The Publican and the Pharisee Part 1

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Have you ever been to court? Perhaps you’ve been sued or desired to stand up for your rights. How much stress did it cause? How much brain power did you engage in dwelling upon your case? When you receive a letter in the mail to say you’ve been summoned to court, you get this feeling that comes up and grabs you around the throat, especially if you’ve done something wrong. All that night you’ll go to sleep and be thinking about the events that have taken place and what they might say and what the result will be. The human mind upon earthly court cases is absolutely absorbed with going through the facts and events to put together your defense. All this is done before the date of appearance. Do you know that we all have been summoned to court?

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

Here is the judge the Ancient of days with a fiery stream that issues out before Him. Thousands minister unto Him, such a great potentate. He sits down and opens books of judgment and there, your name is written. There you are summonsed to court. What is the purpose of such a judgment?

Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

This judgment is for the purpose of finding those who will be part of this kingdom that Jesus Christ will rule. The people that are to be part of His kingdom are invited through the gospel call to come to Jesus. Millions of people have responded to the gospel call. That’s why we’re here in church today. We desire to be part of this kingdom of God. If you are desirous to be part of the kingdom, then this judgment concerns you.

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

The judgment concerns God’s house, God’s Church and those that put the name of Christ upon their lips and profess Christ as their Saviour. This judgment concerns you and me. There are expressed commands to take a measuring rod.

Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

This judgment and measuring starts with the house of God. The house, the altar and the worshipers therein are to be measured. But those that are without, the Gentiles who do not believe in Jesus Christ, are not to be judged yet. Judgment begins with God’s professed people and at a later time the wicked are judged. We read in Revelation that the judgment of the wicked is after the thousands years.

God is Measuring You

God has His tape and He is measuring those that are in His temple. Where are you today? Are you in the house of God? If you are, then beside you is a measuring rod. How do you measure up in God’s temple? Perhaps we think we measure up quite well. We think, I’ve just iron my suit, dry cleaned my clothes and trimmed my beard. But what is being measured?

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

The books are opened and your name is there right now in the temple of God. If any of you aren’t sitting in the house of God, then maybe you can be excused. For those who profess to love Jesus, there is a measuring rod against the thoughts and intents of our hearts. If you were summoned to earthly courts, how much of your mind is absorbed on such a thing? If the earthly will absorb such effort, how much more should the eternal absorb your brain power today?

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Every idol word that you speak, you shall have to give an account for. In this judgment God is wanting to account for every talent that you have, every dollar that you spend, every word that you say and every thought that you harbour. God is going to say, please give me an account of such things.

Every man’s work passes in review before God and is registered for faithfulness or unfaithfulness. Opposite each name in the books of heaven is entered with terrible exactness every wrong word, every selfish act, every unfulfilled duty, and every secret sin, with every artful dissembling. Heaven-sent warnings or reproofs neglected, wasted moments, unimproved opportunities, the influence exerted for good or for evil, with its far-reaching results, all are chronicled by the recording angel. {GC 482.1}

Do you remember the words that you spoke a year and a half ago? What was the result of such words? Perhaps you can’t even remember what you said ten minutes ago. But it is recorded there and not just the word, but the result of what you said as well. How much brain power needs to be devoted to such a court case? Are you getting your facts clear?

Sins that have not been repented of and forsaken will not be pardoned and blotted out of the books of record, but will stand to witness against the sinner in the day of God. He may have committed his evil deeds in the light of day or in the darkness of night; but they were open and manifest before Him with whom we have to do. Angels of God witnessed each sin and registered it in the unerring records. Sin may be concealed, denied, covered up from father, mother, wife, children, and associates; no one but the guilty actors may cherish the least suspicion of the wrong; but it is laid bare before the intelligences of heaven. The darkness of the darkest night, the secrecy of all deceptive arts, is not sufficient to veil one thought from the knowledge of the Eternal. God has an exact record of every unjust account and every unfair dealing. He is not deceived by appearances of piety. He makes no mistakes in His estimation of character. Men may be deceived by those who are corrupt in heart, but God pierces all disguises and reads the inner life. {GC 486.2}

This truth of the investigative judgment doesn’t just belong in Daniel and Revelation. It’s even in the parables of the Lord Jesus Christ. He says, what shall I liken unto the kingdom of Heaven? The kingdom of Heaven is like a king who came to take an account of His servants (see Matthew 18). Are you His servant? Do you desire to serve God? Then God wants an account from you. The parables continues with a certain man who planted a fig tree. He came to the fig tree and sought the fruit, to inspect, to inquire, to examine, to scrutinise this tree and to look on every branch to find that which He was desirous of. He came and sought fruit. This is the investigation that God is doing, to see the fruit on your branches.

In another parable, the King made the marriage feast for His son, and He invited all the guests. Then He came to inspect the guests before the feast. He was looking at what they were wearing, checking out their attire. All these parables are the truth of God’s investigation upon His people that come to church. To deny the truth of God’s investigation is to deny the Bible.

Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

Do we realise that as we have come here today to worship God, we are right now being measured? We come to offer God our prayers and sacrifices and God is measuring the worshipers that have come to the temple. Someone may ask, how will I know what the measurement is? I can’t see the measuring rod next to me. I can’t perceive the outcome of the measurement. How can I see if I fail? Where do I come short of God’s measurement?

If you came short of God’s measurement, if you didn’t measure up, would you like to know? Would you be thankful for such knowledge? This is the duty of the Christian, to share and teach God’s word, so we can know whether we measure up or not. For us to know whether we measure up or not, we need to take the measuring rod. What is this rod?

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

The measuring rod is Jesus Christ, the Word of God. God gave some pastors, teachers and prophets so you can know whether you measure up or not. The whole point of a ministry is for the purpose of bringing people to the point of measuring up. If anyone engages as a servant of God and does not bring people to a knowledge of the standard of Jesus Christ or an understanding of what they are to attain to, he is not a minister at all, but a wolf in sheep’s clothing. God gave the ministry for the purpose of being ready for Jesus to come, no other reason. In fact, there’s no other reason to be alive but to help people and ourselves measure up to that standard. The Word of God, Jesus Christ, is the measurement. We shall take the Word of God and compare the measurement of people in the temple.

Two Men Went Up To Pray

Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

Here are two men that represent two classes of people and two different outcomes of the judgment. Both are in God’s temple. The question is, which are you? Have you come to the temple to pray today? Two men came for the same purpose but they each left with a different result. There are only two measurements in this court: the stature of Christ or not. There’s no pretty close, almost or I’m better than most.

Often we separate ourselves from the Pharisees because we’re Christians. We accept Christ and they don’t. Therefore there is no similarity. For the purpose of this parable we’re going to consider the Pharisee as a professed Christian because that’s what he was. People can say, I’m not a Pharisee because I don’t fast or pay tithes, but we shall consider the principles of this parable and discover that there is more than just this pharisaical display of a Jew 2000 years ago. Two men came to the temple for one purpose: to pray. Is that why you have come? To pray? If you have, let us realise what we are doing.

An Odour

Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 

Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Our prayers are an odour, a smell. How is your odour? Have you come to the temple to offer God something? If you have come to pray, then you are coming to send some odours before the nostrils of God, to waft before His nose your reality. We are wafting something in front of the nose of the judge who is determining which smells are nice and which are not. Which are sweet smelling and which are a stink. What sort of smell are you giving to God? This is the investigative judgment.

If you have come here to pray, it will be well for us to really consider that only one man went away blessed. According to the parable, because you come to church does not mean you are accepted before God or that you are right with Jesus Christ. So why are you coming here and what mode of worship are you engaging in?

Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

How many men? Two. How many did pray? It says two did pray. But how many actually prayed? The old English word for pray was when you were hungry you would say, I pray you give me some bread. The word pray is simply to ask. Two men went to the temple to ask. How many of them really asked? Only one asked. Did the Pharisee not pray? Scripture says he prayed thus with himself. Jesus says something amazing, considering that He had been with the disciples already three years.

John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Have You Ever Really Prayed?

After three years Jesus says, you haven’t asked me anything. Is it possible that you could be kneeling day and night, morning and evening and every Sabbath day and yet you’ve never really prayed in your life? Is it possible to pray and not really pray? We read that two men came to pray, but only one asked. The disciples hadn’t even asked.

The Pharisee prayer was a prayer of thanks. Is there anything wrong with thanking God? But is that praying? Praying is asking God for something. Why did the Pharisee, the professed Christian, not ask for anything? Because he didn’t need anything. How many of you have asked for a 10mm spanner? Perhaps you haven’t because you haven’t needed one. To ask is to need. To have a need of something will make you go to the temple and pray.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

In the publican’s prayer, there’s nothing but a prayer. He didn’t tie on some extravagant, eloquent words at the end of his request. He just prayed. The Pharisee didn’t pray. Therefore, the results were different. If we are conscious of such a reality as the investigative judgment, we will be coming to church and really praying. We will be coming for one purpose: to pray, to ask God. I need something here because I am a sinner. If you have no understanding of this court case, then what do you need? I don’t need a lawyer. But when that letter comes in the mail saying that you are summoned to court then you shall be seeking for the best lawyer in town especially when you see the particulars of the claims against you. Then you’ll say, oh I’d better go up to the temple to pray.

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

The professed Christian esteems himself as a very respectable person. He is such a specimen of a human that he needs to thank God. I’m going to thank God for me. No one else will. I’m going to go to the temple to pray, because I’m very thankful that I am not as other men are. How does the professed Christian get to think that he is better than other people, to the point of thanking God for such a human as himself?

In his prayer, he says I thank God that I am not as other men. The Pharisee was comparing himself with that which is lower than himself. He was dwelling upon adultery. What a disgusting, abhorrent thing. Good thing I’m not like that. He was dwelling upon the negative, the fault of another, the sin of another person. As we dwell upon that, we realise that we’re not actually like that. What results? I thank you that I am not like other men. As he came to the temple to supposedly pray, his mind was dwelling upon the faults of others. When you come to church to pray, do you dwell upon the faults of others? If you do, you can know where you’re measuring up.

I thank you that I am not like other men or even as this publican. While the Pharisee was in his worship he was conscious of someone next to him. He didn’t just name general sins of adultery, extortion and unjustness. He actually said, or this person here. He was aware of the people around him.

Are You Watching the Door?

There are many a Christian who can tell more about what people have done and said then of the message that was preached from the pulpit. This Pharisee, this professed Christian, was watching the door. He wasn’t sitting straight on his seat. He was just like some of the children, looking behind. Is that how we sit in church? Do we sit looking behind? No, we sit, concentrating on devotion?

The method of judging yourself by comparing yourself amongst yourselves is not wise. It is not a wise thing in this time of the investigative judgment to say, okay this is what I’m doing but look, they’re all failing around me therefore I’m not failing and am okay. It is folly to be comparing ourselves with each other. If we would compare ourselves with God, with the measuring rod, we would come to church to pray in a totally different way. We would come to actually pray, to ask of God.

Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

Here is the principle of putting forward something that you do quite well as your defense of why God should be thanked. The professed Christian is making God a debtor to him. We read in Leviticus that the Jews were required to fast once a year. Here we see that he is fasting twice a week. He’s giving 100 times more than he should. Therefore, if I’m 100 times more on this and I fail on that, it should equal out. It doesn’t work that way.

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

We should fast and tithe, but is that your reason to pray to God? There are many people that take some truths and say, these practices that I do make me of God’s people, but they don’t have the full line up of truth. They omit things. That is the sign of someone who doesn’t measure up. They put forward the things that they are good at and the things that they would naturally like to believe in. The things that they don’t really want to believe in, that’s not truth. God doesn’t really require that of us. Here is an uneven Christian. What is this attitude compared to?

A Cake Not Turned

Hosea 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

He is baked to the crust on one side but still dough on the other. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes, I do this, but turn the cake over and it’s not even baked yet. It’s a cake not turned. It can be char grilled on one side, but that doesn’t account for the dough on the other. Just because we do some good things, it does not mean we do all good things. Here is the measuring rod. To put forward the things that you do best is all a testimony to a stinking savour before God’s nose. What does the Bible say of this folly of comparing ourselves with ourselves? Of checking out what others are doing and saying, I’m better than that. All this is folly, it’s not wise.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

The apothecary was that incense that was to go up as a prayer. The dead flies that have putrefied, that have made maggots and stink is what we are offering to God by dwelling upon other people’s faults to lift ourselves up, it stinks. I’ve often wondered why dogs like stinky things. For us to have this sort of worship before God and think it smells nice when before God it actually stinks, is being no short of a dog. A dog takes something that stinks and loves it and will roll, rejoice and frolic in it. Yet when the dog comes to the human, the higher of the two, the human goes, oh no thank you. How is your odour? How is your worship when you come to God?

Isaiah 65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

Do you desire to have your own thoughts in the matter of the investigative judgment? Would you like to be left in your dream world of thinking that you are okay when you’re not at all? If so, then church is not the place to go to. But if you desire to know where you stand before God, then church is the place to be.

Isaiah 65:3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

65:4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

65:5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

65:6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,

65:7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.

He will measure their former work into their bosom. What does this mean? The Pharisee wasn’t an adulterer. He forsook some things. But if you continue in the former things before conversion happened, those disgusting things will be brought into your bosom. You will be punished for the sins that you thought were forgiven. You confessed them but you didn’t continue in the building up of character. If we turn away from the path of righteousness, all our unrighteousness which was in the past will be laid back upon our record. If we are haughty enough to think we are okay, we come to God’s face with boldness. What sort of boldness are we coming to God with? Is it the boldness only through repentance in Jesus Christ, or is it the boldness through our own merits?

Isaiah 3:16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:

3:17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.

3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,

3:19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,

3:20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,

3:21 The rings, and nose jewels,

3:22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,

3:23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.

3:24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.

The Bible is saying that our attitude of being a Pharisee is displayed on our dress. As we come into church with all the things that the world sees as beautiful, we come with boldness before God and it stinks to Him, it is rotten to His nose. We are kneeling down to pray with the haughtiness of a professed Christian.

Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

God is not interested in the worship that is brought forth by professed Christians, represented by the Pharisee. He hates it. If he hates it, is that the way to present yourself before a judge in such a day as the investigative judgment? Do you annoy the judge, make Him hate you and expect to get a good result from the case? If we have the wisdom that the earthly people use in the earthly matters in the eternal, then we would be well.

Two Men

Two men went to pray and only one actually prayed. He prayed and this is the particulars of defence in such a court.

Luke 18:13 … God be merciful to me a sinner.

That was the prayer of the publican in God’s house. That’s all he says. That is his case of defense. If mercy is to be indulged, there needs to be a sinner. God’s mercy is not something that is given to the angels or someone who is okay but to the sinner. If we come to God with a deep need, then we are praying for that which we need. Because we are sinners, God has mercy for us. If we realise that we actually stink then we will want to be clean. How many of you when you really stink just want a shower? When you realise that it is a very offensive smell, you go straight to the shower without delay. We need to allow God to put forward to us our true nature. The message that was given to the apostles was repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. Only a sinner can repent. This whole Bible is a letter addressed thus to the sinner. If you are a sinner, this Bible is for you. If you are a sinner, then Jesus Christ is for you.

1 John 2:1 … And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Be Merciful to Me a Sinner

There was a provision made for sinners. How big was the sacrifice of Jesus Christ? Tears could not wash away sin. Sin required the death of the Son of God. The anguish that came from the lips of Jesus, that unutterable unspeakable anguish was for sinners, no one else. When we come to the temple to pray, to worship God, it’s as simple as, God be merciful unto me a sinner. Mark that there is no charm in these words. There is only the result of justification when the heart realises that I am a sinner. Be merciful unto me, the sinner. That coming before God with a broken heart is expressed in the Bible. Here is the prayer of the publican. These are the thoughts that are behind his words. If we can identify ourselves with this, then we can know where we are measuring up.

Psalms 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Blot them out from where? From the books that are before God. Our prayer is to be conscious of what is written there. What you do and think is recorded and everything will be judged out of that book. If we have done wrong, it is there before God the Judge. Oh no, be merciful unto me, forgive me, blot it out and cover it up please. Blot out my transgression.

Psalms 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

I really stink and I’m going to stand afar off. That’s what the publican did. He came into the temple and had to withdraw himself from the main place. Perhaps he stunk and he wants to be clean.

Psalms 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

The sin that is before God can also be before us. We can read the same book if we will let God show us. He can tell you what’s written there. When we see with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, it causes worship, to go to the temple to pray.

Psalms 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

We can clearly see this is the publican. The Pharisee was saying, I thank you Lord that I’m not like that.

Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: …

Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,

To go up to the temple to pray.

Psalms 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 

Who was the one that offered praise to God? Was it the Pharisee? He didn’t praise God at all. Here is true praise to God; to require and taste of His mercy.

Psalms 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

The publican smote upon his breast. He didn’t just smite his breast. He smote upon it. It wasn’t just once, hitting himself, but a continual hitting of his heart. The scripture says, if thy right eye offend thee, cut it out. Here the publican was offended by his heart and therefore he was punching and breaking his heart. For us to kneel down and smite our chest is not required but the attitude of smiting your breast is. I hate this stink of mine, cleanse me.

This publican went down to his house justified just as though he had never sinned. Is that the stature? Did Christ sin? No he didn’t. He was the sinless Lamb of God and that was the measure. The publican saw everything he’d done wrong, God be merciful unto me and he was justified. There he was, of the stature of Christ. The Pharisee was condemned to death.

Many people can get very stressed over the investigative judgment. The things that you and I have done, those thoughts that no one knows about, those secret things that we do in our home when no one is watching, they can stress us.

As the books of record are opened in the Judgment, the lives of all who have believed on Jesus come in review before God. Beginning with those who first lived upon the earth, our Advocate presents the cases of each successive generation, and closes with the living. Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are accepted, names rejected… {GC88 483.1}

Will your name be accepted or rejected? We may think, I’m a sinner and I will be rejected as I have done this and that before God, I have marred my life.

When any have sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the book of life,… {ibid}

What blots your name out of the book of life? Unrepented sins. So what is the criterion to have your name written there? Repentance before God.

Repent

God is calling for us to repent from our Pharisaical nature and pride. Not just actions but also the weightier matters of the law that we have broken. Repentance is the criteria to clear that name. The mightiest men on earth cannot recall the acts of one day. If you do something wrong, you cannot recall that by your effort. It’s impossible. It requires something else, the I AM to go and change that. He can go back in time and change the realities. But you must confess your sin and forsake your sin before Him. This is favour with God.

Let no one say, well I must become a sinner then. I must do all these bad things to receive the favour of God. You already are a sinner. You don’t have to keep sinning. You don’t have to grovel in your mess to feel that God will be happy with you. You already stink. God is calling us to be covered, to be showered and washed with the water of His Word. Then Jesus will be that sweet smelling savour before God. When our name comes before Him, He can smell Jesus. This is our case of defense. May we consider how we come to church and how we pray. May God bless us, as we endeavour to present before Him a sweet smell.

Amen.

Part 2 https://sabbathsermons.com/2010/05/13/are-you-a-pharisee-dressed-up-as-a-publican/

Posted on July 21, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath, The Leaven of the Pharisees and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. WHOA!!!!!! This was a blessing that came with a Whip! I need that becuz I really want to change 4real. I know I’m nothing and I need JESUS in everything…..I hate everything in me that is not of GOD. I pray that I will continuall be transformed inside out to Reflect JESUS CHRIST and BRING GLORY AND PRAISE DUE TO HIS NAME. LORD I REPENT.

  2. I thank God and to our Lord Jesus Christ son of God for introducing me to your web, this is a blessing to our home Church. thank you

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