A New Track-Record

 

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A  person thinks all his ways are pure, but the Lord weighs motives. Prov 16:2

 

“…Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, so that He might make it holy by cleansing it, washing it with water and the word, and might present the church to himself in all its glory, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind, but holy and without fault.” Eph 5:25-27

 

Talking about doing what is right, and actually doing what is right are not the same. If all of our good thoughts, intents and motivations end in sin, what is the value of good intentions?

 

I’ve heard it said that “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I’m wondering this morning if that might be true.

 

There are many in the church who somehow imagine that believing the right thing is sufficient, and if so are sadly deceived. Why did the apostle write, “Let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness, is righteous even as He is righteous.” ? GWT has it this way, “Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you. Whoever does what God approves of has God’s approval as Christ has God’s approval. The person who lives a sinful life belongs to the devil, because the devil has been committing sin since the beginning. The reason that the Son of God appeared was to destroy what the devil does.” 1 Jn 1:7-8

 

Our righteousness must be deeper than our lips. It must come from a new heart that has been born of another spirit that obeys from the heart wholeheartedly the teachings that we have been given, resulting in righteousness and true holiness.

 

Is it about Christ’s “track-record”? Well, yes… of course, but once we have received the righteousness that His track record provided for us, we begin OUR

 

track-record. a NEW one.

 

 

Once we were slaves of sin and our track-record reflected that reality, but now having been set free from sin and having become slaves of righteousness, we have our fruit leading to holiness of life. (Romans 6 – my paraphrase, but you can read it yourself).

 

 

My question for you this morning if you consider yourself to be part of the church of the living God is this: You once – (we all once) had a track-record of sin. Has that changed? Not His track-record, but YOURS. Has it changed? Are you walking in newness of life?

 

 

 

These are not “new” teachings or thoughts, but are the very foundation upon which the church of Christ is built. There are many destructive heresies that are presently creeping into EVERY denomination (and non-denomination) in various forms that are undermining and twisting the very truths of scripture in the minds of men and women.

 

 

There is a so-called “gospel” or “good news” message that is being accepted as truth that promises God’s unconditional acceptance without a change of life and conduct; no repentance. Don’t be deceived by this. The truth of God’s redemption is not difficult or so theologically lofty that you need a degree to understand it.

 

 

No matter what our history, God offers forgiveness and cleansing from all our sin if we will put our faith and trust in Him. He will give us His Holy Spirit who will enable us to walk in the ways that are pleasing to Him, but we must turn from our former way of life (repent) and begin to walk in the light even as He is in the light. A “gospel” without repentance is not the gospel at all.

 

 

Let us determine today that we will “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints”, and begin to practice the truth we profess that we might truly live as the light of the world as God intends.

 

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2 Responses to “A New Track-Record”

  1. Very little talk about repentance these days. Good word

  2. So good. ‘A gospel without repentance is no gospel at all’. I like that.

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