Sunday, February 26 2012
Can You Inherit Righteousness?
Abraham (a man born in what is today Iraq, who immigrated to "the land of Canaan" where he lived for the rest of his life - "Israel" as a country came into existence about four centuries after Abraham died; see The Journey From Ur Of The Chaldees) was a key ancestor of the Messiah.
"1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham [see also 'Raghead' Racism].
1:2 Abraham begat Isaac [see A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem]; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren [see Are Levites 'Jews'?];
1:3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar [see Who Were The First Jews?]; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
1:4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth [see The Messianic Role Of Naomi, Ruth And Boaz]; and Obed begat Jesse;
1:6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias [see David And Bathsheba];
1:7 And Solomon [see A History Of Jerusalem: The Glory Of Solomon] begat Roboam [see Rehoboam's Answer]; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 1:8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; 1:9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; 1:10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; 1:11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
1:12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; 1:13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; 1:14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; 1:15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations." (Matthew 1:2-17 KJV)
"The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him ... Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin"
The prophet John (popularly known as John the Baptist) warned those who worthlessly regarded themselves as righteous merely because of what a distant ancestor had done: "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance ... think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying,
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey [see What Was Strange About John The Baptist?]. 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins [see John's Congregation].
3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 3:10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:1-12 KJV)
Abraham will be in the Kingdom of God because of his righteousness before the LORD, not because of his mere physical ancestry i.e. ancestry is neither cause for favoritism or prejudice ("10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him" Acts 10:34-35 KJV). The proof of that is even found in the ancestry itself - from righteous Abraham to the Messiah were some who became very unrighteous (e.g. Solomon's heathen corruption - see A History Of Jerusalem: The Glory Of Solomon).
"8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour." (Matthew 8:5-13 KJV)
Many Christian-professing people claim to be righteous (they place themselves on God's Judgment Throne and declare themselves to be "saved") because Jesus Christ was - with their typical parroting of "I don't have to keep God's Law because Jesus Christ did it for me." But salvation, or condemnation, is not based on what someone else has done, whether good or bad - they are based on what you have done, whether good or bad.
"18:1 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, 18:2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
18:3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
18:5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, 18:6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman, 18:7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; 18:8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, 18:9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.
18:10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, 18:11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife, 18:12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination, 18:13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.
18:14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like, 18:15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife, 18:16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, 18:17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. 18:18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.
18:19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
18:24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
18:25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? 18:26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. 18:27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 18:29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye." (Ezekiel 18:1-32 KJV)
Fact Finder: What does "works" actually mean to a true Christian? Does it actually mean living a life of genuine repentance?
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This Day In History, February 26
364: Valentinian I was proclaimed the Emperor of Rome (see also Who Were Valentine And Cupid?).
1266: The Battle of Benevento. Charles, Count of Anjou, defeated German and Sicilian forces under King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred died in the battle; Pope Clement IV the proclaimed Charles as king of Sicily and Naples (see also Emperors and Popes and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1443: Alfonso of Aragon entered Rome, where he later became king.
1616: The Inquisition delivered an injunction to Galileo.
1797: One-pound and two-pound notes were first used in England.
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte departed from the island of Elba with 1,200 followers. Within 3 weeks, France rallied to its former emperor but his last hope of keeping his crown ended in Belgium with the Battle of Waterloo in June. The British government subsequently banished Napoleon to the island of St. Helena where he died in 1821 at age 52.
1832: The Polish constitution was abolished and replaced by one imposed by Czar Nicholas I.
1848: The Second French Republic was proclaimed after the abdication of King Louis-Philippe.
1848: Karl Marx and Frederich Engels published The Communist Manifesto, an economic experiment that by the late twentieth century had been proven as a dismal failure that enslaved the workers that it promised to "liberate."
1867: The British House of Lords passed the British North America Act, establishing Canada as an independent nation.
1901: The leaders of the Boxer Rebellion in China, Chi-hsui and Hsu Cheng-yu, were beheaded in public.
1915: Flame throwers were used in battle for the first time when the Germans used them against the French at Malancourt.
1933: Construction began for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
1935: RADAR (RAdio Detection And Ranging) was first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt of Britain.
1936: Adolf Hitler opened the first factory for the manufacture of the "People's Car," or Volkswagen.
1952: Winston Churchill announced that Britain had its own atomic bomb.
1969: Levi Eshkol, Israeli prime minister from 1963, died. He was succeeded by Golda Meir.
1972: The Soviet Union recovered Luna 20 which had returned with a cargo of moon rocks.
1980: Egypt and Israel established diplomatic relations, ending 30 years of war between the two nations.
1993: A terrorist bomb severely damaged the World Trade Center buildings in New York. 6 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured.
1995: The London finance House of Barings collapsed after huge losses were run up in Singapore by a single trader.