Ch. 5 – The Righteousness

Part II: The Words & The Prayers
The Life of The Cross, 2008, Cathy Scott

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2Blessed is the one whose sins the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2)

11For the sake of your name, LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. (Psalm 25:11)

1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. (Psalm 51:1-5)

11When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth – surely everyone is but a breath. (Psalm 39:11)

10As it is written:  “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. 12All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12)

6All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:6)

10For whoever keeps the whole law and stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. (James 2:10)

5Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:5)

8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)

1Blessed is the one who does not walk with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law all day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)

19Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. (Romans 3:19-20)

9Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor men who have sex with men 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were: But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

22In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)

11For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. (Leviticus 17:11)

9 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Hebrews 9:14)

11But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. (Hebrews 9:11)

24but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:24-25)

19Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:19-23)

1See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)

8In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. (Romans 9:8)

21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. (1 Corinthians 15:21)

14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death –that is, the devil –15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. (Hebrews 2:14-16)

13It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. (Romans 4:13)

17As it is written:  “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed –the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. (Romans 4:17)

19Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22This is why “It was credited to him as righteousness.” 23The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone 24but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:19-25)

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)

10he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. (Psalm 103:10)

12As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)

16It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. (Romans 9:16)

23You were bought at a price; do not become slaves to human beings. (1 Corinthians 7:23)

31What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

1“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;” (Isaiah 51:1)

2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2)

2Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.  (1 Corinthians 8:2)

12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)

19The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; (Psalm 34:19)

29He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)

58Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2: 13-15)

31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

25Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:25a)

29Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 118:29)

In righteousness you will be established:
Tyranny will be far from you;
you will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.
(Isaiah 54:14)

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PRAYER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Thank you, Father, for the righteousness that I have received through faith in Your Son. You did for me, Father, what I was unable to do for myself. By the blood of Jesus, You washed me clean of the residue of every sin, transgression and iniquity that had separated me from You. Not only are they all forgiven, but they are all also forgotten. They are no longer a part of me. I no longer own them, and they no longer own me. Their power over me has been stripped away, and I have emerged as a new creation. I have been born again into a new life in Christ Jesus. The darkness that covered me with fear is gone. I now live with joy, bathed in the light of the Truth of Jesus. Your peace, Father, that surpasses all understanding, is infused into my very being by the knowledge of this act of love. Because of the faith that You have placed in my heart and because of my righteousness in your eyes, I live. I have stepped out of death and into life. All of Your promises for those who are righteous are now mine, and I lay hold of them. Your blessings flow like a river through my life because of my right standing with You that You have provided.

[Ch. 6 – The Spirit]

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