What Righteousness Is Near To Your Heart?

Romans 10:6 But the righteousness of faith says: Do not say in your heart, who will ascend into heaven (to bring Christ down), or who will descend (to bring Christ up from the dead). The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.

The word about what? Is the word about what’s in your heart or is the news about what Christ did to satisfy the law for the elect?
Christ sits now in heaven Why? Because the work that saves us Christ has finished.

Hebrews 9:28–”Christ, HAVING BEEN offered ONCE to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, NOT TO DEATL WITH SIN but to save them that eagerly await Him.”

What sense could that make? If Jesus Christ is simply everywhere, who cares if He comes again, since we have Him by His Spirit already in our hearts? Please pay attention. I am not denying that Christ indwells the hearts of those who have been justified, but I am
suggesting that we talk about Christ’s kingdom without placing the present time into competition with what Christ got done at the cross.

Nobody is “denying” that atonement and justification are part of the gospel. They have signed the Westminster Confession paragraphs on justification. Sure, they agree with that basic overall “Reformed” position, so no need for them to keep talking about that stuff when they can instead talk about their experiences of having improved and of now being a good influence on the world.

As for myself , whether I am talking to a five year old or I am an old man on his death bed, I don’t want this “God anywhere and everywhere.” I want “Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord who was handed over because of our trespasses and raised because/in order to our justification.” (Romans 4:25).

Romans 5 (love in our hearts through the Spirit who has been given us) begins with peace with God by means of justification. Justification is not the Spirit’s gift. The Spirit is God’s gift to the justified elect. Romans 5:9– “We have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.”

I look to heaven, not simply because the God-man who died with the imputed sins of all the elect has ascended there, but also He is coming from there. And these historical relaities are not below my navel or under my chest. The righteousness by which the justified REIGN is\ NOT a righteousness imparted (or infused) in us by the Holy Spirit.

Romans 5:17 explains that those who receive (by imputation, like the guilt of Adam is received) “the free gift of righteousness REIGN in life through the one man Jesus Christ”. Romans 5:21 continues the theme into Romans 6. “Grace reigns through the righteousness” of that one man. Romans 6:9–”death no longer has dominion over Christ. For the death HE died HE died to sin, once for all.” The Holy Spirit is Christ’s gift, and it is not the Holy Spirit baptizing in Romans 6.

There are many who agree, sure the legal is part of “union”, but when it gets right down to it, they think the atonement and justification is somehow less real and true than what’s happening in their hearts.

Romans 8:10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit is alive because of righteousness.

Nobody is denying that Christ is in the justified elect, nobody is denying that this happens by the Spirit alive in the justified elect, but the point in question concerns the righteousness. Is that righteousness what you think God is doing in you? Or is that righteousness what God did in Christ’s satisfaction of the law? What is the “righteousness of faith” in the context of Romans 4 to chapter 10?

Romans 10:6 But the righteousness of faith says: Do not say in your heart, who will ascend into heaven (to bring Christ down), or who will descend (to bring Christ up from the dead). The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.

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2 Comments on “What Righteousness Is Near To Your Heart?”

  1. markmcculley Says:

    The confession teaches that the Spirit “applies Christ’s righteousness” but in many cases it turns out that the “righteousness” being applied is not the legal merit of Christ’s death at all but the Spirit transforming us, but if that is the righteousness (and which we are really saying is “Christ’s righteousness”, then why not simply skip the death and send the Spirit and call what the Spirit does the righteousness?T
    The “positional righteousness” is enough. If imputed righteousness were not enough, our own personal righteousness would not improve on positional righteousness so that it would be enough.

    he church is not our righteousness nor does it have the keys to the righteousness.

  2. markmcculley Says:

    Sometimes “imputation” is only “declaration”, without any sharing or transfer involved.

    Romans 4: 4 Now to the one who works, pay is imputed as something owed.

    The “righteousness of God” has more than one meaning. HOWEVER the GOSPEL meaning is the “righteousness from God”. Christ’s death is the righteousness Christ obtain and GIVES SHARES TRANSFERS to the elect. Where God has not given faith in the gospel, God has not yet given the righteousness of God which is Christ’s death imputed.

    Imputation of righteousness and righteousness are not the same thing. And imputation has more than one meaning. Righteousness also has more than one meaning


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