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Classic Christianity – Book of Hebrews P63 (02-06-24)

The Just Shall Live By Faith in Jesus Not Yourself

~ When scripture says, “the just shall live by faith” it is not talking about faith in yourself, or faith in what you do or don’t do, or faith in your religion or your church, or faith in the teaching of man, or faith in making sure you ask for forgiveness by God, or faith in your confession booths, or even faith in your own faith (believing in false doctrines). Our faith is in Jesus and Him alone, the One who justifies the wicked. For there is no one righteous, no not one. Apart from Jesus we are dead lost. Only in Christ do we have the righteousness of God living in us in the person of the Holy Spirit. He came to give us LIFE. And in him is the life of all True man (those indwelt by the Holy Spirit, being born again of the Spirit). No one is saved by any means other than Faith in Jesus, God in flesh, who took away ALL your sins on the cross, to give you His resurrected life when a person places faith in Him. There is not one way of salvation for Hebrews, and another way of salvation for the rest of the world. Don’t let anyone tell you there are two different gospels, because they are spreading the lie of Satan.

~ For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:7

~ But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11

~ Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38

~ For through the law I died to the law so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not set aside the grace of God. For if righteousness comes through the law, Christ died for nothing. Galatians 2:19-21


~ “I’m crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live by principles. Yet not Christ, but I live by principles. And the life that I live, I live the principles. So what it says? No, it says I’m crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live yet not I but it’s Christ, lives in the life that I live in his flesh of mine, I live by faith in Him the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I live by faith and the only one who can live the Christian life and that’s Christ. You can’t. Now folks, this is an abomination to an egomaniac. You see, we go out and get all smart in school, which is about as dumb as anything I can think of as being is thinking that you’re smart because you got good grades in school. Because whatever, you got good grades in school, you’re only smart and whatever you study. You can be dumb as a cluck in something else. And you can take people who can go out and get smart and educated and don’t have a clue. Gotta get along with their husband or their wife. ” ~ Bob George

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I’m crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live by principles. Yet not Christ, but I live by principles. And the life that I live, I live the principles. So what it says? No, it says I’m crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live yet not I but it’s Christ, lives in the life that I live in his flesh of mine, I live by faith in Him the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I live by faith and the only one who can live the Christian life and that’s Christ. You can’t. Now folks, this is an abomination to an egomaniac. You see, we go out and get all smart in school, which is about as dumb as anything I can think of as being is thinking that you’re smart because you got good grades in school. Because whatever, you got good grades in school, you’re only smart and whatever you study. You can be dumb as a cluck in something else. And you can take people who can go out and get smart and educated and don’t have a clue. Gotta get along with their husband or their wife.

And so we could be smart in medicine and dumb as a cluck in law, where we can be smart and law and dumb in medicine. Or we can be smart and one thing and dumb and another. And so we puff ourselves up and think how smart we are. And the Bible tells us that all our wisdom is but foolishness to God. Until we have the wisdom of God, we don’t have anything. Until we’re coming to a point in our life, where we’re able to rely upon him and his truth, and let the truth of God set you free. We don’t have a clue about anything. How smart are we, as Jesus said, If you go out and get the whole world and lose your soul? How smart are we? If we can go out and be the richest man alive? We don’t even know how to get along with each other? How smart are we? And so would we walk around all puffed up thinking that we’ve got all the answers, I’m living by my principles, I’m living by my law, I’m living by my intellect. Yeah, you look like someone who is. And we act like someone who is and the results are going to be exactly like someone who’s doing exactly that.

Now, he said, there’s a better way, and God came to provide a better way for us. And so just as he said, that we’re babies until we grow up as children. And in slavery to the basic principles of this world, it says in identically the same way, when the time had fully come. In other words, when was Jesus born? Dead on time, exactly, on the very day that the Father planned him to be born, in exactly the period of time in history, when he said, I’m gonna plant myself on this earth, and take upon himself man’s humanity, and be born, so that I can die, so that you can live. So when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman. Now, that’s the time of the year that we’re celebrating today he born of a woman born under the law. So Christ was born under the law. He taught under the law in order to do what? To go to a cross to redeem us, as it says, those under the law, so that they might receive full rights as sons so that they may be able to be called sons of the living God, no longer a slave to the law, but a son of a living God. And that is exactly why Christ came to this earth. He was born of a woman of a virgin under the law, in order to buy us back, redeem us from that law. That’s what redemption means. You’ve gone to a redemption center to a green stamp centers, everything, what do you do? You turn in some lousy green stamps and get a toaster, you turn in something that really has hardly any value to it at all, in order to get something it has some value. And that’s what redemption means I bought you back. I redeemed it means exchanged. It’s the exchange life where Christ Jesus exchanged his life. For years and mine, we give him all that we are nothing, he gives me everything that he is everything. And that’s what new birth and Christ is. It isn’t just acknowledging the fact that Jesus came, Satan acknowledges that. It is giving your heart to it, it is seeing and coming to the end of ourselves. Coming to see in and of myself is no good thing, coming to recognize our own wretchedness, so that we will turn to Him for all of his sufficiency. It’s exchanging ourselves for him. And that, my friends, is the offense of the cross, where it says that the cross is an offense. The offensiveness of the cross is not like I used to think for years that the offense of the cross was because somebody had to bleed and die. The offense of the cross is there’s not one thing left for you to do, right. That’s the offense of the cross. The offense of the cross is I’ve done it all. You couldn’t hit a lick in regard to providing your own salvation. There is no righteousness in and of ourselves at all. That’s an offense to the proud heart. And that is the offense of the cross is the fact it’s all him and none of us That’s the offense of it. That’s what people rebel against recoil against, argue against, is because it’s offensive, if you’re telling me, it’s all Jesus, and none of me, after all, oh wonderful me, ought to be able to do something to make God happy. I mean, their assurance I’m certainly seems to be something please again me that God would just put down and just be tickled to death because I’m here. You know, tell somebody, God loves you and say, no wonder, wonderful as I am knowing that God loves me to have as God. And, and that’s the pride that comes within all of us. And that’s the offense of the cross, is my own pride makes the cross offensive. And folks, that’s why God gives grace only to the humble. And that’s why he resists the proud is because the proud will not receive grace, the proud thinks there’s something in of myself that is worthy. And the humble finally comes to the point of saying, in and of myself, as Paul said, is no good thing. And that’s what then enables them to turn to Him for the total sufficiency of Christ Jesus.

Now, so he came born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those under the law, that we might receive full rights as sons. And because your son, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit now living in us, who cries out, Abba, Daddy, Father, so you’re no longer a slave. You’re no longer under the law. But you’re a son. And since you’re a son, you’ve also been made an heir, an heir and heir to what? An heir to the promise you have received the promise that God gave to Abraham for all men, through my seed, I will bless the world. In over, in chapter three Galatians it says in verse six, consider Abraham, then he believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Understand, then that those who believe people who have come to Christ, the seed of Abraham, through whom the world was going to be blessed, that you and I have received the gift that was promised. Christ Jesus to all of those people are called children of Abraham all of them. The scriptures foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and announce the gospel in advance to Abraham, I’m going to, you’re going to be a blessing to all people. All nations are going to be blessed through you, through your seed, Jesus Christ. To those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith, all who rely on observing the law, are under a curse. You think you’re gonna find your acceptance in the sight of God through obedience to the law, he says, you’re under a curse. For it, his written charisma does everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the law, you want to be under the law, the righteous requirements, that is total sinless perfection, from the time you’re born to the time you die, that’s all it will do anything else is fallen short of the glory of God. So if you think you’ve lived a perfect life between now time you were born, and right now sitting here in this chair, and you will also continue in that perfect life until you die well then that might do outside of that you better give up on it.

Because you’re under a curse. And the curse is the wages of sin under the law is what? Death that’s your curse, folks. You want to live under the law, you’re under a death penalty. There’s no life in the law, the law kills. Now it goes ahead to tell us that. That everything written in the book of the law, if you don’t continue in it, you’re under a curse. Clearly no one is justified before God, by the law. No one, no one will ever be justified before God, by the law. How come? Well because the righteous will live by faith. How come? Because that’s the only way a righteous person can live by faith what is a righteous person? One who has been made righteous, by being close with the righteousness of Christ. It is because of him God that we are in Christ Jesus who has become for us our what? Righteousness. You and I have no righteousness in and of ourselves. The only thing we had to be do was to be cleansed of all unrighteousness which is all we have ever been in order to be indwelt by Him and His righteousness, which is all he has ever been You and I don’t ever never had righteousness in and of ourselves. We weren’t born into this world, right standing with God, we were born into this world, unbelievers. That’s why you have to be born again by becoming a believer. If we were born into this world as believers, you’d be born again backwards. We’re born into this world, unbelievers. And we repent of that unbelief when we come to Christ, turning to Him by faith and become a believer. That’s what repentance is not repenting of all your sins. None of you sitting in this room, including me have ever repented of all my sins. You still worry? How long have you been a Christian? 40 years. How long? Have you been worrying? 40 years. That’s pretty persistent. How long will you continue being worrying? Until you’re absent from the body present with the Lord. So be sure Doctor pray, Lord, help me to quit worrying. Because there’s a way he can do that take you home.

So it’s the sin of unbelief. No one will ever go to hell because of his sins, plural. Those sins were placed on Christ 2000 years ago, and taken away. It’s the sin of unbelief, that will keep a man dead. As long as he remains in unbelief, he remains an unbeliever, dead. And the only solution to death is what? Life and that’s why Christ said I came at you might have what? Life. What do we need life for? Because we’re dead. Now a dead man is out trying to get life by doing good deeds. That’s a stupid as a corpse, trying to do good deeds and his underground condominium. He didn’t get to do any good. You can do good corpse deeds down there. But about all you’re gonna impress as the worms, you’re not gonna impress anyone else. Because good deeds will not bring a corpse to life. For a corpse to come to life, life has to enter into that and bring him out of there. And that’s what Christ said I came to do I came to bring you life to give you life.

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When you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all your sins. And so the righteous man has got to live by faith. That’s what it’s talking about. We we’ve discussed in some of our other lessons about the armor of God, to stand firm in the armor of God with a breastplate of righteousness on. What is the breastplate of righteousness? His righteousness. The very moment you and I stand in her own righteousness, we’ve taken off her shield, we’ve taken off our breastplate, we’ve forgotten that it’s his righteousness that we stand and not ours. Now, there’s only one way that a person who is has been made right in the sight of God, in other words, called a righteous person is one who has accepted His righteousness. And there’s only one way a man got that way and that was by faith. And there’s only one way that a man lives that way. And that is by faith. As a man risk See if Christ Jesus the Lord, so, walk in him, how did we receive Him? By faith. How do we walk in him? Same way by faith. And that faith is not in me and what I’m doing for God, that faith is in him and what he is continuing to do, in and through your life. So it says the righteous will live by faith, the law is not based on faith. On the contrary, a man who does these things will live by them. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, death by becoming a curse for us. Where it is written cursed is everyone who hung on a tree, he redeemed this, he came to this earth, born of a woman born under the law. That’s the celebration of his birth, taking upon himself, our own humanity, so that he could redeem us, buy us back. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus the promised seed, so that by faith, we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Now let’s turn back for a moment to Romans, chapter three. Let’s start in verse 21. A righteousness from God, apart from the law has been made known to which the law and the prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, there is no difference, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. There is no difference, folks. There’s no difference whether you’re a Hebrew, whether you’re Gentile, whether you’re slave, whether you’re free, you’re all one in Christ, there’s no difference. The Hebrews sinned and fall short of the glory of God, the Gentile have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God, the whole world, it says is held captive under the law. We think that the whole world wasn’t under the law, I don’t know what we’re gonna do with that passage, the whole world was held captive, under the law. The whole world had fallen short of the glory of God. All have sinned, all of us and fallen short of the glory of God. That’s why the seed had to come, Jesus to redeem who? The whole world back to God. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. God presented him as a sacrifice and NIV translates that atonement, which is terrible. And if you’ve got an NIV, I’d really recommend you cross that out and take a look at the footnote down there. And that is the fact of the one who would take aside His wrath taking away our sin. The word atonement is not a proper translation in the New Testament. Atonement was what the blood of bulls and goats did they covered sin. Jesus did not come to cover sin, He came to do what? Take away your in my sin that is not atonements called propitiation. And, again, translators will can translate all kinds of things. But the footnote down there is the accurate interpretation of that. This happened to us folks is this, that people have pulled the word atonement over. And, and, and if you look at an explanation of that as to why do they continue interpreting or atonement? The explanation was given us through continual theological usage, it’s become acceptable. Well, I got news for you. theologians are not the criteria for truth. Truth is a criteria for truth. So it doesn’t make any difference how much usage it has. It’s either right or wrong, and that word is wrong. Atonement was what the blood of bulls and goats accomplished in covering sin. Jesus did not come to atone for sin, He came to take away our sin. Behold, the Lamb of God who what? Takes away the sin of the world. So God presented him as a sacrifice to take away the sin through faith in his blood, not in the blood of bulls and goats that covered sin, but in his blood that took it away. He did this to demonstrate his justice because in his forbearance, he had left sins committed and committed beforehand and punished. He did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time. So it will be the just the one who justifies to those who have faith in Jesus.

Now, chapter four, what shall we say that Abraham our forefather discovered in this matter, if in fact Abraham was justified by works he had something to boast about, but not for God. Or what does the Scripture say that Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. Now, when a man works, his wages are not credited him as a gift. But as an obligation, however, to the man who does not work, but trust God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. That talks about David doing the same thing. Now let’s go down to verse 16. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace, and may be guaranteed to all of Abraham’s offspring, not only to those who are of the law, but to those who are the faith of Abraham. In other words, to believe, Hebrew, Gentile, like slave and free. He is the father of us all, made you the father of many nations. He’s the father in the sight of God in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead, and calls things that are not as though they are. Against all hope. Abraham, in hope believed and so became the father of many nations just as it had been said to him, so shall your offspring be. Without weakening in his face, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead since he was about 100 years old, and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. And that is why it was credited to him as righteousness. The words it was credited to the him were written not for him alone, but for all of us, to whom God will credit righteousness for us who believe in Him, who raised Jesus, our Lord from the dead. He Jesus was delivered over to death for our sins. And he was raised again, for our justification.

It’s all Christ. It’s none of us. And that is the reason that the Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth. That’s why he was born. Now let’s turn back just for a minute minute to Chapter Three of the book of Galatians, verse 26. You are all sons of God, through faith in Christ, for all of you who were baptized into Christ, and folks that in splattering with water, that isn’t dunked in a tub someplace, you’re talking about identified baptism is identification. It’s a means of identification. Each and every one of you were baptized into Christ, the very moment that you and I were saved, the Spirit of God came to live within us. If the Spirit of God, it says, is not in us, we do not belong to Him. You are all born again of the what? Of the Spirit, you couldn’t be in Christ, if the Spirit of God did not come to live within you. That’s how you’re born again, of the Spirit, the Spirit comes bringing life to your dead spirit. And that’s how you and I received life, the Holy Spirit of God comes and brings Christ to your heart, that’s Christ in you at that very moment. It says the Spirit then baptizes, places you into the body of Christ. And we have all received that baptism. Everyone who is truly in Christ, Christ came to live in you the Spirit, then baptize placed you into Christ. That is how Christ lives in you live in Christ. That’s how that whole transaction took place. It can’t it’s not a subsequent event, there is no such thing. Nor could there be it’s, it’s a perversion of, of the dynamic of the meaning of the Scripture, to think that I can be born again today receive the Spirit today and then receive him later. That cannot be, you couldn’t be born again if you didn’t have the Spirit living in you. So this dynamic, the beautiful dynamic of it that gets unfortunately many times perverted with that, not intentionally, but it does and it loses the dynamic is the dynamic of that total transition by God whereby God came to live in me, and at that moment placed me into the body of Christ, and that completed the action Christ is in me, I am in Him. That is also what takes place by Christ coming to live in me that’s him identifying with me, him placing me into his body, you are in the body, you’re in the body, you’re in the body and that makes us what? Brothers and sisters in Christ. It what, it’s what enables me to be identified with Christ and with one another. It’s what I tell people who are married who are in Christ, do you realize that first and foremost, you are married to your sister in Christ, you’re married to your brother in Christ. That’s a relationship that’s gonna go on forever. Marriage isn’t gonna go on forever, it ends when you die. There ain’t gonna be marriage in heaven. Somebody said that, maybe that’s why they call it heaven. But at any rate, whether that be so or not, I don’t know. But I do know one thing that you’re going to be we are going to be brothers and sisters in Christ, throughout eternity. And that’s how all that was accomplished. So each and every one of you have been placed baptized into Christ, have clothed yourself therefore with Christ. That’s your clothing is the righteousness of Christ, not your own.

Now, in this relationship, folks, where God sees the world in only three categories, you’ve got the lost you got the same you got the Hebrew, Gentile lost. You’ve got the saved, the church. You’ve got natural man, you got spiritual man. You’ve got only two types, natural man lost, spiritual man saved. What is natural man made up of? Hebrew Gentile, alike anyone who’s out of Christ. And then you’ve got the what’s called the church, or the ecclesia, which is born again Christians, has nothing to do with belong to a club has nothing to do with being a Baptist, or Presbyterian or anything else. It has only to do with whether you’re in Christ or whether you’re not. And to both of those categories Hebrew and Gentile. And then the church made up of who? Hebrew and Gentile saved.

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