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                                        It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness   7/13/08 p.m.

 

Mt 3:1-17  In those days  John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for  the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

     “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

     ‘Prepare the way of the Lord;

     Make His paths straight.’ ”

4 Now  John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and  wild honey. 5  Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6  and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from  the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 9 and do not think to say to yourselves,  ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees.  Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12  His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will  burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

13  Then Jesus came  from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”

15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

16  When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw  the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17  And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying,  “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Mt 3:15   15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”

 

It is Fitting   

becoming, seemly, fit

 

4241 πρέπω [prepo /prep·o/] v. Apparently a root word; GK 4560; Seven occurrences; AV translates as “become” six times, and “comely” once. 1 to stand out, to be conspicuous, to be eminent. 2 to be becoming, seemly, fit.[1]

4560 πρέπει (prepei), πρέπω (prepō): vb.; ≡ Str 4241—LN 66.1 be fitting, be proper, appropriate

1Co 11:13;   13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper

Eph 5:3;     fitting for saints;

1Ti 2:10     which is proper for women (those) professing godliness.

Tit 2:1;     proper for sound doctrine:

Heb 2:10;    10 For it was fitting for Him (each individual), …  to be… perfect through sufferings.

Heb 7:26     26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and …. higher than the heavens;

 

It is becoming, proper, and fitting, for Christians To Fulfill

To make full, to fill to the full - heart 

Ro 13:10  10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

To cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally, abound - all-inclusive

2 Co 8:7  7 But as  you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see  that you abound in this grace also.

 

To render full, to complete: finish the work 

Ac 14:26  26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed.

 

To make complete in every particular, - finish each detail

2 Co 8:11  11 but now you also must complete the doing of it;

 

To render perfect – non-negotiable

 Mt 5:46-48    46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48  Therefore you shall be perfect, just  as your Father in heaven is perfect.

 It is becoming, proper, and fitting, for Christians To Fulfill

 

To carry through to the end, to accomplish, carry out, - endure

Mt 10:22    22 And  you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.  But he who endures to the end will be saved.

 

To carry into effect, bring to realization, realize:-bold, open, w/o shame

 Mt 5:16   16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and  glorify your Father in heaven.

 

To perform, execute- do it

 Mt 7:21  21 “Not everyone who says to Me,  ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

 

To Fulfill is to cause God’s will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God’s promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfillment.

 

4137 πληρόω [pleroo /play·ro·o/] v. From 4134; TDNT 6:286; TDNTA 867; GK 4444; 90 occurrences; AV translates as “fulfil” 51 times, “fill” 19 times, “be full” seven times, “complete” twice, “end” twice, and translated miscellaneously nine times. 1 to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full. 1a to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally. 1a1 I abound, I am liberally supplied. 2 to render full, i.e. to complete. 2a to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim. 2b to consummate: a number. 2b1 to make complete in every particular, to render perfect. 2b2 to carry through to the end, to accomplish, carry out, (some undertaking). 2c to carry into effect, bring to realisation, realise. 2c1 of matters of duty: to perform, execute. 2c2 of sayings, promises, prophecies, to bring to pass, ratify, accomplish. 2c3 to fulfil, i.e. to cause God’s will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God’s promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfilment.[2]

 

It is becoming, proper, and fitting, for Christians to obey and do All

 

Individually, each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything, collectively

 

 Dt 8:3  3 So He humbled you,  allowed you to hunger, and  fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall  not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

 

3956 πᾶς [pas /pas/] adj. Including all the forms of declension; TDNT 5:886; TDNTA 795; GK 4246; 1243 occurrences; AV translates as “all” 748 times, “all things” 170 times, “every” 117 times, “all men” 41 times, “whosoever” 31 times, “everyone” 28 times, “whole” 12 times, “all manner of” 11 times, “every man” 11 times, “no + 3756” nine times, “every thing” seven times, “any” seven times, “whatsoever” six times, “whosoever + 3739 + 302” three times, “always + 1223” three times, “daily + 2250” twice, “any thing” twice, “no + 3361” twice, not translated seven times, and translated miscellaneously 26 times. 1 individually. 1a each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything. 2 collectively. 2a some of all types. Additional Information: … “the whole world has gone after him” Did all the world go after Christ? “then went all Judea, and were baptized of him in Jordan.” Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem, baptized in Jordan? “Ye are of God, little children”, and the whole world lieth in the wicked one”. Does the whole world there mean everybody? The words “world” and “all” are used in some seven or eight senses in Scripture, and it is very rarely the “all” means all persons, taken individually. The words are generally used to signify that Christ has redeemed some of all sorts—some Jews, some Gentiles, some rich, some poor, and has not restricted His redemption to either Jew or Gentile …—C.H. Spurgeon from a sermon on Particular Redemption. [3]

 

It is becoming, proper, and fitting, for Christians to obey and do all Righteousness

State of him who is as he ought to be,

The condition acceptable to God

Integrity,

—    honesty, sincerity,

—    purity of heart (Matt. 5:8),

—    singleness of purpose (Matt. 6:22),

—    and purity of motive (Matt. 6:1–6).

 

virtue,

—    moral excellence or goodness (Phil. 4:8).

 

purity of life,

 Ga 5:22-23  22 But  the fruit of the Spirit is  love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.   Against such there is no law.

rightness,

Ro 12:1  I  beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies  a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

 

correctness of thinking,

2 Co 10:5  5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,



feeling,

 Eph 6:6-7  6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,

 

and acting

Ga 5:19-21  19 Now  the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that  those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

1343 δικαιοσύνη [dikaiosune /dik·ah·yos·oo·nay/] n f. From 1342; TDNT 2:192; TDNTA 168; GK 1466; 92 occurrences; AV translates as “righteousness” 92 times. 1 in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God. 1a the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God. 1b integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting. 2 in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due.[4]

 

It is becoming, proper, and fitting, for Christians to obey and do every thing acceptable to God


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v v: verb

GK Goodrick-Kohlenberger

AV Authorized Version

[1]Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the text of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.) (G4241). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

vb. verb

Str Strong’s Lexicon

LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon

v v: verb

TDNT Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

TDNTA Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in One Volume

GK Goodrick-Kohlenberger

AV Authorized Version

[2]Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the text of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.) (G4137). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

adj adj: adjective

TDNT Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

TDNTA Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in One Volume

GK Goodrick-Kohlenberger

AV Authorized Version

[3]Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the text of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.) (G3956). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

n n: noun or neuter

f f: feminine

TDNT Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

TDNTA Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in One Volume

GK Goodrick-Kohlenberger

AV Authorized Version

[4]Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the text of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.) (G1343). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

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