Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Speak the Same Thing, Pt. 10

You are not under a performance-based, legalistic system to please God.  Yes, there are good works for us to walk in:

Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

That has to do with our sanctification, our service that will be rewarded at the judgment seat of Christ.  Whether we do those good works or not is not why God will or will not accept us.  We are accepted in the beloved.

Ephesians 1:6
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

How did the offense enter?

Romans 5:20
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

The way they offend is by putting the law on grace believers.  They tell you that the way to give is by going back to the law of Moses and the prophets (the law program for Israel); to “tithe and give offerings” and if you don’t you will be cursed of God, that he will devour (Deut. 31:17) and cause sickness, or your car to break down, or you will hurt your leg, because ‘you have some unconfessed sin in your life.’ 

To be continued…

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