Who are Pharisees today ?
Who were the Pharisee ? The Pharisee were people who thought themselves to be good when they were not. The Pharisee were people who judged others a lot instead of looking at their own lives. What can we learn from be lesson of the Pharisees ? Who are Pharisees today ?
Who are Pharisees today ? Legalism
Legalism is a big issue ? Paul and Jesus say that those who are legalists cannot enter heaven . A legalist follows rules but thinks that following those rules will make him a good person . A legalist thinks that obeying requirements will change the heart and he will go to heaven because of those rules. A legalist can hate people, be selfish, arrogant yet follow rules.
The heart is not changed and the outward observance is not enough for God to have this person enter heaven. As e know when Jesus returns the body will be changed into a perfect body . But when Jesus returns nowhere in the bible does it say that Jesus will force the removal of bad habits and bad traits of character to go to heaven . God cannot force evil out of our own lives if we do not let him .
Who are Pharisees today ? The cross of Jesus
What is legalism ? Legalism is someone who thinks that they are good deep down . A legalist thinks that his works will be good enough to save him and go to heaven . A legalist makes the cross of Jesus of none effect. As if we could save ourselves with works why did Jesus died on the cross ? There would be no need for Jesus to die on the cross if we could save ourselves.
We cannot both save ourselves and need Jesus to die for our sins to save us . Oen is a religion of works, the other one is a religion of grace. Both cannot be true at the same time . Because men is helpless in saving himself then Jesus died on the cross to forgive his sins . Our only work is to believe . Even our works Jesus does them through us . The bible says that all our works God prepared them beforehand . God does the works through us Even the works are by faith .
Jesus says unless Jesus washes us, we have no part of the kingdom . Here too many people can work but unless they believe in Jesus for salvation their works will not gain them an entrance in heaven .
JN 13 8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
RO 10 9 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
This does not mean that we shall be saved i our sinful condition . This is another error people believe . That as soon as they believe they shall be in heaven . But we need to be sanctified. We need to be cleansed from sin which is pride, selfishness, unloving, unking spirit. Dishonesty, unbelief and legalism is also a sin . Who are Pharisees today ? All those who work and do not believe, or work to save themselves and think they are good persons .
Who are Pharisees today ? Saved y works also
What about the verse that says we are saved by works also ? Does the bible contradicts itself ? No Why does God put apparent contradictions ? It is so that we can search deeper into the Word of God and find the real meaning . We cannot be surface reader. If a person believes in God will they do things for others and love God also ? Yes . Then in this manner they are saved by works .
This verse does not mean that we are saved by works . This chapter says that the faith of Abraham was his work . Abraham believed and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
JA 2 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
This verse says that one that believes will have works . If someone says i love you and does not do anything for that person then his profession is dead. It does not mean that one is saved by doing things. As one can work and not love . One can obey God and not love God . Works does not mean that person is saved . But we are not saved by works . This chapter of James 2 says that if we have faith in God we will love God and other people .
This faith will manifest automatically in works for God and others. It does not mean we are saved by works . It means we cannot have faith and not have corresponding works that proves we have faith in God .
Who are Pharisees today ? Saved by faith
Here are a few verses about being saved by faith only . I like this one that says that if we are saved by works, then it is no more of faith . If we are saved by faith, then we are not saved by works . It cannot be both at the same time .
RO 11 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
We see that there cannot be contradictions in the bible . When you are at the stop sign, either the light is red or it is a green light . It cannot both . Either you are a dog or a cat. Here too we cannot be saved by grace and works at the same time . It is like saying put the key in ignition and the car will start. The stating of the car is the outcome of putting the key in the cars ignition .
GA 3 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. This verse also confirms that we cannot be saved by works because it could mean we are gods . If we could save ourselves there will be no need of God . Most pagan religions believe that they are saved by their own actions. Men is at the centre of their worship and it is an abomination to the cross and sacrifice of Jesus . Men is helpless to forgive his own sins, helpless to atone for his faults, helpless in changing his own heart.
Who are Pharisees today ? Who do we obey ?
This is the whole issue in fact as both the legalists, and those who are saved by faith work. The difference is why do they work ? What is the motive ? The legalists work to save themselves and receive approval of God . Those who are saved by faith work just because they love God and their neighbour . Who are Pharisees today ? Those who work to gain heaven There is no way we can work ourselves to heaven .
But if the motive is to be grateful to God for his love and goodness, then we will work not to save ourselves but because we love God. This is why the bible says our best works are like dirty rags . As they are often filled with selfishness and ulterior motives to benefit oneself, or to work to be seen of others, or to work to receive back from people .