Saturday, November 23, 2019

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS & GOOD WORKS - EXPLAINED

'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.' - Matthew 5 vs 16

Greetings Dearly Beloved in the LORD JESUS. I'm sure by the Grace of GOD that you will be refreshed in understanding as concerning this subject and even beyond by the SPIRIT OF GOD. AMEN. You're Lifted.

Okay. Someone asked, "what's the difference between self righteousness and doing good works as a Believer seeing that we are exhorted in the New Testament to walk in Godliness and do good works, therefore what's their difference?". I tell you, this is a beautiful question, and having an understanding of it will do so much good to the one who possesses the understanding in His walk with GOD here on Earth. So right now we will be seeing the difference between self righteousness according to the Old Testament and Good Works according to the New Testament.

Now let's see a few more Passages of the Apostles (New Testament) which urges us to do good works. The first is our opening passage, the LORD says, 'that men may see your good works.' Okay;

'As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance...' - 1 Peter 1 vs 14 {KJV
 
Okay, this is the Apostle Peter, admonishing the Brethren on how they should live their lives, not after their former worldly nature, but after Holiness. You can further read this chapter into the 15th verse to see the whole writing. Let's see another;

'For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.' - Ephesians 2 vs 10 {KJV}

You see that here again, this is the Apostle Paul admonishing the Brethren by the WORD of the LORD, informing them of GOD'S Intention and Desire towards us Believers, and that intention/desire of GOD concerning us is that we possess Good Works. - Selah. It's very important to note this line; "which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.". This clearly shows to us that GOD's intention and desire concerning HIS people right from the Old Testament even into the New Testament has not changed, HE still desires that HIS people walk in the Light of HIS nature, HE still has the desire for us to do good works, good things and not evil things. - Selah

SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD WORKS ACCORDING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT AND SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS?

I will start with self righteousness. Self Righteousness are works done (good deeds) done in an attempt to get GOD's approval, GOD's goodness, GOD's blessings. Let's see Scriptures;

'Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine...' - Exodus 19 vs 5 {KJV}

Do you see this? they needed to obey the Law in other to get GOD's approval. GOD's approval for them was conditional to their obedience. You see that? so they were not being righteous for nothing, they were doing those works of righteousness to get GOD's approval as "HIS People". That's why it's called 'Self Righteousness', a righteousness that has benefits attached to it. More Scriptures;

'And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.' - Deuteronomy 28 vs 1 - 2 {KING JAMES VERSION}

You see, there was a condition placed on them for experiencing the blessing from GOD, their tasting of GOD's goodness was conditional to their obedience to the Law. This is why it is called 'Self Righteousness' because it is selfish, it's a Righteousness exhibited to obtain something. You get it? okay. If you continue reading this chapter, you will see the beautiful blessings they would enjoy if they kept the Law and Commandments. But in the verse 15, curses were to come on them if they kept not the Law and Commandments. You can check it out yourself for further study. So now, you see what self righteousness is and all about, it's all about "doing" to get GOD's approval, doing to obtain blessings from GOD. So if you find a man who says He doesn't do this and that simply because He doesn't want to go to hell, that's self righteousness being exhibited, that kind of righteousness cannot save a man. - Selah

Okay. On the other hand, what are Good Works according to the New Testament? Good Works are those Godly virtues which proceeds forth from a Believer which Proves that He Loves GOD the FATHER, or rather which proves that the Love of the FATHER is in Him. Beloved, having established from Ephesians 2 vs 10 where we read above that GOD's desire for HIS people remains the same, which is that we walk in Newness of Life, it is important that we establish that Truth with further biblical readings;

'Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His Kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God's Kindness is intended to lead you to repent (to change your mind and inner man to accept God's will)?' - Romans 2 vs 4 {AMPLIFIED BIBLE TRANSLATION}

Notice the Words, He says that GOD'S KINDNESS IS INTENDED TO LEAD THE BELIEVER TO REPENT.

I always said this that it is the Believer who can repent, the sinner (unbeliever) cannot repent, it's only a man who has received the Gospel (no longer an unbeliever) that can now repent (have a change of mind and heart to now walk according to GOD's Will) by reason of the knowledge of the TRUTH His eyes have been opened to in the Gospel. Do you get it? - Selah

So you see, all the blessings, promises and goodness which the people were to receive from GOD by their obedience to the Law in the Old Testament, GOD gave them all to us who believe in the Sacrifice of HIS SON JESUS freely for all eternity in the New Testament. Hallelujah! It was hard for them to keep the Law seeing that (1), the flesh which is corrupt by nature would not allow them, and (2), there was fear for the curse if they didn't keep it; so walking uprightly among them of the Old Testament was grievous. So GOD changed the plan. Mind you, GOD did not change HIS desire for us to walk in Righteousness! that didn't change and that will not change; it's still the same even till today. What GOD changed was "the method of operation", by which Men will now be enabled and able to walk in the Will and Righteousness of GOD which has always been HIS dream and intention for HIS people even according to Romans 2 vs 4 where we just read above. So you see, sin and wicked living is still not welcomed! that's why that portion in Romans 2 vs 4 above says "to change your mind and inner man to accept God's will". AMEN. GOD changed the method of operation so that it will be possible for us to accept HIS will, which is (Walking in Newness of Life) - Romans 6 vs 4. - Selah

The Law says this;

'Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.' - Exodus 19 vs 5 - 6 {KING JAMES VERSION}

"If you will obey, then you shall be."

'But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light...' - 1 Peter 2 vs 9 {KJV}

No condition attached, unlike in the Law. You see, check the two comparing portions, you will find out that it's the same Blessing which was conditional for them to receive in the Old Testament that has come upon us freely for all eternity in the New Testament. Hallelujah! The same very blessings that was said of them "If they will obey, then they shall be" are the same blessings conferred on us freely in CHRIST JESUS, He says, "You are!" No conditions. GOD be praised forever. Their righteousness was conditioned to their obedience to the Law, but our Righteousness in the New Testament is our Faith in the Finished Work of CHRIST. Righteousness for us in the New Testament is a gift, a free gift - {Romans 5 vs 17}, but righteousness for them in the Old Testament was their obedience to the Law; so in the Old Testament, you are only righteous when you kept the Law, once you break it, you are a sinner. But in the New Testament, you are not only Righteous by faith in CHRIST, but that Righteousness of yours which HE gave to you freely in CHRIST is for all eternity, never to be lost, whether you make a mistake or not, because GOD's WORD does not change. Righteous forever is righteous forever; perfected forever is perfected forever. Glory to GOD. - {Hebrews 10 vs 10 - 14, Hebrews 7 vs 25}.

Therefore Beloved, it's easy now to walk in Righteousness. Romans 2 vs 4 where we read above informs us that GOD's intention for giving us Grace is that we may come into repentance, that we may receive enablement, empowerment to do those good works which HE already ordained for us to walk in them. - Selah. {Ephesians 2 vs 10} You see... So we do good works not because we seek HIS approval or we want to obtain HIS goodness or blessing, no! HE already blessed us with all HIS blessings {Ephesians 1 vs 3}, but we do good works because it's our new nature, that's how we live, this is how we roll; it has no business or connection with obtaining anything from GOD. - Think about it. So you see that Good Works in the New Testament is so very different from Self Righteousness? Yea. - Selah

So if you've gotten the teaching of the Grace of GOD all wrong all along, and you've been walking in sin even as a Beloved Child of GOD, here is knowledge presented before you, walk in your new nature from this moment hence forth. Wait, it doesn't just follow that a Child of GOD is a fornicator. You think about it with your head, that doesn't just match. - Selah. It doesn't just rhyme that a Child of GOD is an intentional sinner, that doesn't just rhyme, in-fact I have critically looked at it with my head, and the WORD of GOD has confirmed it that such who walk that way are not children of GOD, I don't care to know how much they look like Christians, or how much of a Christian they look like. Let's see some things concerning this in the Bible;

'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof from such turn away
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.' - 2 Timothy 3 vs 1 - 7 {KING JAMES VERSION}

Now, this is how the Apostle Paul describes these set of Believers whose lifestyle speaks of darkness even sin, it's not as though it's a mistake they make, no! they live that way. So let's carefully see the description of them, so that you will be able to spot them when you find one and separate yourself from such a one because your company with them will damage your Godly virtues. See what verse 5 says about them, and we will see it in the Amplified Bible Translation; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. It says they have a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof. Uhmmm. This may sound unclear to many, so let's see it in another Bible translation, so that we will have the understanding of it;  

'For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].' - {AMPLIFIED BIBLE TRANSLATION}

It's still not very clear? let's see another rendering of the same Amplified Bible Translation;
 
'holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith

It's clear now right? yea. It says, though they look like Christians outwardly, in that they Pray, some even speak in tongues, they give offerings, you know, they hold positions in Church, yet, it says that their conduct nullifies their claim of Faith. Do you see now that sin is still not welcomed even in the New Testament. GOD expects that now it's easier for us to walk in a New Life, seeing that HE has blessed us with all HIS blessings, HE gave us righteousness for free, and HE made it an eternal contract. Boiiii! Who does that... - Selah. If you still choose to walk in rebellion after all these things that GOD has done for you, GOD has nothing left to do for you again, HE doesn't have another plan to help you; in-fact, HIS sending JESUS was and is HIS best option to help man and deliver him from worldliness and the corruption that is in this world. So if you still out-rightly go against GOD after knowing of HIS Love, Grace and Goodness towards you, I guess you have not the Love of the Father in you, hence, you are still in the gall of darkness and in the region of the unsaved. See what the WORD says on this;

'Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.' - 1 John 2 vs 15 {KJV}

Did you see that?

'Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.' - James 4 vs 4 {KJV}

Now think about this, if a man is the enemy of GOD, do you think such a man is Saved? - Selah

What's friendship with the world? Simply put, it's being a companion of sin. This is not just making a mistake. If you make a mistake, that's a mistake, and because your heart was not and is not in that evil deed, you will get up and continue in your walk of Righteousness, you are still the Righteousness of GOD in CHRIST JESUS, perfect in HIS Sight for all eternity. This is a different case. Here we are talking about friendship with the world, being a companion of sin, a friend of sin, being intentional about sinning. If you are in such category, in your heart, don't you have this feeling that there's something not right? - Selah. Repent now while you still have the time to do so. 

This is the category of the so called Believers who the Apostle Paul says that they have an outward look of Christianity, but their conduct tells that they are not. You see, the Grace of GOD does not rule out our outward Godly conducts. - Selah

I Believe GOD that you have received understanding on this Subject and even more understanding on the Gospel has been imparted into your Heart. You can visit our PODCAST Store by clicking on the Podcast Menu above or click here to go there right away and get our Audio Teachings on the Grace of GOD for free on your Device. Thank you.

GOD has Blessed You.
- Jenning U. Angel

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