Righteous Disposition

The challenge is not merely to pursue righteousness, but to prefer righteousness.

John Piper

Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.

–Oswald Chambers

I believe we can strive to be righteous and holy as we are commanded but we more importantly need to pray that God will change our disposition so that it will come naturally.

1 Peter 1:15-16
But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

Romans 12:2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

11 Responses to “Righteous Disposition”


  1. 1 Erik

    Thanks Jeff for another short good post.

    Yesterday I was preaching on Matthew 6:19-24, and used Romans 12:2 to link the perfect eye qoute from Jesus. I learned from C. Keener, that the point in this is to have a “perfect” eye, or to be whole-hearted. And that is to have Jesus as our only treasure, to have his values as the only values. And let his grace lead us and bring us to holy living.

    God bless you.

    I will take the Piper qoute and paste it into my “qoutes” document for later use. 😉

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    You’re welcome Erik. I didn’t know you’re a pastor. That’s great. You always have great things to add.

    I use QuotePad forquotes but not sure if it’s the best.

  3. 3 Fr. Robert (Anglican)

    Chambers is always a sweet read! As Christians we certainly need devotion! Jeff I am in the long haul of theological change again, not my trinitarian core and doxology, but I am moving more torward Barth, and back to my older Anglo-Catholic place. And I am reading much of the theology of Pope Bendedict also. Anyway, God is always a surprise!

    Best,

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Aren’t you a little old for that? (kidding) I read all of Chambers devotionals, the original one at least three times. But I’ve probably had enough for now. Sometimes he gets a little cerebral but always gets down to the most important stuff and makes you think.
    Jeff

  5. 5 Fr. Robert (Anglican)

    Jeff,

    Well in reality, I was raised R. Catholic and was as I have said a Benedictine in my early 20’s for a bit, so in some sense I am really coming something full circle. But also I have always been the seeker type. Indeed, I will always be the student type also. I am really happy that I can change my theology somewhat (or that God can change me), but as I said, my core has and always will be Trinitarian! Sadly too, so many get locked into dusty theological positions.
    Anyway, the Christian life is also a journey (again a sadly forgotten place with many Christians). We all will it down at the feet of Christ also at the end. At 60, I can see my end more closely too perhaps?

  6. 6 Fr. Robert (Anglican)

    Jeff
    PS..But I wrote about Calvin even today on my blog. I still value the man Calvin, and much of his theology. But he was also a man of his time and the 16th century. But I am convinced he was not a modern “Calvinst”!

  7. 7 Scripture Zealot

    That’s nice you can keep changing or dare I say evolving.

    I made a big change from Arminian to Calvinism and at first I was pretty horrified with Calvinism. I still don’t think it makes human logical sense but believe it’s what the Bible teaches. Since then I too am evolving and hopefully into my 60s also. I often make a change and learn something new but get too gung ho and God reels me back in.

    I wonder what Calvin would think of our Calvinism. He probably couldn’t stand all the heretics running around free and not being punished severely. Maybe he could have learned.Jeff

  8. 8 Fr. Robert (Anglican)

    Jeff,

    Yes I am still Augustinian – more like Pascal I guess or hope? lol And I never have been Arminian, though I have many Wesley books, both John and Charles, but they were Anglican’s also. Indeed the Scripture transcends human logic, but logic is nice to have around a bit. Sometimes however it gets many in more trouble than good.

    Calvin? Well John still has more of his works in Latin than translated into English. If you ever have a chance read some of Calvin’s letters and corespondence with others. In my opinion Peter Martyr Vermigli is perhaps the best ecumenical reformer of the time. He had been an Augustinian monk before becoming a reformer, etc. Great man and mind!

    May we chase Him who always looks for us first!

  9. 9 Scripture Zealot

    I’ve read that his letters show the type of friend he was and sounds like they would be good to read.

  10. 10 Fr. Robert (Anglican)

    Jeff,

    I have both a re-print (and older) of…Calvin, In His Letters, by Rev. Henry F. Henderson, WS / Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1996.

    Can I recommend an older work you might find used? It is not his letters, but is a short and authoritative study of the life and times of Calvin. The author is a Swiss but was an eminent poet himself and man of letters: Dr. Emanuel Strickelberger. The English version has a foreword by that great Anglican (passed in the 90’s?); Fr. Philip E. Hughes. Since it is not American, I thought it rather good. Not to slight the Americans, but they have their own vision of Calvin oftentimes. And Hughes was an Englishman. Anyway just a pass-along.

  11. 11 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks for the rec. I’m the first to admit USAians can be insular.
    Jeff

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