Spiritual Dictionary Section R

Righteousness- "The righteousness here taught was conformity of the heart and life to the revealed will of God." 2 SP 218


Righteousness- "The righteousness which Christ taught is conformity of heart and life to the revealed will of God. Sinful men can become righteous only as they have faith in God and maintain a vital connection with Him." DA 310


Righteousness – “Righteousness is right doing, and it is by their deeds that all will be judged.” COL 312


Righteousness- "Your souls sanctification and righteousness will result from faith in the Word of God, which leads to obedience of its command….Righteousness is the possession of increasing usefulness. It is the hiding of the soul in Christ. It is experiencing fellowship with God. It is exemplifying to the world the fact that God has vindicated His word in the world, and His promises in saying, "We will come and make our abode with Him! Righteousness leads the human agent in preparing for the mansions which Christ has gone to prepare for those who love Him." ST 3:235-236 9/5/1895


Righteousness of Christ- "The righteousness of Christ is not a cloak to cover unconfessed and unforsaken sins; it is a principle of life that transforms the character and controls the conduct." DA 556


Righteousness of Christ- "When we bring our lives to complete obedience to the law of God, regarding God as our supreme Guide, and clinging to Christ as our hope of righteousness, God will work in our behalf.  This is righteousness of faith." SDG 66


Righteousness- Pharisaical- "The rabbis counted their righteousness a passport to heaven; but Jesus declared it to be insufficient and unworthy. External ceremonies and a theoretical knowledge of truth constituted Pharisaical righteousness. The rabbis claimed to be holy through their own efforts in keeping the law; but their works had divorced righteousness from religion. While they were punctilious in ritual observances, their lives were immoral and debased. Their so-called righteousness could never enter the kingdom of heaven." DA 309


Righteousness, robe of- "His (Jesus) own Robe of Righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah." COL 311-312


Rings - "My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my command and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart." Proverbs 7:1-3


Ring – “…To Moses God had said concerning His commandments, “Thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.” Deuteronomy 6:8. These words have a deep meaning. As the word of God is meditated upon and practiced, the whole man will be ennobled. In righteous and merciful dealing, the hands will reveal, as a signet, the principles of God’s law. They will be kept clean from bribes, and from all that is corrupt and deceptive. They will be active n works of love and compassion….” DA 612


Ripening of grain – “The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God’s grace in the soul. By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character. We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ.” TM 506


River – A collection of fountains and streams feeding into a large body of water. Spiritually a river is the cumulative influence of a system or entity. When a river is overflowing it is attempting to impact the surrounding peoples to accomplish its purposes, often times by evangelism, trade, war, or persecution. CO.

 Converts. Isaiah 2:2; 27:12-13

Error. Isaiah 28:14-15

Euphrates. See Euphrates.

Evil men. II Samuel 22:5; Psalms 18:4

Evil thoughts or behavior. Amos 8:4-11

Flood. Psalms 78:44

Judgment. Isaiah 28:5, 6, 9-13, 16-17

Nebuchadnezzar/Babylon. Jeremiah 47.2

Overflowing. See Overflowing.

Persecution and error. Luke 6:46-49; Matthew 7:21-29

The king of Egypt. Ezekiel 29:1-9; Jeremiah 46:7-8

The latter rain. Ezekiel 47:1-12


Roaring – “The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion…” Proverbs 20:2


Robber - "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door (Jesus Christ John 10:7, 9) into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." John 10:1


Robe- "…their (Millerites) white robes were purity of soul- characters cleansed from sin by the atoning blood of Christ." GC 373


Robe of righteousness – “Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah.” COL 312


Rod of God -There are four OT words and one NT word that are used to describe the term Rod. The general meanings of the concept of Rod are a branch, or a twig, that can signify an individual or a tribe; a device to discipline, or bring judgments both good and evil; and it is a device by which God rules over His people and over the nations of the earth. This device is primarily described as His Word symbolized by a Rod of wood or iron, or as a sword, or a hand.  CO


The Word of God through Moses and the rod of God:

God reveals to Moses that He will use a simple rod to deliver Israel and to help them believe in Him. Exodus 4:1-5

All the signs of Moses are to be done in conjunction with the use of the rod. Exodus 4:17

In the contest with Pharaoh God's rod, through Moses and Aaron's rod is proven superior to the rods of the Egyptian wise-men. Exodus 7:8-13

The wise-men of Egypt attempt to imitate the Rod of God through Moses and Aaron by turning their rods into snakes, turning water into blood, by producing frogs, but can not produce lice. Exodus 7:8-13; 7:14-25; 8:5-7; 8:16-19

Rod equated with the hand of Moses and Aaron. Exodus 8:6

Egyptian wise-men declare that the Rod of God is the finger of God. Exodus 8:16-19 See Finger of God.

At God's command Moses calls forth hail by stretching forth His hand (command to Aaron who stretches out the rod of God). Exodus 9:22-23

At God's command Moses, through Aaron, stretches forth his hand and locusts come. Exodus 10:12-13

At God's command Moses stretches out his hand/rod and opens the Red Sea and then closes it. Exodus 14:15-16, 21, 26-17

God commands Moses to take the rod, which smote the river, and smite the rock by which water can come out to care for His children. Exodus 17:1-7

God uses the rod, and the support of the people, to deliver Israel from Amalek. Exodus 17:8-13

God instructs Moses to talk to the rock and not smite it and God would bring forth water. Moses rebels and strikes the rock instead of speaking to it. Numbers 20:1-13


God's Priesthood:

In the conflict with Korah, Dathan, and Abiram the question of who is the real priest comes up. God solves this by having the rod of each tribe put in the sanctuary over night. The rod that budded was the true priest of Israel. In the morning Aaron's rod is the only one that had come to life, had budded, produced flowers, and Almond nuts. Aaron is the true priest as shown by the fruit that the rod produced through the power of Jesus.  Numbers 17

God allows Jeremiah to see a vision of the priesthood blossoming - a restoration of the priesthood. Jeremiah 1:1, 11


God's Scepter:

God will bring Israel under the rod of His rule and bring them into the bond of the covenant; He will cleanse and restore. Ezekiel 20:33-44

God's rod is His sword by which He rules. Ezekiel 21:8-17; Revelation 19:15

God rules through the goodness of the rod of His people. Micah 6:6-9

Rule God's people with the truths about Him. Micah 7:14-19

God will rule with a rod of iron (rather than a rod of almond.) Revelation 2:27; 12:5


Rod of Discipline:

God promises David that if Solomon acts up He will send the rod of man and the stripes of the children of men to correct him. II Samuel 7:14

God will break the nations with a rod of iron. Psalms 2:9

Rod of the wicked shall not rest on the righteous. Psalms 125:3

He who spares the rod will spoil the child. Proverbs 13:24; 23:13-14; 22:5

The rod and reproof gives wisdom. Proverbs 29:15

The Assyria is the rod of God's anger. Isaiah 10:15, 24

By the Voice of the Lord (God's rod) shall the Assyrian be beaten down - Assyria had been the rod of God to discipline Israel. Isaiah 30:31-33

Moab, a rod of discipline is broken, is equated with a staff. Jeremiah 48:14-17

Paul can come with the rod of discipline or in love and the spirit of meekness. I Corinthians 4:21


God's Comforter:

When we get close to death the rod of God, His Word, will comfort and protect us. Psalms 23:4


God's Tribe:

Mt. Zion, His congregation - the rod of His inheritance. Psalms 74:2; Jeremiah 10:16


A sign of Messiah:

The Lord will rule as a rod of strength. Psalms 110:1-2A Rod shall come out of Jesse and a Branch out of his root which shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth and with the breath of His lips shall slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:1-4

People will assault the Judge of Israel with a rod upon His cheek, He will come out of Bethlehem, and He will rule through His people. Micah 5:1-8


A Sign of Evil:

God warns the people not to rejoice that rod of Ahaz had been broken for out of this serpents root would come an adder - even a fiery flying serpent. Isaiah 14:29 (Out of Ahaz would come Manasseh and Zedekiah.)

Rod of pride and wickedness. Ezekiel 7:10-11


Romanism - "Romanism, claiming for her sovereign pontiff an inspiration descended in unbroken line from the apostles, and unchangeable through all time, gives ample opportunity for every species of extravagance and corruption to be concealed under the sanctify of the apostolic commission." GC 193


Rome - Pagan - "The line of prophecy in which these symbols are found begins with Revelation 12, with the dragon that sought to destroy Christ at His birth. The dragon is said to be Satan (Revelation 12:9); he it was that moved upon Herod to put the Saviour to death. But the chief agent of Satan in making war upon Christ and His people during the first centuries of the Christian era was the Roman Empire, in which paganism was the prevailing religion. Thus while the dragon primarily, represents Satan, it is, in a secondary sense, a symbol of pagan Rome." GC 438


Root – “Fire will come down from God out of heaven and devour them-burn them up root and branch. Satan is the root, and his children are the branches.” EW 52


Rottenness – “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.” Proverbs 14:30


Rubbish - "Rubbish of apostasy and unbelief." PK 409-410