Having the life of Jesus, not just doing the right things. 2 Timothy 3:5: Holding to a form of godliness but denying its power. Always learning and never able to come to the truth. Am I connected to Jesus?
Characteristics of a person not connected to Jesus
1. Interested in hearing the word of God but not doing it.
2. Self righteous. John 8:31: If you continue in my word then you are truly disciples of Mine. Luke 16:14,15: You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men.
3. 1 Timothy 4:7,8,12: Discipline yourself in speech. 1 Timothy 3:16: Jesus Christ was revealed in the flesh. Knowing God and Jesus is eternal life. Philippians 3:9: Having the power of God in our life. Gospel is the power of God that gives me power to overcome. Colossians 2:7: Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Jesus death and resurrection and all my past sins have been blotted out. Satan has no power over me. My old man has died and I’m a new creation. Having confidence in God as a Father. God is able to give us abundant life.
Emphasis is the power of godliness. Inner life should be far more glorious that what impression I give before others. Man looks at the outside, God looks at the heart. 1 Peter 3:1-4: Power of submission. James 1:27: Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Matthew 6:5: When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.