02 February 26, 2012 Philippians, Chapter 3 Verse 9
PHILIPPIANSCHAPTER 3Verse 9February 26, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPIAnnouncements!GOING DEEPER with GOD CONFERENCEWhen: Sunday, March 25th and Monday, March 26thWhere: On Sunday, March 25th ALL ADULTS will meet in Fellowship Hall East. This will take the place of our Sunday School class on March 25 th at 9 am.Led by: Dr. Greg FrizzellBREATH OF LIFEWhat: A Sunday School Class for those with a chronic cough.When: Sunday, April 15th @ 8 a.m.Where: At FBCJ in ROOM E423Thank You for ServingWhat: A banquet to honor waiters & waitresses.When: Monday, April 23rd from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Where: The South, 627 East Silas Brown, Jackson, MS 39201MARK THE DATE. . . FRIEND DAY SUNDAY, APRIL 29thSunday School Lesson!Today we are studying the righteousness of Christ which comes to us on the basis offaith from: Philippians 3:9Philippians 3:9b“not having a righteousness of our own derived from the Law, but that which isthrough faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith”Philippians 3:9b
Imputed righteousness Imparted righteousness The word impute means “to pass to one’s account”. It means that God places the righteousness of Christ upon our record when we trust in Jesus for our salvation.When a sinner believes in Christ, he or she is spiritually united with Christ, and thatunion makes it possible for God to credit believers with the righteousness of Christ. Jesus became the offering for our sin and guilt (both were imputed to Him). His righteousness was then imputed to us by God’s grace through faith and a paradoxical shift occurred in our lives: whereas we formerly were unable to live righteously by the constraints of the Law, we now are conformed from within to the intent of the Law, which is God’s will for us. God, in His grace, not only imputed the righteousness of Christ on us (justification) but He also gives us the power, through faith in the indwelling Christ, to become righteous through His imparted righteousness in us. (sanctification) SALVATIONpast – justification/spirit imputedpresent – sanctification/soul impartedfuture – glorification/bodyImputed righteousness is something that is done on us without our participation.Imparted righteousness is something that is done in us with our participation.Ephesians 3:16-2116 “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthenedwith power through His Spirit in the inner man,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rootedand grounded in love,18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and lengthand height and depth,19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filledup to all the fullness of God.20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,according to the power that works within us,21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever andever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:16-21
It is His love, this outpouring of His grace, that works the transformation of ourinnermost being so that we delight in pleasing Him – indeed live to please Him!Colossian 1:1010 “so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in all respects,bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the the knowledge of God;”Colossians 1:10 Spiritual victory is not achieved through strong willpower or self-effort. We first must acknowledge that the guilt lies in our impure hearts – in our being not in our doing. Our focus must shift from our doing (our behavior) to our being (who we are). Don’t miss the miracle of intimacy of God’s grace. Humility is the door to God’s grace. “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6I Peter 5:66 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt youat the proper time” Legalism is keeping rules with clenched fists. Grace is receiving a gift with open hands. Legalism provokes the need to perform. Grace evokes a desire to conform. Legalism compels us to do. Grace allows us to be. Under legalism our response is we have to. Under grace our response is we want to.Get Thin, Stay Thinby Arthur W. Halliday, MD and Judy Halliday, RN This book addresses the silent hunger of the starving soul. (the Bread of Life)
This same righteousness of Christ is imparted in us on a constant basis enabling us todisplay the fruit of the Spirit, as we trust Christ in our struggles & weaknesses.Christ’s righteousness is not only declared (imputed) to be our righteousness inHeaven (justification), but His righteousness is also imparted in us and transforms ourlives here on earth (sanctification). God imparts (implants) righteousness in everyone to whom He has imputed it.Implanting is a lively horticultural metaphor, as distinguished from a declarative,judicial metaphor. Implanting requires daily nurturing, not a simple bang of a gavel. It is the fruit of our acceptance with God, not the ground of it. Impute = rooted/grounded Impart = bear fruitEphesians 3:17 “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you,being rooted and grounded in love,”“are to grow up (bear fruit) in all aspects into Him Who is the head, even Christ”Ephesians 4:15John 15:55 “I am the Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bearsmuch fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”Thomas Oden, John Wesleys Scriptural Christianity: A Plain Exposition of His Teachingon Christian Doctrine (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1994) Just as Jesus received our sin, we also received His righteousness through an act of faith.The imputation of righteousness does not change one inwardly, this being the work ofsanctification, not justification.Christ’s righteousness is a transformative righteousness in that it effectively changesthose who have already been declared righteous by God.God made Jesus to be something He was not—sin, so that He could make ussomething we were not—righteous.My sin took Jesus where He did not deserve to go—Death and Hell, so Hisrighteousness can take me where I do not deserve to go—eternal life and Heaven.The term “imparted righteousness” is used to identify the righteous nature imparted byGod in us when He regenerates us.
We thereby become "partakers of the divine nature" 2 Peter 1:42 Peter 1:1-111 “To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousnessof our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus ourLord;3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life andgodliness, through the true knowledge of Him Who called us by His own glory andexcellence.4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that bythem you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped thecorruption that is in the world by lust.5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moralexcellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self- control, perseverance, and inyour perseverance, godliness,7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither uselessnor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten hispurification from his former sins (justification).10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling &choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior JesusChrist will be abundantly supplied to you.” 2 Peter 1:1-11Psalm 16:1111 “In Your presence is fullness of joy;” Brother Lawrence The Practice of the Presence of GodThis "divine nature" is the nature implanted in us at regeneration, and which is alwaysin conflict with the old Adamic nature.The divine nature is the "seed" of God placed in man which "cannot sin" (1 John 3:9).I John 3:99 “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and hecannot sin, because he is born of God.”Holiness is always present in those who are loyal guests of the great King, for "withoutholiness no man shall see the Lord.”Some people pacify themselves with the idea that they possess imputedrighteousness, while they are indifferent to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
They refuse to put on the garment of obedience, they reject the white linen which is the righteous acts of the saints (Revelation 19:8). They thus reveal their self-will, their enmity to God, and their non-submission to his Son. It was true of the Judaizers and it is true of some today.Such men may talk what they will about justification by faith, and salvation by grace,but they are rebels at heart, they have not on the wedding dress any more than theself-righteous, whom they so eagerly condemn.No one ever had the imputed righteousness of Christ without receiving at the sametime a measure of the righteousness wrought in us by the Holy Spirit.Justification by faith is not contrary to the production of good works: God forbid. Thefaith by which we are justified is the faith which produces holiness, and no one isjustified by faith which does not also sanctify him and deliver him from the love of sin.“When you are saved, God does not fix you where you cannot sin, He just fixes youwhere you cannot sin and enjoy it.” Adrian Rogers Righteousness is two fold. Firstly, it is imputed to us: this means something we are given free of charge without effort. This gives us the right to stand before God and speak to Him as if we were sinless. We are able to “draw boldly before the throne of grace”. (Hebrews 4:16) Secondly righteousness is imparted into us: this means something that Christ works in us and with our cooperation. This grants us the inner strength to live and conduct ourselves in a manner that is pleasing to God. We can come boldly to God as if we had done nothing wrong. God makes us right with Him simply because we believe and accept as ours the death of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins. But this is only part of the story. Righteousness goes further than that! Imputed righteousness is the first investment of God into our life. It is something given to us to get us going. It’s like a permanent grant. God entrusted the Gospel (imputed righteousness) in our lives and He is pleased when He gets good returns on those investments! Parable of the minas in Luke 19:11-24