“Ignorant on Purpose” by Angie Paxton

“Ignorant on Purpose”

Many will not come to God on purpose.

Romans 10:3(King James Version)
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Romans 10:3(Holman Christian Standard Bible)
3 Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness.

It is hard to persuade men to believe what they are not willing to find true. They do not know because they do not care to know.

They were ignorant on purpose. They expected to be justified by their own works, as if thy could satisfy God’s justice.

They went around to establish their own righteousness – a righteousness of their own working out, by the merit of their works, they thought they needed not to beholden to the merit of Christ.

They would not submit to God’s righteousness. In true faith, there is need of a great deal of submission. Unbelief is a non-submission to the righteousness of God.

They have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God on purpose. They went about to establish their own way to right standing with God. They tried to establish their own righteousness.

Many attempt to establish righteousness by other methods than faith in Christ & the Cross.

Many who have come to God will try to stay justified & sanctified by self effort.

Galatians 3:3(King James Version)

3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
(Are they foolish on purpose?)

Galatians 3:3(New Century Version)
3 You began your life in Christ by the Spirit. Now are you trying to make it complete by your own power? That is foolish.

Matthew Henry: And thus they had begun well; but now they were turning to the law, and expected to be advanced to higher degrees of perfection by adding the observance of it to faith in Christ, in order to their justification,…

Do you think by self effort you can achieve righteousness or sanctification? You started by faith, do you think you can work your way to God or come to maturity?

People want to go their own way. They do not want to submit unto God and His righteousness.

Many are on purpose being ignorant of God’s way. They judge their own rigtheousness by the world’s standard. They judge their right way of living by the world. But the standard is the word of God. The only way one can be righteous is by Christ and Him crucified.

But people will not come to this truth on purpose.

John 3:19-20(King James Version)
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

They do not want their deeds exposed. Their deeds are so full of self effort that if they admit to the truth, they will be condemned. This goes for the saved and the unsaved.

Are you trying to come to God by your self effort? Are you trying to make yourself perfect by your self effort?

You can not add anything to faith in Christ. You must walk daily with your faith placed in what Jesus did, not in what you are doing.

Do not be ignorant on purpose!!!!