Proverbs 15 5-15-18

Righteousness is a great goal, but our purpose is greater than that: We are His ambassadors!

Proverbs 15:9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

Personal righteousness is a great goal and is to be commended. I myself strive for it, as do all Christians. But, Christ had a mission to draw all people to Himself.

John 12:32 But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

Our personal righteousness is designed to make people curious about what we believe and Who we follow. We are to use our different lifestyle from the world to make connections rather than build walls. The Pharisees built walls of separation; Christ came to tear down walls and build a Bridge, the bridge of salvation.

John 2:19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

The walls were the religious system that the Pharisees had contrived in order to control the people. Christ tore that “building” down by taking to the cross the old system of worship. Then, by rising from the dead, He initiated a new system of worship, the one we have today.

Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: [9] That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

In fact, we who believe have died with Christ and have been raised to walk with Him.

Romans 6:6-11 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— [7] because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. [8] Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. [9] For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. [10] The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. [11] In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Now comes the most pertinent passage in the whole Bible (to me) for Christians. If you want purpose for your life, here it is:

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. [16] So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. [17] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! [18] All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: [19] that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. [20] We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

Here is the message we are to take to give:

We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. [21] God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Tomorrow, we will discuss how to make verse 21 relevant in and understandable to today’s society.

Today, let’s ask the Lord to show us the fields that are “white unto harvest” and ask Him how we can help. He will lead us every step of the way!

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