“FOLLOW AFTER GODLINESS” PART 2

Read 1 Timothy 2:1-12.
 
What? Those of us who are righteous, or justified, are justified on His plan and terms, not our own. The idea is that all our righteousness has come to us through none other than our Redeemer.
 
What?
1. On one hand, the one who was perfectly innocent, by a voluntary substitution, is treated as if He were guilty, and is subjected to pain and sorrow, which, if he were guilty, would be a proper punishment for sin.
2. On the other, they who are guilty, and who deserve to be punished, are treated, through His vicarious sufferings, as if they were perfectly innocent. The whole plan is one of substitution; and without substitution there can be no salvation.
3. Innocence voluntarily suffers for guilt, and the guilty are made pure and holy, and are saved.
4. The greatness of Gods Divine compassion and love is thereby shown for the guilty; and because of this it is right and proper for God to call all men to be reconciled to Him.
5. When God has given His only Son to die on the cross in order that we might be reconciled, is the best possible reason why we should cease our resistance to Him, and live godly. Barnes Notes (edited).
Listen to what God has to say about godliness:
 
1 Timothy 6:1, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Flee these things of wealth, and the sad consequences which the love of wealth produces. And follow after righteousness. In other words, make these the main object of your pursuit. 2:2, “For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” 3:16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness” 4:7, “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” 6:3, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;” verse 5, “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

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