An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Heritage of Righteousness

(Proverbs 11:5 KJV)  The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

It is possible to be “perfect' (blameless NASB) (8549).  How do I know?  Because the Bible says so, here and many other places.  Righteousness is within reach.  How do I know?  Because the Bible says so, here, in the next verse and many other places.  What is this “righteousness” (6666) that the Calvinists say can’t exist?  They like to quote a verse from Isaiah in the KJV.
(Isaiah 64:6 KJV)  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
In our natural, pre-conversion state this is a universal.  After we are regenerated, justified, and adopted I am not so sure that we can make such a statement and be consistent with scripture.  Do you disagree?  Go back and read the verse again.  Argue with the Bible, not me.

Righteousness has a function.  It makes life different both inside and outside.

So?  My main concern is not people who stress the pervasiveness of sin and evil but people who make that an excuse for giving in to sin in their daily walk.  Find the balance.  Admit your sin.  Confess it.  Move on.  God needs saints acting like saints.  Embrace the heritage.