Religion & Spirituality
EP33 Psalm 51:16
I don’t suspect that you would ever intend this, but this is what happens. You are severed from Christ when you seek to be justified; that is, declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing through the Law. You have fallen from grace; lost your grasp on God’s unmerited favor and blessing. Meanwhile we confidently wait, not relying on the Law but through the strength and power of the Holy Spirit by faith, for the hope of the completion of our salvation. For in Christ neither religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is only faith activated and expressed, working through love.”
I love that phrase, "For in Christ neither religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything." Christ isn't looking for perfect people who know what i's to dot and t's to cross, I'm not looking for that, and the church as a whole shouldn't be either. However, Paul does go on to say, “It is absolutely clear that you were called to a life of freedom. Just make sure that you don’t use your freedom as an excuse to embrace your sinful nature, but through love serve and seek the best for one another; that’s how freedom grows. Everything that we know about God’s Word and the Law concerning human relationships is summed up in a single sentence, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That is an act of true freedom."
This is Pastor Bill saying, Until next time...
It is Free