Implications of the Kingdom of God: The Concept of Righteousness
Matthew 6:33 . . . But seek first the kingdom of God “AND” “HIS” righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
•The Kingdom is the governing influence of a King over His territory, impacting it with His will, His purpose, and His intention; and it produces a citizenry; who Reflect the culture of the King and Manifests the full nature of the King.
• Righteousness is being in a rightly aligned position with the laws of the Kingdom, which puts you in a rightly aligned relationship with the King, which opens the doors of His Kingdom to avail to you all its resources and privileges.
I. Righteousness is how God operates His Kingdom and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 6:5 . . . Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 7:1 . . . Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.
1 Corinthians 6:9–10 . . . Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
Matthew 5:10 . . . Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Romans 14:17 . . . for the Kingdom of God “IS NOT” eating and drinking (ritual based), but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
II. Righteousness is the Scepter of His Kingdom
Esther 4:11 . . . “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.”
Esther 4:14–16 . . . For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
Esther 5:2-3 . . . So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. 3 And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!”
Hebrews 1:8 . . . But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness “IS” the scepter of Your kingdom.
Deuteronomy 6:20–25 . . . “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?’ 21 Then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; 22 and the Lord showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. 23 Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers. 24 And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. 25 Then it will be “RIGHTEOUSNESS” for us, “IF” we are careful to observe all these commandments before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us.’
Psalm 18:20–24 . . . The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. 21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 22 For all His judgments were before me, and I did not put away His statutes from me. 23 I was also blameless before Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity. 24 Therefore the Lord has
recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.
Matthew 3:13–15 . . . Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
Matthew 3:16-17 . . . When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”