Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Right Way - A devotional for Wed, 09/02/2009
"By Faith, Noah being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith." Hebrews 11:7 (ESV)
The Right Way
It is hard for people today to understand words like “righteousness”. It isn’t a term we generally use in our everyday language. Yet it’s hard to talk about the gospel without coming to terms with the word “righteousness”. In fact, the New Testament uses the term in one form or another no less than 228 times, at least 40 in Romans.
The word “righteous” goes back to a word that basically means to “move in a straight line.” Thus, “righteous” (rightwise) means “in the straight (or right) way.” Used with reference to morality, “righteous” means living or acting in the right way. But what is the “right” way? In our society, people commonly say that everyone must determine what is right for oneself. For example, during his campaign President Obama was interviewed about his faith. When asked about sin, he defined it as “being out of alignment with my values”. However, Scripture offers a different standard. God’s character reveals what is absolutely right. He is the measure of moral right and wrong.
No one can measure up to that standard (Rom 3:23). Thus all of us stand guilty before God. We are all “unrighteous.” We have all “sinned” (literally, “missed the mark”). But the message of Scripture is that God has done and is doing everything that needs to be done to restore things to the way He originally intended—to the right way. For example, He dealt with sin through Jesus’ death on the cross (5:6-11), and He transfers the righteousness of Christ to those who trust in Him (5:1-2). As believers, we can enjoy a restored relationship with God.
By faith Noah was made an heir of righteousness. In other words, he was accepted by God and given eternal life! That is an inheritance worth having.
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