"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11
| CHRIST IS THE END - Gary Wilkerson|
Paul uses Israel as an example to teach what true righteousness is. Brothers, my hearts desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to Gods righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes (Romans 10:1-4, ESV).
Pauls text challenges us with several questions. Does being justified make us righteous? Yes, in the sense that justification positions us as righteous. Does being sanctified make us righteous? Yes, in the sense that sanctification is the process of experiencing Christs righteousness functioning in our daily lives. Jesus is our source for both justification and sanctification; we attain both through His gift of grace.
Most Christians give lip service to all this, saying, Jesus is my source for everything. But does their walk actually reflect that? The sad truth is, many Christians live as if justification comes from God aloneand as if sanctification is accomplished through their daily performance. Its as if they say, I have attained grace through faith in Jesus. Now I have to conduct a relentless personal campaign to be sanctified.
In a sense, they are telling God they want to pay Him back for His great gift to them: Thanks for justifying me, Lord. Youve put me in right standing with You through the cross and in return, Ill be sanctified by obeying You. You do the first half of the work and Ill do the second half.
This mindset leads straight to a life of bondage. How many times have you driven by a church marquee that reads, CHRIST DIED FOR YOU. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR HIM? It has become pervasive throughout the church.
Jesus was crucified, buried and rose on the third day that we might have eternal life. What could we possibly do in return for that? Tithe? Go to prayer meetings? Evangelize more? Thats pretty much what Israel tried to do. They pursued a law that would lead to righteousness (Romans 9:31, ESV). They tried to engage their wills to achieve righteousness, but they could never attain it.
This verse has brought freedom to all generations of believers: Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes (10:4). Christ is the end. There is nothing else! So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy (Romans 9:16).
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
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| Re: CHRIST IS THE END - Gary Wilkerson|
Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; nor is it sin. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in which we now live. Never seek after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go outside the camp, bearing His reproach (Hebrews 13:13). In Luke 10:20 , Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have a commercialised view we count how many souls have been saved and sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is all right. Yet our work only begins where Gods grace has laid the foundation. Our work is not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of Gods sovereign grace, and our work as His disciples is to disciple others lives until they are totally yielded to God. One life totally devoted to God is of more value to Him than one hundred lives which have been simply awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God, we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and those lives will be Gods testimony to us as His workers. God brings us up to a standard of life through His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that same standard in others.
Unless the worker lives a life that is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3), he is apt to become an irritating dictator to others, instead of an active, living disciple. Many of us are dictators, dictating our desires to individuals and to groups. But Jesus never dictates to us in that way. Whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He always prefaced His words with an if, never with the forceful or dogmatic statement You must. Discipleship carries with it an option.
My Utmost For His Highest
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
If anyone comprehends this revelation given in 1 Corinthians then it may even be possible to understand how some labour even if that does appear contrary to some and no matter how mystical others are given in presenting truth. It is a matter of revelation, nothing more. No need to seek something which is already given freely in Christ.
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