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The Exchange of Faith (3 of 5)
Series: The Faith of Abraham
Introduction: I ran across this "Senior Dress Code." It states that some of us 'Old Folks' (over 50) are confused today about how we should present ourselves. Feeling 'young', we try to conform to current fashions and present a youthful image.
Contrary to what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided:
1. A nose ring and bifocals
2. Spiked hair and bald spots
3. A pierced tongue and dentures
4. Miniskirts and support hose
5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads
6. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar
7. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor
8. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge
9. Bikinis and liver spots
I want to talk about a different dress code today. For the next few minutes I want to talk about a robe of righteousness. This robe right here will symbolize for us the robe of righteousness. But what IS a robe of righteousness in the Biblical sense? To be righteous means to be right in the eyes of God. It happens when we obey God's good and righteous laws and we do so out of pure motives, i.e. love for God and concern for others. We're not looking for any recognition for ourselves, its all purely altruistic. And we do it all consistently. We always obey God from pure motives. That is righteousness and that is what makes us right in the eyes of God and that is what this white robe symbolizes. It is a robe of righteousness.
Now say three things about this robe of righteousness.
I. WE ALL NEED A ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Ps. 1:5 "Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, or sinners in the assembly of the righteous."
Matthew 5:20 "For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven."
Revelation 21:27 "Nothing impure will ever enter it (Heaven) ...
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