1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

God's Grace -- Not Only Forgiveness

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Romans 5:12a
Therefore...
 
 

Thoughts for Today:

 
Paul once again begins our passage today with the word "Therefore..."
It is an indication that what has been discussed will be the foundation for new precepts. So let's briefly review: We just concluded the "Benefits of Salvation" which illustrated the many advantages we gain from God's grace and plan for saving man from the consequences of sin. The global term "justification" sums it up rather neatly and means we are declared righteous by God as a result of our faith, belief, and trust in Jesus Christ. Paul will now approach the principle of "Sanctification". (I know this can be rather confusing, but hang in there -- all are very important to more clearly understanding our faith and confidence in our Lord.)

Think about it -- would God just leave you a sinner? Justification means the court of heaven is still in session, yet God has forgiven your sin. It doesn't imply you won't sin anymore -- it's just God no longer demands payment from you (Jesus paid the price). However, God wants to make us into the kind of people we should be, therefore His plan for salvation is not only to declare us righteous (justification), but to make us righteous. How does He do so? The process of sanctification. Want to know more? Stay with us for the next few days.
 
 

Questions to Ponder:

 
Often Christians only experience a small portion of God's plan for salvation.   Why?
Because they stop learning.
They stop at the miracle of forgiveness of sin, yet the Gospel is so much more.
Forgiveness is only one component.
 
Ephesians 2:7: "In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus."
 
What does "incomparable riches" mean to you?
Have you discovered or explored those riches ?
Or have you stopped at the forgiveness of sin?
Forgiveness alone is an amazing gift, but God has more to offer.

1 comment:

  1. ACTS 2:38 FICTIONALIZED BY STEVE FINNELL
    Why do men fictionalize Scriptures rather than reading them and believing them? I will let you reach your own conclusion as to the answer. What is is purpose of water baptism according to Acts 2:38?

    FOUR TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE ACTS 2:38
    1. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and each of you bebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (New American Standard Bible)

    2. Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible New International Version 1983)

    3. Acts 2:38 The Peter said unto them,Let each of of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ) The Better Version of the New Testament by Chester Estes)

    4. Acts 2:38 Peter told them, "You must repent and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ, so that you may have your sins forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips)

    THE FOLLOWING ARE FICTIONALIZED VERSIONS OF ACTS 2:38

    1. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized because your sins have already been forgiven. (Fictional Account)

    2. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized as a testimony of your faith. (Invented Version)

    3. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized as an act of obedience. (Fantasy Translation)

    4. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized because you were forgiven the minute you believed. (The Version of Unfounded Truth)

    5. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized with Holy Spirit baptism; because water baptism is not a New Covenant requirement. (The Version of Spurious and Erroneous Quotes)

    6. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, for the forgiveness of sins; but water baptism is optional, because the thief on the cross was not baptized in water. (The Counterfeit Version of Truth)

    7. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Rent and be baptized in order to join denomination of your choice. (The Creed Bible By Men)

    8. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized as a symbolic jester, pointing to the fact that your sins were forgiven when you said "The Sinner's Prayer." ( The Book of Stuff Men made-up)

    9. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized to indicate the outward sign of the forgiveness you received the very minute you believed. ( The Fabricated Book of Fantasy Verses)

    10. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and have your committed sins forgiven by faith only. And then be baptized to be forgiven of the sin Adam committed. (The Denominational Revision of Fictional Truth)

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    THE QUESTION IS WHY DO CERTAIN DENOMINATIONAL CHURCHES FICTIONALIZE BIBLICAL TRUTH? THE BIGGER QUESTION IS WHY DO PEOPLE BELIEVE FICTIONALIZED DOCTRINE RATHER THAN BIBLICAL TRUTH?

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