We are in a series Kingdom of Heaven. Today we are looking at the key of righteousness through the first of 3 kingdom of heaven scriptures.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
In our last post I left you with the definition of righteousness: acting rightly, according to what is right. To discuss/understand this key we need to know the definition of persecute: to suffer because of belief.
Since the days of Adam and Eve, there have been many right ways of thinking, according to man. Eve caved to the peer pressure of the snake, Adam caved to Eve, both eating the apple rather than doing what was right.
In this kingdom age, the righteousness of God is being tried, tested and in many cases discarded like the 10 commandments, giving rise to the most unholy of actions. Ephesians 6 talks about putting on the full armor of God, specifically the breastplate of righteousness. When we are tried, tested and sometimes persecuted we must have on the breastplate of righteousness, so we can stand firm. Not because we are better than others (pride) or more righteous (arrogance) but rather so we can stand firm staying true to who God has created us to be. Some times standing firm will look like Stephen as the rock flew. As we are tried, tested and during moment of persecution, let us keep our eyes focused upon the author and perfector of our faith as Stephen did!
Join me next time as we look at righteousness in Matthew 5:19.
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