Never think your righteous!

Luke 5:29-32

9  Then Levi gave a great banquet in his house for Jesus, and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. 30  But the Pharisees and their experts in the law complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31  Jesus answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 32  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Levi left the business of being a corrupt tax collector.  Like most of Jesus’ followers, he held a banquet for Jesus and invited many people to meet Him. Levi was turning away from worldly riches to spiritual riches and was excited about it.  Some of the people in this banquet were known sinners, but Jesus was happy to meet them all.  When the Pharisees and their religious teachers came they have the nerve to ask why did Jesus sit with such scum.  They were the biggest hypocrites in the party because they hid their sins by pointing out the sin of others. They were sinners none the less, however, in public eye they acted as if they were holier than everyone. 

The way Jesus handled the situation shows His true character of love, grace, and being salvation minded.  He simply told the Pharisees that healthy people don’t need doctors, but sick ones do.  Jesus was making a clear point in His standing for all people.  Jesus came to heal those who had the humility to accept that they are sinners and not those who thought they were righteous and could do no wrong.  In order to come to God we must all realize that we are sinners and repent for it.  If we think we are blameless, then how can we repent?  To admit your failures to God shows true strength and not weakness.  Many times our pride is what keep us from making this action.  Once our sins are acknowledged, then we can find the Father through Jesus Christ.

I pray that this lesson helps those who are hiding behind their good works or pointing out the sins of others.  If we do this we are no better than the Pharisees.  This lesson was to explain why we need to accept who we are and that we are all sinners.  Once this is understood we can move forward to the only one who can heal us from our sins and grant us life everlasting.  Jesus came to heal the sick and not those who think they are righteous.  

Please remember that very important point.  Please have a blessed day y’all. 

3 thoughts on “Never think your righteous!

  1. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus February 18, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I will let the Scriptures confirm God’s Truth for you.

    1John 3:2 -7 Whosoever abideth in Him Sinneth not: whosoever Sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children let no man deceive you he that doeth Righteousness is Righteous even as He is Righteous.

    Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth Salvation hath appeared to all Men, Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly, Righteously and Godly in this present World.

    Rebuking and Correcting in Love and for Love……

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righteousness: That the Man of God may be Perfect thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

    James 5:19-20 Brethren, if any of you do err from the Truth and one convert him Let him know that he which converteth the Sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of Sins.

    2 Timothy 4 : 2-3 Preach the word be instant in season out of season reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears;

    Titus 2:14-15 Who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works. These things speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

    Luke 17:3-5 Take heed to yourselves If thy brother trespass against thee rebuke him and if he repent forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day and seven times in a day turn again to thee saying I repent thou shalt forgive him. And the Apostles said unto the Lord Increase our faith

    1 Timothy 5:21-22 Them that Sin Rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s Sins: keep thyself pure.(KJV)

    Proverbs 27:5-6 Open rebuke is better than secret Love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.(KJV)

    Ezekiel 33:8-9 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man thou shalt surely die if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way that wicked man shall die in his iniquity but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it if he do not turn from his way he shall die in his iniquity but thou hast delivered thy soul. (KJV)

    We do not continue to Sin……

    1John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to Sin because God’s seed remains in him he “cannot ” go on Sinning because he has been Born of God.

    1John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God Sins but He who was Born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth everyone who Sins is a slave to Sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith I know Him and keepeth not His Commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word in him verily is the Love of God Perfected hereby know we that we are in Him He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk even as He walked.

    Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life appears then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore whatever belongs to your earthly nature, sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed which is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of God is coming.

    Colossians 1:27-29 Whom we preach warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man Perfect in Christ Jesus:

    1 Peter 1:21-23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

    Romans 6 :1 – 2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in Sin that grace may abound? God forbid how shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein?

    Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no Condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.

    Galatians 5 :24 -25 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

    We Aim to be Perfected in Love…….

    Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore Perfect even as your Father which is in Heaven is Perfect.

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ let us go on unto Perfection not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

    1John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made Perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises dearly beloved let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit Perfecting Holiness in the fear of God.

    2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

    If you would like more Scripture for confirmation just let me know.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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    • Faith Love and Road School February 18, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Amen Anne! I enjoy your comments and I keep a list of scriptures for my prayer list. Whenever I pray I make sure to ask the Lord of it is in HIS will.

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      • Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus February 19, 2017 / 3:16 pm

        If we are not Righteous we are not Born Again or Perfected in Love, as confirmed in the Scriptures.

        1John 3:2 -7 Whosoever abideth in Him Sinneth not: whosoever Sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children let no man deceive you he that doeth Righteousness is Righteous even as He is Righteous.

        Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth Salvation hath appeared to all Men, Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly, Righteously and Godly in this present World.

        1John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to Sin because God’s seed remains in him he “cannot ” go on Sinning because he has been Born of God.

        1John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God Sins but He who was Born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him.

        Blessings – Anne.

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