Do not be led astray by a form of godliness or righteousness that does not consistently and rightly represent the kingdom of God and the genuine ways and will of God and His call to holy and righteous living.
2 Timothy 3:1-7
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate the weak and vulnerable weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Identify and note those around you who desire to teach, lead, instruct, and who seek to control others - yet they themselves do not have the personal courage, discipline, or conviction, to righteously close the gap of contradiction between what they teach and instruct and how they conduct and live their own lives. Do not follow them, do not encourage or bless them, do not receive the message they teach, and do not share the opinions they are passing on. This is most certainly not the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus - taught by Jesus. It is however, a form of godliness that does not possess or contain the true power of God. The message they teach will not stand up to the times of difficulty, trouble, and the real persecution that resists and seeks to come against the genuine and eternal righteousness of God.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
The righteous will live by faith and in faithfulness. The proclamation and call of Jesus at Galilee that day was to hunger and thirst for righteousness and for the people of God to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and the blessings, favor, and covering would follow. We do not hunger for or fallow after blessings we hunger for and seek for the righteousness of God and then all we need will be added to us. We will be filled.
[Reference and Resource]: The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12 by Thomas Watson; The Beatitudes by Arthur W. Pink; Reading The Sermon on the Mount by John Stott; An Exegetical Study of the Sermon on the Mount by Abernathy, David, Tehan, Thomas; Lexham Theological Word Study by Magnum, Douglass, Brown; Word Studies in the New Testament by Vincent, Marvin R.
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