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370:  When Our Saved Life Looks Like Our Lost Life

370: When Our Saved Life Looks Like Our Lost Life

When we look at the chilling words of Jesus that tell us “unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20) we are perplexed.  And rightly so.  When we then see the requirement of becoming a “new creation” in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) in order to possess the “righteousness that exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees,” we are faced with even more questions.

Are you a new creation in Christ?
Has God changed you from the inside out?
Do you possess a righteousness that exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees?
If so, how do you know?
Can your friends and family tell?

And then one more:

Does this describe you?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law (Gal. 5:22-23).

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  How did you answer?  What does it mean if your answers to these questions are, no?  To find out more, keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:20.

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368:  You Will By No Means Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

368: You Will By No Means Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

Some of the most chilling words of Jesus begin with a condition that seems impossible to meet. He begins this by saying:

“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20).

But what does this mean?  Who were the scribes and Pharisees and what was the characteristic of their righteousness?  What is the nature of the righteousness that must exceed their righteousness and how is that righteousness obtained?  And once it is obtained, how do we know?  How can we be sure? In what way does our righteousness have to exceed that of the scribes and the Pharisees?  And finally, what does Jesus mean when He says, “You will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven”?

These are tough questions. Important questions. Eternal questions.

Do you want to know more? Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:20.

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359:  The “You Are” Versus “You Do” Passages

359: The “You Are” Versus “You Do” Passages

Many Scriptures speak of things we must “do” as followers of Christ. Some of them are:

You are to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).
You are to “walk according to the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16).
You must “present your bodies as a living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1).

But when we find some passages that speak about who we are (in contrast to what we do), they should stop us cold in our tracks. These are Scriptures that define and describe us from the Lord’s perspective.

In Matthew 5 we find two of these: “You are the salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:11), and “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:12-14). And the implications of these are profound. Want to discover more? Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:11.

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353:  To Hunger and Thirst for Christ

353: To Hunger and Thirst for Christ

At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said,

Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

And then we later find the Apostle Paul saying of Christ:

1 Corinthians 1:30 – But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

Are these two passages related? Has Christ really become for us true righteousness? And, if so, what does that say about what we “hunger and thirst” for?

To find out more, keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:6.

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351:  Our Greatest Mission Field is the Church

351: Our Greatest Mission Field is the Church

One of the reasons the church is in the condition we now find it, is because many, if not a majority of those who claim Christ as Lord, are actually lost.  They have their faith placed in something other than the true, Biblical Jesus. And their allegiance is usually to something other than Christ Himself.

But this really shouldn’t surprise us.  For the mark of this church age is the simple fact that Jesus is on the outside of the church longing to come in.  And His call is not to the group, the church, or the institution. It is to the individual.

Consider the following:

Revelation 3:20 – “Behold, (what) I (Christ) stand at the door (of His church) and knock. If anyone (personal) hears My voice (John 10:27) and opens the door (of His church), I will come in to him (personal) and dine with him (personal), and he with Me (personal).”

Could this be you?  Could it be someone you know?  If so, then keep listening.

The following is a study on True Salvation.

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