Isaiah 64:6; James 2:10.  God in the OT foretold of Jesus becoming our righteousness in Isaiah 53:6, 11.

 






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