Church of Jesus EM

Mon, Apr 29, 2019

Be Zealous for Good Works

Lk10:25-37; Tit2:14
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Be Zealous For Good Works
(Lk10:25-37; Tit2:14)

God is good.
Everything that comes from Him, the law, His word, is good (Ps119:23; 1Ki8:36), and
He lets those who do good see His face (3Jn1:11).

Faith is acknowledging this and having a clear conscience (He13:18), and
The life of this faith is doing good work for one’s neighbors.

In the history of mankind many have done good things such as
Donating their possessions to build schools, orphanages, hospitals etc,
Donating their organs to strangers and
Sacrificing their life to rescue others.

Yet the Bible says no one is good but God (Mk10:18) and
The best of men is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge (Mi7:2-4).

For the creation of all things was the good works of God,
The entire mankind have been eating their fruit to this day (Ac14:17).
However, after eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil forbidden by God
Adam knew good and evil (Ge3:4-6) and
Treated his wife as a stranger (Ge3:12) whom he once called “the flesh of my flesh” (Ge2:23).
Cain who killed his brother revealed negligence and fear of other men (Ge4:9-10).

The Ten Commandments which God gave to the Israelites consisted of
The commandments regarding God (1-4) and the commandments regarding men (5-10).
If they were to harm their neighbor or their neighbor’s property (Ex20:3-17, 21:12-36),
They were to make restitution or face punishment (Ex22:1-15), because of which
The Law caused them to avoid their neighbors.
However, it also commanded them to
Look after the orphans, the widows and the foreigners (Dt10:18-19).
As such, the law is good for it defined good and evil (Rm7:7-19),
Making them realize how difficult it was to keep the commandments and also
How evil they are for they were not even able to do good works.

Standing before the temple where the stone tablets of commandments were,
Yeshua said, "Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days” (Jn2:19),
Because through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body,
He would reveal that He is the good shepherd who came to give His life to mankind (Jn10:11).

While He did the good work of healing the sick in His public life (Jn10:32-33; Ac10:38),
He also exposed the hypocrisy of those who boasted their charity with
A portion of their possessions as the highest good (Mt5:38, 6:2, 19:21-22), for which
They put Him to death.

As He died, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Carried the sin of all men and died, and poured out all blood and water, by which He
experienced good and evil with His body testifying that the Father alone is good (Ge3:22; Rm8:3-4);
2) Judged the devil the evil one (Ge3:4; Is14:12-15; 1Jn2:12); and
3) Sprinkled His redeeming blood on all men (Mt20:28; Eph1:7).

He resurrected and ascended to heaven, and sat on the heavenly throne.
To those who believe Him He sent the Holy Spirit,
The clear conscience desiring to live honorably (He13:18).

The man of the Spirit is he who is zealous for good works (Tit2:14)
By showing interest in his neighbors.
By giving the best, the gospel, he raises to life souls first (Is53:5),
Without sparing his possessions he continues to look after them (Lk10:25-37).
Even the thief no longer steals but rather labors to share with those in need (Eph4:28) so that
Through his good works he could bring glory to God (1Pe2:12).

O Lord,
In the past, I was not interested whether others died or starved.
But now, I cannot let my neighbors go to hell,
I cannot ignore their suffering.
Let this clear conscience never go numbed! Amen.
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