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Ron Bingham December 27, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Pharisee: from the Hebrew פּרשׁ means to make distinct, declare, distinguish, separate. They are a sect that seems to have started after the Jewish exile. In addition to OT books the Pharisees recognized in oral tradition a standard of belief and life. They sought for distinction and praise by outward observance of external rites and by outward forms of piety, and such as ceremonial washings, fastings, prayers, and alms giving; and, comparatively negligent of genuine piety, they prided themselves on their fancied good works. They held strenuously to a belief in the existence of good and evil angels, and to the expectation of a Messiah; and they cherished the hope that the dead, after a preliminary experience either of reward or of penalty in Hades, would be recalled to life by him, and be requited each according to his individual deeds. In opposition to the usurped dominion of the herods and the rule of the Romans, they stoutly upheld the theocracy and their country’s cause, and possessed great influence with the common people. According to Josephus they numbered more than 6000. They were bitter enemies of Jesus and his cause; and were in turn severely rebuked by him for their avarice, ambition, hollow reliance on outward works, and affection of piety in order to gain popularity. BDBTVM: Pharisees

DocReits December 27, 2017 at 11:00 pm

Wow Pastor Jack,

That is one of the best explanations I have ever read on how we are “righteous”. You nailed it…we AREN’T…HE IS!! So often I hear Christian folks stating that they are righteous now that they are Christians. No, 1000 times no!! Jesus is righteous!! We are buried with Him, in Him and through Him. We are raised with Him and in Him and through Him. As long as we are “IN HIM” just as you excellently said, we take upon us the wedding garment of “HIS” righteousness. It is HIS garment, given to us ONLY by HIS grace….

So well said, thank you , thank you, 1000X thank you!!!!!


Jack Wellman December 28, 2017 at 9:12 am

Thank you my friend. You are so encouraging, however, Psalm 115:1 & 1 Cor 4:7 is still stuck in my mind bro. Thank you so much.

Syrene January 5, 2018 at 8:13 pm

I have thought so much about this. The passage has really frightened me.
But your explanation is giving me peace.
Thank you.

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