November 26. 2019

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. – Romans 10:2-3 ESV

Warrior;

When we read the Bible, we really should understand that NOT MUCH has really changed. We can criticize the Jews for their ignorance, but we are doing similar things, with much more knowledge. We are not much different than our Jewish brethren who messed up mightily. There is a proverb that says, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”. Paul before His turning TO Christ, his conversion, was killing people of the WAY- what early followers of Jesus were called- and believing he was doing God’s work. But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. (Acts 9:1-3)

Leader, the Jews were outwardly zealous for God, but they were not zealous to know Christ. Seeking to establish their own righteousness, Israel missed the gift God offered them. For Israel to receive God’s righteousness, they had to stop relying on works and rather believe in Christ’s work on the cross. (Romans 1:17 Philippians 3:9) How is that any different than America today. Our self-righteousness, believing that we can WORK OUR WAY TO GOD. ALL ROADS DO LEAD TO GOD: And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27-28) What we must decide is will we meet Him as Abba Father, or will we meet Him as judge. Will we be standing before the WHITE THRONE judgment, or will me meet Him as we stand before the BEMA seat of Christ? When we meet God, we will either be welcomed or condemned and it has nothing to do with our works, but to do with the works of HIS SON, and our SAVIOR JESUS—did we accept the paid price of the cross? Did we confess with our mouths, that Jesus is LORD, and believe in our hearts that HE IS RISEN? (Romans 10:9)

Conduit, and falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” (Romans 10:4-6) When Saul meets the resurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus, he is struck blind. Saul was spiritually blind when he “saw the light” on the road to Damascus. Being healed from his physical blindness highlights his spiritual awakening. For the first time, Saul sees Jesus for what he really is, and his spiritual blindness is healed. The word RIGHTEOUS means; our RIGHT STANDING before God. The only person to ever LIVE, the Christian life is Jesus. God requires perfection, and there is none perfect, no NOT ONE (see Romans 3:10). For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20) This is why we are told in Romans 13:14; But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. So that when God looks at us, He sees His Son, and HIS RIGHTOUSNESS. You can’t be GOOD ENOUGH for God, only Jesus is! It is Faith alone, in Christ alone, through Grace alone that allows us to stand before God RIGHTEOUS, in GOOD STANDING WITH GOD because only one way leads to GOD as OUR FATHER and OUR REDEEMER: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) For those that accept the works of Christ on the Cross and not their own: His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

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