Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

Enjoy the Gift!

Ephesians 2:8,9- “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Last week, I was surprised to hear a friend say that he’d done all he could do to assure himself a place in heaven. He elaborated to tell of his acts of kindness to others as his main focus in life. He also mentioned that he didn’t use profanity and was a good father who spent a good deal of time with his children.

If anyone was going to heaven, he was certain it would be him.

Knowing he’d been brought up in the same church I had, I reminded him that Jesus had paid the price for our sins and we are saved by his grace—not works.

If you have been held captive by a works-based system, like my friend, please hear the Good News of scripture. Salvation is the gift of God through his Son, Jesus. Faith in that very fact is what will assure you of a home in heaven once this life on earth ends.

No reason to worry. No reason to work. Just enjoy God’s gift of eternal life!

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Me, a Saint??

Hebrews 10:10– “By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

When his neighbor thanked him for helping with his yard work while he was ill, he told Bill “You’re a saint!”

As Bill walked across the street to his own home, he thought about what Ben had called him.

Am I really a saint? Gwen and I have been arguing a lot lately and I’ve been slacking off at work, blaming a huge mistake on my partner instead of admitting it was my own fault.

He settled in a comfortable chair in the den and reached for his Bible. He needed to hear what God said about sainthood. After all, hadn’t the pastor preached on that very subject sometime last year?

He rifled through his notes from previous sermons and finally found the scripture the pastor had used. In the margin of the paper, Bill had scrawled, a saint is a person who is innocent in the eyes of God.

That’s right, a believer is forgiven of his sins. When God looks at him, he sees Jesus—his pure innocent son who died for his sins. He is declared righteous in God’s sight.

Bill confessed his sinful behavior to God, thanking Him for forgiveness through Jesus Christ, his Lord.

He was a saint after all—a sinner, saved by grace!

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Butterflies and Believers

2 Corinthians 5:17– “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; Behold, the new has come.” 

In elementary school, children learn about the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. In high school, I did a year-long science project of collecting different kinds of butterflies, mounting and labeling them on a display board. However, it wasn’t until recently that I became aware of the intricacies of this amazing process.

The caterpillar actually liquefies when it forms its chrysalis. It redistributes itself into a different pattern to form a new creation. Likewise, when we are born again, the old is melted away and we are reborn (transformed).

A transformation is actually a change in appearance, nature, character, or form. This process IN US is only possible by the work of the Holy Spirit as explained in 2 Corinthians. 

A metamorphosis takes place.

By the grace of God, we are transformed! 

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