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Salvation is for everyone.
This is good news!
Everyone includes me! It includes you! It includes everyone! God’s great love extends to everyone!
You’re worried about permissiveness—about the way the preaching of grace seems to say it’s okay to do all kinds of terrible things as long as you just walk in afterward and take the free gift of God’s forgiveness… While you and I may be worried about seeming to give permission, Jesus apparently wasn’t. He wasn’t afraid of giving the prodigal son a kiss instead of a lecture, a party instead of probation; and he proved that by bringing in the elder brother at the end of the story and having him raise pretty much the same objections you do. He’s angry about the party. He complains that his father is lowering standards and ignoring virtue—that music, dancing, and a fattened calf are, in effect, just so many permissions to break the law. And to that, Jesus has the father say only one thing: “Cut that out! We’re not playing good boys and bad boys anymore. Your brother was dead and he’s alive again.” The name of the game from now on is resurrection, not bookkeeping.
Robert Capon, BETWEEN NOON AND THREE
Let’s take a breath.
There’s a lot here to chew on.
When I go to the pool I don’t ask the lifeguard to be my personal savior if he sees me drowning he saves me that’s what he does. Jesus is the savior of the world my faith does not create his forgiveness, it accepts it.
I used to be on the swim team when I was younger. I was pretty good at it if I do say so myself. During my tenure on the team, we went through an abbreviated lifeguard training class. It was hard but I loved it. They taught us the first rule of lifeguarding.
Don’t drown with a drowning victim. Save yourself first.
“Being disguised under the disfigurement of an ugly crucifixion and death, Christ upon the cross is paradoxically the clearest revelation of who God is.”
– Hans Urs von Balthasar
Love wrapped in hate.
Beauty wrapped in ugliness.
Healing wrapped in pain.
Joy wrapped in sorrow.
Hope wrapped in despair.
Peace wrapped in discord.
Salvation wrapped in destruction.
Will I choose water over wine and hold my own and drive?
I was listening to a 90’s Spotify station the other day and this song came on. I love this song. I’ve heard it hundreds of times. I know all the lyrics, however, on this most recent listen this line stood out to me.
How many times have I chosen the natural over the miracle?
How many times have I chosen the hard way over the easy?
How many times have I chosen the bland over the spectacular?
“If your preaching of the gospel of God’s free grace in Jesus Christ does not provoke the charge from some of antinomianism, you’re not preaching the gospel of the free grace of God in Jesus Christ.”
Check here for information about antinomianism before we go on.
TL;DR – Theologically, antinomianism is the belief that there are no moral laws God expects Christians to obey.
Grace is scary.
Grace is freeing.
Grace is boundary-breaking.
Grace is outrageous.
Grace is promiscuous.
Grace is vulgar.
Grace is dangerous.
Grace is accepting.
Grace is rebellious.
Grace is liberal.
Joy is the rarest and most infrequent thing in the world. We already have enough fanatical seriousness, enthusiasm, and humorless zeal in the world. But joy? This shows us that the perception of the living God is rare. When we have found God our Saviour – or when he has found us – we will rejoice in him.
Joy is peculiar. Joy is the characteristic that makes people look at you weird. Joy is the attribute that causes others to be uncomfortable around you.
Church should be so full of laughter & joy that outsiders press their noses against our windows longing to get into the party.
Is church a party? Absolutely.
Church should be foremost a celebration. If angels in heaven celebrate over one soul, we should celebrate over God saving our own souls. We usually start out strong with the party! So excited over the revelation of what Christ has done for us. But, sometimes we start to lose sight of it. It starts to slip from our hands. That’s when we ask for the remembrance of the salvation joy to be restored.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:12 (emphasis mine)
If we are deficient or lacking in joy, we are lacking in the kingdom.
16 Always be full of joy.
17 Never stop praying.
18 Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ERV
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 NLT
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
Romans 15:13 Message
Joy isn’t easy when we are depending on ourselves to produce it. We can’t produce joy. We choose joy. We choose to receive the joy that is outside of us. It’s source is Jesus. It’s fruit is salvation.
The true stumbling block is the ease of the Gospel… The word for ‘stumbling block’ is skandalon in Greek. It is where we get the transliterated word scandal… The cross is the divine scandal!… The scandal is that though your sin was great, God’s love was greater. You might conclude that you should bring an offering for your acceptance with God, yet Christ has beaten you to it. That’s the scandal. It is a scandal of love. We couldn’t provide a sacrifice, so God provided one for Himself – in Christ. We couldn’t climb to Heaven, so Heaven came to us – in Christ. In Christ we see the grand display of the heavens invading earth. This scandal is designed to make you blush. Its intention is to make every cell in your body scream with thanksgiving and joyful praise.
Benjamin Dunn, The Happy Gospel
The gospel is easy.
Life as a Christian can be hard. But Jesus has made “getting in” easy. The “easy” is what the people of Jesus’ day couldn’t deal with. It continues to this day.
“What do you mean I can’t do anything to earn, or at least repay for what Jesus has done for me?”
That would be nice simply because it’s something we are used to. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. But that’s not how it works in the upside down kingdom of Grace.
The easiest thing in the world is to want to bring our best deeds and works to the table of grace as a way of payment, but Christ doesn’t accept any repayment for his work. He said this is a debt we could never repay, therefore it’s paid in full by Him. The hardest thing is to remember that our good deeds are not welcomed at His table after we’ve taken our seat.
We all know that we can’t bring the wrongs we’ve done to the table of grace but we can’t bring the good things we’ve done either none of them (good and bad) are allowed.
This is where the scandal lives for me. God covers our bad deeds and doesn’t accept our good ones!
I don’t want a band-aid for an ancient disease, I want the full strength of Calvary.
Tim Wright, Satisfied
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
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