In this post, Paul discusses the issues raised by a young person’s concerns over their parents’ divorce & the role of grace in this situation.
Some have suggested that Grace is a license to sin or a call to laziness, yet nothing could be further from the truth. The only “Works” that are acceptable God are those that He has prepared and arise out of rest. It for that reason that we suggest that “Grace Works.”
Whenever one attempts to define Christian conduct, one must begin with freedom as the immutable premise. To paraphrase Gene Edwards if we should begin anywhere else, such as when we start with guidelines, codes, rules or laws,
Have we truly grasped the reality of grace? Or do we still struggle and strive to perform for God? Most of us have lived with the pressure to perform. This is the problem that lies at the heart of much of the counselling that I do.
Each of us has developed our own mental script that conditions us, arising out of our need for acceptance, love and belonging. ‘Performance addiction’ is the belief that perfecting our appearance and achieving status will secure love and respect from others. Internal conversations convince us that the more we achieve,
For all who rely on works of the Law are under a curse. Gal 3:10
It is hard (or maybe, not so hard) to imagine what it must have been like for these first Christians. In addition, of course, these were the Apostle Paul’s very first (and I think, most treasured) group of converts.
What the Agitators had led them to believe was true, Paul exposed as a lie, i.e. a religious system based on externals had been shown up for the hollow and empty husk that it was.
Does God accept me? And if so on what basis does he do so? Until this gnawing issue is resolved the prospect of entering into the Hebrews 4 rest will elude you. Our understanding of acceptance must be the same as God’s. The Bible is clear, we are accepted by the Father in Christ [Ephesians 1:6].
Undoubtedly the Pauline “in Christ” motif which appears 126 times in the new testament is a “profound mystery” (Col 1:27). However, if appropriated it is the key not only to “witnessing” but it explains why Tyndale described the Gospel as “The Good glad happy news that makes a man jump for joy.”