A City Filled with Righteousness
The ultimate aim of our lives is to bear the fruit of righteousness that comes from God and brings Him glory and praise.
Today’s reading: Isaiah 31-33; Philippians 1
5 The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, 6 and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure. Isaiah 33:5-6
9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11
The fall of man in Genesis 3 touched off the millennia-long battle between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman, Jesus Christ. The enmity goes on, but the final victory is assured through the resurrection of Jesus that defeated Satan. Those in whom God has begun His work will be perfected at the day of Jesus Christ, the day of resurrection, the final judgment, and the glorification of the elect (Philippians 1:6).
The work of Christ in His people has already begun. It bears the fruit of righteousness through the Lord. God is pleased with this fruit which brings Him glory and praise. It is not to the credit of any human but to God. It fulfills the original purpose of man who was made in God’s image and according to His likeness.
Isaiah makes a similar connection between the glory of God and the righteousness He produces in His people. “The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness…” God wants Zion filled with righteousness and He will do it.
Meanwhile, we pray for growth in righteousness and eagerly await that day when it will be completed. In a city filled with righteousness, God “will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge…” Rather than trust in gold and silver, “the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.”
World leaders promise to bring about stability and prosperity, but most disregard the need for the fear of the Lord who produces true stability and prosperity through righteousness. When Christ returns, there will be no more competition for dominance or for honor. Until then, pray that day may come soon when we shall dwell in Zion.
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