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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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Our new Friday teaching is "Hard Passages". No matter if you are a Bible scholar or new to reading the Word, there are passages that we have trouble understanding. Today we look at passages that people use to question eternal security. It causes us to question, "Have I done enough?" or "Is God so mad at me that he will remove my salvation." The key is to keep your eyes on Jesus and you will be secure in the Lord. We look at Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 12:32, and Revelation 3:5 as they pertain to eternal security.
Categories: Hard Passages
There is no good news apart from the grace of God. The simple gospel is simply grace. The new life you have in Christ, the forgiveness you have in Christ, and the freedom you have in Christ are all gifts of grace, given freely and without conditions. His presence in you is grace. He freely chose to abide with you and to open the way for you to abide with him. The gospel is grace from start to finish.
The gospel message calls us to be free...in Christ. This allows us to serve one another in love. Consider the apostle Peter. He denied the Lord three times. Yet, Jesus lifted him out of his despair. That's grace. Peter knew the Lord. The love of God compelled him to break away from long held sentiments toward the Gentiles and tell them about Jesus. The gift of grace is Jesus Christ. You have the joy and privilege of knowing him and walking in his love. You have the privilege of making him known in this world of darkness. Rejoice. In Christ you know the God of the universe. Even more amazing, the God of the universe knows you. And as Jesus said, this is eternal life.
We have a new law in Christ Jesus. It is an internal law, not the external laws written on stone. The New Covenant is internal - written on our hearts. This law is made known to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. You have been entrusted with the knowledge of God. That's what distinguishes you from the world. To know God is to know that He is love. The expression of the New Covenant is love. That's the story of the Gospel. (Chapter 15, page 115)
As we grow in our knowledge of Christ, things start to happen inside of us. We begin to be transformed in the image of Christ. We are part of a bigger picture. God works in us to connect others to the love of God. That's really what grace is all about - it's God work in us to connect us to his love, to enable us to understand, to be grounded in that love and to grow in that love. As we do we see that salvation is much more than me being saved. God uses our story to connect others to that same grace and love. To be part of that plan is the most exciting thing in life. That's the direction of grace - it reaches down and saves us but it continues to work in us and bring us to the point where we are fully engaged in God's purpose and plan. The skeptics say that grace is a license to sin. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Holy Spirit works in you to animate your faith, anchor your hope and source your love. He has lifted you out of that old way and ordered your steps to walk in love. (Chapter 15, page 114)
Jesus Christ defined eternal life this way: "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." As we grow in grace we grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. John addressed this growth in 1 John. He addresses, children, young men, and fathers. How would a father's knowledge of God differ from that of a child? Think about a long term relationship you've enjoyed. What do you know about that person now that you didn't know when it first started? How has that knowledge strengthened and enriched that relationship? How has that knowledge changed you? (Chapter 15, page 113)
The story of Christ is the most important story that has ever been lived out. This story changed the course of human history. This story changed your life when you came to know Him. Jesus had to die in order to be raised again so you and I could have life everlasting. Jesus willingly went the cross to fulfill the Old Covenant, to become the once for all sacrifice for sins. When he exclaimed "It is finished", his work was done. Because of the blood of Jesus, we now have confidence to draw near to God with clean hearts. The death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus is the Gospel. Because He lives, we live eternally. May the resurrection be a reality in your life today and every day.
God is an infinite being. We are finite. He reveals himself to us more and more as we are ready to receive. Our knowledge of him grows over time. Our initial , incomplete knowledge grows into a fuller or more complete knowledge. John sketches out this progression in his first letter by addressing children, young men and fathers. (Chapter 15, page 112)
Why did Jesus come to earth? To make the Father known to you. God initiated this relationship with you. He reached down to you through Jesus Christ. That's grace. His grace worked in you a desire to know him. That's faith. At God's initiative, a union was formed - you in Christ and Christ in you. That was the point when eternal life began for you, when God started making himself known to you in a real and personal way. That's good news! (Chapter 15, page 110)
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)
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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.
There is nothing that can compare to it. So let’s begin. Let’s take an in-depth look at God’s will and what this wonderful covenant has in store for you.