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“Whoever Walks Blamelessly” (Prov 28:16-25)
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Christ sits as the King of kings and Lord of lords. He reigns eternally for the salvation of His people, because He is FULLY and totally righteous, having been so on earth, and so shall He ever be in heaven. We read, “A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days” (vs16). Hebrews 7:24-25 says, “But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to forever save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them”. Therefore, do not despair, poor sinner. The Lord Jesus is here to save the pitiful and the weak, the defiled who can’t help themselves. Only look to Him, for He EVER lives to save ALL who come to the Father by Him, and He will not fail. You are depraved, but He has power.

If we don’t trust Christ, then help will never come. We read, “A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit; let no one help him” (Prov 28:17). Go to God in prayer and faith, or perish, because there is no other remedy for sin. If we are not reconciled by faith, then we don’t have God’s power, and we cannot fight against sin. Thus, before we can be holy in conduct, we must receive the cleansing love of Christ, trusting His blood, and Him as the One Man who obeyed so that many could be blessed (Rom 5:19-20). BELIEVE on His love before trying to love Him: this is always the way. Set His love high and keep it ever before you, if you will obey in your life.

It only matters how we walk. We read, “Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved, but he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall” (Prov 28:18). If we are upright and blameless, if we follow Christ sincerely, even though we have sins, then we shall be delivered. I saw someone on TV today walking with artificial legs. He was not smooth, and you could tell there was difficulty, but he WALKED all the same: this is the way that it is with God - even though we fail and sin, if we are sincerely living for Christ, reaching His gospel out to others, living so that they’d be saved, then we shall be spared to His glory (Phil 2:15-16). The problem arises when people live for self, when they say that they know Christ, but they have no concern for others, so they live in sin. These shall perish, but not the blameless.

If we do what we’re told, then He’ll reward us. He says, “He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough” (Prov 28:19)! This isn’t something that is “iffy”, like you might not make it, but you will surely be saved if you call upon the Lord’s name. Do His will confidently and believe upon Him, even though you are sinful, because He came to save, and He is able. Trust Him and you’ll experience grace, even if your faith is weak and your heart is cold. Don’t wait for emotions or improvements. Believe and be blessed by faith alone. Frivolity is doing anything else than honoring Christ; it is like playing solitaire while your house burns with fire and destroys your family. The diligent will be rewarded for seeking the Lord and doing what they’re told, which is walking by faith alone.

Secondly, if our character isn’t most important to us, then we’ll be cursed. He says, “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished” (Prov 28:20). There is always a blessing to the faithful, but if we make other things more important, like wealth or self, then we’ll be punished. We’ll miss the blessing of RIGHTEOUSNESS, if we misapply ourselves by seeking some other treasure. Riches are fine, so long as God’s will is most important always (1 Tim 6:17-19). Money can’t save you, so maintain your communion with God. Put first things first.

Do not be impressed with sinners because man is nothing. We read, “To show partiality is not good, because for a piece of bread a man will transgress” (vs21). Who is man that we should fall all over him, as if he is great? We should honor all men, whether rich or poor, equally in the house of God. The man that we’re most impressed with, for just a little satisfaction would sin against God, so who are we to hide His truth so that we can please them? No, love people, but do not love them more than the truth, and do not highly exalt them because of their achievement. All good things come from God, and man is to be loved but never worshiped.

In fact, if you seek perishing things, then you’ll be poor forever. We read, “A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him” (Prov 28:22). He lives for sin, self, and the pleasures of this world, but what will happen when he dies, when moths eat up his garments and rust corrupts his treasures? He will stand before God, and all of his treasures will be vomited up, and he’ll spend eternity impoverished in hell without a Savior. Therefore, do not seek things which can be taken away. Seek the eternal. Our Lord says, “Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also” (Luke 12:33-34). The fool seeks the temporary and loses the eternal.

Finally, it’s better to love a man and be faithful to his soul, than to flatter him by holding back the gospel and hiding Christ. He says, “He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue” (vs23). If we flatter, we do so for ourselves. We reach our hands into people’s pocket while we hug them so lavishly, because we’re more concerned about them seeing us favorably than seeing God! The flatterer changes the gospel to hide the offence, and he isn’t God’s servant because of it. He seeks the praise of man, so he perishes, along with his hearer, unsaved, because glory wasn’t given to God. Do not be so low as to esteem man’s praise above God’s approval. Tell sinners the truth, lovingly, even if they hate you. It is better to be rejected by men, and then come and get strength among the brethren. It is better to say, “Thus says the Lord”, so you both can be saved, than to tell people what they WANT to hear, and you both perish.

Do not dishonor your parents. The gospel makes you live honorably with those close to you, and it keeps us doing good to men as an expression of godliness. He says, “Whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, “It is no transgression,” the same is companion to a destroyer”. If the gospel is an excuse to hate others, then it shows that I don’t have life. Let us do good to men, honoring Mom and Dad, rather than excusing our behavior in false worship (Mark 7:9-13).

Indeed, trusting the Lord is better than trusting in self. We read, “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered” (vs25). Pride is thinking highly of self, and it will not work. We must think the WORST of self, being honest with the word of God and our mirrors, if we will be saved… and we must stay here continually. “God, be merciful to me, the sinner” is our daily prayer. We start by admitting our sins, and then we get power to love, as His love is revealed in us. We must at all times remember Christ’s words, “Without Me you can do nothing”, and then we can do all things through Him. Pride is the self-confidence that doesn’t need the Lord, that leaves the house without prayer and goes about things just because I think I can get them. Trusting the Lord is committing everything to Him, trusting Him for the blessing, and then you’ll praise Him for it. Trust the Lord, and you will be blameless. He finds no fault in believers.

Heshimu Colar Heshimu Colar

Heshimu Colar, Pastor of The Gospel Church, faithfully proclaims the saving message of Jesus Christ, continually exalting Him in God's word as the Savior of...

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