The Righteous Will Inherit Eternal Life

In the previous post we discovered that  good deeds are not pre – requisites for Eternal Life.  As we continue to study  G2222 – zōē,  we discover that Lord Jesus taught us that only the RIGHTEOUS will inherit eternal life:

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels  – Mat 25:41.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal – Mat 25:46.

Exploring  the word righteous

Dikaios (G1342) is the Greek word for righteous. Synonyms in the King James’ Version include:

  • Just – Matt 13: 49.
  • Right – Matt 20: 4,  7.
  • Just man – Matt 27: 19.
  • Just One – Acts 22: 14.
  • A righteous man – 1 Tim 1: 9.

People referred to as righteous in the scripture

  • “righteous Abel” who was murdered by his brother Cain for obeying God – Matt 23: 35.
  • Scriptures say that Zacharias  and  Elisabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, were declared as righteous because they walked “in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” – Luke 1: 6.
  • Simeon – who “was just and devout,” waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him – Luke 2: 25.
  • Jesus – the centurion standing at the cross said that He must have been a righteous man after the plague of darkness  – Luke 23: 45 & 46.
  • Cornelius the Centurion was described as  a just man who feared God – Acts 10: 22.
  • those who live by faith – Galatians 3: 11.

Contrasts with the word righteous

  • The unjust – Matt 5: 45; Acts 24: 15.
  • sinners – Jesus came to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance – Matthew 9: 13; Luke 15: 7; 
  • the wicked – Matthew 13: 49.
  • hypocrites – Matthew 23: 29.
  • people who trust in themselves, thinking they are righteous – Luke 18: 9.
  • murderer – Acts 3: 14.
  • the lawless, disobedient, ungodly, sinners, the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers, murderers of mothers and manslayers  – 1 Tim 1: 9.
  • the ungodly – 1 Pet 4: 18.
  • the filthy conversation of the wicked – 2 Peter 2: 7.
  • unrighteousness  – 1 John 1: 9.
  • evil works – 1 John 3: 12.

The root word for righteous

I was fascinated to discover that Dikaios (G1342), Greek word for righteous comes from the root word  dikē (G1349).   Dikē (G1349) refers to:

  • judgment  in the context of taking someone to court on a charge – Acts 25: 15.
  • vengeance in the context of someone suffering as a result of retribution for evil deeds – Acts 28: 4.
  • vengeance in the context of suffering the punishment of eternal fire for wicked deeds done on earth – Jude 1: 7.
  • To be punished by eternal fire and separation  from the Presence of the Lord   – 2 Thess 1: 9.

More later. Blessings, peace and angelic protection.

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