Are we sure?

Good afternoon

The Bible says through Paul who was writing this “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor .For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

This declares that being born an Israelite indicates a privileged birth. The privilege results from being part of the Old Covenant nation, and as such having direct contact with God’s Word, which contains His promises and instructions. This provides the possibility of faith because faith comes from hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:17).

However, even having that privilege is of itself no benefit regarding justification. Why? Because a person is justified only through faith in Jesus Christ. Through this means and this means only, a person is declared righteous or innocent of sin. So, if one does not take advantage of its availability, the availability itself is of no value. Faith in Jesus Christ and His message is what is important about this way of life.

So let’s all take stock and ask ourselves “ have I actually taken advantage of the wonderful message of the Bible, taken Jesus at His word, accepted Him, asked for forgiveness, received Justification ( being made “just as if I had not sinned) and entered by His grace into this new and exciting way of life we today call being a Christian?”

Have a GREAT day

Mark

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