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March 5, 2017 - The Pharisee and the Tax Collector - Luke 18:9-14

posted Mar 31, 2017, 5:56 PM by Grant Garber
  • Perspective is really important to understanding our relationship with God.
  • The tax collectors did have one appealing virtue. They played a key role in the world of moral values by being someone everyone else could look down on.
  • If we compare ourselves to others by our own standards, we’re going to come out much like this Pharisee did, thanking God for all that is good about us, and putting down people who aren’t like us.
  • The one sin this poor Pharisee could never see in himself, the one that does him in that he just doesn’t understand is pride.
  • The Pharisee did everything right. We couldn’t correct him for a single action he took. And yet, before God he was the one condemned.
  • God simply wants our hearts to despair of ourselves, and to trust in Him.
  • The root problem for good people isn’t simply that they have a holier-than- thou attitude; it is that they are possessed by a holier-than- God attitude.
  • Good people struggle to understand and accept the quality in God’s nature that stands out above all others: grace/mercy.
  • To have this perspective, we have to let go of pride. We can do only one thing -- - cling to the promises of God, to His mercy and love.
  • The very answer to the tax collector’s prayer was the Man telling this story, the Son of Man whose plan to sacrifice Himself on the cross means we will be forgiven and exalted.
Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 18:9-14