The Righteous Are Living Memorials of God’s Faithfulness

(Psalm 92: 15)

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon, planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and verdure. [They are living memorial] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him (Psalm 92: 12-15).

Blessed Are the Persecuted for Righteousness Sake

(Matthew 5:10; II Thess. 1; I Peter 4:13-14; John 15:19-21)

Stephen was a man full of faith and full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:5). Noted for his outstanding faith, he suffered persecution and ultimately death through stoning. No harassment could touch his faith to diminish it. Instead, it grew deeper and deeper to the point of death, and death by stoning. Just before it happened, he saw the glory of God and YAHSHUA standing at His right hand (Acts 7:55). With uncontrolled anger, for not being able to convince him to give up the faith in YAHSHUA, the people dragged him out of the city and stoned him. Not even that, however, erased his steadfastness to the faith, neither his courage to face death. Instead, Stephen prayed, Lord YAHSHUA, receive my spirit, and falling on his knees, he cried out loudly, Lord, fix not this sin upon them! And when he had said this, he fell asleep [in death] (Acts 7:58-60).

It Is God’s Righteousness Imputed In Us That Counts

(Romans 10)

The righteousness that God ascribes makes one acceptable to Him in word, thought and deed. Men’s righteousness according to the Word of God is like a filthy rag; in sin man was conceived. The root of man’s being is ingrained in sin. There is nothing good in men, even his good deeds are not considered by God to be so apart from His righteousness being imputed to him.