I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance

15 Sep

The Pharisee syndrome[1] is all over the place today. Those who are not true followers of God would boast in themselves as having something of worth or having some gift or would boast of something within themselves of value, as proof that they are God’s children worthy of heaven. Those that deny they are sinners have no need of a physician.[2]

But God says I came not to call the righteous, meaning He did not call those whose hearts want to throw out their chests declaring their value, as the Pharisee raises his hands toward heaven in a gesture of boasting in himself.

No, the sinner in humility who knows he is a sinner in his heart, without denying that fact, is the one who receives the gospel. It is not up to us to go around condemning others, but just share the love a Loving Father that takes care of His children (He makes us sons of God).

But it goes even further, God tells us over and over again from creation to present day that it is faith as a little child[3] who knows without any question in his heart that he needs God’s salvation. The sinner who is saved knows in his heart God’s plan is complete, that there is no other way into heaven but by faith in His Christ. Jesus goes even further and says if you are not ready in your heart to suffer death for Him you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 16:24 “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”[4]

God in his word shows us the evil hearts of those who claimed their value before mankind[5] the Pharisees looking for the highest seats in the synagogue or the praise of men in the streets, they make a big show of their self righteousness by mumbling gibberish and declaring it is tongues, or what ever show they want to boast through. God tells us that, no, it is the heart of a little child that displays righteousness namely gods righteousness, by belief in His Word.

Pity to the one who ignores parts of scripture because they can not wrap their brain around what is written and they stumble at that stumbling stone and rock of offence.[6]

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”[7]

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”[8]

Romans 10:9,10 Is so often misquoted in so many churches today, in that they leave off the heart and make it about the person. “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. 10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Matthew 15:8 “This people draws nigh unto me with their mouth, and honours me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”

[1] Romans 3:27, Luke 18:10-11, Psalms 10:3, Psalms 49:6, 49:6,  94:4, Romans 1:30

[2] Mark 2:17, Luke 5:32, John 12:47, Matthew 10:34

[3] Matthew 18:3-5, Mark 10:15, Luke 18:17,

[4] Matt 10:38, Mark 8:34, Mark 10:21, Luke 9:23,

[5] Luke 20:46

[6] Romans 9:32

[7] 1 John 3:18

[8] Matthew 6:21

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