The Mystery of Iniquity

The Mystery of Iniquity

The Biblical definition of iniquity is a counterfeit righteousness. Paul, our apostle, tells us in II Thessalonians 2:7, that the mystery of iniquity doth already work. Jesus Christ Himself said that not everyone that saith, “Lord, Lord” or hath prophesied in thy name, or even claim to have done many marvelous works will enter into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus Christ will say to them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity,” Matt.7:23.

Righteousness is “right standing with God,” free from being guilty of sin. Sin separates us from God.

The children of Israel entered into a contract of obedience under the law of Moses. They agreed that God could measure their righteousness based on the law of Moses. Deuteronomy 6:25, “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He hath commanded us.”

By faith an individual kept all the statutes and ordinances under the Law. By faith they brought sacrifices, by faith they observed the Sabbath, by faith they observed all the feast days and dietary laws. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him…”

The theme of the book of Romans is how we get our righteousness today in the stewardship of grace. Romans 3:21, “BUT NOW the righteousness of God without the law is manifested…” Faith without works, faith in the finished work of Christ, for our justification. Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth in Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

In the fourth chapter of Romans we are taught that our righteousness is imputed to us by faith.

Jesus Christ fulfilled all righteousness, being born under the law; Galatians 4:4 and Matthew 3:15. Jesus Christ took His A+ test score and put it on our test paper! This good news or gospel is called the gospel of the uncircumcision. This gospel is found in the writings that we know as the Pauline Epistles, the gospel of the grace of God, as differing from the gospel of the kingdom.

Categories Bible Studies | Tags: | Posted on December 20, 2012

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