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The Doctrine of Mercy. Part 4.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Point 3. The Parable of Mercy is Found in LUK 18:9-14

That’s self-justification, the first stage of the arrogant skills.

Well, they go crazy because they move into the second stage of the arrogant skills, self-deception

MAT 6:1 "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven

MAT 9:10-11 And it happened that as He was reclining at the table in the house, behold many tax-gatherers and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax-gatherers and sinners?"

"The Pharisee stood and said this self centered prayer.“
(Williams Translation)

EZR 9:6 and I said, "O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to Thee, my God, for our iniquities have risen above our heads, and our guilt has grown even to the heavens.

PSA 145:8 The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness

Will you humble yourself before God or will you exalt yourself above God?

ISA 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.

So we have the arrogance of the creature that desires to ascend vs. the humility and servitude of God who desires to descend.

If you exalt yourself God will demote you. If you humble yourself God will exalt you. The only promotion worth having is the one that is done by God.

The word mercy is the aor-pass-imp of hilaskomai which is the word propitiation, the basis for God being merciful and gracious to us

In this passage, "to be humble" is to not approach God with any form of human works or merit but to rely totally on His mercy.

Point 4. As Members of the Royal Family of God, We are Described as "Vessels of Mercy,", which means we have received mercy, Rom 9

When we believed in Jesus Christ, we received forty things from God. After that, we receive logistical grace support and blessing

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