Habakkuk 2:4 /Romans 1:17/ Galatians 3:11/ Hebrews 10:38
What is the righteousness of God in the different Dispensational frameworks?
Systematic Theology will define the righteousness of God in the different dispensational frameworks. From these time lines we can see How the Lord became involved in the human history and revealed to us His plan of salvation and Redemption.
• Innocence – Adam under probation prior to the Fall. …
In Genesis chapter 1 mentioned that Adam the first man was formed after the image and likeness of God. Man had the right standing with God and innocent to sin. Adam received authority to rule over the earth. Genesis 1:26-28 . He had the righteousness of God in him and later had fallen because of His disobedience to God.
Sin and death have entered to human race for Adam disobeyed God from His instruction not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From this, the sinful nature of men became inherent to the rest of the generation of Adam lived under the curse of sin.
• Conscience – From the Fall to the Great Flood.
The fall of men continued and the wickedness of men stirred up the wrath of God but God still spoke through the conscience of men. Noah was called by God to save him and his family and through him will start a new generation because people became very wicked in his time.
• Human Government – After the Great Flood, humanity is responsible to enact the death penalty.
God gave another chance to men to rule the earth and be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 9) Men were instructed to execute His righteousness.
They penalized those who disobeyed in accordance to the sins they committed.
• Promise – From Abraham to Moses.
From the time of Abraham to Moses they have to live by faith to the promise of God that from Abraham Yahweh will bless them with their obedience to serve Yahweh alone and not to serve other gods. Every time the people heard mentioning the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob they trembled in fear because they knew that the all powerful God was with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
God saved them from the great famine and brought them to Egypt and through Joseph they received the favor of God .
• Law – From Moses to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
After the death of Joseph, the Israelites cried to Yahweh because of slavery and hardship they have experienced. God sent Moses to deliver them and brought them back to the promise land. To protect them from the death plague, the blood of the passover lamb must be painted on the door of each house of the Israelites and the Angel of death will pass over them. Then, pharaoh let them go but later chased them back but they did not prevail because God made the way from the Red sea to pass the Israelites.
From forty years in the wilderness God did not left them and have provided for them. God gave them the Ten Commandments and established the ceremonial laws and continued the covenant of blessings from Abraham and extended to the twelve tribes of Israel.
The rest is history, in the time line of Jesus and his apostles Judaism the institutionalized religion of the Jews believed that the righteousness of God confined with the obedience of the laws of God and to the atonement of the blood of the lamb for the temporary remission of sins being executed by the high Priest. The have to do it repeatedly in the annual feast of the passover lamb. Only those who believed in Christ through the preaching of Jesus and His disciples have understood that Jesus made the completion of this yearly atonement because God was completely satisfied for the appeasement through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.
• Grace – After the resurrection of Jesus Christ
God sent His Son Jesus Christ to fulfill the Old Testament prophecy that through Him salvation, restoration and restoration will come. Jesus is the passover lamb who will be offered to God for the remission of sins through His death and rejection and after His resurrection and victory over death salvation was completed. It was through the grace of God that we should have faith to the work of Christ in order for us to be saved and obtain the righteousness of God. Ephesians 2:8-9. Jesus imputed His righteousness in us to be entitled of the blessings covenated to Abraham and to His children . God through adoption, those who believed in Jesus Christ will continue to experience the covenant of peace and eternal fellowship with the God the Father in heaven.
Jesus will return to reign with those who are appointed to be saved and this is the reason why we preach the Gospel to reach out those whom God has prepared for His salvation.
How the righteousness of God can be attained after the resurrection of Christ?
For the Jews…
They need to believed that the promised Messiah is Jesus Christ who died on the cross whom they have rejected.
For the Gentiles…
The same way of salvation was provided for them, they need to believed Jesus Christ the promised Messiah came first to the Jew then to the Gentiles. Jesus was the specific revelation of God for the Salvation of the whole world.
What is “The just shall live by faith” means to you?
It is impossible to please God without faith Hebrews 11:6. Paul said that we are living in the better covenant because of the Grace of God. But the righteous shall live by faith as we walk with God.
What is the plan of God for the Salvation and Redemption of the nations of the world ? Romans 1:16-17
What is the role of the Church for this plan of Salvation and Redemption of God?
Church became the agent for the salvation and the righteousness of God to spread in the whole earth. We are commissioned to bring good news to the poor and bring deliverance to the captives in the nations of the world.
What does it mean to become children of Light ?
Light is one of the symbols of the righteousness of God. When we say, we walk in the light we are walking in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The life of Christ is shining in us.
As children of Light what are two mandates we are fulfilling?
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
We continue to fulfill the mandate from Adam to rule over the earth and promote justice and righteousness to protect humanity and the whole creation of God. This is not just to multiply in numbers but to hinder the evil doings and injustices destroying humanity. We are to promote the goodness of God over the works of the devil.
The Great Commission
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
What is your response to these two mandates?
This is a reflective question to realize our role as Christian and as a corporate body of Christ. This is also to encourage us to do our calling to spread the mandates of God in us.