What Makes Right?

TEXTEph. 6:1

INTRODUCTION:

A.      WE SHOULD BE MOTIVATED BY OUR DESIRE TO BE RIGHT.

          1.       Righteousness characterizes the rule of Jesus( Heb. 1:8-9 ).

          2.       It is the identifying mark of his followers( 2 Tim. 2:19 ).

B.      HOW DO WE DETERMINE WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG?

          1.       We must find a standard.

          2.       Our standard must be in accord with that of the Judge.

          3.       One reason for division is we can't agree on a standard.

I.      STANDARDS THAT MISS THE MARK

                                              WHAT DOES NOT MAKE RIGHT.

A.      HUMAN REASONING( Prov. 14:12;  Jer. 10:23 ).

B.      HUMAN CONSCIENCE( Acts 23:1;  1 Tim. 1:12-13 čRom. 14:23 ).

C.      CUSTOM OR TRADITION( Matt. 15:1-3;  Col. 2:8 ).

D.      CIVIL AUTHORITY( Acts 3:17;  1 Cor. 2:8;  but see 1 Pet. 2:13-17 ).

E.      MAJORITY( Matt. 7:13-14 ).

F.      FAMILY TIES( Matt. 10:34-37 ).

G.      THE CHURCH - IT CAN BE LED ASTRAY( Acts 20:28-30;  2 Thes. 2:1-3 ).

II.     THE STANDARD THAT GOD GAVE

                                             WHAT DOES DETERMINE RIGHT?

A.      GOD'S WORD IS TRUTH( John 17:17 ).

B.      GOD'S TESTIMONY IN THE WORD IS RIGHTEOUSNESS( Psa. 119:138 ).

C.      NOTICE THE ADVANTAGE DAVID HAD BECAUSE OF GOD'S WORD:

          1.       Hope( vs. 81 ).

          2.       Security( vs. 89 ).

          3.       Wisdom( vs. 97 ).

          4.       Guidance( vs. 105 ).

D.      GOD'S WILL REVEALED THROUGH THE SPIRIT TO THE 12( Eph. 3:5 ).

          1.       They spoke in words taught by the Spirit( 1 Cor. 2:13 ).

          2.       They also wrote what they received( Eph. 3:3-4 ).

          3.       The result is understanding  the mystery( vs. 4 ).  Communication.

                   a.       We can all understand it alike!

                   b.       No longer a mystery( vs. 5; 1 Pet. 1:10-12 ).

E.      GOD'S REVELATION IS COMPLETE AND COMPLETELY FINISHED!

          1.       2 Tim. 3:16-17.

          2.       "Once for all." ( Jude 3;  Heb. 10:10:12 ).

F.      NOT EVEN AN ANGEL CAN CHANGE IT( Gal. 1:8-9;  1 John 4:1-6 ).

CONCLUSIONWHAT IS YOUR STANDARDWHAT DOES IT

        DIRECT ME TO DO?