Rom. 10:3 π 2 Cor. 5:21 π Gal. 6:14
Jesus never placed the emphasis on what He taught; neither did the Apostles. They placed all the emphasis on the cross. Jesus’ teachings are of no use until a person is changed through the cross. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus…” ( Gal. 6:14; top ) Only when we are dead to the world and dead to self can we fulfill all of Jesus’ teachings. We can resolve by our will to stop sinning as a result of listening to teachings on purity. Yet all the teachings in the world about having a pure heart will not make it pure. Many saints have listened 10 or 20 years to holiness messages, and have nodded their heads in agreement, only to remain in the same spiritual state as before. Paul’s message was always applying the crucified Christ to our lives; today, most teachings only understand the blessings that come from the cross. There is no true holiness in man, except what God Himself has crucified in us.
We have often heard the confession, “I am the righteousness of God,” however we can confess this hourly and it won’t make us more righteous. 2 Cor. 5:21 says, “For He has made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” We are to be made righteous, by our Heavenly Father’s chastenings, trials, purgings and dealings, resulting in the death of the self-life. “For they, being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” ( Rom. 10:3; top )!
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