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May Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 1

THE PROFESSION OF PRAISE            Page 3

V. 3 ** What were the two areas in which Israel was lacking knowledge?

1) They did not know "about God's righteousness". God wants men to know Him!
cf. Jeremiah 9:23-24, Isaiah 55:8-9

2) They thought they could "establish their own". That is impossible!
cf. Galatians 2:15-16.

** What error came about because of this double lack of knowledge?

"...they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God..."

** What does that mean?

Remember, "The Gift of Grace" from three weeks ago, which was the imputed, perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ given to us in exchange for our sin, all by faith. Israel was not willing to be submissive to God's righteousness offered in the death of the Messiah, but instead thought that they could make it on their own.

V. 4 ** Why should they have believed in the Messiah?

Because He is "the end (or goal) of the law for righteousness..." It was all accomplished in Him!

V. 5 ** What insight or warning had Moses given to Israel regarding those who would establish their own righteousness?

If you are going to try to make it on your own, you better not make even one error!
cf. Leviticus 18:5, Deuteronomy 27:26 and Galatians 3:10.

V. 6-8
** The righteousness which is based on faith speaks directly to the errors of self-righteous works. What is the first error?

(V.6) Thinking you must ascend into heaven to bring down God's Messiah, this is to deny the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ!

** What is the second error?

(V.7) Thinking you must descend into the depths of the earth to raise Him up from the dead, this is to deny His resurrection.

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