Revelation of Righteousness

“And this is my prayer: that your love should abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians 1:9-11

As I prepare for my performance of Philippians later in the year here in Phnom Penh, since the revelation of grace God has blessed me with, He is revealing His word to me afresh.

Take this verse. It could easily be taken to mean it is up to us to strive towards living a pure and blameless life. But let’s look more closely. What is Paul really saying ?

Paul’s desire for us to be filled with the fruit of righteousness is not urging us to ‘be’ righteous. He knew we are already righteous, because Christ is our righteousness (1 Cor 1:30).

Let’s take the important words from this passage:

Love. Knowledge. Depth of Insight. Pure. Blameless. Fruit. Righteousness. Glory. Praise. 

Paul is saying that our love abounds when we have a deep insight (or revelation) of our righteousness in Christ, and that the fruit of that insight and knowledge is that we live pure and blameless lives.

Amen!

The final phrase ‘to the glory and praise of God’ is also interesting.

We know that ‘glory’ in the bible means ‘a beauty and majesty unique to God.’

So, the fruit of the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ is that we radiate with His beauty and majesty.

Through Him.

Not we ourselves.

Through Jesus Christ.

The Righteous One.

And then, when people see how we are filled with the fruit of His righteousness, ablaze with His beauty, ‘shining like stars in the universe’ as Paul says, then God  is praised and souls are saved.

Amen Again!

Have you had a deep insight or revelation of your righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ ?

 

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4 thoughts on “Revelation of Righteousness

  1. Do you remember I’m pretty new to grace? You probably remember I’ve documented this last 8 months as I’ve grown into this. It’s at http://www.thethingsthatmattermost.org. If you ever read it and you think I’m “off” on certain things, I’d love you to tell me. Or I’d love your confirmation that much of it seems True and right to you.

    This post helps me so much. I feel like you just handed me a fist full of gold coins but even better because it’s not gold it’s Truth and it’s eternal. Yes, I have had that deep insight/revelation you refer to. And I am growing in it. But it takes effort for me to stay in my “Grace Place” (what I call it – like filled with the Spirit I think) each day and each hour of each day. I have to go find and remember the Truth about Grace many times every day and remind myself and renew my mind with it. I think I’m noticing that I’m spending more time feeling “filled with the Spirit” as the weeks and months pass. In other words, it seems like it’s slowly getting easier to be there and stay there. Is this what you’ve experienced?

    Feel good that you’re helping me a lot. Along with others I’m sure.

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    • Thank you. Yes, it has been my experience.

      There’s a Swedish proverb which says:

      “Love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it.”

      It’s all very well walking in a knowledge of grace and living upright lives, but what about if we fall. The true beauty of grace is for the broken, for the sick. Knowing that God loves us and sees us as perfect even in the midst of our brokenness, for me, is the miracle of grace.

      The fruit of a knowledge of our righteousness is living a pure and blameless life. Yet even if we fall, we are still holy, perfect and righteous in His sight. That, for me, is what makes grace so amazing.

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    • Here’s is a good verse:

      “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” – Ephesians 4:7

      God doesn’t reveal it to everyone. We can consider ourselves blessed.

      How long have you been Christian?

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