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Righteous. “in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God” “innocent, faultless, guiltless” “approved of or acceptable of God” ( Thayer ) All have sinned…none righteous by being sinlessly perfect, Rom. 3:9-10, 23. Righteousness.

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Righteous

Righteous

  • “in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God”

  • “innocent, faultless, guiltless”

  • “approved of or acceptable of God” (Thayer)

  • All have sinned…none righteous by being sinlessly perfect, Rom. 3:9-10, 23


Righteousness

Righteousness

  • Faith is counted for righteousness, Rom. 1:16-17; 3:21-23; 4:3-8; Phil. 3:9

  • The sin of self-righteousness is a constant temptation to God’s people, Deut. 9:3-6

  • Trouble: It is hard to see S-R in ourselves! Luke 18:9-14


Self righteousness

Self-Righteousness

  • “I am right!” Luke 18:9

  • Trust in oneself: Convinced, persuaded, assured, confident in self

  • Not God-defined (by faith, Rom. 4:5)

  • Self-defined, Luke 18:9


Self righteousness1

Self-Righteousness

  • Produces self-deception, Lk. 18:9; Isa. 65:2-7; Jas. 1:26

  • Causes unjust comparisons and unrighteous judgments, Isa. 65:5

    • Despise others, 18:9

    • Unjust, foolish, harsh, fleshly judgments, Lk. 18:11-12; 2 Cor. 10:12

    • cf. Phil. 3:17-19


Self righteousness2

Self-Righteousness

  • Results in isolation, Luke 18:11

    • It is not empathetic nor merciful, Matt. 5:7 (Lk. 18:13)

    • It does not encourage others, Gal. 6:1-3

  • Results in condemnation, Luke 18:13-14


Overcoming self righteousness

OvercomingSelf-Righteousness

  • Be conscious of our own unworthiness, Luke 18:13

    • Stand “afar off” in reverence, Isa. 64:5-7

    • Penitent confession of sins, Psa. 40:11-12; 34:18; 51:17; Lk. 23:48

    • You do not earn mercy, Lk. 18: 13; 17:11-14 (10); Titus 3:4-5, 7


Overcoming self righteousness1

OvercomingSelf-Righteousness

  • Be humble before God and toward men, Luke 18:14

    • “I am a sinner!”

    • Impress God – not others! Matt. 6:1-18; Lk. 14:7-11 (16:15)

    • Do not seek repayment from others, Luke 14:12-14


Overcoming self righteousness2

OvercomingSelf-Righteousness

  • Do not put confidence in the flesh, Phil. 3:3-11

    • Radically different value system!

    • Not in law-keeping (a sinner), Rom. 3:20; 7:9-12

    • Rely on “the righteousness which is from God by faith”, 3:9

    • Life is about Jesus, not ourselves! Gal. 2:20; 1 Jno. 5:3-4


The self righteous

TheSelf-Righteous

Luke 18:11

1 Peter

5:5-7


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