Sunday School: The Righteousness of God

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.


What are the implications of God’s Righteousness for the sinner according to Romans 5:6-11; 3:21-26?

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.”

Final Thought:

“It should be cause for thanksgiving and gratitude when we realize that righteousness and omnipotence are both possessed by God. If he were a God of perfect righteousness without power to carry out that righteousness, he would not be worthy of worship and we would have no guarantee that justice would ultimately prevail in the universe. But if he were a God of unlimited power, yet without righteousness in his character, how unthinkably horrible the universe would be! There would be unrighteousness at the center of all existence and there would be nothing anyone could do to change it. Existence would become meaningless, and we would be driven to the most utter despair. We ought therefore continually to thank and praise God for who he is, ‘for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he’ (Deut. 32:4).”
Systematic Theology, p. 205

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