Saturday, 24 July 2010
A beautifully written reflection by one of my core youth leaders on the grace of God.
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
It’s sad how today, so many people today call themselves Christians when they’re actions obviously show otherwise. GRACE GRACE GRACE. That’s what they tell themselves, as if Jesus’ blood on the cross and the grace he showed is an excuse for them to live anyway they want. We have severely cheapened God’s grace. And what does Hebrews tell us about that? If the people were so severely punished for rejecting Moses’ law, how much worse do you think they will be punished for cheapening the blood of Jesus.
1 John 2:4
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
And the Bible has tons of other verses like this one. Isn’t it obvious? We are Christians not because we call ourselves Christians. If we truly are Children of God, our lives will reflect the glory of God! Of course we won’t be sinless, but we will show desire for His Holiness. Notice the last line “whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did”. The Bible is full of other such verses that remind us that what we do reflect what we really believe? Do you REALLY believe Jesus died for you? Do you REALLY believe God expects holiness from you? If you REALLY believe it, you would live your life as if you believed it.
This is not to say we work our way to heaven. No, I’ve repeated time and time again, Jesus’ precious blood is what redeemed us. And what amazing grace this is. But the knowledge of this sacrifice should change the way we live our lives completely! Stop playing with Sin and treating it like a small matter. The blood of Jesus is NOT TO BE CHEAPENED.
Saturday, 20 December 2008
perichorus discusses 10 areas or paradoxes that the Bible talks about, mainly on wealth, success-themed gospel and concept of grace.
- Reflections on money, sex and power
- The light side of wealth
- The dark side of wealth
- The paradox of wealth
- The snare of wealth
- Embracing the “riches to rags” story of Jesus Christ
- Finding through losing
- Weaknesses of the success-themed gospel
- Contrasts between cheap and costly grace
- The river of God’s grace
Read the full article here.
Saturday, 9 June 2007
Thesis One: Sola Scriptura
We reaffirm the inerrant Scripture to be the sole source of written divine revelation,which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured.
We deny that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christian’s conscience, that the Holy Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation.
Thesis Two: Solus Christus
We reaffirm that our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father.
We deny that the gospel is preached if Christ’s substitutionary work is not declared and faith in Christ and his work is not solicited.
Thesis Three: Sola Gratia
We reaffirm that in salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life.
We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerated human nature.
Thesis Four: Sola Fide
We reaffirm that justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. In justification Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God’s perfect justice.
We deny that justification rests on any merit to be found in us, or upon the grounds of an infusion of Christ’s righteousness in us, or that an institution claiming to be a church that denies or condemns sola fide can be recognized as a legitimate church.
Thesis Five: Soli Deo Gloria
We reaffirm that because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God, it is for God’s glory and that we must glorify him always. We must live our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God and for his glory alone.
We deny that we can properly glorify God if our worship is confused with entertainment, if we neglect either Law or Gospel in our preaching, or if self-improvement, self-esteem or self-fulfillment are allowed to become alternatives to the gospel.
See the full “Cambridge Declaration of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals” here. http://alliancenet.org/CC_Content_Page/0,,PTID307086CHID581262CIID,00.html
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