members, click to sign in..

3,931 active users!!Bandwidth
AUG 31, 2014
Events & Blogs
New Audio & Video
BroadcastersNew Stuff!
Local Church Finder
Live Webcasts
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Date
Staff Picks
CommentsALL -1 hrs
Top Sermons
Daily Log
PhotosNew Stuff!
StoresNew Stuff!
Online Bible
Daily Reading
Our Services
Submit Sermon
Members Only

Mobile Apps | Info
Enjoy sermons from this broadcaster
on a variety of mobile devices.
MyChurch: gracesheboygan
Church Apps | Info
Creating your own Church App is
as simple as turning ON the option.
 | Sheboygan, Wisconsin
More + Podcast + Codes
Sermon Browser Info | Demo
HTML Embed | Demo
Our Picks | Info | Demo
Latest Blog | Info | Demo
Single Sermon | Info
To embed a single sermon,
use the "Email & Share" button.
Our Blog
Filter By

Where Righteousness Dwells
Posted by: Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church | more..
98,450+ views | 120+ clicks
2 Peter 3:13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

As Peter contemplated the coming day of the Lord, he focused on the future. According to God’s own promise, there will be ‘new heavens and a new earth.’ This better country, this heavenly land, will be one in which ‘righteousness dwells.’

When most people think of heaven, they tend to focus on streets of gold and gates of pearl. They think of angels and archangels, and of the myriad multitudes worshipping together around the throne. But how many think of the fact that righteousness will reign supreme in this heavenly land?

First off, we must define what we mean by “righteousness.” One of my seminary professors used to stress that righteousness is doing the right thing – especially as God defines ‘the right thing.’ Righteousness is both active and relational – it is actively doing right things in relation to others – to God and to our fellow man.

The opposite of righteousness is, of course, unrighteousness. That means sin practiced toward God and man, doing the wrong thing to the hurt and harm of others. Unrighteousness is iniquity, transgression and evil-doing. There will be no unrighteousness in the new heavens and the new earth.

So in what sense will “righteousness dwell” in this heavenly country – in God’s new order? I believe there are three respects. First of all, Christ is ‘our righteousness’ and He will dwell with us in the new heavens and new earth. So Christ’s presence is implied by this verse.

Second, we have been made righteous through the completed work of Christ. Having both his active and passive obedience imputed to us, the righteousness of Christ is now ours. We will be perfected in holiness, and our righteousness will be completed and fulfilled. So not only will Christ our righteousness dwell with us, but we will be the fully and wholly righteous people of God, dwelling with Christ in the glory land.

Third and finally, righteousness will be the atmosphere and the environment of eternity, like the air we breathe. No hint of evil will remain. Satan and his followers will be consigned to eternal damnation in hell. Human hearts will be purged of the last vestiges of sin, and we will not be able to sin again. There will be no possibility of wicked actions to hurt others. Instead, the new heavens and the new earth will be ruled by peace, goodness, justice and obedience to God’s will.

Living here on earth, we can grow understandably weary of all of the shenanigans of our fellow men. Their iniquitous antics can drive us to despair. When the men of earth are driving your crazy, think on the promise of that better country, where uprightness will be the order of the day. Let your heart be encouraged, and your eyes lifted to the purple hills of eternity.

Category:  Pastor's Blog

post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »
Text feature this blog entry
Our Blog

This World is a Sinking Ship
Jim Byrd
The Lord Reigneth

Revelation 19:1-6
Sunday - PM
First Baptist Church
Play! | MP4 | RSS

Store Item
Hurting in Hope Audio Book

Alan Lester
Product: Audio Download

Scott T. Brown
Solid Ground

Hope Baptist Church
Transcript!Play! | MP3

E. A. Johnston
When Days On Earth Are Ended

Ambassadors For Christ Intl-US
Special Meeting
Play! | MP3

Ken Wimer
The Savior of Sinners

Gospel According to Luke
Shreveport Grace Church
Play! | MP3

Blog 8/29/14
God Be With You ‚ÄėTil We Meet Again...

New York Gospel Mission
for the past sev­eral weeks, many people have expr­ess­ed...

Voddie Baucham on Puritan Hard Drive

"Simply ast­on­ish­ing. Amaz­ing tool. I have enj­oyed my Pur­itan Hard Drive imm­ens­ely."

Emergency Food USA

Great tast­ing, healthy, GMO free emerg­ency food. Long term food and water stor­age.

America Revival Or Ruin
E. A. Johnston

He who has no vision of eternity will never get a true hold of time. ... Thomas Carlyle

City: Austin, TX
Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal
iPhone + iPad New!
Church App
Church App
Kindle + Nook
Windows Mobile, Nokia
Chromecast TV
Pebble Smartwatch
Kindle Reader

Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Tips & Tricks
YouTube Screencasts

Weekly Newsletter
Staff Picks Feed
Site Notices
RSS | Twitter | Facebook
Local Church Finder | Info
MP3 Play & Download
Mobile Apps
Video Support
Live Webcasting
Transcription Service
HIFI Option
Business Cards
SOLO | MINI | Domains
QR Codes
24x7 Radio Stream
Sermon Browser
HTML Codes
Logos | e-Sword

Transfer Agent
Protected Podcasts
Upload via Email
Auto-Upload Sermons
Auto-Blog Import
Picasa | FTP | Dropbox
ABOUT US is the largest library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide. All broadcasters must adhere to the Articles of Faith.

Our Services | Testimonials
Broadcast With Us!
Support Us
Advertising | Local Ads
Copyright © 2014