Freedom For #3: Righteousness
Freedom For #3: Righteousness
But now a righteousness from God, apart from Law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.
This righteousness from God is revolutionary. Instead of keeping the Law, instead of working for salvation, God gives us the gift of being rightly related to Him when we believe in Jesus. Then once we are rightly related to God we are empowered to keep the Law, not in fear, but love. First comes righteousness. Being rightly related, comes first, then obedience.
The way you become rightly related to God is through your belief in what Jesus has done for you. Sin separated you from God, made it impossible for you to fulfill the requirements of the Law. Failure to relate rightly to God makes it impossible for you to relate rightly to yourself and if you are not in sync with who you are, how can you be rightly related to anyone else? So we fall victim to one relational mess into another. Jesus, the One who knew no sin, takes the place of the sacrificial lamb and offers Himself up in an act of selfless obedience so that by committing yourself to follow Him you can be reconciled to God. So God gives you the gift of being rightly related to Him when you believe and once you believe, you have the power to fulfill the Law. Are you a believer? If not, do you want to establish a quality relationship with God? If so, ask God to convince you that His revelation found in Jesus is Truth.
Romans 8:3-4 (MSG)
God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn't deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity to set it right once and for all. The law code weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.
The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn't deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.
[Draw] near to God and he will come near to you.
“You determine the quality of the relationship you want to share with God.”
Some will find that they pursue God through the arts: music, painting, writing. When they create they pursue God, they feel God’s pleasure. Being receptive to beauty is a way to pursue God.
For years I pursued God through study, then I had to add some romance into the equation, I had to learn to dance with God, follow his lead. At first, it was like a tango, now more like a waltz, I wish it was always like a waltz. I had to add adventure, letting Him guide me through places I had never been before, to see things I had never seen before, to experience Him in His creation. I had to add letting things go to pursue God, forgetting trying to figure it out, and just trust and hope and keep in step with the Holy Spirit who is God in me.
A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep draughts of God. I'm thirsty for God-alive.