Charles E Whisnant
I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008. I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969. I have four grown children. Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio
A brief video of the Kyle and Eric project September 2013
It was God's grace which provided this righteousness for us. Hence it is called "the righteousness of God" (Rom. 1:17; 3:21; 10:3; Phil. 3:9). Christ lived it. So it is called "the righteousness of . . . Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:1). The gospel declares its saving properties. So it is what we might appropriately call "gospel righteousness." In the preaching of the gospel the Holy Spirit is present to create faith in this righteousness. Hence it is called "the righteousness of faith" (Rom. 1: 17; 3:22; 4:11; 9:30; Phil. 3:9).
The righteousness of faith is not a quality seen by us or felt by us. It is not to be confused with the Spirit's work of regeneration and sanctification in our hearts. The righteousness which is of faith is nothing but the righteous deeds of incarnate God. It is called "the righteousness of faith" because faith embraces it, saying, "Mine are Christ's living, doing, and speaking, His suffering and dying; mine as much as if I had lived, done, spoken, and suffered, and died as He did. . . .
Therefore, everything that Christ has is ours, graciously bestowed on us unworthy men out of God's sheer mercy, although we have rather deserved wrath and condemnation, and hell also. . . . This is an infinite righteousness and one that swallows up all sins in a moment, for it is impossible that sin should exist in Christ. On the contrary, he who trusts in Christ exists in Christ; he is one with Christ, having the same righteousness as He." — Martin Luther, Luther's Works, Vol.31, pp.349-358.
This righteousness of Christ which justifies and saves the believing sinner unto life eternal always remains with and in the Person of Christ.
. . . the righteousness is still "in Him"; not "in us," even then when we are made partakers of the benefit of it, even as the wing and feathers still abide in the hen when the chickens are covered, kept, and warmed thereby. —John Bunyan, Justification by an Imputed Righteousness (Swengel, Penn.: Reiner Publications).
Again Bunyan says:
The righteousness by which we stand just before God from the curse was performed by the person of Christ. . . . This righteousness is inherent only in Him. —Ibid.
Indeed this is one of the greatest mysteries in the world—namely, that a righteousness that resides with a person in heaven should justify me, a sinner, on earth. —Ibid.
Once we grasp that the saving righteousness of Jesus consists in the works and deeds of Jesus which were performed for us 2,000 years ago, it becomes plain why Paul teaches that the righteousness which is of faith is imputed (see Rom. 4). Says Buchanan:
This righteousness, — being the merit of a work, and not a mere quality of character, — may become ours by being imputed to us, but cannot be communicated by being infused; and must ever continue to belong primarily and, in one important respect, exclusively to Him by Whom alone that work was accomplished . . . The merit of one may be reckoned, or put down to the account of another; but how can the merit of any work be infused, as a personal property, as holiness may unquestionably be? —James Buchanan, The Doctrine of Justification, pp.334-335.
There is, through the work of the Holy Spirit, an impartation of "essential righteousness" — that is, the attributes of God's character. The believer thereby becomes progressively more and more like Christ in character. Yet this inwrought holiness must not be confused with "the righteousness of faith." Paul can exhort believers to perfect holiness in the fear of God (2 Cor. 7:1), but nowhere does he exhort them to perfect the righteousness which is theirs by faith. This righteousness is already infinitely perfect. It is a garment already woven and ready to be worn by all who will submit to it.
The gospel is about Jesus Christ (Rom 1:3) — His righteousness and blood. If Christ is our Sun, then half of this Sun's luster is dimmed when we fail to rivet our attention on the grand theme of the righteousness of Jesus.
CHARLES E .WHISNANT, AUGUST 18 2013
Sometimes people have a hard time knowing the truth and are with out knowledge of that truth.
Let's look at a few verses
John 8:32, 45; 16:7
John 1:14; 14:6; 17:17; 16:13; 18:37
II Corinthians 11:10 and 11 Thessalonians 2:13
The Lord put a premium on the truth, the knowledge of the truth, man must know the truth. The Divine truth.. the life changing truth, the sin cleansing truth, and the salvation giving truth, the soul transforming truth and the heaven opening tru
The Jews were the seekers of knowledge. The sought to know what was the truth. Rabbi were well trained.
Romans 10:2 OR I TESTIFY(3140) ABOUT THEM THAT THEY HAVE A ZEAL(2205) (heat ardor passion) FOR GOD: marturo gar autois hoti zelon theou echousin
(2Corinthians 8:3; Galatians 4:15; Colossians 4:13) (2Kings 10:16; John 16:2; Acts 21:20,28; 22:3,22; 26:9,10; Galatians 1:14; 4:17,18; Philippians 3:6)
Zeal (2205) (zelos from zeo = to be hot, to boil [from the sound of bubbling water], figuratively to be fervent or show great enthusiasm; was originally a good word which described fervour in advancing a cause or in rendering service. Zelos for example gives us our English word zeal (zealous - filled with intense enthusiasm) which is generally a "good" word which describes eagerness, earnestness, enthusiastic devotion, single-minded allegiance, fervency, eager desire or ardent interest in pursuit of something, but it can take on a negative connotation when it describes a reaction which borders on extreme or fanatical.
Romans 10:2 BUT NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH KNOWLEDGE: all ou kat epignosin:
(Ro 9:3; 9:31,32; Psalms 14:4; Proverbs 19:2; Isaiah 27:1; 2Corinthians 4:4,6; Philippians 1:9)
But not in accordance with knowledge - The zeal of the Jews was not based on true knowledge. Their zeal was "heat without light".
Knowledge (1922) (epignosis from verb epiginosko from epí = upon + ginosko = to know) is a strengthened or intensified form of gnosis and conveys the thought of a more full, larger and thorough knowledge. It also conveys the idea of an intimate and personal relationship than the simple term.
Vine says the verb form epiginosko suggests generally a directive, a more special, recognition of the object known than ginosko.
Tragically, many "religious" people make the same mistake that Israel made. They think that their "religious deeds" will gain them merit with God and will save them, but these very practices (just as they did with the Jews) will actually keep them from being saved by the "true knowledge" of Jesus Christ and the "true knowledge" of how one is credited with the perfect righteousness of Christ. Many of these individuals are obviously sincere and devout and even zealous, but all of their sincerity, devotion and zeal will not save their soul for Paul plainly stated by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight
Psalms 14:4, Provers 19:2; Isaiah 27:1; 23 Corinthians 4:4,6; Philippians 1:9
The Jews knowledge was not based on true knowledge. They had some but not the full knowledge. The sought God in an external way by rules and rites and missed Him.
This term was not "gnosis" but the word "epignosis" i.e. they hand general knowledge but not the fullness of knowledge, a knowledge that allows you to participate in the facts that you can quote.
Epignosis: refers to exact, complete, thought, accurate, experiential knowledge. Not just abstract, intellectual, head knowledge of God, or even facts of God. Such a knowledge of God that you are resting on the knowledg3 of God and of Christ found today in His Word.
Many of you can walk out of this church and can quote the sermon word by word. That is gnosis. But you don't have epignosis until you have a comprehension of how you are to live in light of what you can quote.
Acts 3:17; Luke 19:44, Isaiah 5:13, Hosea 4:6; I Timothy 1, Romans 2:17-19
do not know the right way zeal is not based on knowledge misdirected knowledge it is not a passion based on knowledge not according to a full and accurate knowledge Jesus Christ came into the world, as I pointed out in the beginning, to reveal truth. But Israel was ignorant of that truth. Now Israel's ignorance becomes the theme of this chapter. And that little phrase at the end of verse 2, "Not according to knowledge," that little phrase at the beginning of verse 3, "They being ignorant," indicate to us the theme of what Paul's going to talk about. Israel was called "the God-intoxicated people." John 2:17 and Acts 21:20 and 22:3
In chapter 9 we were introduced to the unbelief of Israel, weren't we? We were introduced. Because here's Paul presenting the doctrine of justification by grace through faith in Christ, person and work. And as he presents that people are going to say, well if it's so true and if it's from God why didn't the Jews, God's people, believe it? And so he has to answer that and that's why he writes 9, 10 and 11, to show how it is that the Jews have rejected.
Now in talking about their unbelief in chapter 9 he emphasized the fact that they were unbelieving because of the sovereign elective choice of God. In other words, God didn't choose them all. And so the issue of chapter 9 is an issue of election. It is an issue of sovereign choice.
But the issue of chapter 10 is an issue of unbelief. And I want you never to forget that you always have both of those things. If you have salvation, you have the sovereign election of God and you have the faith of an individual.
If you have the loss of...the lack of salvation, the loss of hope in Christ, it is because you have sovereign choice, that's chapter 9, and because you have unbelief. You could think of it along the line of concurrence which is a word that you may have heard used. It's sort of like an airplane taking off, two things are necessary for an airplane to take off...thrust and lift. If you have lift without thrust, you don't get off. If you have thrust without lift, you don't get off. You have to have thrust with lift.
The same thing is true and it's a weak illustration if you push it too far, but both things must occur simultaneously in concurrence, the election of God and the belief of an individual. Or the rejection of God and the unbelief. And that's why Paul brings chapter 10 in to show the balance, lest we think that God made choices independent of the choices that men made. So Paul wants to demonstrate then the willful unbelief, the willful ignorance of Israel.
Now what is holiness? Hard to define. We'll come at it a couple of ways. Holiness is self-generated and self-affirmed purity. To say it another way, holiness is not to live up to the standard, holiness is to be the standard. God is the standard, absolute perfection, absolutely flawless, absolutely without flaw, without sin, without error of any kind.
Even His name is holy, Psalm 103 verse 1, "But Thou art holy, O Thou who inhabitest the praises of Israel," says Psalm 22:3. Psalm 99:5 says, "Exalt ye the Lord our God and worship at His footstool for He is holy." And God, it says in Psalm 47:8 sits on the throne of His holiness. And in Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 the angels cry, "Holy, holy, holy." God is holy. He does not conform to a standard, He is the standard. The standard conforms to Him. He does not keep someone else's rules, He is the living rule. He has a holiness that is ascending beyond any conception of men. And the stupidity of these kinds of attitudes projected by the Apostle Paul here from the people of Israel that they could attain to the righteousness of God only shows that they had reduced God to one of their own.
There are no degrees in God's holiness. There can't be degrees in perfection. And God's holiness, I think, is best seen in His hatred of sin. He has total perfection, therefore He has total hatred toward that which is imperfect. He is totally holy so He totally hates anything that's unholy.
Psalm 11:7 says, "For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness." That simply means what's right, what's holy, what's without sin, without flaw, without error. So God's holiness is seen in righteousness. Because God is holy, because He's perfectly pure, He wills, He thinks, He feels, He says and He does what is right, and that's righteousness. So they're so inextricably connected that you can't really separate them. He is so perfect that all that He thinks and feels and does is perfect, it's righteous. Some theologians have put it this way, for those of you who like theological terms, "Righteousness is transitive holiness, it is manifest holiness."
It means that because He's perfect He always does what is perfectly right. Righteousness is not arbitrary, it is not alterable or changeable. He is always perfectly righteous, totally pure, without any sin. Now any man who thinks he can attain to that level is an absolute fool and is living under a sad tragic illusion.
In Psalm 71:19 it says this, "Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high who hast done great things. O God, who is like Thee?" And what's the answer? Nobody. "Thy righteousness is very high."
Further, back in the Psalms and I think it's Psalm 48, could be wrong on this, but...yes, verse 10, "According to Thy name, O God, so is Thy praise to the ends of the earth, Thy right hand is full of righteousness." As if God holds all righteousness. In that long Psalm 119 verse 142, "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness." And these kinds of things are all through the Psalms, very high, eternal, complete righteousness.
GOD IS ALL WISDOM AND HE IS GOD IN SALVATION, IN SUFFERING AND IN SAINTS
Charles e. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher, Blogger, Landscaper, Lumberjack, Painter, Granddad, Tie Designer.
Pedagogy and education are secondary in the worship service. The category is this: supernatural encounter with the living God as the preacher worships over the Word and draws the people into an experience of God almighty through his proclamation. That is the category. And if you try to just replace that category with a lecture category, then her argument is going to make sense. All we are trying to do here is improve people’s understanding of some theological truths. Well, that is just not the main point of preaching. The first aim of preaching is not education, but encounter. John Piper.
9:25 As he also says in Hosea:“I will call those who were not my people, ‘My people,’ and I will call her who was unloved, ‘My beloved.’” 9:26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’” 9:27 And Isaiah cries out on behalf of Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved, 9:28 for the Lord will execute his sentence on the earth completely and quickly.” https://net.bible.org/#!bible/Romans+9:25
Albert Einstein’s wife was asked the question, “Do you understand the theory of relativity?” She responded immediately, “No, but I know Albert, and he can be trusted.” This brilliant response by Meliva Einstein provides a tremendous principle for accurate biblical interpretation. There are some portions of Scripture that are so deep that we can’t understand them fully in this life. As finite beings we just can’t understand the infinite.1 However, we know God, and He can be trusted.
1.God’s choice is a matter of His character and 2. His authority. Now we will see a final great truth . . .]
3. God’s Choice Is A Matter Of His Program (9:24-29)
We often question God's plan. Does God change His plans just because Israel does not believe.
Samuel question God: 1 Samuel 16, 28:15-20
“What’s the point of all these Old Testament quotes?”
Paul establish the acceptability of the Gentiles and that the call does not included all Israel.
1A Hosea: vs. 2:23 Paul's point is that the call of the Gentiles shold not have come as a surprise to the Jews. God was not permanently casting away the people of Israel. Hosea 1:9 Israel will be scattered to the ends of the earth.
God directed Hosea to give his children symbolic names: one son Lo-Ammi (not my people) Gomer's second son, his name symbolized the rejection of Israel. A daughter Lo-Ruhamah (not- loved or means "not pited" or "not having obtained mercy," signifying that Israel will not find mercy when the impending judgment falls.
God has called the Gentiles to faith and left Israel with a remnant in the earth.
First Peter 2:10 same verse. Here Peter words could apply to both Jews before they met their Messiah and pagan Gentiles before the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
Vs. 25 "Beloved" means to love, unconditionally, not sentimental or emotional but the act of God will with the intended goal of the recipient's highest good irrespective of whether it is received or returned.
Vs. 26 Hosea talks about the Jews, and Paul talkes about the Gentiles I know. But when the Holy Spirit quotes verses from the OT in the NT, He can rightfully apply thelm as he wishes.
Isaiah: vs. 27 quote from Isaiah 10:22-23 A small piece will be saved, one a few will be saved.
Vs. 28 is from Isaiah 10:23. The Lord will excute His word upon the earth. Finishing it fully and without delay . Amos 5:11-12. Few excape.
Vs. 29 Only a small group will be saved. God planned it all
3A What does God require of us to have a relationship with Him?