Luke 23:50-51 Virtue Is In The Waiting

Luke 23:50-51 (KJV)
And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:
(The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.

The virtue is in the waiting. 

Joseph of Arimathaea was a good and just man. Because of that he did not consent to the counsel’s condemning of Jesus. But the thing that made him just was that he waited for the kingdom of God. 

Character is not the product of deeds. Rather deeds are a reflection of character. Character is the product of something deeper, outside of self. Character is produced from our values – our core beliefs. 

Joseph was a good man and just because he waited for the kingdom of God. He had a faith in the promises of God, yet unfulfilled. 

Consider; it would require no faith and therefore build no character had he merely believed in the history of Israel. It takes no faith, and therefore produces no character to believe in history. Secular character is produced by learning from history. Spiritual character is produced by believing what biblical history prophesies. Because God did these things, we can be assured He will do these other things. 

Joseph of Arimathaea was a good man and just because he believed God would do what He promised He would do, and had not yet fulfilled. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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