UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but this is my one aim:
to forget everything that's behind, and to strain every nerve to go after what lies ahead.
I press on toward the finish line, where the prize waiting for me is the upward call of God
IN KING JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14)
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by – Stuart H. Pouliot
September 25, 2007
King Jesus Loves Righteousness & Justice
For Yahweh's word is right. All his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice
[judgment]. The earth is full of the loving kindness of Yahweh. (Psalms 33:4-5 WEB [added])
(This translation is used because, as pointed out elsewhere, Yahweh of the old covenant is Jesus-Yeshua
of the new. See Yahweh Has Become My Yeshua http://www.kingdomandglory.com/art/art53.pdf)
Over the years there have been several marches in the streets of America over what are seen as injustices.
These marches demand equal justice now . Whether these demands are justified or not, equal justice
seems to be driven more by what a person perceives , feels or thinks is equal justice (man's relative justice)
and less about facts or especially God's absolute justice. It should not surprise us that in today's world of
relativism, humanism, secularism, and even spiritualism, in which man is placed at the center of the
universe, most people do not truly want equal justice for all; they want justice for themselves or their
cause, whatever it might be. Consequently, people see things differently, even when faced with the same
set of facts. Simply, they see it through their prism, based on a variety of factors such as one's culture,
religion, race, sex, world view or life experiences, to name a few.
It is very interesting that in our day there is virtually no cry for righteousness. In fact, in our modern day
of enlightenment, the word righteousness is almost never used, except perhaps by some Christians. In our
everyday language, especially what comes through the news media, righteousness is a forgotten word,
and yet, righteousness is the only way to true and equal justice. We could say that righteousness is what
defines justice. It is the moral foundation for justice. Although righteousness is not talked about nor
demanded much in our day, it appears that deep within the heart of man there is a longing for true
righteousness and justice, and a knowing that only God can satisfy this longing. And yet, many reject God's
way, preferring to do what is right in their own eyes and not in the eyes of God.
What is righteousness ? According to Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words by
W.E. Vine, righteousness is "the character or quality of being right or just; it was formerly spelled
' rightwiseness ,' which clearly expresses the meaning." An old version (1956) of Webster's Dictionary
defines righteousness as "moral integrity"; meaning what is the morally right way to think or act in accord
with God's character, will, and law. Stated another way; it means what is right in accord with the judgment
of God.
So, what is justice? Some translations use the word judgment instead of justice , for good reason. The
Hebrew word, translated either way, is mishpat (H4941), meaning a "verdict (favorable or unfavorable)
pronounced judicially." Only the Lord truly knows how to judge rightly or righteously. For this reason, the
words righteousness and justice or judgment are often paired together. What matters is absolute justice
and righteousness that comes from only one source, and that is God, who shows no bias or partiality (e.g.,
Deuteronomy 10.17; 2 Chronicles 19.7; Job 34.19; Acts 10.34; Romans 2.11; Galatians 2.6).
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There is good news to report for all who seriously desire true justice and righteousness. A new day is
coming when all the injustice and unrighteousness of this fallen world will be judged, and a kingdom of
absolute righteousness, justice, peace and lovingkindness will overtake all the kingdoms (nations) of the
earth. A marvelous, wonderful change is coming to this world. Soon great voices in heaven will confirm
with a mighty declaration that which was inaugurated at the cross: The kingdoms of the world did become
those of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign to the ages of the ages! (Revelation 11.15 YLT).
The kingdoms (nations) of this world are about to be overtaken by a new kingdom, the kingdom of
righteousness. No longer will this world be divided by many kingdoms with many views. No longer will
lawlessness be accepted or excused. No longer will injustice and unrighteousness rule the day. The day is
coming when there will be one kingdom and one king. This day is when the reign of the heavens comes to
this earth. It is the kingdom of God, the kingdom of the heavens, the kingdom of the Son of God's love
that is coming to this earth, for the King of kings and the Lord of lords is coming, and His name is JESUS
and His title is King Jesus . The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world is coming to manifestly
reign and rule over this earth, to consummate all that He began at the cross and three days later.
Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns; indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be
moved; He will judge the peoples with equity." Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all it contains; let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the
forest will sing for joy before the LORD, for He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will
judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness. (Psalm 96:10-13 NASB)
With trumpets and the sound of the horn shout joyfully before the King, the LORD. Let the sea roar
and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the
mountains sing together for joy before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge
the world with righteousness and the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98:6-9 NASB)
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; lovingkindness and truth go before
You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your
countenance. In Your name they rejoice all the day, and by Your righteousness they are exalted.
(Psalm 89:14-16 NASB)
Today, the nations of the world think they are better off without God ruling in the affairs of men, but it is
only when the Lord establishes His throne of righteousness and justice on this earth that mankind will
come into true joy and gladness. There will no longer be a need for marches to protest injustice, for the
Lord will judge with equity and in His faithfulness. Righteousness and justice will bring peace on earth, and
the earth will be full of the lovingkindness of the Lord; something that man has not known since Adam
brought death into his race. But mankind will not be alone in knowing joy and gladness, for all creation
will come into it as well. Can you imagine what it will be like when creation itself is set free to rejoice? The
trees will sing. You might wonder how the trees sing for joy, the mountains sing together and the rivers
clap their hands. Interestingly, I recently read an article about sand dunes that sing. Scientists are just now
unraveling this mystery and discovering that part of it has to do with the wind blowing over the dunes. In
the day of the Lord, all creation will sing a harmonious tune as the spirit of God, the wind, blows across
the earth. The spirit blowing through the trees and the mountains will create a beautiful, joyous sound.
Beloved, this is only a taste of what the righteousness, justice, peace and lovingkindness of the Lord will
bring to this earth. King Jesus loves righteousness and justice . May the cry of your heart be for the king
to come soon to establish His throne of righteousness and justice upon this earth!