Walking By Faith

Things here are starting to get busier by the day. As you may have noted that I now have a video on YouTube and you can view it by its title: Spiritual Reality 1A on YouTube. It is a Training Video and requires an investment of time and study. I am currently working on a second video that will continue the first lesson on Spiritual Reality and will address how to walk in the Spirit, once you are saved. There will be 5 additional lessons on discovering and developing our spiritual senses.

I spent nearly two hours on the phone with my translator who is translating my book, The Mystery of Faith into Japanese. He informed me that the translation is now completed and that it is ready to go to publication. This process is different in Japan so I do not know how long it will take before it is available but I will let you know when I know. It may take a while but I am not sure what that means. The Chinese translation is also completed and has been printed in China, however, the printing has been halted due to the Chinese government’s crackdown on religious printing. Hopefully, we can locate a publisher in Japan that can print both and then they will be made available to anyone desiring a copy.

I currently have Bible study groups in China, Japan and Africa who are signed up for the training videos and there are additional countries that have expressed interest but have not yet made the commitment to the studies. I am so amazed at the growth to Christian Training Center (CTC) and its effort to offer training to Christian leaders. The Lord is moving it right along. All of this has required much more of my time and I am just trying to stay close to Him. I would really appreciate your prayers and support to this effort.

On another note, my wife and I are in good health and have remained Covid 19 free. Also, I just had some work done on my pickup that cleared an electrical problem that has persisted for several years.

What an adventure as we walk by Faith in the Lord.

Announcement

Training Video 1A is now a reality. I just posted my first training video entitled Spiritual Reality 1A on You Tube. You can view it on You Tube at https://youtu.be/2NxOfqk8xho

This video (1A) and video (1B) together comprise the first lesson of a series of 6 lessons on Spiritual Reality. This series of lessons address the missing part of reality that most people know very little about. We pass through three worlds to arrive at our final destination in eternity. The first world is the world of the womb, where we get our body and physical senses. With these we discover life outside the womb in the world we describe as time and space. It is here that we can miss the most amazing and wonderful part of life, the spiritual world. It cannot be detected by the physical senses but it is discovered and experienced by the spiritual senses that come with the New birth. Just as an unborn baby is only slightly aware of this physical world so also is the natural man only slightly aware of the spiritual world that Jesus said was so absolutely necessary. This is a training video for Christian pastors and church leaders that have little or no training available to them but is also valuable for those who are just growing in their spiritual walk. This series is designed for individual or small group study so that you can proceed at your own pace. Subscribers receive the full benefit of additional resources and support.

This is what has been taking so much of my time and keeping me from posting more here. I have had to purchase the software. learn how to use the program, construct the content, edit the material multiple times, send it out to be critiqued and revise again. It is a lot of work but I really believe that it is worth all the effort.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I really appreciate your feedback.

The Messenger’

Vernon Ball

Update 8.31.2020

A lot has been happening here since my last post.  I have been receiving several request from different countries to lead them in Bible Studies.  Three of these countries are China, Japan and Africa and there are others countries that have expressed interest as well.  This has been very humbling as well as leaving me in a state of re-examining a lot of things.  I never saw myself in an international ministry, let alone leading it. 

After much prayer and waiting on the Lord, as well as counseling with my pastor and church leaders, I have come to believe that this is from the Lord and so I am following His leading as I understand it.  Perhaps the most notable adjustment I have made is that I am now producing training videos that I will be posting on You tube.  This action has required an investment into software to make these videos and then I have spent untold hours learning how to use it.  I have begun a study on Spiritual Reality.  It is a series of 6 lessons from the Bible that identifies the necessity of our passing through 3 worlds before we enter our final destination we call heaven.  It also identifies the spiritual senses that enable us to interact in the spiritual world. 

The first lesson is broken into two videos and the first video is nearing completion and will be posted in the near future.  I will post its availability as soon as it has been finished. 

These are training videos and require commitment of study and work beyond just watching the video.  Entertainment is not my goal but I try to make them interesting and rewarding.

One of the ways that the Lord has shown me that this is His working and not mine is that it was not my idea to start with.  Additionally, He has provided multiple people to assist in this endeavor, such as a man who has his own ministry and is making Christian videos as I am, who incidentally has the exact same software and lives very close.  He said he is helping because this is an important work.  I sent out a preliminary copy of the first video to a number of people I know  and requested them to critique it and I got back multiple pages of insights and suggestions.  No one was overly complimentary nor were they critical.  I really appreciated their honesty, responsiveness and candor.  These are but a few of the ways that the Lord has made it clear that He is the one doing it and it is not me directing it.  Please pray that I stay close to Him and simply follow His leading.

I plan to continue this website however my post may not be as often as they were in the past.  In addition to this website, I now have a channel on You Tube and I will share that with you as I begin to post these studies on it.

Thank you for your prayers and I hope that you will continue to remember me as we lanunch into this new venture of faith.

Why the Trials?

For the past two weeks I have had computer problems and could not log in to my own site.  I just got the problem corrected and now I am back on line. 

For some time now I have had a problem that I continually had to work around.  I could not open my start button.  It (my computer) suddenly decided to stop working and I spent days trying to fix it with two different IT specialist who also had trouble with it.  I finally had to save my documents and completely wipe my hard drive and then reload everything.  When I got it reloaded for some unknown reason it would not recognize my password.  Just a few moments ago that problem was resolved and now you are getting my apologies for my lack of input. My computer is now working properly and it is so great to have it fixed.

During the time I have been wrestling with this problem it seemed that everything had been turned upside down.  My schedule was in shambles and my control was nonexistent.  This is much the same as the world dealing with the Corona virus or any other chaotic moment you may be going through.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  In looking at this verse I realized that it is not an uncommon event in the lives of Christians, rather, it is the norm.  Christians will have multiple such events that push them beyond their limits.  There is a very good reason for that because it isn’t until you are put under such condition that true growth can happen.  A body trainer will tell you that this is where you get stronger than you were before.  This is where your limits are stretched, your vision expands, and your faith is validated.  It was in this light that Jesus said in John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  The discipleshad hoped that Jesus would set up His millennial kingdom and that they would reign with Him.  They knew nothing of Jesus’ death and the coming of the Holy Spirit who would lead them into all truth.  The journey was vitally important in preparing them for the final destination. There will be a time when we can rest with the Lord, but now is the time to be molded and sharpened into His image.  The journey through the trials is how we change our minds about everything, and how we are transformed and fitted for eternity.

Trials do another thing for us in that we learn how to think.  The natural man’s inclination is to avoid problems, pain and pressure, and when confronted with them we look for a way out.  This is known as escapism.  The favorite verse for the escapist is 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  This verse is not for facing trials but for facing temptation.  These are not the same thing. Trials deal with barriers to be overcome while doing God’s will but temptations deal with diversions from doing God’s will.  We are not directed to become escape artist but rather we are to be over comers.  There are few rewards that compare to facing a difficult or impossible task and overcoming it.  It does something to you that gives you confidence, and a sense of accomplishment that builds you up in a way that makes it worth the effort.  We think different about difficulty much differently from then on.

It also brings hope.  Before the trial the picture looked impossible but after the victory, we have hope.  Hope that other difficulties can be overcome and that the possibilities can become realities.  We discover that the objective was not in our defeat but in our victory.  The trial only brings out what God had put there in the beginning. 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  Our cheering section is lead by God, Himself.

For Thy Sake

Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Sometimes we read a Scripture that just doesn’t seem to make sense and may even seem contradictory to how we understand life.  One such verse is found in the above verse in Genesis 3:17.  It all seems okay until we get to the highlighted portion of the verse.  We expect God to judge man for his sinful acts of disobedience so the curse of the ground seems right, but the addition of the phrase “for thy sake” just doesn’t seem to fit.  It is because of what we do not know that makes it seem like a displaced phrase.  It would seem that if God wanted to do something for man that He would have made it easier, yet God did just the opposite and made it harder.

In order for the verse to make sense you need to put it in context with God’s plan for man.  Go back to Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  God did not intend that man would be completed by simply forming a body and breathing life into him.  His plan is far more complex and wonderful than that.  The making of man’s body was but a part of the creation of man.  Remaining was the completion of his soul and spirit.  Notice the different words used to describe His work.  First, He “created time and space” (make something out of nothing) and then He made man (fashioned a body out of the dust He had already created.  We know that because the Scriptures uses different words to describe His work (Created and made).  Further, we know that because of the description of the finished product.  Man would be made in the image of God, that in the similitude of God, or in a similar way.  The Bible teaches that God is a Trinity which means that God is known in three persons (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit), yet there is only one God.  The best illustration that I know of a trinity is that we are also a trinity.  I have a body, but that is not all there is to me.  I also have a soul containing my mind and will, yet that does not include all there is to me either.  Thirdly, I have a spirit and yet that is not the whole of me.  It takes all three; body, soul and spirit, to describe the whole of the person I am.  I am body, soul and spirit, yet there is only one of me.  I am made in the image or similitude of God.

Secondly, God said that we were to be made in the likeness of God.  We know that Adam and Eve sinned and that event changed man from a man without sin to a slave of sin.  His will was no longer to serve God but it had been changed to serve himself because the very nature of sin is to reject the authority of God and to make ourselves the authority that governs our lives.   God is great enough to make a way when there was no way to redeem man.  The damage was done and now God had the task of redeeming fallen man and then to complete His image and likeness within man so that his conduct would be in complete agreement with the nature of God. 

To complete God’s likeness will require man to undergo a complete overhaul from a rebellious selfish being into a new creation of God (2 Corinthians 56:17).  Man now must be confronted with his sin and see it for what it is.  The truth of sin is horrible for sin is a degenerating, destructive, degrading, deforming, decaying, and deliberate attack on the authority of God. That nature must die in order for new life to begin.  We will not reject sin until we see it for what it is and reject it like a poisonous snake. 

At this point we are now ready to choose for ourselves who and what will reign over us.  Just as in the garden of Eden there are two choices, The Tree of Life (Jesus) or the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Satan).  You will choose one or the other as there is no other choice (Romans 6:16).  To choose Jesus you will follow Him by faith in Him and His Word.  Once this choice is made, God promises to lay all the charges against you on Jesus; you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide you and to teach you; and you receive the promise of New Life through this world and for eternity.

So getting back to the original question of why is the curse for our benefit.  It is because it is the problems of life that God uses to teach us His ways and His truth.  Without them we would have no way of discovering the consequence of sin and turning from it.  I learn more from my mistakes and failures than I do from my successes.  As I build my life on truth, righteousness and knowledge I begin to take on the appearance of my new life.  Without the struggles we would never let go of sin.

Video Conferencing

Greeting to all my followers:

I have been quite busy for the last couple weeks getting set up on Zoom which is a video conferencing program.  I  now have a license and we have been doing our Sunday Bible Study via Zoom for the past two weeks.  For those of you who are not familiar with Zoom or have little to no tech savvy, it is a program that does not require much knowledge of computers.  It is a means by which you can both see and hear each other as though you are in the same place, even though you may be thousands of miles apart.  Think of it as a telephone with a camera and multiple people can be on at the same time.  It has become very useful during this pandemic crisis.

I know that you have been impacted by the Coronavirus in many ways.  We are living through a life changing event that will impact us for some time.  Hopefully, you or your loved one do not have the virus, but even in that event, I know that there are many questions and few answers.  Life as we have known it may very well be changed permanently.  All of this is not bad news for there are some good things coming out of this event as well.  For example, we now have more time than we have ever had and can focus on those “other things” that we never could get around to.  We are forced to reevaluate our priorities and our attention is being placed on other things.  I know that there are many people that have been praying for revival all over the world for many years.  In order for revival to come, our grip on “things” had to be broken and this could be the time for real life changing revival.  When I had stage 4 cancer, I heard someone say, “don’t waste your crises”.  As a result I saw many wonderful things happen as a result of the cancer, and then came the amazing miracle of total healing from the cancer, now going on 8 years.

One of the benefits of this world wide crises is that video conferencing has become available for not cost.  I am now wondering if some of you would like to also connect via Zoom?  All you need is a computer, laptop or phone that is equipped with a camera and microphone as well as an email address.  If you will send me your email address and let me know that you would like to connect in a video conference, I will set up a meeting and we can see and talk with each other.  If you speak another language, we can chat because I have a translator.  My email address is  vball_one@hotmail.com .  If you will contact me I will send you and invitation to meet me on a video conference call and then I can walk you through the process as it is very easy to do and you don’t need to be an expert with the computer.  It will not be possible to use this service if your government has blocked you to the outside world.  I am also considering doing a weekly Bible Study video that you can watch but will not be able to participate with directly.  Please contact me via email or through this web site.  New things are ahead.  Life as we once knew it has once again changed.

Instructions On Life

Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

1Jo 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him

My wife and I have two favorite Bible teachers that we listen to regularly.  They are Chuck Swindoll and David Jeremiah.  This morning we were listening to Chuck Swindoll and he was teaching on raising children.  He made the point that we need to not just know about our children but that we should really get to know our children on the inside.  After the program, we were discussing his teaching and my wife made the point that one of the reasons that we have difficulty knowing our children is because we don’t know who we are either. 

The conversation then turned to the fact that this is a precipitating characteristic, in that I know who I am partly because of my parents teaching and how I am understood.  If my parents did not know who they were and did not know what values were critical for life, then I would struggle in knowing who I am.  Further, this knowledge comes only from God and His Word.  Therefore, it is critical that we study the Scriptures (Bible) to discover who we really are and what that means.

Another observation we made is that the basics, such as the importance of repetition; respect of authority; consequences; values; relationships; etc., are not emphasized, and in their place we substitute social values (how I am seen) and worldly values of personal gain, enjoyment and position.  Happiness is not a goal, but it is the product of choices. 

A third observation we made is that just one of the great benefits of regular Bible study is that it regulates and directs our prayer life.  All of the answers for what life is about and who I am are in the Bible and if we do not spend time in Scriptures we will only be guessing what the real answers are.  I can never know how to live until I discover the giver of life, Himself.  It is then that I discover His plan for me and how and why I was made. 

Sadly, too many Christians are like the ones in Hebrews 5:12 listed above who are like the baby birds in a nest that always want to be fed but contribute little to securing their own nourishment.  They continually look for someone else to package it in a manner that is entertaining, conclusive and simplified, that requires little from them.  The picture in their mind is that they are the audience at a worship service and the service is for them.  However, the Scripture paints an entirely different picture.  The observing audience is God who sees us following His Word in our individual roles.  We are there to give God glory and honor in the exercise of our faith in Him.  Some will do that by exhortation, some by music, some by carrying out different roles of the service but the one that is least understood and possibly the more important is that of the assembly that we call the audience.  What is their role?  It is multiple and universal in that there are several ways you can demonstrate your faith in God which is the purpose of everyone present.  You can demonstrate your faith in God by your giving.  It is your physical demonstration.  You can demonstrate your praise of God through music which is the expression of your heart.  You can demonstrate your faith in God through your reception and application to your practice, that is take it personal.  God is instructing you.  The preacher is not making the application but it is God, Himself speaking to you through His word.  You can apply your faith in God by your response to His Word in changing the direction of your life to conform to His Word.  That may require a response to the invitation but it may also require you to follow up on how you make decisions, express your love, help, etc.  The worst thing you can do in a worship service is to remain unchanged by the presence of God.  He is worthy of your worship.

We concluded our conversation with the second Scripture in I John 2:27.  There is not excuse I can find that allows me to go on through life floundering because I don’t know how to live.  If my parents didn’t know me well enough, they did teach me what they knew.  No parent knows it all so all of us are to take what we are given and add to that what we can gain.  We shouldn’t blame them because of their failure, rather we should thank God for giving them to us for what we got.  We shouldn’t blame the church because of their failure to provide us with simple answers for life requires us to apply ourselves. The answers have been provided by God, Himself in His Word.  Look again at this verse in I John.  You don’t need anyone to be your teacher for The Holy Spirit is your teacher.  Everyone born of the Spirit has the personal teacher, the Holy Spirit.  It does not matter what kind of situation you come from, whether it was a terrible environment, physical handicap, or even persecution; you have what you need to know what God wants you to know.  Even if you were born to unbelieving parents, in a place where the Scriptures are forbidden, and there are no missionaries and limited means of substance; if you will follow the light you have in doing what is right, it will lead you to know Him.  Where are your choices taking you? The most important choice is to choose to follow Christ and be born again and you will receive the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Getting to know God – 7

God Is Eternal

De 33:2

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

As we study the character and nature of God, we find that He is described as The Eternal God.  In comprehending what that means we must first define the meaning of the word eternal and then try to grasp the implications, and the applications

In our attempt to grasp the concept of an Eternal God, we must try to understand the meaning of endless or infinite.  That is extremely difficult in a world of time and space where everything is understood by its measurements of distance, dimensions (height, width, breath) and time.  To conceive of anything beyond that would place it outside of time and space.  It would not be subject to the “laws of nature” and its existence would not be the same as it is within time and space.  The dynamic of life outside of time and space is referred to as Eternity.  God therefore is not a being like we are however we are made in the similitude of God.  Therefore we are not the product of creation (evolution) but since we were in the mind of God before creation and creation was made for us. (Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:) We are the product of God’s plan and we were given the capacity to know Him as the Eternal God.

The implications of this truth are simply amazing.  For example; since God is eternal, He is incapable of changing.   If God could somehow become greater than He already is then He would not be eternal.  Likewise, if He could become less than He already is then He would not be eternal.  To be eternal means that God can neither become greater or less than He already is.  Another implication is that since God cannot become less or more than He already is then He must also be immortal, that is He cannot die or be destroyed.  A third implication is that He must possess eternal power.  That is His power cannot be lessened or increased.  It cannot be exhausted or used up nor can it be overpowered, all of which would mean that He is changed and therefore not eternal.  A forth implication is that He cannot be surprised.  He must have all knowledge or He would be evolving and therefore not be eternal.  These and other implications are all tied to this one truth that God is Eternal.

The applications of this truth are equally amazing.  Everything God has ever promised is accompanied by certainty.  It absolutely will come to pass.  That is one of the reasons that the test of a prophet was that he was never wrong.  Prophecy simply means speaking forth God’s Word, therefore a prophet of God could not prophecy anything that was not backed up by God Himself.  Have you noticed that every promise of God is an eternal promise, while every promise of Satan is a temporal (temporary) promise?  Consider that God promises Eternal Life (promised no less than 21 times in the New Testament); Eternal joy; Eternal peace; Eternal Salvation and an Eternal inheritance.  Because He is an Eternal God, He is good for it and you can count on it being so. 

For those who reject God’s promised blessings there is but one other promise and that is Eternal Judgment.  He isn’t just trying to scare you but He is trying to warn you and it is just as certain as all of His promises for good.  There are consequences of both good and bad and the choice of the outcome is up to you.  You really should get to know God.

Getting To Know God – 6

God is Spirit

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The correct translation of Jesus’ words are “God is Spirit” for there is no article in the Greek language.  He is not just another spirit for there is none other like Him nor is His composition of a common spirit.  He is the sum of the Eternal Spiritual realm.  The Eternal Spiritual realm does not have it’s equal in the physical realm of the creation for He is before creation and therefore is not subject to it.  Neither do we have a clear picture of the essence of God for all we know is based on our understanding of the created and from within the creation.

However there are some things that God has revealed about Himself that helps us to comprehend who and what He is.  For example, Jesus said in Luke 24:39 A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye behold me having.  He is not composed of matter such as is all of creation for He is before creation and by Him all of creation exists.  He is Spirit which is existence before and beyond time and space.  This raises a question about places in the Scripture that reference God as having body parts, such as hands, feet, eyes and ears.  These Scriptures are what is called anthropomorphic and symbolic representations to help us within the finite to comprehend something of the infinite and to give us a concept of a real and personally involved God.

The second revelation of God is that He is invisible.  The Bible states that He is the invisible God (Romans 1:20, Colossians 1:15, I Timothy 1:17).  The Israelites recorded that they saw “no manner of form” when the Lord appeared before them at Mt Horeb (Mt. Saini).  Further, God told Moses that no man can see God and live (Exodus 33:20).  John stated “No man hath seen God at any time” (John 1:18).  There is the promise that the redeemed will eventually see Him (Psalms 17:15, Matthew 5:8, Hebrews 12:14, Revelation 22:4).

The third revelation that God has given is that He is alive.  The Bible declares Him to be the living God 30 times in Scripture (Some examples:  Joshua 3:10, I Samuel 17:26, Psalms 84:2, Matthew 16:16, I Thessalonians 1:9).  In John 14:6 Jesus declared that He is “the Life”.  When Adam’s body was formed from the dust of the ground, God breathed into his nostrils, the breath of life and man became a living soul.  We have our existence out of the very breath of life itself.  He is not only alive but he is the source of all life (John 5:26, Psalms 36:9).  This includes all plants, animals, human, spiritual and eternal life.  Since all life forms originate from God, they do not equate to God, but only aid in our understanding of Him.  Because nothing physical can properly portray the glory and majesty of God, man was forbidden to make an idol of God.  It is noteworthy that all of the idols of man are dead, whereas God is alive.

Finally, we come to the fourth revelation that God has given of himself and that is of individuality.  We speak of God in the singular and quote: Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  God is one and beside Him there is no other.  Some accuse Christians of having three Gods; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Though it may sound like they are three separate Gods, they are all one in the same way that we are individuals.  I have a body but that is not all there is to me; I have a soul and mind, yet that is not all there is to me; and I have a spirit nor is that all there is to me.  The body, soul and spirit are all one person and only describe different dynamics of this complex person that I am.  God is a trinity and he made man a trinity so that he might comprehend something of the dynamic and complexity of God.  God is described as having intellect, sensibility and volition.  He is represented as speaking, seeing, hearing, anger, compassionate, etc.  We speak of God as one being, in three persons.  In answer to the question, How can that be; it is answered in the same way that I am one person, with three dynamics of physical, volitional and spiritual.  I can be at the same time; a father, a husband and a son, depending on the position of consideration, and be without conflict.

In our efforts to know God, our difficulty is not in the teaching of the Scripture, but in our own limitations that we place on God.  He is greater than all that we can comprehend or know.  It is like viewing the mountains for the first time.  At first they seem to be quite small and insignificant but as you draw closer to them they seem to grow bigger and bigger until they seem to each to the sky.  The truth is that they were always that big but your understanding is what has grown.  Getting to know God will change your perception of Him.

Getting To Know God – 5

God is Righteous

When we look at the righteousness of God it is like a cut diamond.  There are so many different facets that the sum of each facet works together to compose the beauty of the whole.  The one word righteous is a description of the character and nature of God, diffused into all areas of life. 

The word “righteous” is defined in the Old Testament as “just, lawful, and equitable”.  It is both stable and consistent in all situations.  It is fair and therefore reasonable.  It is does not excuse the guilty but it does not stand in the way of restoration.  It considers all possibilities for all that is involved to find the most equitable resolution. 

Righteousness requires that the standards of righteousness be met.  Jesus asked, “can two walk together unless they be agreed”.  In order for God and man to be in agreement, they must meet on common ground.  Since God cannot change, then man must meet God on His terms.  This presents a real problem because man is sinful and God is Holy.  Man cannot raise himself to God’s standard because of his sin, and God cannot change to become sinful, we have an impossible situation.  No amount of effort or good works can change the sinful nature of man, therefore God has provided a way for man to be reconciled to God in His meeting the demand for justice in paying the cost for man’s sin (Death) in meeting that requirement Himself on the cross, and there by giving man the choice to be justified for his sin nature.

It is the righteousness of God that made the way for helpless and hopeless man to be justified.  God didn’t look on man’s condition as one of alienation but as one that can be redeemed.  He isn’t against man but He is against sin for sin is a rejection of His very nature. Man must make the choice to either accept God’s nature or choose to keep the old sinful nature that he is born with.  To make that choice is to also choose the consequences that it brings.  Therefore man chooses his outcome and destination.  God doesn’t want anyone to end up in hell as the Bible says, “It is not God’s will that any perish”.  Hell wasn’t made for man but was made for the devil and his angles.  God doesn’t send man to hell but man chooses to go there because he rejects the transforming work of Christ in refusing to follow Him.   

Some of the facets of the righteousness of God include fairness, justice, discernment, purity, Holiness, purity, virtue, and deliverance.  These (and others) are seen in the ways and works of God.  God is often seen as the Judge of all mankind.  While this is true, that alone is an incomplete statement.  He is not just a judge, He is The Righteous Judge.  2Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. He sees beyond the simple act to the intent of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

It is important that we see God as righteous.  While that does include discernment of the truth about ourselves it also includes His love and mercy toward us.  His desire is for us, that is He is ever longing and working for our good and bringing us to Himself and separating us from our sin that would enslave us and ultimately destroy us.