It has always been God’s intention to redeem us from the curse of the law through faith. The standard of perfection that you cannot reach — Jesus reached it for you.
“It is finished” is the central theme of the gospel. Grace gets us in. Grace keeps us in. Grace finishes the work.
God’s renewal transforms how we think about and live our lives, giving us a perspective unique from that of the culture around us and making us meaningful agents of renewal in our community.
We are all in need of rescue. And all that God requires is that you see your need. The person who meets that need is Jesus, the One we celebrate at Christmas.
Jesus descended from heaven as an act of God’s mercy, his compassion. Mercy is fundamental to the character of God and it motivates his acts of kindness, including his patience with the sin of mankind.
As Jesus walked the streets of the towns in Israel, the sick, the lame, the lepers, and the like called out to him, "Have mercy on us." The reason? They knew God is merciful and shows compassion on those who ask!
James says that God has chosen the poor to be rich in faith. (James 2:5) The question remains: Why? Why does God care so much for the poor? Today we look at one answer: God is righteous and hates oppression.
As we approach this Christmas season, we focus our attention on the ministry and message of Jesus to the poor.
The law of God, particularly the ten commandments, still functions to show us the way to love God, but the love of God constrains us. This is why Paul says, “the life I now live…I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me."
The only way to be right with God is by faith in Jesus. Jesus satisfies the Father’s requirements for us. Whether you grew up in church and live a moral, pious life or you just came to faith, Jesus is the path to God’s acquittal.
The truth is that the world is full of hypocrites, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that the church has them too. After all, the church is full of sinners. When Paul saw hypocrisy in the early church, he confronted it head on.
Paul says that Jesus became poor, “so that you, by his poverty, might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). The gospel humbles us, exposing our dependence and poverty of righteousness, but it also gives us hope in our great Benefactor, Jesus Christ.
Because God has made us right with him through Jesus, nothing we do can add or take away. This creates a situation Paul calls "freedom." Freedom is the ability to live out of love not obligation.