Thursday, January 26, 2017

How to be offended by Christ

Romans 9,10

Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. (Rom 9:33)
We will never know just how far are hearts are from God’s grace in this life, I think. So vast and limitless and boundless is His favor, His mercy and His love that it will always escape us… leaving us an eternity to discover its riches!

That’s why Paul’s writings in Romans are so crucial. Because they speak about the utmost sanctity of this grace. And how anything apart from it completely, not partially, but completely misses the heart of God by light years.

The message of grace can be offending to us and to others when we are embedded in a system of law. It’s good to understand that our actions have consequences, to esteem justice, especially social justice and to value the principle of nature; you reap what you sow.

But God’s dealing with us are on a completely different level. None may approach Him to any degree unless it is totally based on His unconditional love, mercy and grace. There is not a single soul who has a right to enter the presence of the Holy One in and of themselves. The whole lot of humanity is cut off from this privilege.

So then, this day and this week and this month you may have fallen and fallen and fallen. And the more we fall, the more we distance our selves from God. Have you ever noticed that? We’ve been taught in churchianity that sin makes a distance between us and Daddy in Heaven. And yet, when Adam first ate from that tree, who was it that really did the distancing? It was Adam, not God! It was the Lord who diligently sought Him out like a father searches for a lost daughter or like our Shepherd for a lost sheep.

When we sin, we separate our selves from His love, mercy and grace. We do this because we still have Law and its remnants camping out in our hearts and souls somewhere. It is your solemn duty as child of God to root these enemies like you pluck weeds from a garden. Seek them and burn them in the trash heap.

Christ’s grace is only offensive to those who love self-righteousness. The sad thing about that is self-righteousness doesn’t exist; it is merely an illusion. But you have come to the real thing.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. Heb 12:22

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