Evidences of grace. Word Alive is filled with evidences of grace, which will spread out from her and to the nations of the world as we enjoy the privilege of being a global intersection and meeting place.
We are legally, completely and properly justified by faith in Christ’s atoning work on the cross, and then we are warmly, tenderly and compassionately welcomed into Christ’s family.
We are then energized to live out of God’s fullness of grace, never depending on our works, but serving in grace. Bearing witness to our freely given right standing with God.
Don’t go back.
Go, give your life away.
Don’t go back.
V1. Freedom in Christ has set us free (freedom of conscience not liberty to live as we please. Libertarian freedom leads to dehumanizing behaviors). Freedom from guilt and shame.
Circumscision cannot justify not include. The law is not for justification.
The obligation of Christ is a different kind of obligation to slavery under the law. Good wants his churches to be famous for their relaxed, joyous celebration of God’s justifying love for us in Christ, whilst we were still sinners. Observers should say of the church “those guys don’t look browbeaten or burden by their conscience, but more relaxed and joyful than me.”
God is not angry with you. You are angry will God. God loves angry believers who think God is angry with them for the things they are angry with themselves for. The believer needs to get past the internal anger to see Christ crucified and to rejoice in his justifying death and love.
Just by having Jesus you are released from everything you have ever done to offend him.
Never go back to the false religion of drudgery, relying on sanctification for your justification. You don’t need to improve before you are accepted. Tell yourself, when brushing your teeth first thing each day and at the end of each day, that you are accepted, right now, because of Christ.
When you have had a good day, or a bad day of yielding to temptation or falling over, and you are accused by Satan of worthlessness and guilt, tell him “no, when you tell me I am a sinner, you give me weapons to fight you and slot your throat, as I turn to Christ and say “ I admit I have sinned and deserve judgement and hell, but I am found in Christ and he will never let me go.”
Guilty anxiety can melt into calm because Jesus is here. To all who are weary and need rest, to all who grieve and need comfort, for all who feel to temptation and need cleansing and strength, come to Christ who gave himself for us to redeem us.
2. Go, give your life away.
It is not hard for selfish people like us to make others serve our needs. It is easy for selfish people to live self-pleasing, self-indulgent, licentious lives which satisfy our selfish cravings. But when we know by experience that Jesus loves us and gave himself for us, we can do nothing but give our lives away, to serve one another. Vers 13. Through love, slave for (serve) on another.
Galatians 5:13-15 (ESV) For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
This slavery is other person centred.
All adopted children of God are turned from self gratification to be other person centred.
Love voluntarily gives itself for the good of others.
Love willingly dies that others might live.
Love gladly lays down it’s wants to serve the needs of others.
Let’s go give our lives away for the good of others, even to the point of death. That’s how Jesus loved us, he died for us. “May be today, God might order events, that I will give my life for the good of someone else, for Jesus’ glory, that sacrifice would be the crowning glory of my life.”
Whatever happens, we can’t tell what’s to come, the Lord is with us and in us by his Spirit and the gospel.