The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by rRandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Luke:10:25 @ And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

kjv@Luke:10:26 @ He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

kjv@Luke:10:27 @ And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

kjv@Luke:10:28 @ And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

kjv@Luke:10:29 @ But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

kjv@Luke:10:30 @ And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

kjv@Luke:10:31 @ And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

kjv@Luke:10:32 @ And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

kjv@Luke:10:33 @ But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

kjv@Luke:10:34 @ And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

kjv@Luke:10:35 @ And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

kjv@Luke:10:36 @ Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

kjv@Luke:10:37 @ And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Today's notes:


Study Resources:

dict:easton Eternal

dict:easton Works, Good dict:torrey Works, Good

dict:torrey Justification

dict:naves Neighbor

dict:torrey Mercy

kjv@Romans:10:3-9 kjv@Philippians:3:8-11


The lawyer is caught in the trap of thinking that something that he does can get him into the eternal life. Other than faith in Jesus Christ the only alternative is to perfectly keep the Law of Moses without fault. The lawyer has devoted his life (or so he thinks) to knowing the law enough to do this; except it can't be done. Even at it's most basic level there are many hairs to be split over the law and depending on how those hairs are split, say the meaning of neighbor, entirely different courses of action can be taken. This is not to eliminate good works, it is to place them into a better context. Faith in Jesus must come first; it is our salvation and redemption, transformation and setting apart from the dead works of the flesh. Faith produces the type of works that the law itself cannot, works that are the effect of having been saved/redeemed/transformed/sanctified in/by/through Christ that lead others to have the same faith and therefore similar good works (or better called good fruit - His fruit).

Other religions suffer the same weakness as well. Legalism with all it's stress on obtaining perfection does not make an adherent perfect, rather it makes one aware of imperfections; other's, their own unless utterly blind to the obvious. Better to think of the law as the bill owed that no man can pay. We can split hairs over it. We can kick in whatever we can afford. But it is the $3000 meal that at best we have only one nickle saved to pay on it (what we have doesn't even pay the tip). And too often, depending on how the hairs are split, legalism doesn't even draw us the direction that the "Law Giver" sees fit. It can illegally exalt us into positions far above those who are better doing the work meant by the law.

The argument counter to the "law of grace" is that it is "rich daddy" spoiling his young rebel "do nothing brat" with the high performance spiritual racing car. The analogy breaks down as it is "obedient unto death" "son of God" Jesus that is doing the receiving here and it is "brethren presenting themselves a daily living sacrifice" transformed holy and acceptable by Him "zealous for good works" partaking of His receiving "adopted child" being falsely critiqued.

Key Messages:

Declaring Certainty

kjv@Daniel:12:2 @ And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

kjv@Habakkuk:2:4 @ Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

kjv@Galatians:2:16 @ Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

kjv@John:15:5 @ I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

kjv@Ephesians:2:10 @ For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

kjv@Titus:2:14 @ Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Further Resources:

Comment Board:Luke:10:25-37
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