Thursday, October 4, 2007

Stop In the Name of the Law

What we do has no impact on our acceptance by God. Our record cannot add to, nor detract from, what has already been done by Christ; in other words, our actions cannot rewrite history. It is on the basis of what Christ has finished, and only on that basis, that our standing with God rests. God quenched the flames of his wrath with the blood of Christ, so there is none left for us who believe! Everyone who puts their faith in Christ's finished work on the cross has become, and remains the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

What we do does reflect upon the reality of our faith. If I say I have faith but have no works, I'm a liar plain and simple. Such "faith" does not bamboozle God because it is dead, and therefore leaves me in my sin under the wrath of God. It cannot save. Faith works, specifically through love.

Our works, however, are not our own fault. These "things" have been seeded by the hand of our loving God into the pathway of our lives. We will stumble into them, without having to climb Everest or swimming the Channel to seek them. To miss such "things," and thereby have no works, would translate into not having faith or (and this is an impossibility) not being within the purview of his foreknowledge.

We live out of what Christ has freely given to us through faith: righteousness and the Spirit. We have nothing to prove by living up to some code: if we attempted to prove something to God that way, we could only prove that, in ourselves, we are sinners. It is a joy to be alive, accepted, and actuated by God. Burdening ourselves, and others, with a need to earn status or to measure up before God is embracing the law instead of the gospel. That is a curse! If that's what you're doing, please, stop doing so in the name of the Law.