RIGHTEOUS is a person with morally RIGHT conduct, virtuous a just man, a very good man, excellent. VIRTUOUS is a person with HIGH moral standards. Virgin, chaste, pure. The BIBLE IS a book about SIN. SIN is in the BIBLE about 620 times. The BIBLE talks about how to be sinful and how to be sinless. ROMANS 3:23 says ALL have SINNED and come short of the glory of GOD. THEREFORE, ALL have a great need for the BIBLE. Man can not get rid of his sins without JESUS CHRIST AND the BIBLE.
The BIBLE gives us instructions on HOW to become sinless. HEBREWS 12:1,2 says seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the SIN THAT DOTH SO EASILY BESET US (sin which HOLDS ON TO US SO TIGHTLY), and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto JESUS the author and finisher of our FAITH; WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, AND IS SET DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF the throne of GOD. DO NOT SIN. If GOD the FATHER SAYS DO NOT SIN, then why is there so much sin. JAMES 4:17 says to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, TO HIM IT IS SIN.
COLOSSIANS 1:8,9 says who also declared unto us YOUR LOVE in the spirit. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be FILLED with the KNOWLEDGE of his will in all WISDOM and SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING that ye might walk worthy of the LORD. So, to walk worthy of GOD, we must have knowledge, wisdom and spiritual understanding that is given to us by the HOLY SPIRIT in the BIBLE. Man can be a vile sinner, and study and obey the BIBLE and become a sinless saint of GOD almighty. When the dishes get dirty, we wash them so they can be used again. The same is true about man. When man is a sinner GOD can not use him. He goes to the word and church and removes his sins and then GOD can use him again.
Rejecting the BIBLE has been a major problem of man from the beginning. Eve knew what GOD had told her, Peter walked on the water, Jonah preached the word, man was destroyed in the flood except 8, and Moses did not enter the promise land and all of these were not sinless. So, what makes the difference? AWAKE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS. Fornicators, murders, drunkards, dope users, liars, revilers, seditions, heresies’, witch crafters, all that envy and are jealous and angry, have orgies, steal need to awake to righteousness and be forgiven of our sins. No one can do this without BIBLE instructions. The CHURCH is the only institution on earth that can make man perfect in the sight of GOD.
EPHESIANS 3:4,5,9-12 says whereby, when ye READ, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Have you read the BIBLE lately? Have you attended Sunday worship lately? These should be a part of everyone’s life.
I Thess. 5:22 says Abstain from all appearance of evil. Two of the worst evils of the world is not reading our Bibles and not attending the services of the Lords Church. Heb. 10 24:25 says and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. When I do what God says then I have awakened to righteousness and godliness. When I don’t do what God says I do what is wrong. Matt 6:33 says Seek ye first the kingdom of God (the church): and his righteousness and all the necessities of life will be added unto you. And man will be righteous and well pleasing to God. I Cor. 10: 30-33 says For If I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that which I give thanks? Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God. Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
Please join us at Piney Church of Christ, Rhinehart Parkway, in Spencer Sunday morning worship is 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday night service is 6:30 p.m.