None Righteous, Not Even One

Inspired by: He Sees, He Knows, He Cares / w2d4

Scripture Reading: Luke 5:27-6:11; SOAP / Luke 5:32

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 5:32 NET

Jesus makes it clear that His purpose was not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. He said this in response to a question that had been raised by the Pharisees concerning why He and His disciples were eating and drinking with the tax collectors and sinners. To be righteous is said to mean you are morally right or justifiable, which is exactly how the Pharisees and experts of the law saw themselves. However, we would do well to understand and remember that Scripture says – “There is none righteous not even one.”, but that – “all have sinned“, and having done so, face the penalty of death. It is this group of people that Jesus says He is calling to repentance. Which, in relation to salvation is changing your mind from rejection of Christ to faith in Christ. Summarizing a quote from Gotquestions.org, repentance is not something we do but something God gives; and that it is only possible because of His grace – Acts 5:31, 11:18; John 6:44; Romans 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9

He Took The Time

The conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees doesn’t stop with our focus verse, but is followed up with more questions and lessons from Jesus, as well as details about another healing which I hope you’ll read. If you were to look at my Scripture reference page for this day you would see many red highlights around the words “Jesus answered them” or “He said to them”. You would also find where I scribbled in the margin how “I love that Jesus took the time to not only listen to them but to answer them, to try to relate to them, and to teach/show them His ways and power.” Whether we are filled with mindless rage, as the Pharisees were after Jesus healed a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath or we simply have yet to repent – we are all left with this one question – “What will we do with Jesus?”

Knowledge Into Wisdom

Taking the facts from this passage and what Jesus said we should be – is a great reminder that:

  • We can talk to ‘sinners’, eat dinner with them, and even invite them to church. While we must not be like them our goal should not be to avoid them but to demonstrate and to share the love of Christ with them.
  • We should, as has already been pointed out, never forget Paul’s words to the church at Rome when he wrote, “There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12). To be clear, “not only one” means “not even me”. Only through God’s grace have we been clothed in the righteousness of Christ – to forget this will quickly lead to attitudes like those of the Pharisees and the experts of the law.

Which leads to this last statement –

  • We should daily rejoice in the grace of God, without which we would still be a sinner condemned unclean.
Responding to God’s Word

Father, I was a sinner condemned unclean but You called my name and I was forever changed! You set me free! You changed my name from too far gone to saved by grace! No longer condemned for I am Yours, a chosen child of God! Thank You for Jesus! Thank You for the cross and the empty tomb – without which I would still be lost, a sinner condemned unclean! Thank You God for Christ’s righteousness which You have imputed or credited to me. Jesus, thank You for Your example not just with the sinners and tax collectors but with ALL – so that all might come to know You – including me! Oh Yes Holy Three in One! Thank You, thank You, thank You! It is in Your name I pray and trust – Amen and Amen!

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