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From Rags to Riches...

Posted on 28 August, 2011 at 14:00
Zechariah 9:16, The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.
 
"From Rags to Riches; From Self Righteousness to the Righteousness of God"
 
Isaiah 64:6, But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (KJV)
 
Zechariah 3:3, Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. (KJV)
 
Mathew Henry’s Concise Commentary:
Zechariah 1-5 The angel showed Joshua, the high priest, to Zechariah, in a vision. Guilt and corruption are great discouragements when we stand before God. By the guilt of the sins committed by us, we are liable to the justice of God; by the power of sin that dwells in us, we are hateful to the holiness of God. Even God's Israel are in danger on these accounts; but they have relief from Jesus Christ, who is made of God to us both righteousness and sanctification. Joshua, the high priest, is accused as a criminal, but is justified. When we stand before God, to minister to him, or stand up for God, we must expect to meet all the resistance Satan's subtlety and malice can give. Satan is checked by one that has conquered him, and many times silenced him. Those who belong to Christ, will find him ready to appear for them, when Satan appears most strongly against them. A converted soul is a brand plucked out of the fire by a miracle of free grace, therefore shall not be left a prey to Satan. Joshua appears as one polluted, but is purified; he represents the Israel of God, who are all as an unclean thing, till they are washed and sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Israel now were free from idolatry, but there were many things amiss in them. There were spiritual enemies warring against them, more dangerous than any neighbouring nations. Christ loathed the filthiness of Joshua's garments, yet did not put him away. Thus God by his grace does with those whom he chooses to be priests to himself. The guilt of sin is taken away by pardoning mercy, and the power of it is broken by renewing grace. Thus Christ washes those from their sins in his own blood, whom he makes kings and priests to our God. Those whom Christ makes spiritual priests, are clothed with the spotless robe of his righteousness, and appear before God in that; and with the graces of his Spirit, which are ornaments to them. The righteousness of saints, both imputed and implanted, is the fine linen, clean and white, with which the bride, the Lamb's wife, is arrayed, Re 19:8. Joshua is restored to former honors’ and trusts. The crown of the priesthood is put on him. When the Lord designs to restore and revive religion, he stirs up prophets and people to pray for it.
 
My thoughts:
When we often hear the idiom “rags to riches” we may automatically equate it to a mundane sense – a person going from poverty to wealth.  But from a spiritual perspective, the idiom “rags to riches” is referring to a person no longer justifying himself through his own failing self righteousness of good deeds which are consider filthy rags to God, to one who’s righteousness is justified by their believing faith in the works of Christ on the cross.
 
It is something truly profound to think upon how God views an individual’s life achievements and charitable contributions as filthy rags outside of His righteousness, the righteousness of God, which is faith in Christ compared to how the world at large in its own self righteousness highly esteem those according to the world’s belief  and reward system.
 
There is a reward of eternal life for those whom are made righteous through faith in Christ; there is also a reward of eternal damnation for those who place their faith in their own self righteousness.
The just and unjust alike are subject to these present perilous times.  The different is the just/believers whom are made righteous through faith in Christ, have a comforter, whom is the Holy Ghost; He comforts us in all things and the redeeming power of Christ blood cleanses us from all sin and unrighteousness. We have an advocator, Christ Jesus, who sits on the right hand of the Father and intercedes on our behalf.
 
The unjust/non-believers/unsaved have no savior, no comforter and no advocate. They will stand guilty and condemned of everything our accuser of the brethren, which is Satan, accuse them of before God because they have no saving grace because they made a decision through out there life here on planet earth to not chose /accept the free gift of salvation.
 
No one, absolutely no one, can live in this dying world without breaking God’s law; this is why God sent His son Jesus through forty and two generations to be the propitiation for our sins. The word of God records in 2 Corin.3:6, … “the letter (10 commandments) kill, but the Spirit ( Christ – Spirit of God ) gives life.  The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God (which is His son Jesus) is eternal life.  The law (10 commandments) was given to show that we are all guilty of sin, no one is exempt, and that we all need a savior.  We are all to adhere to the 10 commandments, but under the new covenant, which is Christ, we are no longer under the curse of the law, which was death if anyone broke any part of the law. Under the new covenant, which is Christ, love fulfills all of the law. That is the true meaning and attributes of love found in 1 Corin. 13.
 
If we all wait until we get our selves together before coming to Christ, than no one would come to Christ. If we could get ourselves together, we would have a long time ago. But the truth of the matter is this - we can never save our own souls… only through accepting Christ in your life can save your souls from a burning hell.  It is the truth that makes us free.
 
You have been given freewill to choose this day life or death… choose life.
 
 
 

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