He Teaches Righteousness

Jesus is the Teacher of humanity.

He walked on earth as a man.  He reigns in heaven now and forevermore as God Almighty.  In both places, He is the Teacher.

He lives to teach us about Himself.  One of the first things He teaches us, and one of the most important, is that He is righteous.  Therefore, if we would know Him, we must seek righteousness.  And we must seek it with all our hearts.  That is, we must seek not merely to know righteousness as a subject to mentally understand; we must also practice righteousness if we are to truly know and understand what it means.

Since we know that God is love, and we also know that God is righteous, we can know that love is righteous.  That is, he who walks in love walks in righteousness.  And he who lives righteously loves as God loves.

Mankind could not fully grasp the meaning of love or righteousness until Jesus of Nazareth.  The prophets of Israel knew that God was righteous, but it was hard to know just how righteous.  Likewise, they knew that God loved His people, but they could not know just how much He loved them.  Jesus came to reveal the full extent of that righteous love.

Until the resurrection of Jesus, God did not command the world to repent.  Neither did He previously offer Himself as Teacher to the world.  If you think about it, God was too scary for anyone to approach.  Who would have thought that we could approach God and learn from Him if He had not first taken flesh upon Himself and walked the earth among us?  He let us crucify Him so that we could know conclusively that nothing we do could make Him reject us.

Now that we know that He was willing to personally bear the brunt of our sins, we can approach Him to learn more about His righteousness.  While we know that He will not condemn us, we should not think that He won’t admonish us and correct us.  Indeed, when we turn to God we become more sensitized to the foolishness we have practiced in this life.

Jesus doesn’t teach us how to achieve worldly success.  He does not give us “the five steps to this or that success.”  He comes to teach us what is right.  Each day when we look to Him we are asking for our daily bread, the bread of understanding and doing His will.  We are not asking Him to straighten out everyone else.  I am asking him to lead me away from temptation and evil for everyone’s sake around me, and you are asking Him to lead you away from temptation and evil for everyone’s sake around you.  Righteous love is to be the foundation of our living.

Guilt has become a negative word in today’s culture, but true guilt and true repentance lead to true happiness.  Unless you are perfect, you cannot honestly go to God without experiencing some measure of guilt.  The good news is this:  He will forgive those sins we acknowledge, and show us how to avoid repeating them.  He will not excuse sin or act as if it is unimportant.  It caused Him to die.

Because we know that we can be forgiven of every sin, we have confidence to trust in Jesus daily for our lives.  His willingness to forgive us gives us the confidence to sit in the classroom of righteousness that is known as prayer.  Pray as long as your faith will allow you, even if that’s only a minute.  But however long you pray, ask Him to show you the right things to do.  From this little stream will swell a river of life.

5 Replies to “He Teaches Righteousness”

  1. Your post would seem an allegory up to the point where you claim that “we know” we can be forgiven every sin. How can such a claim be made? And isn’t a denial of the Holy Spirit the one unforgivable sin?

    1. Jesus offers to forgive sins. If you trust this, you approach Him with your sins and accept the forgiveness. Thus you know.

      The only unforgivable sin is to resist the means (i.e. the Holy Spirit) by which these things are accomplished.

  2. LUKE 12:10, “And everyone that says a word against the Son of Man, that will be forgiven; But he that blasphemes against The Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”

    MARK 3:29, “Whoever blasphemes against The Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of everlasting sin.”

    MATTHEW 12: 31-32 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come.”

  3. I am glad you know your way around the Bible. If you read these passages in context you will see that Jesus is responding to critics who were saying that His work was empowered by evil spirits, and not the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ point is that when you speak critically of the Holy Spirit you resist the very Spirit who brings forgiveness to you and thus prohibit yourself from receiving it. You can speak against the person through whom the Holy Spirit is working, but until you stop speaking against the work of the Holy Spirit through that person, you cannot be forgiven.

    The good news is that we can repent, stop attributing the work of God to other forces, and forsake eternal sin in order to receive eternal life.

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