Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-27
Knowing that a man is not justified by [out of] the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
People are not justified by law keeping. What does this look like today?
--law is external, it results in conformity, easy ability to judge between us and them. Christian groups have their own levels of law keeping.
--You know you’re in this when your biggest concern is how you measure up against other people and not God.
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Just shall live by faith—those who are justified by faith continue to live by faith. The state of righteousness you enter by faith becomes the state in which you live.
Out of faith—from faith as the core and center and fountain of life.
Live in them—in the sphere of law, dependent on always doing them all the time. Being rooted in soil that gives no actual life, will lead to death.
Walk by faith not by sight. Law is by sight, opposite of faith. Comparison is not with what others are doing, in God’s sight you’re not just even if you can prove you’re better than others.
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Guilty before God—brought under the judgment of God. God is the inuered party, one we owe a penalty to. Guilty—under sentence, condemned.
Justified in his sight—the only judgment that matters.
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Justify before men—you think you are righteous and persuade others to think you are too. To make a show of righteousness.
Highly esteemed—upheld in a lofty position, given honor. Abomination—detestable, foul in God’s sight
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them [motive]: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory [praise, honor] of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
--do what’s right before the Lord, don’t care for man’s praise, criticism, or opinion
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
You can look good to others or self, but comparing yourself to God is the true test.
Whether you dress like us, Spend money like us, Agree with out doctrinal camp