CaptureLuke 11:42;

But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the others undone

When Jesus said, " and not to leave the other undone," He was not arguing against doing what is right. God’s word stresses holiness in our actions. The Pharisees’ error that cause Jesus’ rebuke was that they believed their actions could produce a right relationship with God, but right relationship with God only comes by humbling ourselves and putting our faith in the savior, Jesus Christ. God cleanse our hearts by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8;) and then we have our fruit unto holiness.(Rom. 6:22;) Holiness is the fruit, not the root of salvation. in a similar situation in Matt. 23:26; Jesus said, "Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the out side of them may be clean also." True Christianity comes from the inside out. A good heart will change a persons actions,but a persons action cannot change their heart.

One of religion’s favorite doctrine is that if you will just act right you will be right. Nothing could be further than the truth! you must be born again by the Spirit of God, then your action will be holy because you are holy. You are holy inside, and that holiness manifest more and more on the outside.

This is the heart of the Gospel. Every major religion of the world has a moral standard for salvation except Christianity, which offers salvation through a savior. Now that you are saved, you have no need to make yourself look holy on the outside. Just allow His holiness inside you to manifest to your thoughts, words and actions. This will become more and more obvious as you follow the Spirit and renew your mind with god’s Word. The fruit of holiness will show up in every area in your lives!

Pastor Jonathan


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