Obedient Steps of Faith – BT13: Being good isn’t enough, Only Jesus makes us Right enough
Obedient Steps of Faith – BT13: Being good isn’t enough, Only Jesus makes us Right enough
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If we try to obey the commandments of the Law to work for our righteousness in order to ‘be good enough,’ we will end up failing miserably and die in our sins unless we instead have trusting-relying-faith in Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah (a), “for the Law made absolutely-in-fact-NOT one thing perfect” (b) and “can in-possibility-NOT perfect the conscience of the worshiper” (c), for “the Law is but a skia ‘shadow, shade, outline, thick darkness’ of the agathos ‘God-like good’ things routinely/habitually coming, absolutely-in-fact-NOT themselves (the good things) the eikon ‘representative-form’ of the [good] things, thus it (the Law) can absolutely-in-fact-NEVER, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near-close-beside [God]” (d), because “by-the-means-of Christ everyone who is routinely/habitually having trusting-relying-faith is justified/made-righteous from EVERYTHING from which you were absolutely-in-fact-NOT able to be by-the-means-of [singular] Law of Moses” (e). Since the Law failed on every point, unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace succeeds on every point – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT1 and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT17. <Notes> a) John 8:21, 24, 11:25-26; Romans 7:9, b) Hebrews 7:19, c) Hebrews 9:9, d) Hebrews 10:1, e) Acts 13:39.
Once Christ came, Hebrews 11:6 could NOW state that: “Without trusting-relying-faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would routinely/habitually proserchomai draw near-close-beside (a) to Him must have trusting-relying-faith that He presently/ongoingly exists (b) and that He becomes a Rewarder for those who routinely/habitually ekzeteo diligently-seek-out-to-find (c) Him.”
<Notes> a) proserchomai: a Hebraism for “seeking an audience with, approaching, inquiring of, calling on to visit, or be heard by” God, thus closely akin in spelling and meaning to proseuche conversational-prayer and proskuneo worship, b) that He’s really THERE to have a relationship with, c) ek + zeteo for the Hebrew darash: search out diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after – another Hebraism throughout the OT for diligent worship in order to find God: Proverbs 8:17; Isaiah 58:2; Jeremiah 29:13; Amos 5:4. Jesus used this common OT phrase “You will seek Me” to rub it into the Pharisees and scribe that they will NOT find God this time and die in their sins for their rejection of Him: John 6:26, 7:34 36, 8:21, 13:33, cf. Proverbs 1:28; Romans 10:20 citing Isaiah 65:1.
Paul makes it clear in Romans 8:2-3 that Christians should have absolutely NOTHING to do with the old covenant or Law, or teachers of it – we are to be freed from its yoke of slavery: “The Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life has set you free [from slavery] in Christ Jesus from the [OT] Law of sin and death, for God has done what the Law [of commandments], [which is] asthenes ‘beggarly-poor, weak, feeble, and impotent’ by the flesh, was adunatos absolutely-powerless-to-accomplish” (a), just as we saw above!
Paul continues: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (a), which in context is liberty from the slavery of the Law of sin and death, and warns of “those (false brothers) who have slipped in to spy out our freedom [from the slavery of the Law] that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us back into slavery [to the Law of sin and death]” (b), especially warning about them Law-teachers (c). Romans 14 is written about how to handle Jewish-Christians who were “weak in faith” because they still feel compelled to follow Jewish dietary Laws to be more ‘right’ with God. <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 3:17, b) Galatians 2:4, c) Romans 2:20-21.
Paul warned his preachers-in-training to: “charge certain persons in-possibility-NOT to teach any different doctrine (a) nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies (b), which promote speculations (c) rather than God’s oikonomia household-management-plan that is by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith . . . Certain persons, by swerving from this, have wandered away into vain/fruitless discussion, desiring to be teachers of the Law” (d). Paul also said: “put these things before the brethren, being a good servant of Christ Jesus, ongoingly being entrepho nourished/educated by the logos messages of/belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (The Christian Faith) and/coupled the [singular] kalos ‘beautiful, harmonious, excellent, praiseworthy’ teaching that you have followed” (e). Faith-teaching is what’s beautiful! Even Peter says, “Live as people who are free [from the Law of sin and death]” (f).
<Notes> a) Paul taught: Jesus is our hope in 1 Timothy 1:1 by ‘The-trusting-relying-Faith‘ in v. 1:2 that unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, mercy, and peace are from the Father and/coupled Jesus our Lord, b) a Jewish tendency: 1 Timothy 1:4; Titus 3:9, c) for debate and arguments: 1 Timothy 1:7, 6:4; 1 Corinthians 1:20; Colossians 2:4; 2 Corinthians 10:5, d) 1 Timothy 1:3-7, cf. 1 Timothy 6:3; Galatians 1:6-7; cf. Romans 16:17 that says “watch out for them . . . avoid them,” e) 1 Timothy 4:6, f) 1 Peter 2:16.
“The Law is holy, . . . righteous and/coupled kalos ‘beautiful, harmonious, excellent, praiseworthy’ good” (a), but NOT if used unlawfully, that is against Christians who are “freed from the Law” (b), as Paul explains in 1 Timothy 1:8-11, because Christians are no longer “unjust, lawless, disobedient, ungodly, sinners, unholy and profane/unclean,” for the Law was for such as these and those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, practicing homosexuals, enslavers, liars, perjures and whatever else that is contrary to the sound doctrine [of Jesus] (c) that is kata down-from/according the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which I have been entrusted.” Instead, Christ has made Christians justified, law-abiding, obedient, godly, saints, holy, clean, so the Law doesn’t apply to them, so it would be “unlawful” to do so! Yet so many Christians and churches insist on adding at least 1-10 of the Law’s commandments back in, thus creating The Great Wall quenching the Spirit in the Church. <Notes> a) Romans 7:11, 16, b) Romans 6:14, 18, 7:3-4, 8:2, c) see also 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:10, 4:3, 6; Titus 1:9-10, 13, 2:1-2.
Later in 1 Timothy 4:1-3, Paul warns Timothy: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith (The Christian Faith) by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and/coupled teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage (a) and require abstinence from foods (b).” Later in 1 Timothy 6:20-21, Paul warns: “Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called ‘gnosis informational-knowledge’, which some routinely/habitually are professing – [they] have gone astray from The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (The Christian Faith).” <Notes> a) as does the Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox, b) as do the Trappist monks, Franciscans, Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, and Seventh-day Adventists, with meat-free celebrations of Lent by Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Orthodox denominations.
Similarly Paul warns Timothy about the Law-teachers in 2 Timothy 2:14-16 “do not quarrel about words . . . avoid irreverent babble for their talk will spread like gangrene,” and in 2 Timothy 3:1-11 “In the last days . . . people will be . . . having the ‘outward appearance or external form’ of godliness, but denying the [Spirit’s] dunamis enabling-power of it – avoid such people . . . some men (a) are always learning (b) but never able to arrive at the genuine, full, experiential, relational epiginosko knowing of The Truth, (c) . . . men who oppose The Truth (c), men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (The Christian Faith). . . You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my trusting-relying-faith, my patience, my unconditional-love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and sufferings.” <Notes> a) or the ‘weak women’ certain men taught, b) to increase rational gnosis knowledge or sunesis understanding, c) these were the teachers of the Law, who opposed Jesus Christ who is The Truth.
Similarly Paul warns Titus to be: “avoiding foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and/coupled quarrels [all these] about the Law for they are anopheles ‘unprofitable or useless’ and/coupled mataios ‘purposeless, groundless, or baseless” (a). Nevertheless Jewish scholarly debate is still encouraged to ‘unlock’ the scriptures through all these methods, and the Jews still see it as “loving God with their minds” to obey the Law (b). <Notes> a) Titus 3:9, b) Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27.
Paul says that: “Whatever the Law says it speaks to THOSE who are UNDER the Law” (a), but “All who are out-of/from the works/doings of/belonging-to the Law are UNDER a curse” (b). The Jews ‘belong to’ the Law! However, Peter says Christians are to instead be living as “bond-servants (c) of/belonging-to God” (d). In fact, Christians are to “absolutely-in-face no longer be UNDER the Law but under unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” since it should be true of them that they “are being led by the Spirit” (e), for “BEFORE The Trusting-Relying-Faith (The Christian Faith) erchomai ‘came from one place to another’ (i.e., hidden to be revealed) we were held captive subjugated-under the Law, imprisoned, [until the] eis toward-and-the-reaching-the-goal-of The ‘About-To-Happen’ Trusting-Relying-Faith was revealed” (f), but “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His son, . . . to ‘fully out and out buy to redeem/purchase [as with slaves]’ those who were under the Law” (g). See Logos Word of God – BT5a and – BT8. <Notes> a) Romans 2:12; Jews – 1 Corinthians 9:20, b) Galatians 3:10, c) freed slaves who chose to still serve their masters, d) 1 Peter 2:16, e) Roman 6:14-15; 1 Corinthians 9:20-21; Galatians 5:18, f) Galatians 3:23, g) Galatians 4:4-5.
Thus righteousness thru Christ ALONE is the NT’s gospel logos message: “The righteousness of God is revealed (a) – from [one step of] trusting-relying-faith to [another step of] trusting-relying-faith” (b), “manifested apart from the Law, although the Law and Prophets bear witness/testify to it – the righteousness of God dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ for all who routinely/habitually have trusting-relying-faith . . . made/declared-righteous by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace as a free grace-gift, thru-the-realizing-channel-of the redemption (c) that is by the means of Christ Jesus, whom God publicly displayed at His death [to be] a propitiation (d) dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith by the means of His blood toward-reaching demonstrable-proof of His righteousness dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the remission of sins . . . that God might be just/righteous and the justifier/righteous-maker of the one who has trusting-relying-faith in Jesus” (e). <Notes> a) uncovered from being hidden, b) a common Greek idiom meaning step by step to the end: Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38, c) by ransom payment as for freeing as slave being auctioned, d) substitutional atonement – our unrighteousness transferred to Christ and His righteousness transferred to us, e) Romans 3:21-22, 26.
We are to be just like with Abraham, having “trusting-relying-faith counted/credited to us as righteousness as well . . .the righteousness of trusting-relying-faith . . . a righteousness that is by trusting-relying-faith . . . the righteousness based on trusting-relying-faith” (a), “absolutely-in-fact-NOT having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but that which comes through trusting-relying-faith in Christ, the righteousness from God epi rests-upon-the-basis-on The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (The Christian Faith) (b), “the righteousness [that is] kata down-from/according-to trusting-relying-faith” (c). You would think after the NT says it so many times Christians would believe it, but many don’t, so they go back to at least 1-10 of the 613 OT commandments or start making up their own from various teachings of Christ – the Internet erroneously says there are are least 1,050 of them! <Notes> a) Romans 4:9, 11, 13, 22, 9:30, 10:6, b) Philippians 3:9, c) Hebrews 11:7.
If you don’t have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah-Christ of the OT even after reading 61 prophecies, then you are defying the astronomical statistical odds and thus highly irrational, or just plain hard-hearted and defiant against God. If you can still be an agnostic or atheist after reading 365 prophecies, then you are either unconscious, mentally disabled, insane, or just really pissed off at God – see Salvation – BT4: Jesus fulfilled 365 Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah.
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