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How to be Righteous

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Genesis 15:1–6 ESV
1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Illustration: Holy hands vs Unholy hands
1 Timothy 2:8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling
Who is Righteous?
Romans 3:10–12 ESV
as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
Psalm 14:1–3 ESV
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.
Genesis 15:6 is referenced 4 times in the New Testament
Romans 4:3 ESV
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
Romans 4:22 ESV
That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
Galatians 3:6 ESV
just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?
James 2:23 ESV
and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
Who is Righteous?
Abram is Righteous
What makes Abram righteous?
Galatians 3:5–9 ESV
Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
What makes Abram righteous?
Faith makes Abram righteous
How can we be righteous?
Illustration: You can’t wipe away a sin
How can we be righteous?
Exercising our faith makes us righteous
How do we exercise our faith?
Believe in the Lord Jesus
Acts 16:29-34 verse 31 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…”
Repent of your sins
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
Obey God’s Commandments
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Tell somebody what Jesus did for you
Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
1 Peter 3:15 …in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…
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