God Deals With Man According To Man's Righteousness.

   How does God deal with man? Does he not deal with man according to the righteousness of a man as he did David? David said in his song of deliverance, "The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleaners of my hands he rewarded me." (2 Samuel 22:21,25) What does this mean?

   The LORD deals with David according to David's righteousness. When David states that God "dealt" with him, it means that God took action concerning David. God either rewarded David or God punished David. David was either benefited, honored or David was hurt or dishonored.

   How did God know how to deal with David? God dealt with David according to David's righteousness. In other words God's dealing with David corresponded with David's morality, uprightness, goodness and fairness. Thus David, being found righteous in God's sight, was given victory over the Philistines.

   The Scriptures tell us that God repays each man for his righteousness and faithfulness (1 Sam.26:23). As in 1 Kings 8:32, God condemns the acts of the wicked while justifying the righteous. God to the merciful shows himself merciful; with the blameless shows himself blameless; with the purified God deals purely, and with the crooked God makes himself torturous (2 Sam. 22:26,27). God saves the humble while bringing down the prideful (2 Sam.22:28). It is clear, I believe, God deals with man according to his or her righteousness.

  Is this true today? Is this true in the light of eternity? Yes to both. The Scripture testifies in 2 Cor. 5:10 that "we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, good or evil." Again in Revelations 20:12 and 13, John records seeing the dead "judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done." Men are dealt with according to their righteousness, and what is frightening is that in the book of life my deeds and your deeds are being recorded so that one day I and we shall give an account.

   Does this mean that my uprightness gets me into heaven? Absolutely not. How is a man made righteous? A man is not righteous by moral uprightness alone. According to the Scripture in Romans 3:9, we have all been charged with sin, and none of are good in God's sight according to Romans 3:10. Doing good deeds does not make you a righteous person. I don't want you thinking that if you are a good person heaven is your reward. If you are a upright, honest and fair person with no faith in Jesus, you are not righteous in the sight of God.

  To be righteous one must put their faith in Jesus Christ. There is no other way. As it states in Romans 3:22, "the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe." We are cleared of all sin by faith in Jesus thus being made righteous. So then, God will deal righteously with those who have turned from their wickedness and put their faith in his Son.

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