Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wow

OK it has been some time since I blogged here....I think I need to dust off a few things :) Perhaps if the few folk who read this blog could add some comment we'd get some more discussion going....so please add your 2 cents!
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Anyhow we've been journeying through Galatians and particularly looking at the major issue of law vs. grace that Paul tackles elsewhere too. It is such a struggle to accept grace - that God is in fact not the cosmic bean counter.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 "All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation."

So many Christians find this truth so tough to absorb - that Grace is the answer and not right action. Perhaps one of the most moving and challenging books on this is Philip Yancey's "what is so amazing about grace" is definitely worth a read!

The tension is that whilst we cannot be made right by the law - we are expected to live as if we where under it. I guess when we get it right we thing we're especially blessed and when we think we've essed up that we are cursed - yet Grace works beyond and above both those realms. It is a fundamentall difference between our God and other religions.

What an awesome God we serve.

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This Sunday being Pentecost we're talking about...well, tough guess, the work of the Hoy Spirit!

1 comment:

Gareth said...

I still read your blog - although it's updated so seldom that I don't check very often ;)

Sometimes grace is so amazing that it can make it easier to give into temptation, knowing you're saved by grace and your salvation is secure. And that is the real danger, which is why we need to remember the very high price that was paid to enable us to be free by grace (and I don't always think about this enough).

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!