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Grace, Part 2


(Read Grace, Part 1)

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”¬† Romans 8:2

How marvelous is the grace that is ushered into us by Christ!¬† It comes with a whole new life!¬† A life of freedom from the old creation, the sin nature, the law, and even freedom from death itself!¬† Who could ask for anything more?¬† (Not even Toyota.)¬† Christ has set us free from… everything.¬† His life is now your life.¬† He lives inside of you.¬† The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is at work inside you.¬† And as we walk in the Life, we gradually (sometimes more, sometimes less gradually) begin to live out the freedom that is in Christ Jesus.

And what freedom is that?  How free are we?

I suppose there is no cut and dry answer.¬† At least not any that I can think of that does any sort of justice to the reality of this freedom¬†through Christ’s life in us.¬† In Christ, we are free to love God without fear of condemnation.¬† In Christ, we are free from guilt, which means we can actually love ourselves.¬† But not only that, in Christ we are free to love others with our whole hearts.¬† In Christ, we are free to¬†give our cares and worry¬†to Him.

Most of all, we are free to have Christ Himself dwell inside of us and live our lives entwined with His, and His life in His church.

I can’t imagine that I have earned or deserve all of this, but then, that’s what makes it grace – a gift I didn’t deserve.

Wonderful Grace of Jesus, by Haldor Lillenas

Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it, where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free,
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me!

Wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned, saved to the uttermost;
Chains have been torn asunder, giving me liberty,
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me!

Wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power, making him God’s dear child.
Purchasing peace and heaven for all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me!

REFRAIN: Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All-sufficient grace for even me;
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame;
O magnify the precious name of Jesus, praise His name!


Christianity is Christ


From the online essay, Jesus Manifesto:

“What is Christianity?¬†It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology. Christianity is not a philosophy. Christianity is the ‚Äúgood news‚ÄĚ that Beauty, Truth and Goodness are found in a person. Biblical community is founded and found on the connection to that person. Conversion is more than a change in direction; it‚Äôs a change in connection. Jesus‚Äô use of the ancient Hebrew wordshubh, or its Aramaic equivalent, to call for ‚Äúrepentance‚ÄĚ implies not viewing God from a distance, but entering into a relationship where God is command central of the human connection.”


King Jesus


King Jesus is our head
The rest of Him are we
His body and His bride
This ancient mystery.

He raised us from the dead
And filled us with His life
He’s coming back again
To claim His holy wife!

This is part of a song we sing when our church gathers together.  Thank you Jesus that you call us to be Your body, You (and You alone) raise us from the dead, and You fill us with Your life!!! 

Lord, You are so good!


Grace


“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” ¬†Romans 8:1

I could chew on this verse forever.  No condemnation.  So beautiful.  So amazing.  So breathtaking!!!  How big is our Lord that He can take away all condemnation from us!!!

I once looked up condemn in the english dictionary.  It says to be pronounced wrong, evil, or guilty; to be declared unfit for use.  But in Christ, we are none of these things!!!  We are both clean and useful, not dirty and useless!!!

Such is the all-encompassing power of our Lord.

Whatever is bothering you today, remember that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.

There is “only grace”.


Our Beautiful Refuge


Our Beautiful Refuge

Submitted by: Rebekah, Grass Valley, CA

~ The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee ~

~ Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it ~

Oh, LORD, how beautiful You are! For here we observe protection and comfort. Here we observe power and faithfulness. Here we observe safety and hope. ~ Oh, LORD, our Lord how excellent is your name in all the earth! ~

Our eternal God is our refuge, our dwelling place. It is into His arms we may flee when we are overwhelmed with sorrow or fear. At the same time, He is preparing an eternal home for us where we will go to when our last breathe on earth is taken. ~ Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.~ His everlasting arms are underneath us and we shall never fall so much that God’s enfolding arms will lose us.

All of the while that we are safe in the refuge of God, He is driving out the enemy so that the enemy or whatever the enemy is using against us will not possess us. Though evil may come against us or we may become entangled in sin, God is at work driving it away from us. It will never posses us. If need be, for a season, God may allow us to struggle against sin or evil. However, He knows the perfect way to set us free. And, He will set us free!

Our God is a faithful God. Oh, that we would come to trust Him ultimately with our lives! Oh, that we would be persuaded that He is trustworthy! For it is when we place ourselves into His nail-pierced hands that He will work on our behalf. Our part is to learn to trust Him. His part is to work on our behalf. And while we trust Him, He will be faithful to thrust out the enemy and to be that eternal refuge for us.

Scripture References

Deuteronomy 33: 27a-c

1Thessalonians 5:24

Psalm 8: 1a

Psalm 139: 7-10


Jesus in Creation


“If you explore the seven days of Creation in light of the New Testament, you will discover that everything in the visible creation is an image of Jesus. ¬†For example:

Christ is light.  (John 8:12)
Christ is water.  (John 4:10; 7:38)
Christ is the life that emerged on the third day after the waters below the firmament were separated from the waters above.  (Death means separation.  Genesis 1:9-13; 1 Corinthians 15:4)
Christ is the true vine.  (John 15:1; 6:57)
Christ is wheat and the bread of life.  (John 12:24; 6:35)
Christ is the sun, the moon, and the morning star.  (Malachi 4:2)
Christ is the true Lamb.  (Colossians 2:16-17)
Christ is the model man.  (2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 22:16)
Christ is the real Sabbath. ¬†(John 1:29. ¬†See also Revelation 5.)”

Quoted from the new book Jesus Manifesto.


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