The kingdom of God is the rule of an eternal sovereign God over all creatures and things (Psalm 103:19; Daniel 4:3). The kingdom of God is also the designation for the sphere of salvation entered into at the new birth (John 3:5-7), and is synonymous with the “kingdom of heaven.”

Lord, Teach Us How to Pray?
Luke 11: 1 - 13
Matthew 6: 5 - 14

When Yeshua's disciples asked him to teach them to pray, this prayer was his response (Luke 11: 1 - 4 and Matthew 6: 5 - 14). Because we have this prayer in Yeshua’s' own words, it is the basis of our prayer relationship with God.

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen


This is the pattern for prayer that Yeshua gave His followers to use. There are two versions of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4). The Matthew prayer is included in the Sermon on the Mount; Luke's version is Yeshua’s response to a disciple's request that he teach them to pray. There are some differences between the two versions. Yeshua seems to have regarded this prayer as a pattern, not a formula. In Matthew He introduces it with the words "Pray then like this." If the prayer was seriously meant as a model prayer, it is unlikely that it would be recited only once. Instead, Yeshua would have used it on a number of occasions. If He meant people to pray "in this way" (as opposed to exactly in these words), then variations in the wording would be natural. Some recent writers regard the whole prayer as concerned with the end of the world. They take the petition "Thy Kingdom come" as central to the prayer and understand all the other petitions to refer in one way or another to the coming Kingdom. The request for YHVH to hallow His Name is then seen as a prayer for the destruction of YHVH's enemies who do not revere His Holiness; the line about the bread becomes a petition for the final wedding banquet; and so on. There is a problem with this interpretation, though. It makes the words take on a more unnatural sense. It seems much more probable that we should understand the prayer with reference to the help we need in our daily lives.

The first person singular pronoun is not used anywhere in the prayer. We say, "Our Father...give us..." This prayer is meant for a community. It may be used by an individual, but it is not meant as an aid to private devotion. It is a prayer to be said by YHVH's people; it is the prayer of the Christian family. In Matthew the opening words are "Our Father in heaven," whereas Luke has simply "Father." Those who pray like this are members of a family and they look to YHVH as the head of the family, One who is bound to them by ties of love. Matthew's "in heaven" brings out something of His dignity and this is seen also in the petition "Hallowed [Honoured] be Thy Name" (identical in the two versions of the prayer). In antiquity "the Name" meant far more than it does to us. In some way it summed up the whole person. Thus this petition is more than a prayer that people will use the Name of YHVH reverently rather than blasphemously (though that is important and is included). It looks for people to have a reverent attitude to all that YHVH stands for. They should have a proper humility before YHVH, being ready to honour Him as He is in all His Holiness.

Christians have always longed for the day when YHVH will overthrow the kingdoms of this earth and when all will become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His HaMashiach (Revelation 11:15). This is included in the meaning of the petition. But there is another sense in which the Kingdom is a present reality, a Kingdom that is now in human hearts and lives. This aspect of the Kingdom is brought out in the words added in Matthew's version, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). The servant of YHVH looks for the rule of YHVH to become real in more and more lives.

In the petition about bread Yeshua is concerned with the material necessities of daily life. Yeshua's followers are, it is true, not to be anxious about the things they need to eat and to wear (Matthew 6:25). But Yeshua also taught that they should constantly look to YHVH for such needs to be supplied (Matthew 6:32-33). The big problem in this petition is the meaning of the word usually translated "daily." It is an exceedingly rare word and many scholars think that it was coined by Christians. It could mean any number of things: "daily," "for today," "for the coming day," "for tomorrow," or "necessary." The traditional understanding, "daily," seems most probable. But however we translate it, the prayer is for the simple and present necessities of life. Yeshua was counselling His followers to pray for necessities, not luxuries and for what is needed now, not a great store for many days to come. By confining the petition to present needs, Yeshua taught a day-by-day dependence on YHVH.

The petition about forgiveness differs slightly in the two versions of the prayer. In Matthew it is "Forgive us our debts," while Luke has "Forgive us our sins." Without question it is the forgiveness of sins that is in mind, but Matthew's form sees sin as indebtedness. We owe it to YHVH to live uprightly. He has provided all we need to do this. So when we sin, we become debtors. The sinner has failed to fulfil his obligations, what he "owes." Matthew goes on to say, "as we also have forgiven our debtors" and Luke, "for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us." The tense in Matthew indicates that the person praying is not only ready to forgive but has already forgiven those who have sinned against him; in Luke, that he habitually forgives and he does so in the case of every debtor. In neither form of the prayer is it implied that human forgiveness earns YHVH's forgiveness. The New Testament makes it clear that YHVH forgives on account of His mercy, shown in HaMashiach's dying for us on the cross. Nothing we do can merit forgiveness. There is also the thought that those who seek forgiveness should show a forgiving spirit. How can we claim the forgiveness of our sins if we do not forgive others who sin against us?

Instead of the traditional rendering "lead us not into temptation," some versions of the Bible favour a rendering such as, "do not bring us to the test." The word usually understood as "temptation" does sometimes mean a proving or a testing. But it is the kind of testing that the evil one engages in, testing with a view to failure. It is thus the normal word to be used when temptation is in mind. If the whole prayer were to be understood in terms of the end of the world, then "do not bring us to the test" is no doubt the way this petition should be taken. The great testing time that comes with the upsurge of evil in the last days is something from which every Christian naturally shrinks and the prayer would give expression to this. But it is much more likely that the prayer refers to life here and now. Christians know their weakness and readiness to sin, so pray that they may be kept from the temptation to go astray. It is true that YHVH does not tempt people (James 1:13). But it is also true that it is important for the believer to avoid evil. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Corinthians 10:14).

Matthew adds, "but deliver us from evil" (as do some manuscripts of Luke). There is uncertainty as to whether the last word means "evil" generally or "the evil one." Either meaning is possible. Christians pray that they may not be tempted and this leads naturally to the thought either that they may not become the victim of evil or that they may be free from the domination of the devil. It is the general thrust of Yeshua's teaching that should decide the point, not the precise language used here. This is where the prayer ends in Luke and in the oldest manuscripts of Matthew. Few would doubt that here is where the prayer ended in the teaching of our Lord. But many manuscripts, some of them fairly old, add the familiar words, "For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory for ever." This is the kind of doxology that is often found in prayers in antiquity, both Jewish (1 Chronicles 29:11) and Christian. The early Christians used the Lord's Prayer in worship services and doubtless found this a splendid way to end it. In time, what was so acceptable in worship found its way into some of the manuscripts. We may well continue to end the prayer in this way. It is good to remind ourselves that all ultimate sovereignty, power and glory belong to YHVH forever.


With this in mind then and as we know what the prayer means to us, this is how I pray each day:

Adoration: “Hallowed be Thy Name”

Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, bless Your Holy Name. I adore You and make known to You my adoration and love this day.

I bless Your Name YHVH-ELOHIM, the Creator of the heavens and earth, Who was in the beginning. It is You Who made me and You have crowned me with glory and honour. You are YHVH, Lord of might and strength. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Your Name YHVH-EL SHADDAI, Lord Almighty of blessings. You are the Breasty One Who nourishes and supplies. You are all-bountiful and all-sufficient. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Your Name YHVH-ADONAI, my Lord and my Master. You are Lord; the Completely Self-Existing One, always present, revealed in Yeshua, Who is the same yesterday, today and forever. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Your Name YHVH-YIREH, the One Who sees my needs and provides for them. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Your Name YHVH-RAPHA, my Healer and the One Who makes bitter experiences sweet. You sent Your Word and healed me. You forgave all my iniquities and You healed my diseases. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Your Name YHVH-M’KADDESH, The Lord my Sanctifier. You have set me apart for Yourself. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Your Name YHVH-NISSI, You are my Victory, my Banner and my Standard. Your banner over me is love. When the enemy comes in like a flood, You lift up a standard against him. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Thy Name YHVH-SHALOM, You are my peace; the peace which transcends all understanding, which garrisons and mounts guard over my heart and mind in Yeshua HaMashiach. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Your Name YHVH-TSIDKENU, my Righteousness. Thank You for becoming sin for me that I might become righteousness of YHVH in Yeshua HaMashiach. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Your Name YHVH-ROHI, You are my Shepherd and I shall not want for any good or beneficial thing. HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I bless Thy Name Hallelujah YHVH-SHAMMAH, the One Who will never leave or forsake me. You are always there. I take comfort and am encourage and confidently and boldly say “The Lord is my Helper, I will not be seized with alarm; I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can any man do to me?” HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

I worship and adore You YHVH EL-ELYON, the Most High God, Who is the first cause of everything, the Possessor of the heavens and the earth. You are the everlasting God, the Great God, the living God, the merciful God, the faithful God and the mighty God. You are Truth, Justice, Righteousness and Perfection. You are YHVH EL-ELYON; the Highest Sovereign of the heavens and the earth. HOLLOWED BE THY NAME!

Father You have exalted above all else Your Name and Your Word and You have magnified Your Word, and above all Your Name! The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and His Name is Yeshua! HALLOWED BE THY NAME!

Divine Intervention: “Thy Kingdom Come”

Yeshua said: “The Kingdom of YHVH is in you” (Luke 17:21) He was speaking of the Spiritual Kingdom. This Kingdom is not meat and drink but one of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) (Romans 14:17) It is easy to get caught up in our present day circumstances and forget that there is a plan that exceeds personal goals. In this prayer I have taken the opportunity to focus on our common goal --- the time Yeshua returns to establish the visible Kingdom of YHVH here on earth and the government shall be on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). The Kingdom of YHVH is not in word but in power (1 Corinthians 4:20). So pray this prayer with me in spirit:

Father, in the Name of Yeshua, I pray according to Matthew 6:10: “Thy Kingdom come.” I am looking for the soon coming of our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua HaMashiach. We are Your children and we know that when Yeshua comes and is manifested, we shall as YHVH’s children resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He really is. You said that everyone who has this hope on Him cleanses himself just as He is; pure, chaste, undefiled and guiltless. For the grace of YHVH; His unmerited favour and blessing; has come forward for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness and worldly desires; to live discreet, upright and devout lives in this present world; awaiting and looking for the blessed hope; even the glorious appearing of our great Lord and Saviour Yeshua the Mashiach and the Anointed One. For the Lord Himself shall descent from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of YHVH: and the dead in HaMashiach shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I thank You Father that the Lord shall come and all the Holy ones with Him and the Lord shall be King over all the earth; in that day He shall be One Lord and His Name one. The government shall then be on His shoulders. Father I thank You that we shall join the great voices in heaven that say: “The kingdoms of this worlds are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of HaMashiach and He shall reign forever and ever.” Yours O Lord is the greatness, glory, the power, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours, Yours is the Kingdom O Lord my God; and Your it is to be exalted as the Most High Head over all. Thy Kingdom come! Hallelujah!

Submission: “Thy will be done”

Father, in the Name of Yeshua I pray that the will of YHVH be done in my life as it is in heaven. For I am Your handiwork, recreated in Yeshua HaMashiach that I may those good works that You predestined for me; that it should walk in them; living the good life that You pre-arranged and made ready for me to live. Teach me to do Your will, for you are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a plain country and into the land of uprightness. Yeshua, You gave Yourself up for my sins in order to rescue and deliver me from this present, wicket age and world order, in accordance with the will, purpose and plan of our YHVH and Father. In the Name of Yeshua, I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind that I may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of YHVH. For this is the will of YHVH that I should be consecrated; separated and set apart for pure and holy living; that I should abstain from all sexual vice; that I should know how to possess my own body in consecration and honour, not in the passion of lust like the heathen who are ignorant of the true YHVH and have no knowledge of His will. Father, thank You that You chose me; actually picked me out for Yourself as Your own; in HaMashiach before the foundation of this world; that I should be holy and blameless in Your sight, even above reproach, before You in love: having pre-destinated me unto the adoption of a child by Yeshua HaMashiach to Yourself, according to the good pleasure of Your will. Your will be done on earth in my life as it is in heaven.

Provision: “Give us this day our daily bread”

In the Name of Yeshua, I confess with the Psalmist David that I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread. Father, thank You for food, clothing and shelter. In the Name of Yeshua I am learning to stop being perpetually uneasy about my life, what I shall eat and what I shall drink or about my body, what I shall put on. My life is greater than food and the body than clothing. The bread of idleness, I will not eat. It is You Father, Who will liberally supply my every need according to Your riches in glory in Yeshua HaMashiach. In the Name of Yeshua, I shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of YHVH. Your words were found and I did eat them and Your Word was to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Yeshua, You are the bread of life that gives me life, the living bread. Thank You Father, in the Name of Yeshua for spiritual bread.

Guidance and Deliverance: “Lead us not into temptation”

There has no temptation taken me but such as is common to man; but YHVH is faithful, Who will not suffer me to be tempted above that which I am able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that I may be able to bear it. I count it all joy when I fall into various temptations; knowing this; that the trying of my faith works patience. I will not say when I am tempted: “I am tempted from YHVH”; for YHVH is incapable of being tempted by evil and He Himself tempts no-one. Thank You Yeshua for giving Yourself for my sins that You might deliver me from this present evil world, according to the will of YHVH our Father, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Father, in the Name of Yeshua and according to the power that is at work in me, I will keep awake and watch and pray that I may not come into temptation.

Praise: “For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory”

O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His Name together. As for YHVH, His way is perfect! The Word of the Lord is tested and tried; He is the Shield to all those who refuge and put their trust in Him. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Lord, my firm, impenetrable Rock and my Redeemer. Your Word has revived me and given me life. Forever O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. The sum of Your Word is truth and every one of Your righteous decrees endures forever. I will worship towards Your Holy temple and praise Your Name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your Name and Your Word and You have magnified Your Word above all Your Name! Let my prayer be set forth as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a guard O Lord, before my mouth, keep watch at the door of my lips. He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honours and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright; who prepares the way that I may show him; to him I will demonstrate the Salvation of YHVH. My mouth shall be filled with Your praise and with Your honour all day. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your Name. Your testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.


  1. What happens to us when we ask God for things?
    God gives them to us, although he sometimes gives them in ways we don't understand, and often at a different time from when we expect them.

  2. How does God love us?
    God loves us like a loving father, who gives his children what they need.

  3. What concerns do we take to God in prayer?
    We take everything to God in prayer, from the smallest parts of daily life to our greatest worries and concerns.
    The idea of kingdom can be difficult for those of us who live in democracies with elected officials and presidents to teach to young children.
    The old translation of this prayer in the King James Version of the Bible uses the familiar form of address that is no longer a part of the English language. In other words, those translators kept in mind that this was the prayer of Yeshua, who called his father in heaven Abba in Aramaic, which doesn't mean Father , but instead means Daddy.
    This is a good day to sing "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God" from Rejoice.
    The kingdom of God embraces all created intelligence, both in heaven and earth that are willingly subject to the Lord and are in fellowship with Him. The kingdom of God is, therefore, universal in that it includes created angels and men. It is eternal, as God is eternal, and it is spiritual—found within all born-again believers. We enter the kingdom of God when we are born again, and we are then part of that kingdom for eternity. It is a relationship "born of the spirit" (John 3:5), and we have confident assurance that it is so because the Spirit bears witness with our spirits (Romans 8:16).

God defined the day in Gen 18.
Gen 18:19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."

Way of the Lord is doing what is right and just. Then righteousness is the way to heaven? Yes indeed.

Then the question is what is righteousness? Bible defines it clearly:

Ezek 18:5 "Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right.

Ezek 18:6 He does not eat at the mountain shrines or look to the idols of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife or lie with a woman during her period.

Ezek 18:7 He does not oppress anyone, but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked.

Ezek 18:8 He does not lend at usury or take excessive interest. He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly between man and man.

Ezek 18:9 He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign LORD.

Ezekiel gives 10 tests for righteous man in the above passage. Paul in his epistle to Corinthians refers to 9 tests:

1 Cor 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders

1 Cor 6:10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

How do Yeshua provide the way?
Rom 3:21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

Rom 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Yeshua to all who believe. There is no difference,

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Rom 3:24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Yeshua.

Rom 3:25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--Rom 3:26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Yeshua. 

To ascertain the meaning of any Scripture we must check all related verses and draw our conclusions from all of these together. When this is done, it becomes apparent that there are numerous examples of actual named people who were righteous. Please note the following Scriptures:

This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. (Gen 6:9)

Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. (Mat 1:19)

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. (Luke 2:25)

And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. (Mat 23:35)

and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) (2 Pet 2:7,8)

Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? (James 2:21)

According to these Scriptures, Noah, Joseph, Simeon, Abel, Zechariah, Lot and Abraham are all clearly cited as being righteous. If we had no other Scriptures except any one of these we should know something is terribly wrong with the eternal security idea that there are none that are righteous and that we are all sinners, even Christians.

Besides the actual people that are labeled righteous, there are scores of other Scriptures which refer to the unnamed righteous. Please ponder just some of these many Scriptures. The following list is only from the New Testament:

that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Mat 5:45)
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. (Mat 9:13)

Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. (Mat 10:41)

For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. (Mat 13:17)
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Mat 13:43)

This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous (Mat 13:49)

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. (Mat 23:29)

Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?” (Mat 25:37)

Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Mat 25:46)
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)

And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. (Luke 1:17)

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32)

and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. (Luke 14:14)

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:7)
and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. (Acts 24:15)

For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Rom 1:17)
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Rom 2:13)

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. (Rom 3:20)

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. (Rom 5:7)

For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. (Rom 5:19)
Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” (Gal 3:11)

We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, (1 Tim 1:9)

to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect (Heb 12:23)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. (1 Pet 3:12)

And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” (1 Pet 4:18)

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. (1 John 3:7)

One becomes righteous at the point of a trusting-submitting faith in Jesus, which includes repentance. Basic characteristics of the righteous include the following:

(1) they don’t have anything to repent of (Luke. 15:7);
(2) they are not doing evil (1 Peter 3:12);
(3) they do what is right (1 John 3:7).

It is also clear from multiple Scriptures that the righteous will live because of his faith:

See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright—but the righteous will live by his faith (Hab 2:4)
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Rom 1:17)

Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” (Gal 3:11)

But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. (Heb 10:38)

If one is not righteous, then he is in the only other group possible. Sometimes that group is referred to as wicked, unrighteous, ungodly, unholy, sinners, evil, unsaved or the like. In other words, if one is not righteous he is on the road to hell at this very moment and is in a desperate need to repent. We must never forget that only the righteous will go to eternal life:
Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Mat 25:46)

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