Summary: Describes how pride can cause one to lose sight of salvation


LUKE 18:9-12

It is the will of God that all men become saved.

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But because of the perils of satan, there are those that has taken there own approach to salvation... Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

The grip of satan has destroyed the lives of fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, family members, even the relationship that of which God has instituted between husband and wife.

As Jesus talked with his disciples — speaking to them in parables there was a discourse given concerning the elements of life... Within these elements we find that there are those that will place themselves in a higher category in life than others....

As we take a look at the attitude of these two men, shall we focus our minds of the actions and thoughts of the Pharisee. In the day of Jesus — the Pharisee

(separated ones)-- a religious and political party in Palestine in New Testament times. The Pharisees were known for insisting that the law of God be observed as the scribes interpreted it and for their special commitment to keeping the laws of tithing and ritual purity. Unlike the Sadducees, the Pharisees did believe in the resurrection of the dead. On this point, they were on common ground with the early Christians. The Pharisees and their scribes enjoyed a good deal of popular support. In one way this is surprising, since the Pharisees kept apart from other Jews. They always seemed to be ready to criticize others for not keeping the laws, and they often looked down on "sinners" who showed no interest in God’s law. Pharisees observed the Law carefully as far as appearances went, but their hearts were far from God. Their motives were wrong because they wanted the praise of men. They also had evil desires that were hidden by their outside show. By the attitude of the Pharisee there are 7 kind of people that God cannot save.

1. Those that trust in themselves — Now these must have missed the writings of Solomon in Proverbs 3:5,6 -- Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Those that trust in themselves have the mind that everything that they have achieved in life was done on their own. No glory, tribute or thanks is given to God for the bestowal of blessings that has become bounty for our needs. Salvation can only come by your trust and faith in God. Many have turned downed the invitation because you fail to trust God. If you find that you have wondered down the wrong paths in life — if you will carefully search you past — one will find that you trusted in yourself and not in God.

2. The self righteous — The holiness of the Pharisees caused them to attack your character with the tongue. These were so holy that they felt that they would become infected by the presence of others. I’ve found that those that are righteous do not live by nor do they feel that they need the Word of God. These have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God — but has rewrote God’s laws of righteousness to fit their own life styles.

3. Those that will not believe — No only has non-belief been a problem encountered by man in the biblical days -- but even today man is still plagued with the stigma of unbelief. More people will die and go to hell because of unbelief thing anything else.

From the beginning of time there has been unbelievers.

Eve - Gen. 3:4-6

Moses and Aaron - Num 20:12

The Israelites - Deut. 9:23

The people of Jericho - Heb. 11:31

Naaman in II kgs. 5:12

The Disciples of Jesus - Lk. 24:11, 41-45

Zacharies - Lk.1:20

The chief Priest, Lk. 22:67

the half brothers of Jesus - Jhn. 7:5

Thomas - Jhn. 20:25

Jews in Jerusalem - Rm. 15:31

The Church at Ephesus - Acts 19:9

Belief of the only way to salvation. Rms. 10:9 If thou will confess with thou mouth the Lord Jesus and believe with thine heart that god has raised has raised Him for the dead, thou shalt be saved.

4. Those that proudly justify themselves — Believing that their motives are right, no matter what the situation is. These like to boast unto God and man the things that they have done in life.

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