7450 - His Righteousness - 1 John 2:29

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Welcome. Today let’s dig into a portion of God’s Word together.

We are engaged in a study of the book of 1 John.

In closing out Chapter 2, we see John’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and his love for Jesus, his Savior. Consider that Jesus had ascended more than 60 years prior to this writing, terminating their close one-on-one physical relationship. Nevertheless, the writings of John in the 90’s clearly carries the language and tone of deep love for Jesus. John was one of the last remaining figures who had known Jesus personally.

It is obvious from John’s writings that there existed a deep spiritual relationship between John and his Lord Jesus.

In 1 John 2:29, the Holy Spirit wrote through John this message –– here’s the way this verse would read if the Greek nuances are considered:

If you know absolutely that Jesus Christ is righteous, then you know experientially that everyone who habitually lives out this righteousness in life, like God is in nature, is indeed a born again one.

Now, let’s talk about being righteous. The root word is right, being right. And that brings up the issue of how can one determine rightness. First there must be the absolute standard against which comparison is measured. In order to determine whether you are righteous, you would then be measured against the standard.

In the world today there is a great deal of confusion as to what is the standard of righteousness.

Those in the world system would measure against the norm of society –– how do you measure up against your neighbors? But that mind-set is totally in error.
We must first understand that there must be an authority who has the power to set standards.

Even in pagan cultures people recognize some authority, and often he is called god, although he may carry other names. The truth is that when a baby is born into the world, instilled within is an instinctive software package in the mind (Rom. 2:15) or heart, which carries an awareness of a higher being. According to Romans there is even an inner sense of desire to know this higher being which we know as God.

It is this God above all gods, the Creator and Father over all, who has the authority & power to define the standards for mankind. Then He does the examining to see if a person measures up.

The Bible clearly declares in Hebrews (1:3) that Jesus Christ is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of God’s character and being. The book of Colossians (1:15, 19) says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God, and that God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Jesus. It (Col. 2:9) says that in Jesus Christ all the fullness of Deity lives in bodily form.

With this kind of affirmation by Father God regarding His Son Jesus, it should be obvious that Jesus, being God Himself, is indeed righteous, even by the highest standards of the Father. When a person by faith invites Jesus Christ to enter their life as Lord, then a great act of vicarious substitution takes place. Father God, who gave Jesus as the atoning sacrifice for mankind’s sin, God Himself clothes us in the righteousness of Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; Is. 61:10). Isn’t that fabulous! Each Christian is then viewed as having the righteousness of Christ; thus, we meet the standard which God has established. And friend, that’s the only way to measure up.

And in 1 John 2:29 John is saying that if you personally know with absolute certainty that Jesus fulfills the Father’s standard of righteousness; then you will possess the experiential knowledge that everyone who habitually lives out his righteousness in life, is indeed a born again one; and that means that such people possess eternal life and are on the way to heaven.

And Friend, if you do not have this eternal life, you may do so by inviting Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord. Do so now.