|Mark 2:17 |
17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are whole have no need of a physician, but those who are sick, do. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."2 [Today's so-called Christians think they are righteous because they "believe in Jesus" or have been water baptized; in so doing, Christianity has made a mockery of the Lord's highest priority command in the New Testament: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness," Mat 6:33. When contemplating those who think they have the righteousness of Christ because they believe that Jesus is the son of God, the Word of the Lord within said: "They throw the word 'righteousness' around without any understanding of what it means. They are filthy dreamers." All are filthy because their hearts are defiled with all manner of sins they still commit with disregard to the Lord's many warnings and the Bible's very clear requirements, qualifying conditions, and exclusions of salvation; so they are dreaming that they are righteous. There is an imputed righteousness that comes with the measure of faith received with the fruit of the Spirit, which is rewarded to those who have crucified their selfish, evil spirit on the inward cross of self-denial, but not before. Believing in Jesus is not the faith that imputes righteousness; see Footnote 2 of Romans 3 for the detail of imputed righteousness.]
2 He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners. But the Jews thought they were righteous; and because they did not understand that they were sinners, they could not hear the call. What call? To Repent! Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Those calling themselves Christians, not living in the kingdom of heaven, nor walking by the promptings and energizing of the Spirit of God, and who think they are righteous, they are deaf; they cannot hear the true call of Jesus to repent with remission of sins.
Our hunger and thirst for righteousness is what motivates us to seek God. We long to be right. We long to be pleasing to him.
Christ said, But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (This is Jesus' highest priority instruction to us!)
We long to be like he has told us to be. The longing is our hunger and thirst.
Our hunger is a blessing in itself, for it is God's way of drawing us to himself. He gives us the hunger.
Our hunger motivates us to seek him diligently, for he is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
And his promise is, our hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled.
Woe to you who are well fed now, [think yourselves righteous] for you will go hungry. Luke 6:25
If we think we are righteous, we don't seek righteousness.
Those who thought they were righteous could not hear Jesus on the earth when he was here,
neither can they hear him today as he stands at the door to your heart and knocks.