WHAT is assured to the believer in Christ?
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3 :16.
What is revealed in the gospel?
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:17.
What has Christ brought to light through the gospel?
"Who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immor- tality to light through the gospel." 2 Timothy 1:10.
NOTE.—The purpose of the gospel, therefore, is to bring both life and righteousness. How closely are righteousness and life thus united? "In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death." Proverbs 12:28.
What does he find who follows after righteousness?
"He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour." Proverbs 21:21.
GRACE, THE SPIRIT, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
Through what does grace reign unto eternal life?
"That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:21.
What is the very life of the Spirit?
"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." Romans 8:10.
GOD'S COMMANDMENTS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
What are the commandments of God declared to be?
"All Thy commandments are righteousness." Psalms 119:172. What did Jesus declare God's commandment to be? 111
"And I know that His commandment is life everlasting." John 12:50.
NOTE.—Life and righteousness are thus shown to be inseparable.
CHRIST, LIFE, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
What does the prophet Jeremiah declare Christ to be?
"And this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." Jeremiah 2:36.
What does Christ declare Himself to be?
"I am the way, the truth, and the life." John 14:6. What did Christ indicate as essential to eternal life?
"And He said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." Matthew 19:17.
NOTE.—The righteousness of God, which is obtained by faith in Christ, brings with it the life of God, which is inseparably connected with righteous- ness; and the life of God, which is bestowed upon man as a gift through his faith in Christ, is a life of righteousness—the righteousness, or rightdoing, of Christ.
How LIFE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS ARE RECEIVED
How is righteousness received?
"For if by one man's offence death, reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteous- ness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." Romans 5:17.
How is eternal life bestowed?
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23.
BOTH OR NEITHER
He who would receive the free gift of God by which he may live forever, must of necessity receive into his life the righteousness of God whereby he is made fit to live evermore. Man cannot receive eternal life without receiving righteousness. He cannot accept one or the other, but rather both or neither.
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