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'How To'
Instructions in Righteousness


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The purpose of this Bible study is to list and discuss specific admonitions from the Bible that deal in righteousness.  Each element will have a link to a separate page which will give "how to" instructions, procedures and encouragement to aid you in mastering that element.  There will also be support material, definitions, commentary and resources for each element.  Each element will eventually have audio commentary.  Later we will have printer-friendly and pdf versions of each study. 

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Lesson # Lesson Key verse [ table in biblical order ]

1

Be thou perfect

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Genesis 17:1
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

 

2 Keep the Sabbath HOLY

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Exodus 20:8
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

See Minister's Notebook, "Delight in the Sabbath"
3 Honor your mother and father 

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Deuteronomy 5:16
Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
 
4 Be strong and courageous to do according to the law.

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Joshua 1:7
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

 

5 Envy not sinners.
Be in the fear of the Lord all the day long.

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Proverbs 23:17
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

 

6 Be not over righteous or wise.
Be not over much wicked.

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Ecclesiastes 7:16-17
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?  Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
 

 

7 Overcome sin.
Repent.

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Ezekiel 18:31
Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

 

8 Bring forth fruits fit for repentance

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Matthew. 3:8; Luke 3:8
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance.
 
9 Live by every word of God.

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Matthew 4:4
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 

10 Be poor of spirit.
Mourn
Be Meek.
Hunger & thirst for righteousness
Be merciful.
Be pure in heart.
Be a peacemaker
Endure persecution with joy

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Matthew 5:3-12
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
 
11 Enter at the strait gate.

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Matthew 7:13-14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

 
12 Put on the garment of righteousness.

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Matthew 22:11-14
And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:  And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  For many are called, but few are chosen.
See Job 29:14
 
13 Love God with all thy heart, soul, strength and mind.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

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Matthew 22:37-39 (also Luke 10:27)

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 
14 Have the same faith God has.

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Mark 11:22
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

 

15 Keep my commandments.

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John 14:15
If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

16 Conform yourself to the image of Christ.

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Romans 8:29 with 2 Corinthians 3:18

Romans 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
 
17 -Be not conformed to this world.

-Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

-Prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
 
18 Overcome evil with good [displace the evil by invoking good].

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Romans 12:21
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

19 -Be a follower of Christ.

-Be a follower of God's leaders as they follow Christ

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1 Corinthians 11:1
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

 

20 Be steadfast, unmovable and always abounding in the Work of the Lord.

Know that your labor is not in vain.

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1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 


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Put on Christ.

See Lesson 12 "Put on the garment of Righteousness" above.
 
Galatians 3:27
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 

21 Put on the new man.

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Ephesians 4:24
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

22 Be kind to one another. Be tenderhearted.  Forgive one another.

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Ephesians 4:32
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

 

23 Follow God.

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Ephesians 5:1
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.

 

24 Walk circumspectly
Redeem the time
Be not unwise
With understanding, know the will of God

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Ephesians 5:15-17
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

 

25 Put on the whole armor of God.

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Ephesians 6:11
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 

26 Have the mind of Christ.

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Philippians2:5
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
 
27 Put on mercy
kindness
humbleness of mind
meekness
longsuffering
forbear one another.
forgive one another
put on Love

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Colossians 3:12-14
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

 

28 Let the peace of God rule in your heart.

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Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Phil 4:7
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 
29 Give thanks

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1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
 
30 Quench not the Spirit.

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1 Thessalonians 5:19
Quench not the Spirit.
 
31 Prove all things. Hold fast that which is good.

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1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
 
32 Abstain from all appearance [forms] of evil.

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1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
 
33 Be thou an example of the believers.

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1 Timothy 4:12-13
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

 

34 Keep this commandment. Be unrebukeable.  Be without spot.
Remain fervent to the end.

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1 Timothy 6:14
That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

35 Be not ashamed of Christ.

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2 Timothy 1:8-9
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

 

36 Be doers of the Word.

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James 1:22
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 

37 Visit the fatherless
Visit the widows
Keep yourself unspotted

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James 1:27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
 
38 Humble yourself before God.

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James 4:10
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
 
39 Be patient.
Stablish your heart.


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James 5:8
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

 

40 Be holy for God is holy.

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1 Peter 1:15-16
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

41 Be of one mind.
Invoke compassion.
Love the brethren
Be pitiful
Be courteous.

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1 Peter 3:8
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

 

42 Be sober.
Watch with prayer.

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1 Peter 4:7
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

 

43 Have:
faith
virtue
knowledge
temperance
patience
goodliness
brotherly kindness
love

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2 Peter 1:1-8
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


 
44 Make your Calling and Election sure.

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2 Peter 1:10
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

 

45 Be faithful unto death.
Fear none of those things which you will suffer.

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Revelation 2:10
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Tied in with Isaiah 59 :16-17
 
46 Remember what you have received and heard [from the Word of God].

Hold fast.
Repent.

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Revelation 3:3
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

 
47 Do not partake in the sins of the world.

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Revelation 18:4
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

 

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