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  • The Wrong Way!

    Hi Everyone,

    I believe the title of the devotion below speaks for itself.

    Sincerely, Spying
    "Wrong Way"

    August 2, 2001

    Matthew 9:9-13 "Jesus...saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. 'Follow Me,' He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and 'sinners' came and ate with Him and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and "sinners"'? On hearing this, Jesus said, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'"

    "Wrong way! Do not enter!" We know what this warning means on the highway, but what does it mean in our relationship with God? To go the wrong way may be fatal. The most common wrong way people follow is believing they must do good deeds so God will reward them with eternal life. God says exactly the opposite. He forgives us because of Jesus' atonement for our sins. Because we have been made righteous through faith in Jesus, we serve God with good works. It is a human factor that sees God paying attention only to good and virtuous people. But the Bible plainly teaches the opposite. Jesus didn't come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. He came to seek and to save the lost.

    Jesus' enemies tried to discredit Him by saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." Yes, thank God, Jesus does receive sinners. Publicans and outcasts, criminals and immoral people found Him to be the compassionate Savior. He accepts all who come to Him in sincere repentance and faith. This is the wonder and the glory of Jesus: He is the Friend of sinners. If you are going to delay coming to Jesus until you have qualified yourself by your good life and conduct, you will never get there. Nobody can make himself worthy before God through his own efforts. Only when God looks at us through the sacrificial work of Jesus does He declare us righteous in His sight.

    How shall I come to Jesus? The answer is: Just as you are.

    PRAYER: O Lord God, open my heart to receive the full measure of your grace in Jesus. Amen.


    (Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 Concordia Publishing House.

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  • #2
    Spying,

    Although quite simplistic and only covering one aspect of salvation and eternal life, I am not sure what you find objectionable in this little appetizer.

    Please comment.

    Shalom,
    Simpleman
    Remember, wherever you go.... There you are.

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    • #3
      The Proud Doer!

      Hi Simpleman,

      How about this for starters:
      The most common wrong way people follow is believing they must do good deeds so God will reward them with eternal life. God says exactly the opposite.
      Really, does HE now? Let's flip that coin over. Granted:
      Prov 26:10
      10 The great ELOHIM that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. (KJV)
      But, it is also written:
      Ps 31:23
      23 O love (the) YAHWEH, all ye his saints: for (the) YAHWEH preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. (KJV)
      Now, who do we know that is a proud doer? Who is it that has been plentifully rewardeth with eternal life? If YAH does not reward the proud doer, then explain to me how Messiah has eternal life?

      What must we do to inherit eternal life, Simpleman?
      Heb 11:6
      6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to ELOHIM must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV)
      Sincerely, Spying
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      • #4
        Hi Spy,

        I guess I don't think that one should take a simple little single faceted message and look for volumes of truth.

        This person's point seemed to me to be pretty clear. We come to Messiah acknowledging our sin and he takes us from there. From then on we learn to walk in His ways. I don't think his point was that we shouldn't do good but that without Messiah we could never do good.

        I thought that you supported the idea that a sacrifice was needed???? This person did not go on to speak about growing into the perfect image of Messiah. I do not see enough here to judge what he thinks about that issue. I see him just saying to the sick and hurting and filthy "come"

        Shalom,
        Simpleman
        Remember, wherever you go.... There you are.

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        • #5
          Well Pleased!

          Hi Simpleman,

          Oh, there are volumes of truth that do revolve around this simple issue! YAH has eternal life. YAH is my Heavenly Father. YAH desires to give eternal life to HIS children. How do we inherit eternal life from HIM?

          Lutherans say in a very straight forward manner that you can do nothing to inherit eternal life. They even testify or bear witness that doing is the "wrong way". How do we inherit from our physical parents? Do they not leave their earthly goods to those that please them? Why should it be different with our Heavenly Father and Mother? Yet, Lutherans testify that YAH is a different type of parent. They say that YAH is the "OPPOSITE".

          But, what is the record?
          Matt 3:17
          17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (KJV)
          As it is written:
          Matt 12:18
          18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. (KJV)
          Have you been shown HIS judgment? With what is YAH pleased, Simpleman?

          Sincerely, Spying

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