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10/12/2009

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Erick White

Interesting.

This will be an extremely interesting work.

I, too, understand the "righteousness of God" to be the gift-type status of being righteous in God's judgement which comes to the human through faith in the gospel on the basis of the life, death, resurrection, and Priestly intercession of Christ. However, I do not see this "righteousness" to include anything of the works or deeds which Christ did on the earth apart from His suffering. I understand "righteousness" to be indeed a moral quality given the "righteousness" which is characteristic of Romans ch3-5 is following ch 1-3 which highlights the failure of humanity to live up to it's moral requirements, but I do not understand "righteousness" to necessarily mean "deeds" or "good works", even though it is in various literature. In Paul, I think it is that moral quality in the form of a "status" which God gives to the human being as a gift for the goal that he/she might stand justified/declared righteous in His eschatological judgement.

Why do I not include the life works of Jesus in the composition of the "righteousness" which is imputed to humanity? Simply because in all the statements made by Paul concerning the issue never manifest any effort to get this accross. All that is told to us is that Jesus' death, resurrection, and royal preistly intercession at God's right hand all work together to both grant and secure a justified status for God's people.

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