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Is there really any other way to live than the way to be good:.Ecclesiastes 2:26 "For God gives to a man that is good in his sight wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner He gives travail.(why? because one reaps what he sows), to gather and to heap up, that He may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.(the unrighteousness work for nothing and get less, ultimately)." Haggai 1:5,6 "Now therefore thus says the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. You have sown much and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough, you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourself, but there is none warm and he that earns wages earns wages to put it into a bag with holes.".(the verse is saying that no matter what we have, it still feels as if 'something' is missing, and that something is the nature of love of the Infinite One in us)

And what is that way to be good, that way which later in Paul's time and even before.(John 12:19), caused such a stir?.Acts 19:23
   And why would some get so upset over a way to be good, unless they themselves were not good?

The ancient Gentiles were excluded from the blessings promised to ancient physical Israel; that is, unless they too followed ancient Israel's God, learning about Him from Israel which had the promises from Abraham, as it was from his progeny that the nation became Israel and God gave the promises to him and his descendants.

The love of the Creator as expressed by Emmanuel and carried on today by Christ and those within whom is His nature, made a place for all people of belief.

Creator's plan was that after the times of ancient physical Israel, there would be a 'spiritual Israel' and that these people within whom is the spiritual nature of Christ, the nature of love that transcends physical differences, that those being a part of this group would be greatly blessed.

Similar to this was that through God's physical people of old; that is, that nation back then God decided were to be His people; that through these people others would be blessed.

But, there was much jealousy right from the beginning, as you will see if you read the ancient Old Testament stories of those persons who became the peoples to whom the blessings of God accrued.

This exclusion so upset those.(Pharisees, etc.).back then who believed that they were the chosen ones, like many religions today who have no room for others unless they conform to doctrines.particular to their church, many of which are really at odds with the truth of the Bible.

These people, legalists, who studied to be sure that every point of law was correct, were upset when those they viewed as decadent and below them in knowledge, received promises from God 'only because they believed':.Galatians 3:8-16

It is a shame many spiritual persons are not being taught the importance of righteousness in the places where they gather to meet, as once one awakens to it, sin becomes null and void:.1Corinthians 15:34

Many believe righteousness is by following the tenets laid down by their church. Are they correct?

Righteousness is not something you do to 'get righteous' and thus accepted by God. It is something you have as a gift from God, thanks to what Emmanuel did to awaken one to His true purpose on Earth. But it's also something that if you have it, will produce something for all:.Isaiah 32:17.

One is not righteous by steadfastly adhering to some law:.Galatians 3:21 "Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid, for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law." Romans 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Emmanuel has made me free from the law of sin and death." Hebrews 7:19 "For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did, by the which we draw nigh unto God." Hebrews 10:1 "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect."

Some persons may not be aware of this special gift from our Creator which enables an ongoing relationship with Creator-God to be possible. It provides the way to reign now and forever:.Romans 5:17 ".....they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign....." Psalms 24:5 "He shall receive the blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation."

And now you want to do good because you love. And you love because you know your future.(next step of existence).is secure in Him and because you appreciate what He has done for you and for all mankind. And, you are sure that you are loved by Him.

It is a thing out of the state your heart.(emotions, deep feelings).is now in, instead of an emotionless action out of your mind because you feel you have to do some things in order to be pleasing to a god who demands grudging obedience to Him.

Nothing, absolutely nothing you could ever do would put you in favor with God. You cannot earn His favor. You cannot gain any favor from Him by being nicey nicey. The only thing that pleases the Great Infinite One is His loving nature. A loving nature that you express life through good works to others from sincere actions out of a loving heart in you. This is all part of faith, an aspect of love.

Faith is an aspect of love:.Galatians 5:6 ".....faith which works by love."

The basis of the Infinite's character is love:.1John 4:8,16.

The faith that pleases us is Christ's faith in you, a gift to you, a result of your interest in the spiritual side of things. A gift to bring you into a greater consciousness of love, for without that in your daily living what have you that's lasting?

It is totally Christ's work in you:.Colossians 2:10; Ephesians 2:10....

You simply keep in touch with the Great Infinite One, through meditation.(allowing the Creator to bring things to your mind when you are in the still and quiet), prayer.(talking to God {can be mixed with your meditation time, much like when around others we both listen and talk}) and study.(the more you learn how to be as the Great Infinite One, the more spiritually powerful you become; knowledge is important).and these three coupled with contemplation. Expressing through actions what your heart is and is moving toward with greater depth, is spiritual growth. Greater love would be evidenced by good works of love for others:.Matthew 7:16; 1John 4:20,21; James 2:14.

The Father is pleased with faith in your acceptance of His Son into your heart and even the ability to be able to do this, to think this new way, is His gift:.Matthew 21:32; Ephesians 2:8. But like any gift, one has to accept it or reject it. A gift never implies forcing acceptance of it.
   You accept this because you know now that it is important to you and because you are sure it is true for you.

In this new nature developing in you, He is very pleased:.Luke 15:7,32 "I say unto you, that likewise joy is in heaven over one sinner that repents.(decides to change), more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance...I came not to call the righteous.(because they cannot be taught anything, as they are full:.Luke 6:25), but sinners to repentance."

The 'righteous' here are legalists; those who observe the do's and don'ts of.religion, as the Pharisees.and others did in Emmanuel's time:.Luke 16:15 "And he said unto them, You are they which justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 18:9-14 "And he spoke this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others...Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican...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. I fast.(deny food, and/or drink in order to devote uninterrupted time to God in prayer and study and meditation).twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one that exalts himself shall be abased and he that humbles himself shall be exalted." Proverbs 30:12 "There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes and yet is not washed from their filthiness." Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seems right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death." Matthew 9:13 "...I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Romans 7:9 "For I was alive without the law once. But when the commandment came, sin revived and I died."

And Paul, before his conversion, was one of the worst:.Philippians 3:6,7 "Concerning zeal, persecuting the church, touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ."

Paul said that there exists a gift of righteousness.(Romans 5:17).for believers.

Once one decides to get the gift from Him who has it, he will have power for a changed heart. From our hearts (what it is that we really are; our motivations, feelings, etc.) come all the issues of life:.Proverbs 4:23

This subject will show about the gift of righteousness Emmanuel made possible:.1Peter 2:24 "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.....".(what is that supposed to mean?)

The way to getting it is only available from Him:.John 14:6 "Emmanuel said unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes unto the Father, but by me".

Any other way.(see 'Alternate Gospel').is trying to get it for yourself.(such are they who believe that the 'righteousness' of ten commandment keeping is efficacious with God):.John 10:1;.7,8 ".....I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me.(the Mosaic Law and any part of it).are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them."

The longer a man is wrong, the surer he is he is right! The Pharisees were like that.


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