I was sick this week and instead of sharing it with CVCC this Sunday I stayed home. However, Pastor Chris was glad to jump in and cover Sunday School for me. Thankfully, I had finished the outline and had the whole thing prepped. Here’s the outline for those of you who might have missed out. See you next week!
The Righteousness of God
Definition: “God’s righteousness means that God always acts in accordance with what is right and is himself the final standard of what is right.”
Deuteronomy 32:4, “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”
1. God must punish injustice.
2. We are unjust, deserving God’s punishment.
3. God would not be just to forgive us without punishing sin.
4. Christ becomes the object of God’s wrath, in our place as the ultimate display, both of God’s love and his righteousness/justice.
How do we know what is right or just (Job 31, 38, 40 & Romans 9:20, 21)?
To answer this question consider Job’s suffering. Job has a similar inquiry of God. How does the LORD respond?
1. Job 40:9 – “God responds not in terms of an explanation that would allow Job to understand why God’s actions were right, but rather in terms of a statement of God’s own majesty and power.”
2. Therefore, “because God is righteous by nature (i.e., in and of himself) it is right to say whatever conforms to God’s character is right or just.”