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 The Christian Life: A Sheer Impossibility!

By: Major W. Ian Thomas

"It is not difficult for man to live the Christian life," somebody once said, it is a sheer impossibility!"

A sheer impossibility, that is, without CHRIST ­ but for all that He says, you have all that He is, and that is all that it takes!

The Christian life can only be explained in terms of Jesus Christ, and if your life as a Christian can still be explained in terms of you ­ your personality, your willpower, your gift, your talent, your money, your courage, your scholarship, your dedication, your sacrifice, or your anything ­ then although you may have the Christian life, you are not yet living it!

If the way you live your life as a Christian can be explained in terms of you, what have you to offer to the man who lives next door? The way he lives his life can be explained in terms of him, and so far as he is concerned, you happen to be "religious" ­ but he is not! "Christianity" may be your hobby, but it is not his, and there is nothing about the way you practice it which strikes him as at all remarkable! There is nothing about you which leaves him guessing, and nothing commendable of which he docs not feel himself equally capable without the inconvenience of becoming a Christian!

It is only when your quality of life baffles the neighbors that you are likely to impress them! It has got to become patently obvious to others that the kind of life you are living is not only commendable, but that it is beyond all human explanation! That it is beyond the consequences of man's capacity to imitate, and however little they may understand this, clearly the consequence only of God's capacity to reproduce Himself in you!

In a nutshell, this means that your fellow-men must become convinced that the Lord Jesus Christ of whom you speak, is essentially Himself the ingredient of the Life you live!

From: The Mystery of Godliness


 2008/11/6 20:14Profile

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 Re: The Christian Life: A Sheer Impossibility!

And the deep woeful realization of this truth is the key to the grace of God, as Jesus said:

" Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"(Mat 5:3).

Anybody who is tired of being a "religious sinner"of being clean outside but rotten inside, or tired of being like the "rich young ruler" can come freely to the fountain of life.

..."And they that heard it, said, Who then can be saved?

Then he said, The things which are impossible with men, are possible with God"...(Luk 18:26-27)

God can make something beautiful out of a desolate life. Jesus came to call the sinners to repentance and to give them a new heart.

 2008/11/9 23:34Profile

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Wheaton, IL

 Re: The Christian Life: A Sheer Impossibility!

Apart from Christ and his Grace, I have no hope! This is the message that has really been pushed home for me lately -I've been listening to Chris Roseborough over at Pirate Christian Radio, he has a pretty solid stance on Grace vs. Law which is really refreshing. Thanks for the article!

Ian Smith

 2008/11/10 3:19Profile

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