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makrothumia
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 The Beauty of EXTERNAL righteousness

There is an external righteousness we must clothe ourselves with! We must “put on” the Lord Jesus Christ and clothe ourselves with every grace of His life.

Let us put on lowliness so men can see an example of humble delight in doing His will.

Let us put on meekness that is clearly visible by “deeds done” in the meekness of wisdom.

Let us put on kindness that will lead men to repentance as they taste and see that the Lord is good from the good fruit of the Holy Spirit being produced in our lives.

Let us put on love which is the perfect bond of unity and men will recognize we are His disciples by the love they see we have for one another.

Let us put on mercy and forgiveness so as to demonstrate to men how our Lord has loved us.

Yes, external righteousness is equally important as internal. We can not have one without the other.
Can we show men our internal righteousness without works? I think not; rather, we must show the world our faith by our deeds.

We might not see the internal combustion of hydrogen on a molecular level, but no one can mistake the light emanating from a star. Our righteousness is to be as external as stars in the universe as we hold forth the word of light. The main difference between a planet and a star is this: a planet is a dead satellite caught in the gravity of a star. A star, on the otherhand is a blazing power drawing other objects into its orbit and radiating the energy it has within its core.

When Christ abides in the inner man, the external results are just as obvious. His life, His light, His love, His wisdom, His kindness, His Power – so radiate externally that the internal power is unmistakable because of its high degree of visibility. We are to let our light so shine before men that they see “our good works” and glorify our Father who is in heaven.

We have this treasure in earthen vessels TO SHOW that the EXCELLENCY of the power is of God. We show the excellence of the power by overcoming sin, the world, and the devil. That proves before the eyes of men that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
The clearest testimony of the power of Christ dwelling within is His ability to bring all things under subjection to His power: our tongue, our thoughts, our emotions, and all our conduct. This is the undeniable proof that He is greater than the other forces we encounter in this world.

makrothumia


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Alan and Dina Martin

 2011/10/7 9:56Profile
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 Re: The Beauty of EXTERNAL righteousness

Great word makrothumia. It is convicting and encouraging at the same time.

Be well,
Doug

 2011/10/7 10:13Profile









 Re: The Beauty of EXTERNAL righteousness

Makrothumia, you write..........

"Can we show men our internal righteousness without works? I think not; rather, we must show the world our faith by our deeds."

I am unclear as to who you are addressing. Who here has said that one can have internal righteousness without it being reflected in our walk? As far as I can see, it is agreed upon by all that ones inner walk will relfect in their outer walk, whether righteousness to the glory of God before men, or religious which will lead to a lack of love. For I am sure that you will agree that men can have the appearence of righteousness on the outside, but one can never imitate the supernatural love of God? ........brother Frank

 2011/10/7 10:59









 the beauty of Holiness ...


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"The religious man can reproduce many things in this world for a time but he cannot reproduce genuine love. He can seem to many to be upstanding, as were the Pharisees, yet God has considered the inside of the cup. This outward appearance is everything to the religious man because ultimatley he is a fearer of man, not God. He fears what others think, its what motivates him in all that he does. He is an actor and one full of guile, yet, God has considered the inside of the cup because he looks upon the heart."

 2011/10/7 11:06
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 Re: The Beauty of EXTERNAL righteousness

Makrothumia said, "There is an external righteousness we must clothe ourselves with! We must “put on” the Lord Jesus Christ and clothe ourselves with every grace of His life."

Alan, the "external righteousness" you are talking about here-- love, mercy, meekness-- is the same internal righteousness and holiness that Frank has been speaking about.

...Brothers, be careful.

AD


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"Can we show men our internal righteousness without works? I think not; rather, we must show the world our faith by our deeds."



Amen brother Alan. Also one cannot seperate outward righteous behaviour from inward righteous attitudes. For instance one cannot flee from evil in His heart. There is times he needs to flee or run and not be in a certain situation. To just say holiness and righteousness is in "being nice" is a grave error. Love by definition is sacrifice and being poured out for another and suffering the loss of all things.

To me there are 2 errors which the western church is prone to. 1 to consider all standards in Christianity as legalism and not to teach any specifics in regards to holiness and living of for the Lord Jesus. 2 to be holy in outward things yet lack true saving faith, love and the meekness of Jesus Christ thus being relgious and hard towards others.

The scriptures "do" teach outward righteousness that exhibits itself through good deeds and areas of sanctification in the believer. Again if the Lord Jesus Christ is the one we have surrendered all to then why are you still holding onto a few areas of your life where you demand you have control over because it would be legalism (supposedly) to give that area over the Lord's control.

May God lead us into His fulness, His love and meekness and to sacrifice our "everything" to Him for His purposes.

One of the major problems in North America socially is "INDEPENDENCE" or rather spiritually speaking "INTER-DEPENDENCE" thus we differ then 95% of our brothers and sisters across the world in the west for we feel we have the right to things that they don't. We have the right not to allow the Scriptures to touch areas of our lives that will make it uncomfortable for us in society. We want to fit in, we want the approval and success of society and Jesus Christ also.

Lord have mercy on me first on all these areas and the rest of the body of Christ.

Thank you brother Alan for your boldness to speak out on part of what is needed to be said amongst all the churches of God.


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Yes Brother Greg:

"One of the major problems in North America socially is "INDEPENDENCE" or rather spiritually speaking "INTER-DEPENDENCE" thus we differ then 95% of our brothers and sisters across the world in the west for we feel we have the right to things that they don't. We have the right not to allow the Scriptures to touch areas of our lives that will make it uncomfortable for us in society. We want to fit in, we want the approval and success of society and Jesus Christ also.

Lord have mercy on me first on all these areas and the rest of the body of Christ."


The nature of our attitude toward the Lord. This is the heart of the matter. How much of it does He get, with no strings attached? A sobering question for us all to consider.

Be well,
Doug

 2011/10/7 12:26Profile
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Greg, you wrote:

"Amen brother Alan. Also one cannot seperate outward righteous behaviour from inward righteous attitudes. For instance one cannot flee from evil in His heart. There is times he needs to flee or run and not be in a certain situation. To just say holiness and righteousness is in "being nice" is a grave error. Love by definition is sacrifice and being poured out for another and suffering the loss of all things.

To me there are 2 errors which the western church is prone to. 1 to consider all standards in Christianity as legalism and not to teach any specifics in regards to holiness and living of for the Lord Jesus. 2 to be holy in outward things yet lack true saving faith, love and the meekness of Jesus Christ thus being relgious and hard towards others.

The scriptures "do" teach outward righteousness that exhibits itself through good deeds and areas of sanctification in the believer. Again if the Lord Jesus Christ is the one we have surrendered all to then why are you still holding onto a few areas of your life where you demand you have control over because it would be legalism (supposedly) to give that area over the Lord's control.

May God lead us into His fulness, His love and meekness and to sacrifice our "everything" to Him for His purposes.

One of the major problems in North America socially is "INDEPENDENCE" or rather spiritually speaking "INTER-DEPENDENCE" thus we differ then 95% of our brothers and sisters across the world in the west for we feel we have the right to things that they don't. We have the right not to allow the Scriptures to touch areas of our lives that will make it uncomfortable for us in society. We want to fit in, we want the approval and success of society and Jesus Christ also.

Lord have mercy on me first on all these areas and the rest of the body of Christ."


Amen.

 2011/10/8 10:15Profile
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Faith without works is dead...so teach the scriptures.

I am amazed at the things God asked of the OT saints. Consider the rite of circumcision. Who would ever have believed that? Did it make a lot of sense to the people back then? Of course, today folks have learned there are physical benefits, but did they know that back then?

Or, how about gathering manna only on six days and not the 7th? If they got excess on five days it was to be thrown out or it got wormy, but not that which was gathered on day 6.

Or, how about marching around a city once for six days, and on the 7th do it 7 times and then blow your trumpets?

Or, how about building a huge ship with the belief of a worldwide flood coming in 120 years? Preposterous! Who ever heard of that? It has never happened before! And the fact that God brought the animals to Noah should have put some holy fear in folks but apparently it didn't...

Ah, there are others...but they do inspire a person, do they not? Yes, we serve a great God...


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Quote; There is an external righteousness we must clothe ourselves with! We must “put on” the Lord Jesus Christ and clothe ourselves with every grace of His life.

Many people have clothed themselves with garments that are actually the traditions of man. Much of the division that exist in the church evolves from doctrinal error that has been taught as truth. As people embrace these truths mingled with tradition they are actually clothing themselves with filthy garments that must be cast aside in order for them to be clothed in truth

Quote The scriptures "do" teach outward righteousness that exhibits itself through good deeds and areas of sanctification in the believer.

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,

Quote; Again if the Lord Jesus Christ is the one we have surrendered all to then why are you still holding onto a few areas of your life where you demand you have control over because it would be legalism (supposedly) to give that area over the Lord's control.

You are either going to trust in your performance, through obedience to the Law and the traditions of man, which is the power of sin (Legalism) do it in your own strengh, or you are going to trust Jesus and the obedience of faith, which results in righteousness.

Legalism is the delusion of the flesh’s ability to deal with sin

Quote Faith without works is dead...so teach the scriptures

Let no man (or woman) reckon on his good works before his faith quote by St Augustine.


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