Luke 16:14–18: Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.


However, in spite of justifying themselves, the Pharisees were still not living according to the Law. Jesus spoke of divorce as an example. To divorce and remarry constituted adultery. Some Pharisees took a loose view of divorce. It was acknowledged that a man should not commit adultery. But if a man wanted another woman, many of the Pharisees condoned divorcing his present wife for no good reason and marrying the desired woman. In this way they thought adultery did not take place. This was a perfect example of justifying themselves in the eyes of men but not being justified before God. The religious leaders were not actually living according to the Law. Jesus pointed out the importance of the Law, which showed that the people should live by it. 1

Your Word is Truth

You can never justify yourself, but you can surrender. Surrender now to His Lordship.

To demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. –Romans 3:26

You Alone are God

He who justifies, will also sanctify, and someday glorify, all those who trust Him. – TWEET IT

Your Will be Done

Lord, thank You for justifying me, so I can live with You forever.


1. Walvoord, John F., & Zuck, R. B., Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary

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Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.

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