Ten Lists Bible Plan 2020

Righteousness which Exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees

Your points about our action and heart are useful. True it all coms from our Lord calling and empowering us. Much to unpack there and the whole sermon on the mount needs careful study. Including this challenging verse:

Matthew 5:48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Paul writes often about our perfection, and not the least of his exhortations is our being rooted in the whole word of God, the Bible.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Our righteousness begins here,…

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

…. but goes on to radiate his righteousness in our lives to his glory, which is the chief end of man.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Isaiah 64:6 (NASB) 

What is our Lord’s number one desire for His sheep? Some would say that Jesus Christ wants Christians to just get along. Others might say that He wants Christians to live sacrificially while being busy doing good works. Some may say that proper religiosity is most important. The number one desire our Lord has for His people is that their Righteousness surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisee so that their lives will bring Him glory.

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Current Events and Politics, Devotional Readings, Faith and Christianity

The Bible and current events…

I will leave reflection and your checking John Gill's commentary to you. These two fairly deep passage came to mind today... Have No Fear Mat 10:26  Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. Mat 10:27  What I tell you in darkness, that speak… Continue reading The Bible and current events…

Ten Lists Bible Plan 2020

Psalm 60:11 – Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

It's been tough to stay focused on my daily Bible reading. Perhaps in these troubling times this Psalm should serve as our prayer... He Will Tread Down Our Foes Psa 60:1  To the chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of… Continue reading Psalm 60:11 – Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

Ten Lists Bible Plan 2020

For God So Loved the World

Years ago I had opportunity to listen to Dr. S. Lewis Johnson’s sermon on John 3:16. Highly recommend it either audio or text versions, he very clearly speaks about the “world”. https://sljinstitute.net/gospel-of-john/the-greatest-text-of-all/

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλʼ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. John 3:16 (NA28)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that everyone believing in Him should not perish but have life eternal.John 3:16 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)

The first verse I memorized in Sunday School as a child was John 3:16 from the King James Bible. This must have been sometime around 1956-1957 since I did not learn to read until the 1st grade. My mother even had a plaque made with that verse on it and put it on the wall over my bed. I still have the little white New Testament I got for memorizing the most verses in my class that year. So what? When I look back…

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