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Sincerely Wrong

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Sincerely Wrong
Words of Faith 10-15-2021
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2021
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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Romans 10
    Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. [2] For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. [3] Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. [4] Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

    "It really doesn't matter what you believe so long as you are sincere." How many times have we heard that one? The problem is that we may be very sincere but be sincerely wrong.  And in matters of life and eternity, that is a mistake we cannot afford.  
    No one could have been more sincere about righteous living than the Jewish people.  Paul uses the word zealous to describe the Jewish life that once dominated his existence when his name was Saul. He had lived a life marked by meticulous attention to the Law, careful meditation upon the Word, and absolute scrutiny of every detail of life. But all of this was sincerely wrong because Saul did not know the righteousness that comes from God. Paul points out that this zeal was without knowledge. They had sought to establish their own righteousness rather than submit to God's righteousness.
    Is Christ the end of the Law? No, Christ did not abolish the Law. Rather, He is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Christ is what comes at the conclusion of the Law. He is the only place that the Law can finally lead, and when we get there, we either surrender to His righteousness or stumble upon it.  
    The truth is that many sincere people practice everything from hedonism to paganism. They seek to make themselves "right" in some manner or practice. But at the end of it all, there is Christ. He is the One we will face. To Him, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess to the glory of God. There is no other way, sincere or not. We can surrender now or stumble later.

        Lord, God, I choose to receive Your righteousness which is by faith. I submit to Your righteousness rather than one of my own making that forever falls short. In Jesus' name.

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