God chose a certain number of people before the world began in the covenant of election. When those elect, by the regenerated spirit given them by God, do good works, we ought to glorify the covenant God of election!
If we ever are tempted to worship God simply for what we get from it, we should take a closer look at the Pharisees to see that this is not only selfish it produces vain worship.
Without the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, no man can stand before a holy God.
If you are now or have ever been part of Christ, then you were placed there by God the Father when He gave you to His Son. And never forget, just a few verses before this Jesus said, "I will never cast you out!"
Ephesians Series • 24. The Breastplate of Righteousness Ephesians 6:14b, pt. 2 (October 25, 2020) Today’s episode of Triumphal Feast is part 2 of the message about The Breastplate of Righteous found in Ephesians Chapter 6. We will begin with an example of Ananias and Saphira to show that our outward righteous acts are not enough to justify us before God. We must have Christ righteousness counted to us to stand before an holy God. Blessed is the man that knows what he has done but also understands that it is not counted against him
Ephesians Series • 24. The Breastplate of Righteousness Ephesians 6:14b, pt. 1 (October 25, 2020) Elder Bryce continues to look at Paul’s charge to us to put on the whole armor of God in order to be prepared as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. We need natural armor to fight natural warfare. We also need spiritual armor to fight spiritual battles. Much like a bullet-proof vest, the breastplate of righteousness protects are heart. Our understanding of righteousness is very vital to how we live every day.
I want to take a moment and look at this scene in Luke’s gospel to see what saving faith truly is.
We do not have to slavishly seek to please God by our will or works. We can, with great liberty, live our live in thankful righteousness.
The world and the devil may label you by your sin but your Heavenly Father does not. He sees you through the blood of Christ. God sees you as righteous.
Our baptism is an outward symbol that expresses what God has already done by His grace on the inside.