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Self-Righteousness and Good Works

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April 16th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Good Works, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A, Righteousness0 Comments | Author:


Hi J______,

These are very good questions. Yes, you are right that good works are very important.

Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

If we do in fact have the Spirit of God we will manifest the fruit of the Spirit, which is good works.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

It requires effort on our part to bear this good fruit.

1Co 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

BUT, we have to recognize that the power to do anything good or evil for that matter come from God himself.

Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
We are SELF righteous when we take credit for our good works and don’t recognize that it is GOD working in us.

Joh 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

We do need to start by looking within ourselves before we attempt to judge others, otherwise we’ll be hypocrites.

Mat 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

We are commanded to admonish one another.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

It is good to point out others sin because we are commanded to be good watchmen. To see sin and NOT say anything is disobedient and sinful itself.

Eze 3:16 Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Eze 3:17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:
Eze 3:18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
Eze 3:19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
Eze 3:20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.
Eze 3:21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”

You asked “Do our good works Really Matter if He covers all of our sin??”
The answer is in these verses:

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

1Co 15:31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily

Col 1:24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,

There is a false doctrine in the church call “substitutionary atonement”. I explain this in great deal in the article below. I suggest you take the time to listen to the audio or read it. I cover all the verses mention above.
http://aionios.com/2013-01/the-mystery-of-the-kingdom-of-god/

Thank you for the question. I hope this helps you.
Mitch

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