Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wonderful Truths of Grace, Part 8


God is not relating to us on the basis of law; the cross dealt with that.  Christ nailed the law, with all its ordinances and requirements against us, to the cross (Col. 2:14).  He fulfilled the law for us.  He took it out of the way, and the law is now obsolete.  He is the end of the law for righteousness for all who believe (Rom 10:5).  We died to the law by the cross and were married to Christ (Rom. 7:4).

God makes no demands on us.  We have no requirements or obligations before God.  God doesn't "should" on us.  We have no Christian duties or obligations.  We are free from the law!  We are not under the law but under grace. We don't think about good and evil, right and wrong, do's and don'ts; we think about Life!  We now have Christ in us, with His righteous nature and desires inside.  Christ is our life, and He will live through us and keep us.  We are truly free from worrying about what we should or shouldn't do, free to enjoy our relationship with Christ!

We never need to do something to get God's favor, for we already have it as a gift by Jesus' work, not our own!  And we never need to do something to "regain" the favor we feel we've lost by sinning.  The fact is, we don't lose His favor when we sin.  (Since His favor is based on Christ's perfect work, the only way we could lose that favor would be if Christ were to sin!  Not gonna happen!)  We are truly free from trying to get God's acceptance and a perfect relationship with Him, free to enjoy the acceptance and perfect relationship we ALREADY have with Him as a gift through Jesus!

The Christian life isn't about what we must do for God; it is about what Jesus already did for us.  It's not all up to us, but all up to Christ, and Christ's work is finished!  All that's left is to enjoy the party!

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May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14