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Righteousness

This is a Bible study on Righteousness.

 

In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.  Proverbs 12:28

If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.  1 John 2:29

In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.  1 John 3:10-11

Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.  Psalms 141:4

 

 


What is righteousness?

The dictionary defines righteousness as being righteous, and defines righteous as acting in accord with divine or moral law, free from guilt or sin; a moral right or justifiable; arising from an outraged sense of justice or morality.

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.  Genesis 15:6

The word of God defines righteousness as truth.

My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.  Psalm 119:172

 

Righteousness comes from God above

There is no righteousness except the righteousness of God.  We have no righteousness except from God above.  The righteousness we have is the righteousness of God, imparted on us through faith in Jesus Christ.

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  Romans 10:3

Any righteousness we may have is from God above, not of ourselves or by anything we might do.

 

The righteousness of God is by faith of Jesus

God is righteous, we cannot be righteous apart from God. 

The righteousness of God, which we can have, is by faith of Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  Romans 3:22

 


What is righteous?

The love of God is righteous.  All the ways of God are righteous.  The judgment of God is righteous.  All the commandments of God are righteous.

 

The judgment of God is righteous.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.  Psalm 19:9-11

 

All the ways of God are righteous

The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.  Psalm 145:17

 

All the commandments of God are righteous

My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.  Psalm 119:172

 

 


Where is righteousness?

The source of all righteousness is God. 

Man is not righteous apart from God.  Man cannot create or have righteousness, unless they have the knowledge of God through salvation, by grace through faith in Christ Jesus.  Man puts on the righteousness of Christ Jesus through salvation.

Without salvation, man cannot receive the righteousness of God, because the righteousness of God is by faith of Jesus Christ.

 

Righteousness is from God

The righteousness of God is by faith in Jesus Christ to all people who believe in Jesus Christ for salvation.

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  Romans 3:22

He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  Psalm 24:5

 


Who are the righteous?

God is righteous and imparts His righteousness upon all His children through His salvation.

The righteous are the children of God who remain in faith and abide in Him.

 

The LORD God is righteous.

For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.  Psalm 11:7

The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.  Psalm 129:4

The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.  Psalm 145:17

To show that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.  Psalm 92:15

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  1 John 2:1

 

The children of God are righteous

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.  If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.  1 John 2:28-29

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  1 John 3:7

 

The righteous show mercy and give

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous showeth mercy, and giveth.  Psalm 37:21

 

The righteous speak the truth of God

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.  Proverbs 10:32

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.  Proverbs 12:5

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.  Proverbs 15:28

 

The righteous desire only goodness

The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.  Proverbs 11:23

 

The righteous are content in the Lord

The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.  Proverbs 13:25

 


Who loves righteousness?

 

The LORD God loves righteousness

For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.  He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.  Psalm 33:4-5

 

The children of God love righteousness

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  Psalm 45:7

 


Why should I live righteously?

I live righteously because I love God, and I want to do the will of God in my life.  The love of God allows me to live in righteously.  Salvation gives me the power to live righteously in a corrupt world.

For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.  Psalm 11:7

For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.  Deuteronomy 25:16

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  Titus 2:11-14

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  1 Peter 2:21-25

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.  1 Peter 3:12

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.  3 John 1:11

 


What does God promise the righteous?

God promises to hear the righteous, to bless the righteous, to hear the prayers of the righteous, to deliver the righteous.  The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous.  God promises the righteous hope, gladness, sound wisdom, and His salvation.

 

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.  1 Peter 3:12

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.  Proverbs 11:21

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.  Psalm 34:15

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  Psalm 34:17

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.  Proverbs 15:29

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.  Psalm 34:19

For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.  Psalm 37:17

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.  Psalm 37:29

But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.  Psalm 37:39-40

The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.  Psalm 64;10

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.  Proverbs 10:28

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.  Psalm 118:19-20

The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:  Psalm 146:8

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.  Proverbs 2:7

The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.  Proverbs 11:8

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.  Proverbs 11:21

 


How can we live righteously?

No one can obey God without putting on His righteousness, which is received through His salvation.

Obey God

The only way anyone can obey God is to submit themselves to God.  It is impossible to obey God by living life to the flesh, living life your way. 

In order to obey God we must follow the ways of God, not the ways of self.  By surrendering ourselves completely to God, we can obey God. 

No one can be forced to please God, or forced to obey God, because true obedience comes from faith within one's heart, inner being, not outward works.  No one can please God by outwardly doing anything.  We can only please God through faith in Him, by denying our "self", surrendering all we have to Jesus, taking up His cross and following Jesus, with wholehearted love and faith, that we receive from God alone. 

Obedience to God is only possible through our heart, through our inner being, receiving God's gift of salvation through loving faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, so that we might live with God in the Kingdom of Heaven for eternity.

And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.  Luke 1:6

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  Romans 6:12-14

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.  2 Thessalonians 3:3

And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  2 Timothy 4:18

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  Hebrews 3:12

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Hebrews 10:22

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  James 4:7

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  James 4:8

Obedience to God is not words, it is actions, when we follow the ways of righteousness through Christ Jesus.

 


How long will righteousness last?

Righteousness will endure forever, for eternity.  Righteousness is timeless and without end.

His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.  Psalm 111:3

Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.  Psalm 119:142

The righteousness of the Lord God endures forever.  Apart from God there is no righteousness.

 


Can living righteously save anyone?

God says we are saved by the grace of God through faith in God.  We are NOT saved by righteous works, or any works.

No one has righteousness apart from God.  The righteousness of God is only received through salvation.  We do not have righteousness before salvation, therefore we cannot be saved by our inexistent righteousness.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Titus 2:11

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  Ephesians 2:5

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.  Acts 15:11

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

 

By the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, we are saved.  Through faith, belief in Jesus Christ for our salvation, we are saved, through faith in Jesus Christ we are saved, through hope in Jesus Christ we can be saved from the wrath of God, saved from sin and death, saved from an eternity separated from God.

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  Acts 16:31

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  Romans 5:9

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Romans 10:9-10

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  Romans 8:24

The will of God is for all people everywhere to be saved.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  1 Timothy 2:3-4

Living righteously is the product of salvation, righteousness is produced through genuine salvation, but living righteously is NOT the cause of salvation.  The saved in Christ Jesus, the just, live by faith and walk in righteousness, because of salvation, but never to gain it.

God sees two types of human beings, the just and the unjust, the saved and the lost.  If a lost person takes on the appearance of the saved, by trying to live righteously, that person is still lost in the eyes of God.  Unbelief separates anyone from God for eternity.

We are all saved the exact same way, by the grace of God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, we are saved.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.  Acts 15:11

Living godly, living righteously, serving others, feeding the poor, giving to the needy are all excellent qualities to have, but they do NOT, they cannot, they have NOT, and they will NOT save anyone from sin and death, because only God saves people by His grace alone.

We are justified, we are sanctified, we are saved, we are reconciled to God only by one way, by grace through saving faith in God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  Romans 5:8-11

No one is saved by their works, by their righteousness, by anything that they alone do for God. 

We are all saved the exact same way, by the grace of God alone.  Nothing else is needed for our salvation, except the grace of God.  The grace of God alone saves everyone who believes in Christ Jesus.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:5-7

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  2 Timothy 1:7,9

We receive the gift of faith to believe in God to salvation by the grace of God.  Every good thing we receive is from God above, through His grace and through His mercy alone

Even our faith in God is received from God, we only have faith because of the grace of God.  Our faith is a gift from God.  We have nothing without God.

Hope, faith, love, all come from God above.  God is love.  Without God there is no love, no hope, no faith.

We receive all good things from God through Jesus Christ.  The grace of God is given to us through Christ Jesus.  The gift of God, which is salvation, is given to us through Jesus Christ.  The love of God is given to us through Jesus Christ.  Our hope of eternal life is given to us through Jesus Christ.  Eternal life is given to us through Jesus Christ.  All things were created by Jesus Christ.  All things consist, exist by Christ Jesus. We receive the inheritance into the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ.  We are justified through Jesus Christ.  We are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.  The peace of God keeps our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. Every good thing we have is through Jesus Christ.  We love God through Jesus Christ.  We please God through Jesus Christ.  The only way to God the Father is through God the Son, Jesus Christ.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from God above.  All things are THROUGH Christ Jesus.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  James 1:17

For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.  Romans 11:36

The grace of God is given to us BY Jesus Christ.  Grace and truth came BY Jesus Christ.  God shows us His grace to us THROUGH Christ Jesus.

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;  1 Corinthians 1:4

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  John 1:17

That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:7

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  John 1:14,17

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

The peace of God keeps our hearts and minds THROUGH Christ Jesus.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

God sent His Son into this world, so that the world through HIM might be saved.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  John 3:17

We are saved by the grace of God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  We can only be saved from the wrath of God the Father through Christ JesusBY the death of Jesus Christ we shall be saved BY His life.  We also joy in God THROUGH our Lord Jesus Christ, BY WHOM we have now received the atonement and are reconciled to God.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  Romans 5:9-11

We can be close to God BY Christ Jesus.  We have peace with God THROUGH Jesus.  We have access by faith to grace BY JesusTHROUGH Jesus we have access to the Father.

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  Ephesians 2:13

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Romans 5:1-2

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Ephesians 2:18

 

Eternal life is IN Jesus Christ.  Eternal life in the Kingdom of God is THROUGH Jesus Christ.  We are heirs of God THROUGH Christ Jesus.  We are made the children of God THROUGH Christ Jesus.  We are reconciled to God BY Jesus Christ.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  1 John 4:9

Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.  Galatians 4:7

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  Ephesians 1:5-6

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:  Ephesians 1:11

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  2 Corinthians 5:18

All things were created BY Jesus, the world was made BY Him.  Jesus gives us power to become the sons and daughters of God, to all people who believe on His name. 

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  Ephesians 3:9

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  John 1:1-4

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  John 1:10,12

 

All things exist BY Jesus Christ.

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  Colossians 1:16-17

 

The love of God is shed on us abundantly THROUGH Jesus Christ our Saviour.

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  Titus 3:4-6

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  1 John 4:10

 

Faith is received by us, gifted to us, THROUGH Christ Jesus.

And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.  Acts 3:16

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 3:15

 

Through faith in Christ Jesus we are saved, we are sanctified.

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  Acts 26:18

 

We are justified BY Christ Jesus.

And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.  Acts 13:39

 

We are to do ALL things, in word or deed, in the name of the Lord Jesus.  We are to give thanks to God and the Father BY Him.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  Colossians 3:17

 

The fruits of righteousness are BY Jesus Christ.

Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.  Philippians 1:11

 

Living upright, godly, holy, righteously is denying self, and is our sacrifice of ourselves to God, to remain holy and acceptable and blameless, worthy of our calling of God.  Following the ways of Christ Jesus, living for God THROUGH Christ Jesus, and not living for self is our spiritual sacrifices, that are acceptable to God BY Jesus Christ. We are made acceptable to God BY Jesus Christ.

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 2:5

 

God speaks to us THROUGH His Son.  God the Father gave ALL things to His Son.  Jesus by Himself purged our sins and reigns in the Kingdom of God, on the right hand of the Majesty on High. 

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;  Hebrews 1:1-3

 

We can do nothing by ourselves, but we can do all things THROUGH Christ which strengthens us.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13

 

BY Christ Jesus we believe in God the Father.  No one comes to the Father God except THROUGH Jesus.  There is no other way to God the Father except THROUGH Jesus Christ.  There is no other way to please God except THROUGH faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  To please God we must have faith in His Son to salvation.

Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  1 Peter 1:21

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

 

To enter into the presence of God the Father, to ever see God, we must enter through the only door to the Father, who is Christ Jesus.

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  John 10:7,9

 

Eternal life is IN Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  We receive eternal life THROUGH faith in Christ Jesus.

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:15-18

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  1 John 5:11-13

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  1 John 5:20

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

 


What is unrighteousness?

Unrighteousness is NOT righteousness.  Unrighteousness is the opposite of righteousness.

All unrighteousness is sin

All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  1 John 5:17-20

All unrighteousness is sin and the end of sin is death.  Whoever lives in sin, does not cease from sinning, is the servant of sin, and will die in their sin and unbelief, eternally separated from God.

 

Works of the flesh are unrighteousness

When we yield to the temptation of sin, we become the servants of sin, and are under the bondage of the devil.  We are either led by the Sprit of God or we are led by our flesh.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  Galatians 5:19-21

And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  2 Peter 2:13-15

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.  Romans 1:29-32

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  2 Timothy 3:1-5

 

Unrighteousness is an abomination to God

For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.  Deuteronomy 25:16

 


Who are the unrighteous?

The unrighteous are all people who practice unrighteousness, who live apart from God.  The unrighteous will never see God.

 

The unrighteous are ungodly.

The opposite of righteous is unrighteous, the opposite of godly is ungodly.

For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.  Psalm 1:6

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Romans 1:18

 

The unrighteous are children of the devil, NOT of God.

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  1 John 3:7-10

 

Servants of sin are the unrighteous

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  Romans 6:20

 

The unrighteous are the wicked

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.  Psalm 71:4

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.  Psalm 5:4

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.  Psalm 7:11

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.  Psalm 36:1

The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.  Psalm 37:32

Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.  Psalm 119:155

 

The unrighteous pervert the right ways of the LORD God

And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  Acts 13:10

 

The unrighteous do NOT abide in the truth of God

There is only one truth, the truth of God, which is the right way.  The truth is found in God through Jesus Christ.  Truth came to us all BY Jesus Christ.

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  John 1:17

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  John 8:32,36

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  John 8:44

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  John 14:17

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Romans 1:18

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  2 Thessalonians 2:10

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  2 Thessalonians 2:12

 

The unrighteous are filled with all unrighteousness

The unrighteous are filled with fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.

The unrighteous are those who know they commit sin, but do it anyway, knowing the judgment of God, that those who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do sin, but have pleasure in others who sin.

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.  Romans 1:29-32

 

The unrighteous are contentious and do not obey the truth

But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  Romans 2:8-9

The unrighteous choose NOT to receive the love of the truth of God, that they might be saved.

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  2 Thessalonians 2:10

There is only one truth, the righteous truth of God.

 

The unrighteous are an abomination unto the LORD

For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.  Deuteronomy 25:16

 

The unrighteous are the wicked and cruel

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.  Psalm 71:4

 

The unrighteous have pleasure in unrighteousness

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  2 Thessalonians 2:12

 

The unrighteous are without feeling and have forsaken the right way

The unrighteous are as natural brute beasts, past feeling, speak evil of things that they do not understand, and will perish in their own corruption.  The unrighteous will receive the reward of unrighteousness.  The unrighteous have forsaken the right way of God, gone astray, following and serving sin, cannot cease from sin, and are cursed children.

But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.   Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  2 Peter 2:12-15

 

The unrighteous do NOT fear the LORD God.

There is no fear of God before their eyes.  Romans 3:18

 

The unrighteous are an enemy of God.

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  James 4:4

 


What happens to the unrighteous?

The end of the unrighteous is death, as the end of the righteous is life.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  Romans 6:16,21

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.  Colossians 3:25

For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.  Psalm 1:6

Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.  Job 4:8

For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.  Psalm 37:10

God tells us do NOT be deceived, the unrighteous will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:  neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 6:9-10

So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Matthew 13:49-50

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.  Psalm 9:17

 

The unrighteous, hold the truth in unrighteousness and they will be shown the wrath of God, because the wrath of God is revealed against all unrighteousness of men.  The unrighteous man believes his unrighteousness is truth, but he is deceived.  The truth is in God and in righteousness.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Romans 1:18

Indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish is upon every soul that does evil, who are contention, who obey unrighteousness.  Unrighteousness is not the truth, the truth is righteousness.

But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  Romans 2:8-9

All who believe the truth is unrighteousness are deceived and will perish.  God said that ALL unrighteousness is sin and the wages of sin is death.  The unrighteous are deceived by their sin and they will perish because they won't receive the love of the truth that is in God, that they might be saved from death.

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  2 Thessalonians 2:10

All people who believe sin and unrighteousness is the truth, the way to life are damned because they do not believe the truth of God in righteousness.

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  2 Thessalonians 2:12

The unrighteous are ungodly and are unjust.  The unrighteous will be judged by God, ALL people who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, presumptuous, selfwilled, ALL who speak evil of God and Jesus and those who despise government.

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government.  Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.  2 Peter 2:9-10

The unrighteous are as natural brute beasts and will receive the reward of unrighteousness.

But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  2 Peter 2:12-15

All that do unrighteously are an abomination to the LORD God.  The destiny of the abominable is eternal separation from God in hell.

For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.  Deuteronomy 25:16

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  Revelation 21:8

 


Who loves unrighteousness?

The lost, the unbelieving, those who cannot cease from sin, those who pleasure in unrighteousness, those who have forsaken the right way, those who are gone astray, who follow after sin, these are those who love unrighteousness.

But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  2 Peter 2:12-15

 


Can the unrighteous be forgiven by God?

God is able and merciful to forgive all people who come to Him for His forgiveness.

God says, if we confess our sin AND turn from our sins, that He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;  Acts 3:19

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  Acts 26:18

The scriptures tell us if we repent of our unrighteousness, turn from our wicked ways, return to the LORD, God will pardon us, forgive our sins, and have mercy on us.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  Isaiah 55:7

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.  Ezekiel 18:21

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.  Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  Ezekiel 18:27-28

God doesn't want any person to perish.  God loves us all and wants us all to live with Him forever.  Through faith in God we are saved by the grace of God, when we repent and turn ourselves away from sin.

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.  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?  For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.  Ezekiel 18:30-32

 


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