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Righteousness By Faith

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Those who were waiting to make themselves more worthy of divine favor before they ventured to claim the promises of Yahuwah, were making a fatal mistake. Yahushua alone cleanses from sin; He only can forgive our transgressions. He has pledged Himself to listen to the petition and grant the prayer of those who come to Him in faith. Many have a vague idea that they must make some effort in order to gain the favor of Yahuwah. But all self-dependence is vain. It is only by connecting with Yahushua through faith that the sinner becomes a hopeful, believing child of Yahuwah. The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted. The first is our title to heaven, the second is our fitness for heaven.

The Righteousness Of Yahuwah

1. What is meant by the Bible doctrine of justification?

Answer: To justify means to absolve or declare one innocent who has been guilty. It is a gracious act of Yahuwah whereby, after He pardons and accepts a sinner, He imputes to him His own righteousness and declares before the universe that the sinner is guiltless.

2. How many may be justified?

"And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39.

Answer: Everyone who believes in Yahushua as his Saviour and is willing to accept His righteousness.

3. How many have sinned?

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of Yahuwah." Romans 3:23.

NOTE: "By sin we have been severed from the life of [Yahuwah]. Our souls are palsied. Of ourselves, we are no more capable of living a holy life than was the impotent man capable of walking. There are many who realize their helplessness, and who long for that spiritual life which will bring them into harmony with [Yahuwah]; they are vainly striving to obtain it. In despair they cry, ‘O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?’ Romans 7:24, margin. Let these desponding, struggling ones look up. The Saviour is bending over the purchase of His blood, saying with inexpressible tenderness and pity, ‘Wilt thou be made whole?’ He bids you arise in health and peace. Do not wait to feel that you are made whole. Believe His word, and it will be fulfilled. Put your will on the side of [Yahushua]. Will to serve Him, and in acting upon His word you will receive strength. Whatever may be the evil practice, the master passion which through long indulgence binds both soul and body, [Yahushua] is able and longs to deliver. He will impart life to the soul that is ‘dead in trespasses.’ Ephesians 2:1. He will set free the captive that is held by weakness and misfortune and the chains of sin." The Desire of Ages, page 203.

4. Whose righteousness has been provided as a substitute for men's sins?

"Therefore as by the offence of one [Adam], judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [Yahushua] the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's [Adam's] disobedience many were made sin­ners, so by the obedience of one [Yahushua] shall many be made righteous." Romans 5: 18,19.

Answer: Righteousness of Yahushua, the Anointed.

NOTE: “Satan represents [Yahuwah's] law of love as a law of selfishness. He declares that it is impossible for us to obey its precepts. The fall of our first parents, with all the woe that has resulted, he charges upon the Creator, leading men to look upon [Yahuwah] as the author of sin, and suffering, and death. [Yahushua] was to unveil this deception. As one of us He was to give an example of obedience. For this He took upon Himself our nature, and passed through our experiences. "In all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren." Heb. 2:17. If we had to bear anything which [Yahushua] did not endure, then upon this point Satan would represent the power of [Yahuwah] as insufficient for us. Therefore [Yahushua] was "in all points tempted like as we are." Heb. 4:15. He endured every trial to which we are subject. And He exercised in His own behalf no power that is not freely offered to us. As man, He met temptation, and overcame in the strength given Him from [Yahuwah]. He says, "I delight to do Thy will, O My [Eloah]: yea, Thy law is within My heart." Ps. 40:8. As He went about doing good, and healing all who were afflicted by Satan, He made plain to men the character of [Yahuwah's] law and the nature of His service. His life testifies that it is possible for us also to obey the law of [Yahuwah].

"[Yahushua] accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life." The Desire of Ages, page 24, 49.

Justified Freely

5. How do men receive Yahushua's righteousness?

"And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justifica­tion. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteous­ness shall reign in life by one, Yahushua, the Anointed." Romans 5:16, 17.

Answer: It is a gift from Yahuwah to repentant sinners.

6. What earnest question is asked by Bildad, one of Job's companions?

"How then can man be justified with El? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?" Job 25:4.

7. What is the answer to Bildad's question?

"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in the Anointed, Yahushua." Romans 3:24.

Answer: Yahushua's righteousness is declared to be ours. He lived for us. Paul says, "We shall be saved by his life." Romans 5:10.

8. How does one receive this justification from Yahuwah?

"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith." Romans 3:28.

Answer: It is by faith. The sinner must ask for pardon and cleansing; he must ask for purity and righteousness, but he must also believe that Yahuwah grants his request.

9. What concrete example makes clear the meaning of this doctrine?

"And he brought him [Abraham] forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in Yahuwah; and he counted it to him for righteousness." Genesis 15:5, 6.

10. What does Yahuwah do with the sins of those whom He pardons and justifies?

Answer:

A. He casts them into the depths of the sea.

"He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." Micah 7:19.

B. He casts them behind His back (Isaiah 38:17) and remembers them against us no more forever.

“for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:34.

C. He blots them out as a thick cloud.

"I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee." Isaiah 44:22.

D. He takes them away. In place of former sins, He now substitutes His own righteousness.

Overcomers

11. What does Yahuwah promise those who are clothed with the righteousness of Yahushua?

"They shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." Revelation 3:4, 5.

12. What does Yahuwah declare concerning those whom He has justified?

"Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If Yahuwah be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of Yahuwah's elect? It is Yahuwah that justifieth." Romans 8:30-33.

13. When individuals are justified from their past sins, how should they then live?

"Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." Hebrews 10:38.

NOTE: "You gave yourself to [Yahuwah], to be His wholly, to serve and obey Him; and You took [Yahushua] as your Saviour. You could not yourself atone for your sins or change your heart; but having given yourself to [Yahuwah], you believed that He, for [Yahushua's] sake, did all this for you. By faith you became [Yahushua's], and by faith you are to grow up in Him, - by giving and taking. You are to give all - your heart, your will, your service, - give yourself to Him to obey all His requirements. You must take all [Yahushua], the fullness of all blessing to abide in your heart, to be your strength, your righteousness, your everlasting helper, - to give you power to obey" Steps to Christ, pages 69-70.

14. Must the Christian continue in sin?

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Yahuwah forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Romans 6:1, 2.

Answer: No, we must not allow sin to have dominion over us.

15. What is a Christian's proper relation to sin?

"In the same way you also must regard yourselves as dead in rela­tion to sin, but as alive in relation to Yahuwah, because you are in the Anointed, Yahushua." Romans 6:11, Weymouth.

Yahuwah’s Law Written On The Heart

16. What is Yahuwah's goal for those whose sins He has forgiven?

"That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us." Romans 8:4.

NOTE: “Wesley declared the perfect harmony of the law and the gospel. 'There is, therefore, the closest connection that can be conceived, between the law and the gospel. On the one hand, the law continually makes way for, and points us to, the gospel; on the other, the gospel continually leads us to a more exact fulfilling of the law. The law, for instance, requires us to love [Yahuwah], to love our neighbor, to be meek, humble, or holy. We feel that we are not sufficient for these things; yea, that 'with man this is impossible;' but we see a promise of [Yahuwah] to give us that love, and to make us humble, meek, and holy: we lay hold of this gospel, of these glad tidings; it is done unto us according to our faith; and 'the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us,' through faith which is in [the Anointed, Yahushua]. . . .

"'In the highest rank of the enemies of the gospel of [Yahushua],' said Wesley, 'are they who openly and explicitly 'judge the law' itself, and 'speak evil of the law;' who teach men to break (to dissolve, to loose, to untie the obligation of) not one only, whether of the least or of the greatest, but all the commandments at a stroke. . . . The most surprising of all the circumstances that attend this strong delusion, is that they who are given up to it, really believe that they honor [Yahushua] by overthrowing His law, and that they are magnifying His office while they are destroying His doctrine! Yea, they honor Him just as Judas did when he said, 'Hail, Master, and kissed Him.' And He may as justly say to every one of them, 'Betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?' It is no other than betraying Him with a kiss, to talk of His blood, and take away His crown; to set light by any part of His law, under pretense of advancing His gospel. Nor indeed can anyone escape this charge, who preaches faith in any such a manner as either directly or indirectly tends to set aside any branch of obedience: who preaches [Yahushua] so as to disannul, or weaken in any wise, the least of the commandments of [Yahuwah].'

"To those who urged that 'the preaching of the gospel answers all the ends of the law,' Wesley replied: 'This we utterly deny. It does not answer the very first end of the law, namely, the convincing men of sin, the awakening those who are still asleep on the brink of hell." The apostle Paul declares that "by the law is the knowledge of sin;' 'and not until man is convicted of sin, will he truly feel his need of the atoning blood of [Yahushua]. . . . 'They that be whole,' as our [Master] Himself observes, 'need not a physician, but they that are sick.' It is absurd, therefore, to offer a physician to them that are whole, or that at least imagine themselves so to be. You are first to convince them that they are sick; otherwise they will not thank you for your labor. It is equally absurd to offer [Yahushua] to them whose heart is whole, having never yet been broken.' " The Great Controversy, page 263-264.

17. What will be the attitude of truly converted persons to all of Yahuwah's Ten-Commandment law (especially the fourth)?

"O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day." Psalm 119:97.

NOTE: “Is he now free to transgress [Yahuwah's] law? Says Paul: 'Do we then make void the law through faith? [Yahuwah] forbid: yea, we establish the law.' 'How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?' And John declares: 'This is the love of [Yahuwah], that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.' Romans 3:31; 6:2; 1 John 5:3. In the new birth the heart is brought into harmony with [Yahuwah], as it is brought into accord with His law. When this mighty change has taken place in the sinner, he has passed from death unto life, from sin unto holiness, from transgression and rebellion to obedience and loyalty. The old life of alienation from [Yahuwah] has ended; the new life of reconciliation, of faith and love, has begun. Then 'the righteousness of the law' will 'be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.' Romans 8:4. And the language of the soul will be: 'O how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day.' Psalm 119:97.” The Great Controversy, page 468.

Yahushua In You

18. Since human beings are too weak to keep Yahuwah's law, what plan has Yahuwah made by which to give them strength?

"That the Anointed may dwell in your hearts by faith." Ephesians 3:17.

19. When Yahushua dwells in the heart, what change is produced?

"That ye might walk worthy of the Master unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of Yahuwah; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power." Colossians 1:10, 11.

"I can do all things through the Anointed which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13.

20. When Yahushua controls the life, what can He do through His children?

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." Ephesians 3:20.

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16.

Answer: He can perform His will in and through them.

21. How completely can Yahushua make the surrendered life conform to His will?

"Now the Eloah of peace, that brought again from the dead our Master Yahushua ... make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Yahushua, the Anointed." Hebrews 13:20, 21.

22. What then should be the greatest concern of the Christian?

"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for the Anointed. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of the Anointed, Yahushua, my Master: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win the Anointed, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of the Anointed, the righteousness which is of Yahuwah by faith." Philippians 3:7-9.

Answer: Seeking and be found in the knowledge of the Anointed, Yahushua, through righteousness which is of Yahuwah by faith.

Would you like to accept the gift of His righteousness and have Him live in your heart and live out His life in you?