"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
|I am a retired
pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
The righteousness of sinners are filthy rags. But the righteousness of saints should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for those who wear them are the bride of Christ.
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The Transcript of this Message
Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
We are living in a time of very strange Christianity. Most Christians say that they are born again, born of the spirit, they are in Christ and Christ is in them, and so on. But, before they take another breath, they will boast about the fact that they are still sinning and they claim that they are saved by grace. But if you say that you do not sin, then they will call you a liar and will say that you are of the devil. That is, the devil in you does not sin and the Jesus in them is sinning. It is very funny. 2 Cor 11:4 says if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. I am afraid that these people have accepted another Jesus, another spirit, and another gospel even from Satan already. It is a danger to Christianity.
Deut 6:25 it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us. But today's preachers say, if we obey the law of God, it is works and by works nobody will be saved and most people accept it. They call this righteousness, which we obtained by obeying God, as filthy rags. Then they say that if we do not sin, we do not need Christ. Saying that they blame us that we are rejecting the Saviour Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, by not committing sin. That is, we have to be sinning in order to honour Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross. It is ridiculous. The tragedy is that the majority of Christians believe this nonsense.
Let us see the next scripture. The context here is about the Holy Spirit baptism in the house of Cornelius. Gentiles of those days are equivalent to non-Christians of today. Acts 10:34... Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. So those gentiles were doing the works of righteousness and they feared God. God accepted them just because of that. That is, God has accepted the gentiles because of their righteousness and has rejected the Jews because of their unrighteousness. But these preachers say just the opposite. They say that our righteousness is filthy rag to God and they want us to keep committing sin. These preachers are fully devoted to deceive people.
In Matt 5:20 Jesus says I say unto you that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. The righteousness of the religious people are filthy rags. That is why, Jesus Christ requires a higher righteousness, which shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. If you still have filthy rags as your righteousness, you will not enter into the kingdom of God. So, repent and obey God.
Rom 5:21... as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. The Bible says that sinners are servants of sin and sin will reign over them until it take them to death. So also, righteousness will reign people with grace and take them to eternal life under the lordship of Jesus Christ. But these people are so proud and don't want to be reigned by righteousness. So, they rejected righteousness calling it as filthy rags. So, God has rejected them and left them to be ruled by sin unto eternal death.
People pick up sins in their youth by the persuasion of their flesh, the world, and by Satan. Their righteousness at this time was filthy rags. Then God convicts them and tells them what to do. Eph 4:22 says ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; God wants them to put that life away. 23 says be renewed in the spirit of your mind; It is true repentance, which is to change their mind. 24 says ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. After verse 22 and 23, that is after putting off the old filthy rags, then put on righteousness and holiness, which is the apparel of the bride. We cannot put them on over the filthy rags.
Rom 13:14... put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. That is you better don't give any room for the fleshly lusts, but you put on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is not a filthy rag. It is up to you to put him on. But, unless you throw away the filthy rag, you cannot put him on.
Rev 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. Notice here, They have not defiled their garments. So, the garment is still pure and not filthy. Jesus Christ says that they will walk with him in white. Listen to this. Jesus Christ says that they are worthy. People who fake humbleness always say that they are not worthy. If you are worthy, and even Jesus Christ says you are worthy, don't be afraid of it, neither be ashamed of it. Verse 5 says that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels…. Wow, overcomers will be clothed in white, and so on. They may even be the bride of Christ. See the next verse.
Rev 19:7 ... the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Notice here, the wife has made herself ready by doing the works of righteousness. Fine linen is the righteousness of saints. What is your righteousness? Is it still filthy rags? If it is so, you are of Satan. Repent quickly. Come out of his grip and escape. If your righteousness is fine linen, clean and white, you are the bride of Christ. You are the blessed one. Congratulations to you.
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