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Fix

I don’t want a band-aid for an ancient disease, I want the full strength of Calvary.

Tim Wright, Satisfied

The Law.

The perfect, holy Law of God.

The Ten Commandments.

For the most part, Leviticus.

Paul says about the law was that it was brought in so that the trespass would increase. The law ‘could’ save us if we kept it perfectly every time, all the time. But we couldn’t. No one but Jesus could do that. But boy, we try.

Jesus did perfectly what we could only try and fail to do. We tried for centuries to fulfill the law by the sweat of our brow and the keenness of our minds. Jesus once and for all fulfilled it.

The problem is that Jesus did all this a long time ago, yet we are still trying to earn the free gift he has given us. The only way we can “earn” this gift of salvation is to just give up. When we give up, we aren’t to do nothing. We give up in our efforts to save ourselves. We must take the focus of our salvation off of us and place it solely on Jesus. The author and finisher and fixer of our faith. He is the only one who can fix us.

15 But the gift of God through Christ is a very different matter from the “account rendered” through the sin of Adam. For while as a result of one man’s sin death by natural consequence became the common lot of men, it was by the generosity of God, the free giving of the grace of one man Jesus Christ, that the love of God overflowed for the benefit of all men.

16 Nor is the effect of God’s gift the same as the effect of that one man’s sin. For in the one case one man’s sin brought its inevitable judgment, and the result was condemnation. But, in the other, countless men’s sins are met with the free gift of grace, and the result is justification before God.

17 For if one man’s offence meant that men should be slaves to death all their lives, it is a far greater thing that through another man, Jesus Christ, men by their acceptance of his more than sufficient grace and righteousness, should live all their lives like kings!

18-19 We see, then, that as one act of sin exposed the whole race of men to God’s judgment and condemnation, so one act of perfect righteousness presents all men freely acquitted in the sight of God. One man’s disobedience placed all men under the threat of condemnation, but one man’s obedience has the power to present all men righteous before God.

20-21 Now we find that the Law keeps slipping into the picture to point the vast extent of sin. Yet, though sin is shown to be wide and deep, thank God his grace is wider and deeper still! The whole outlook changes—sin used to be the master of men and in the end handed them over to death: now grace is the ruling factor, with righteousness as its purpose and its end the bringing of men to the eternal life of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:15-21 J.B. Phillips

Fixed it.

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The only way you can swallow the painful truth is to wash it down with a refreshing drink of grace.

You can tell someone all day long to fix issues they aren’t capable of fixing on their own. The only hope of seeing real change is to accept that Someone has given them the power to change.

 Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.”
Mark 2:17 (MSG)

This verse shows that we can’t just “fix it” or “get a new heart” in our own self-will. We must rely on the One who has fixed it all and allow Him to empower us to change.

You were once spiritually dead, as confirmed in your constant failure; being bound to a lifestyle ruled by the distorted desires of the flesh, but now God has made you alive together with him, having forgiven you all your trespasses.
Colossians 2:13 (MIRROR)

What can a dead man do to save himself? Nothing.

What does “self-improvement” look like after you’ve become a new creation? Allowing God to point to anything that can hurt us and allowing Him to empower us to fix it.

Being afraid of “not being used by God” until we get it all right is what keeps the “congregation” striving to be “used” by God. All while the “clergy” are the only ones that are deemed worthy of changing the world. That’s what I call “platform empowerment”.

This is not the kingdom. This is the empire.
This is not the good news. This is self-salvation.

Love will never invoke fear. Perfect love expels fear, particularly the fear of punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been completed through love.

1 John 4:18 (VOICE)

There is a better way. Tell people the truth, yes. The no-holds-barred truth. The in-your-face truth. But, don’t stop there. Give them the good news of grace.

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