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Bible Basics L-43 Trying To Impress God
Human Good L-1
We completed a study on divine justification in which we noted that the converted sinner, who has come to Jesus Christ in salvation is seen as forever pure and acceptable to God. This was noted as a positional truth upon which no believer can add to nor subtract. Justification is a fixed truth based upon the integrity of God to his word, and not the believer’s ability to do anything to change that relationship with God. See I Pet.1:3-5.
John 6:47 “Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”
Num.23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie...” Heb.6:18 “That by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us, Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil,” That is, we are secured in Christ.
You Don’t Have to Prove Yourself
We also noted that after salvation the believer will not have to go out of his way to impress or prove his salvation to anyone, lost or saved.[ It is the Holy Spirit who empowers the saint to perform the will of God, Acts 1:8.] No man will ever have the divine qualification of omniscience to know all things about another saint’s personal life and personal growth as a believer priest. [And this is why it is wrong for a believer to impose his will on the will of another believer.] Only God controls such authority.
The saint answers only to God as we will see from Job’s account.
Many people have substituted human good for divine good in the name of God ever since the beginning of time. Many people have been eulogized because of their good deeds when eulogies are all the reward they will ever receive. We have nothing to prove to God, but we keep trying anyway.
Heb.6:1 tells us to move on from dead works. [Human good is just dead works.]
Heb.9:14 read... Tells us dead works, human good comes from our conscience, the place where our standards of right and wrong abide.
You may ask how it gets in our conscience. [It gets there, as we though life; establish for ourselves what we declare to be our own standard of righteousness.] Only divine righteousness produces divine good.
God knows the very number of hairs on our heads. He knows our every weakness and our every fear, and our best bet is to say as Job said, Job.42:5-6 “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now I see thee, Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 41:11 “Who hath given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the heaven is mine.” We have nothing of ourselves. All our goodness is as filth before God, but the proud man will not acknowledge this and because he will not he works to impress people and he works to impress God. [Pride motivates a man to try and impress God.]Job indeed was a good man and he abstained from every appearance of evil, but Job knew this as God sought out to get rid of every ounce of pride and human righteousness in him.
He knows our every ability, and yet many times out of jealousy of others we try to perform similar works with the motivation that others will be as impressed with us as we have been impressed with those we have tried to copy.
When We Try to Prove Ourselves
When we try to prove ourselves to God or people we often foolishly present our human good, and human good is actually the basis of human righteousness. Our pride of wanting to be as good as others at something motivates us to copy them.
The Word of God judges the motivations of our hearts. God knows why we do what we do. If what an unsaved person does is done to obtain the favor or God, this is human good reaching as it were up to heaven, standing as it were on layers and layers of good deeds in hopes of getting into heaven. [These layers and layers of deeds mankind tucks away in the registry of his soul will only serve to condemn him at the Great White Throne judgment, Rev.20:11-13.]
The lost dead people are not judged according to their sins, as these were all poured out and judged on Jesus Christ on the cross.
The lost dead people are said to be judged according to their works. These are the human good deeds they substituted for the righteousness of God in Christ.
It is true that God does keep a record of the human good man performs and these works are kept in books, and these books will be opened at each lost persons judgment hearing at the GWT. The evidence kept in these books will go against the lost, and not for them. Their human good was motivated by the old sin nature as a form of rebellion toward the perfect righteousness of God.[ Religion provides the playing field which many of the lost utilize to work their way into favor with God and hopefully heaven. Religion in many forms becomes the conduit, the channel by which many lost people foolishly send their resumes to heaven.]
Human Good L-1
1. Who empowers the believer to perform the will of God?
2. Why is it wrong for one believer to impose his will on the will of another believer?
3. Human good is _________ ______________.
4. Where does human good abide in people?
5. How does human good become established in people?
6. What motivates a man to try and impress God?
7. What will the good deeds of the lost do for them at the Great White Throne judgment?
8. What becomes the playing field so many use as a channel to gain the favor of God?
Human Good L-3
Human Good Started In The Garden of Eden
There was a corrupt scheme on the part of Satan in the Garden of Eden to undermine the absolute righteousness of God. God had promised to judge Satan for his pre-adamic disobedience, Isa.14:15 so Satan devised an evil scheme with the intent of justifying himself. [Satan believed his disobedience was warranted in that he believed he was equal to God]. Being the pernicious [poneros, evil] one [not content with going down alone], Satan intended for all of mankind to rot in hell with him. To do this he would have to get Adam and Eve to disobey God just as he had done. Certainly God would not judge them to hell as he had done Satan. Satan though was wrong. Anyway, this scheme involved a lie. This lie is found in Gen.3:4. The lie [Satan presented to Eve was that she would not die if she ate from the forbidden tree]. She fell for the lie and Adam fell as well. What became instinctive for Adam and Eve to do as soon as they ate the fruit was [to establish human good.] Human good from the tree caused them to see themselves in a way God did not design. They saw themselves differently than God saw them. They saw themselves naked and they were ashamed. Why weren’t they ashamed before the fall. They were married and hadn’t seen each other any other way but naked. And now this was not acceptable. They started to judge themselves instead of letting God judge them. They felt condemned and dirty. They instantly went from the age of innocence to the age of conscience. Their conscience was instantly filled with dead works as we noted in Heb.9:17. They began to establish their own righteousness.
As long as God didn’t have a problem with them they were fine, but now they had a problem with themselves. They covered up with fig leaves in hopes God would still find them acceptable. They hid because they were now afraid of God and they were afraid of dying. [Many times human good is nothing more than a cover up for sin.]
Since the time of the sinful fall of Adam we possess as a part of our make up a tendency to produce human good to prove ourselves, and to hide our shame.
From Gen.2:17 God gave a prohibition, something forbidden. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of human good and evil represents the satisfaction of temporal life, a life independent of God. This tree represented a life of establishing a persons own place in this world apart from God’s leadership. Notice that the tree was appealing for three reasons.
1) good for food - lust of the flesh
2) pleasant to the eyes - lust of the eyes
3) to be desired to make one wise - the pride of life
I Jn.2:15-17 John said these things are of the world and they will tempt all men to love the world above their love of God. All of these things represent our choices. All of these temporal things are of this world, and all of these things will pass away with the world.
The tree was a test for Adam and Eve. Would they love themselves above God, or would they show their love by being obedient to God?
Obedience to God’s word is how we show our love to God, I Jn.2:5. God gave them the will to choose and the tree became the instrument whereby they would demonstrate their love for and then love was no longer their point of contact with God, justice then became their point of reference to God. Before the fall they enjoyed fellowship with God with no barriers as long as they left the forbidden tree alone. Death had never entered their minds.
From Gen.2:17 we see God telling them that the day they made this choice, the choice to disobey, they would die, an instant spiritual death, and an eventual physical death.
The offer on the tree came with a substitute for divine good which is human good and evil.
For a man to pick his will above the will of God is for that man to choose to accept the consequences of his decision.
When a man picks a social gospel of human good over the pure salvation gospel of divine good in Jesus Christ, then that man has picked a fight with God that he will never win.
One thing Satan never counted on was that the Father would send the Son, Jesus Christ to the earth to pay the ransom price for mankind’s fallen soul. Satan never imagined the selflessness of God in showing pity and compassion on fallen mankind. Satan never imagined his creator being incarnated into human form and dying on the cross taking our sin away. But after God spoke with fallen Adam and Eve in Gen.3:13 He then went after Satan and promised him that the same one who came and took away sin, will be the same one who will crush Satan one day.
Human Good L-2
1. Why did Satan believe his disobedience was warranted?
2. Define pernicious?
3. What was the first lie facing mankind? Give scripture
4. What became instinctive for Adam and Eve to do as soon as they sinned?
5. When was human good introduced into the world? Give scripture.
6. For what purpose does mankind often perform human good?
7. Give three reasons Eve found the forbidden tree appealing.
8. In what way did the tree of the knowledge of good and evil become a test for Adam and Eve?
Bible Basics L-45
Human Good L-3
The unsaved are said to be judged according to their works, Rev.20:12-13. These are the human good deeds they have substituted for the righteousness of God in Christ.
It is true that God does keep a record of the human good man performs and these works are kept in books, and these books will be opened at each lost persons judgment hearing at the GWT. The evidence kept in these books will go against the lost, and not for them.
[There will be no divine good in these books of works for the unsaved because the unsaved have not one ounce of divine ability to bear divine good]. As our Lord said in Matt.9:17, you do not put new wine into old wineskins. You put new wine into new wineskins. God does not put spiritual blessings into a spiritually dead corpse. Jesus Christ said “Ye must be born again.”
Their human good is motivated by the old sin nature as a form of rebellion toward the perfect righteousness of God.[ Religion provides the playing field which many of the lost as well as carnal Christians utilize to work their way into favor with God.
Human good is not categorized as sin, although it is just as unacceptable to God. Human good is different from sin in that h/g does not involve a moral issue. Ex. Giving money to a local church would not be classified as sin, but if the person were unsaved, it would be human good. And if it were a believer out of fellowship it would be h/g. Trinitarian Notes. p 383. These good deeds will be judged.
Religion in many forms becomes the conduit, the channel by which many lost people and carnal believers foolishly send their resumes to heaven.] As for those who are lost, but not ascetic or self-righteous by trend, they still go to hell; however, they may not have as much to answer for. Jesus Christ will be the judge of this, John 5:22.
Those who attempt to establish their own righteousness do so through the medium of human good. As we saw in Heb.9:14 the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is all sufficient to purge your conscience from dead works, which is the good deeds you can do to try to gain the favor of God.
Paul talks about this in Rom.10:1-4 read
Paul says in Rom.10:3 that the religious Jews were “going about, Greek word zhtew,
[ Pr.A.Part. they keep on searching and pursuing] to establish their own righteousness, the word establish comes from the Greek word histemi [ to confirm, to make to stand] they keep on seeking to make a stand before God by their own righteousness.” With the active voice we see that they attempt to produce a righteousness of their own.[ They were always emphasizing the results of their efforts with the hope of confirming their own righteousness.] Results validated their righteousness, not faith alone in Jesus Christ.
The human good they produce in the name of God and their fellowman is motivated by their desire to promote their own goodness. [Human good always tries to keep the score on good works because human good is in competition with the grace of God.]
Often times they become legalistic and legalist always try to impose their brand of holiness on others, why? Because they are impressed with their brand of holiness. They are motivated to perform and have others to imitate them, thinking God will be impressed. Whereas a Spirit filled believer serves to please the Lord because he or she is impressed with God.
The person who serves to get recognition for himself produces only human good. [All human good will be judged as wasted energy because it is of the flesh and not the Spirit of God.]
The praise given to them by simple people often confirms their mental aberration, their departure from reality, that they are doing things that will certainly gain the favor of God.
[It is not their faith in God that confirms to them that they are acceptable or pleasing to God, it is the praiseworthy things people say about them that confirms their goodness before God.] Their conscience has not been purged of dead works, the human good they do to gain the praise of God. They are still impressed with themselves.
Such folks as this quite often seek followers who will feed their insatiable appetite for attention. Once they get the crowds attention they look for a way to gain and sustain some kind of personal notoriety. [This is why many saints will not buckle down in a doctrinal church, they loose out on the praise they had at a former church. When they fellowship with saints who are spiritually maturing and are more impressed with God than them, then their pride is hurt.] They are always saying, “Look at me, Look at me!” Look at what I’ve done for God, or as a church they are always saying, “Look at what we’ve done for God!”
This passage speaks for itself. This passage is not a prohibition against doing good works out in the open, or praying in open as a demonstration of your love for God.
Titus 3:8 tells us to perform good works as Christian ambassadors, but Matt.6:1-5 tells us not to do these alms, these ambassadorial acts if we are looking to draw attention to ourselves. People can’t help but see your faith being exercised if you are being a faithful believer. And some people may judge your motivations, for your works and your public prayers, however, only God knows the true motivation.
As a Spirit lead believer you will not desire for your good deeds to be made public. And the local church should not try to motivate saints to serve God by offering gifts and pins and positions and praise. However this is how many churches get their people to bring people to church. When public recognition and reward becomes the motivation to Christian service then Paul calls this dead works; a good deed done on the basis of praise, and not the glory of God.
II Cor.10:12-18. read…
Human Good L-3
1. Why is there no divine good written in the books of works for the unsaved?
2. Why did the Jew of Paul’s day work so hard to emphasize the results of his human good efforts?
3. Why does human good (dead works) always try to keep the score on good works?
4. Why will all human good (dead works) be judged as wasted energy?
5. How does the legalist receive confirmation that they are pleasing to God?
6. Why do many saints fail to buckle down in a doctrinal teaching church?