Question – For a sinner to come to Christ what does he have to have spiritually if he is going to going to be saved? What did Zacchaeus have to do here?
Answer: He has to have a sight of Jesus. He has to get to the place, either go to a church, or to read the Bible, or to talk to someone who knows Jesus, if he would be saved. Zacchaeus had to climb the tree to see Him because he was short of stature.
Question – What does a sinner need to do nowadays, according to verses 5 and 6, to be saved?
Answer: He needs to make haste to come down from his high view of things and receive Jesus with joy.
What goes into believers' plans and greetings? Titus 3:12–15 prepares us for the second serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that believers humbly see their neediness and seek/accept help, but also rejoice at opportunities to be used by Christ to meet others' needs
Not giving SELF what SELF wants requires love to Christ coupled with devotion to Christ and a strength and desire that none of us possesses naturally! God must give us everything to walk with Him, or else we fail!
If you're "IN CHRIST" you know the danger of allowing SELF to have his or her way! If you would deny YOURSELF, you must walk CONTRARY to YOURSELF! If you would DO THIS, you must be led and made strong in this opposition against self by the Holy Spirit!
The Christian life and ministry is about moving from sinful self-reliance and toward a greater God-reliance. And God uses adversity and sufferings for Christ to produce in us this greater reliance upon himself. So suffering and comfort not only authenticates our faith it also moves into a greater reliance upon God as our deliverer and hope. This is not a popular message, but it is the path to greater comfort and hope as we walk in Jesus' footsteps.
Since at least the end of World War II, it became a "thing" for people to go off to themselves or travel to parts unknown in order to "find themselves". That is the modern equivalent of our Proverb's reference to "his heart may discover itself".
Also Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:31, Romans 12:1-2
Jesus never told us to express ourselves or simply add him to our already-self-determined lives. He told us to deny ourselves, to lose our lives for his sake. Far from encouraging the life of an ascetic, Jesus was urging us to give up something lesser in order to receive something far greater. Simple practices like fasting remind us of this larger truth.
In the last times – the times that we are living in now between Christ's first coming and second coming – there will be perilous and dangerous times. Scripture is very realistic, but there is still hope – even in this warning.
The natural human state is to look out for #1, and the rest of the list of bad things in this passage are just outworkings of that main sin of a distorted and perverted self-love. Our culture is puffed up with self-esteem and we are told to "believe in ourselves."
Pauls says to avoid these kind of people. We need to be watchful because hypocritical unbelievers will creep into the Church and they are almost more dangerous than outright pagans.
Do we understand and know the power of the Gospel? We need to be watchful against these false teachers, but we can also be encouraged because these people do not get the last word. The Lord Jesus has set up His Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!
An idol is any object or idea that substitutes for the true God. The Bible shows that idolatry is rampant in every life. Today the worship of self claims that individuals have the right to be themselves and have their desires; we become 'God'.
What hope is there for a people under judgment for their pride? Isaiah 28 looks forward to the first serial reading in morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these twenty-nine verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that those (all of us!) who are under judgment for pride must abandon our pride and humble ourselves to receive salvation as a gift from all-wise, all-powerful, abundantly merciful God.