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What Is Righteousness By Faith?

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We want to consider an experience, and it is to be researched not merely as a subject of theory, but as something in which our experience is brought into focus. This experience is described in the words of Apostle Paul:

Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Read the rest of this entry

Regarded as Sinless


By John Thiel

We are in need of trusting Jesus as Satan is going about seeking who he can destroy. I have seen very strong spiritual people being tossed about especially as they discover more and more their sinfulness. Not surprising as the nearer we come to Jesus, the more distinctly we will see our sinfulness. This is a message that we need to remind ourselves continually that we need to believe. I find myself having to remind even the strongest believers today of this message. When our lives are illuminated by Jesus, we see ourselves as we really are. We keep on feeling oppressed. We keep feeling that I’m too sinful and that I have no hope because I see that my sins are so severe, they are part of my very being, my sinful flesh.

There are those who have known the pardoning love of Christ, and who really desire to be children of God, yet they realize that their character is imperfect, their life faulty, and they are ready to doubt whether their hearts have been renewed by the Holy Spirit. To such I would say, do not draw back in despair. We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes; but we are not to be discouraged. Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected of God. No; Christ is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Said the beloved John, “These things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” And do not forget the words of Christ, “The Father himself loveth you.” John 16:27. He desires to restore you to Himself, to see His own purity and holiness reflected in you. And if you will but yield yourself to Him, He that hath begun a good work in you will carry it forward to the day of Jesus Christ. {FLB 118.4} Read the rest of this entry

21. Justification

By John Thiel, First Angel’s Message, study 21,  mp3

Justification by faith is another dimension of our apprentice to Christ.  In our last study we learnt what is repentance is. Jesus showed us how to repent by him himself repenting:

Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Repentance is always applied to someone who is a sinner. Jesus has come not to call the righteous but sinners. The provision for what he has called us to in the gospel is found in Romans;

Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

The provision that leads us to repentance is the long suffering, goodness and forbearance of God. The atonement of Jesus generates in our hearts the amazing love and goodness of God. It therefore causes us to soften, break and come to repentance.

Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a prince and a saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Jesus is the one who produces repentance that he then gives to us which is an apprenticeship to follow in how he repented for us. Repentance was given to us to repent. He gives repentance to Israel and forgiveness. To be a disciple of Jesus you need engage in forgiveness or justification with him. Read the rest of this entry

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