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An excerpt from New Old Sayings by Dr. Robert Owens January 25, 2023

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When we close our eyes or shrug our shoulders to injustice, we might as well say we agree with it.

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What is Righteousness and How Do I Get It? January 24, 2023

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The first part is easy.  Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of God as if we’d never sinned.  When we stand in righteousness before God the Father it’s without any sense of fear, condemnation, or inferiority.  We have this righteousness because we are now children of God through Christ and as children, we are members of the family and have a rightful place. 

Just think of Buckingham Palace as heaven.  If you walked up to the gate and said, “Let me in” the guards would turn you away.  If Prince Charles walked up and said let me in the guards would open the door and bow as he walked past.  It’s the same way with heaven.  If we show up covered in our sin we will get turned away.  If we show up in Christ, as a member of His body the gates will swing open and glory to God, we will at last be home.

This was promised to us through the prophet Isaiah long ago, “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.  In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.”

As natural men we have a sin consciousness.  We inherently know that we are not worthy to stand in the presence of God.  We have knowledge of our own weakness to the sins which so easily overtake us.  This has kept us slaves to sin.  This consciousness of our own sin and weakness destroys our abilities and short-circuits our ability to live as God intends.

That is why we must be born again.  For in our re-birth, our re-creation in Christ we acquire righteousness.   Without it we could no more be children of God than an ant could be a man.  For without righteousness the Father could take no pleasure in us as His children since we would shrink away from the fire of His love since it would then be the fire of His judgement, for it is the same fire. 

This righteousness is the gift of God.  It is not something we could have ever earned for ourselves.   Before we’re born again, we were without Christ.  We were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  We were bankrupt, sold out to sin, and without the ability to help ourselves.

This is why God laid our sins upon Christ.  This is why Christ died upon the cross.  He paid the penalty demanded by justice.  Sin had to be paid for before a fallen mankind could be re-created and, in His death, the substitutionary death of the sinless for the sinful the penalty was paid in full.   And not only did Christ pay our penalty He descended into Hell, defeated our advisory stripping of his authority over humanity.  Then He rose again to give us the promise of eternal life re-created in union with Him through faith. 

In the Old Testament Israel had righteousness reckoned to them but in the new creation it becomes our very nature because Christ Himself is our Righteousness.

He is the vine, and we are the branches.  And since the vine is righteous so the branches.  And so should the fruit of the branches be.  We should produce the fruit of righteousness in this world and be a blessing as we are blessed.  And we can bear a type of fruit that Christ could not when He walked this earth.  He could heal the sick, raise the dead, and calm the storm.  But He could not lead people to salvation for He had not yet paid the price.  He had not yet opened the way for us to be re-united with God erasing the sin debt of Adam’s fall.

So that is righteousness, right standing with God, the ability to stand in God’s presence as if we had never sinned.  We get it through confessing with our lips that Jesus is Lord and by believing in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead.

And once we have it, we are tasked by Christ to share our witness so that all mankind can have it too.

This is an excerpt from the book Faith by Dr. Robert Owens.  This and all his books are available from Amazon in paperback or kindle at Amazon.

An excerpt from New Old Sayings by Dr. Robert Owens January 22, 2023

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If we slander our neighbors, we curse our neighborhood.

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An excerpt from New Old Sayings by Dr. Robert Owens January 21, 2023

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Traditions are the living faith of dead men.  Traditionalism is the dead faith of living men.

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An excerpt from New Old Sayings by Dr. Robert Owens January 20, 2023

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If all we seek is pleasure, we will never know satisfaction.

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An excerpt from New Old Sayings by Dr. Robert Owens January 19, 2023

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Using religion to get ahead stinks to high heaven.

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An excerpt from New Old Sayings by Dr. Robert Owens January 18, 2023

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Knowing what is right, is deep water in our heart, doing what is right is sharing that water with a dry and parched world.

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Jump January 16, 2023

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!Christ came to fulfill the Old Covenant.  He paid the price for Adam’s sin and made a way back into fellowship with God.  Sin was the problem and Jesus is the answer. 

When he was offered up by the High Priest as a sinless sacrifice, He fulfilled all that had ever been required in the Old Covenant.

When He breathed His last on the cross and cried out, “It is finished,” the curtain in the temple was ripped in half.  God left the Holy of Holies on earth signifying the end of the Old Covenant.   When Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, He poured out his blood on the eternal alter of God in the heavenly temple of God.  All the sacrifices of the Old Testament had been but a foreshadowing of this event.

When we confess Jesus as Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead as it says in Romans 10:9-10 we shall be saved.   It doesn’t say we might be saved.  It doesn’t say we will be saved by and by.  It says we shall be saved.  The moment we do that we’re born again, recreated, and translated from the old world of sin caused separation from God and death to the new world of fellowship with God and life.

Once we’re saved from the curse of sin, we become the righteousness of God.  This means we can stand in the presence of God without any guilt, shame, or fear for we’ve become His children.  And as His children we have the right and the ability to come boldly into our Daddy’s throne room any time we want.

Think of it this way, if you or I walked up to the gate of Buckingham Palace and told the guard, “Let me in I want to see the queen” we wouldn’t even get a smile from one of those guys.  But if Prince Phillip walked up and said the same thing, they would immediately usher him into the royal presence.

It’s the same with us and the heavenly Holy of Holies.  God is our Father.  We can enter His presence any time we want.  There’s no need to beg or plead.  It’s our right as His child because we are one with Christ.  He’s the head and we’re the body.  We’re the very living stones built up into His eternal temple.  We’re individually the tabernacles of His Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

Don’t accept less.  Be all that God re-created you to be.  We’re a new creation the old has passed away and behold all has become new.  We dwell this moment in God’s New Jerusalem and collectively we are His Holy Temple.  God the Father is on His throne.  Christ the Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world and yet lives is seated to His right hand.  The Holy Spirit indwells the temple built of living stones.

There is nothing left to be done.  It is finished.  There is nothing we can add.  We have been given the authority to act in the Name of Christ.  We shouldn’t sit back waiting to get good enough.  We shouldn’t expect some hireling to do what God has called us to do.  We’ve been called to take the light of Christ into a world of darkness.

He never told us to build a lamp.  He never told us to pay a lighthouse tender.  He told us to take the light of His love to those sold under bondage to the king of this world.  And we must always remember greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. 

Jesus told us that if we have faith, even if it’s as small as the smallest seed, and we tell the mountain to jump it’ll jump.  Let’s quit waiting for some collective bulldozer to move the mountains and start living as what we are: children of the Most High God.

In the desert God told Moses to speak to the rock.  He has told us to speak to the mountains.  So now, all together on the count of three let’s say to the mountains in our life, “Jump!”

One, two, three.

An excerpt from New Old Sayings by Dr. Robert Owens January 14, 2023

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If we don’t allow God to guide us who knows where we’ll end up.

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An excerpt from New Old Sayings by Dr. Robert Owens January 13, 2023

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We may inherit many things from our parents, but a true and loyal spouse is a gift from God.

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