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Why? Because all our efforts and ideas are based on the same fear-based, guilt-driven plot line: Try harder. As you've undoubtedly noticed, it just doesn't work.
Simple Gospel, Simply Grace showcases an alternative, which is actually God's original plan: Everything you're trying to achieve in the Christian life has already been given to you—from God, by grace, in Christ.
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The Bible talks about a newness of life that is altogether different than anything we've experienced. Christ came to give us life. Not just any life. But his life. And that life is eternal. Life is all about relationship. Knowing and being known. This is at the heart of eternal life. And as we grow in the understanding of who Jesus is, we will be transformed from the inside out. John 17:3 "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (Chapter 15, page 109)
As we go through the trials in life, we see our mind being aligned to the very truth of the word of God, we see our wills begin to choose the very will of God for our lives, and we see our actions reflecting it. This is what Jesus means when he says he is going to perfect our faith. He's going to align our souls to what's true in our spirit. Jesus is enough. He is more than adequate for any circumstance or problem. Abide in him. Trust him. Experience the full measure of his resurrected life. This is where God's grace takes you. This is New Covenant living. (Chapter 14, page 106)
Grace is powerful and active. It is not passive or reactive in the least. It is Jesus Christ living his life in you. He saved you by grace through faith. And now by grace he is perfecting that faith, bringing it to maturity. God is completing the work he began in each one of us. In John 16:33, Jesus says "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." It is in the trials of life that you learn that Jesus is enough. You learn that his grace is sufficient. (Chapter 14, page 105)
God in his grace and mercy delivered you into the New Covenant. That is where he wanted you to be, and that is where you are. Because of Christ, you will never be outside of God's favor. You are in the New Covenant and there is no turning back. It's time to fully embrace God's perfect plan and will for you. It's time to drive the stake in the ground-to set aside the old and fully embrace the new. It's time to say, "I am a new-covenant believer." (Chapter 14, pg 104)
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. That's the command in Matthew 5:48. Is the meaning of perfect "flawless perfection"? Telos is a Greek word that has philosophical roots extending back to Plato and Aristotle. The word refers to an end or a purpose. Plato and Aristotle believed that there were ends, or purposes, to which all of life was leading. In other words, what happens in the world is not accidental. There is a propelling force moving the world to a stated end. Telos also has biblical roots and it is a word that is significant in telling the Gospel story. One of the meanings of the word telos is "wanting for nothing". It's a place of contentment. Read Matthew 5:48 again in light of this meaning of the word. (Chapter 14, page 103)
Think of the law as a servant serving a house with a greater purpose. The purpose is to set us free from the law of sin and death so that we could be filled by the Spirit and led by the Spirit as children of God. We have been released from the law so that we can serve in the new way of the Spirit. The new way of life is a life of faith, led by and empowered by the Spirit of God. All the weight of life is on Jesus; we simply rest in Him, trust in Him, and allow him to live his life through us. The first step of living a Sunday life in a Friday world is to let go of human effort. Living by the Spirit is trusting God to complete the work he began in you. (Chapter 14, page 101)
How do we live a Sunday life in a Friday world? The world is not for us, it is against us. Our choice is to either live by the law (the way of the world) or by grace through faith in Jesus. The law simply diagnoses our spiritual problem, but it cannot provide the cure. That's Jesus's job. Law as a rule of life rests squarely on the shoulders of human effort. Now our life is to be lived by faith in Jesus. He will produce his life in and through us. The Sunday life is a life led by and empowered by the Spirit of God. (Chapter 13, page 97)
How do we live a Sunday life in a Friday world? The world is not for us, it is against us. Our choice is to either live by the law (the way of the world) or by grace through faith in Jesus. The law simply diagnoses our spiritual problem, but it cannot provide the cure. That's Jesus's job. Law as a rule of life rests squarely on the shoulders of human effort. Now our life is to be lived by faith in Jesus. He will produce his life in and through us. The Sunday life is a life led by and empowered by the Spirit of God. (Chapter 13, page 96)
Law as a rule of life rests squarely on the shoulders of human effort. The law does have a purpose - to show you your need for Christ. But that purpose does not supersede God's greater purpose for you. The first step in living by faith is to let go of human effort. The "Sunday" life is a life of faith. It is a life that is led by and empowered by the Spirit of God. (Chapter 13, page 96)
In Romans 10:3-4, Paul draws the line between the way of the world and the way of Christ. It is the difference between law and grace. Resurrection life is lived by grace through faith. The law can't save us. That is Jesus' job. The law points us to him. The purpose of the law has a purpose and that is to show you your need for Christ. The law diagnoses our spiritual problem, but it cannot provide the cure. The cure is Jesus Christ living in and through us, by faith. (Chapter 13, page 95)
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The New Covenant, or God’s legal will, provides everything you need for your journey as a believer in Christ. God desires that you embrace all that is yours and experience to the full the New Covenant Life.
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