My desire is to grapple together here over how well off we are with God through Christ,
and to live from His opinion of us.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
This Is Who I Am
I teach grace first—what God did for us and to us in Christ—and works following. That’s the order. In my experience, most people do not actually know the first, but have over-dosed upon the second . . . and failed dismally. We don't obey the commands throughout the New Testament in order to become something, but because they are our new normal—we have already become something, and they are in keeping with our new nature. In other words, “God’s grace worked in changing me (I believe He did it), so there is a lot for me to do in keeping with who I am now.” Through one sacrifice one time, God has made believers perfect—flawless. We’re working from there. Too many people attempt works as work to become something—“I’m supposed to do this so I can become a good Christian”—rather than works as the natural work of grace and faith—“This is who I am.“