Tuesday, February 21, 2017

38. What an Exchange! Jesus Became Sin - You Became Righteous

On this week's Growing in Grace podcast (#587) we talked about how Jesus Became Sin and You Became Righteous. Jesus didn't become sin through His own sinful behavior.  As completely righteous as He was, He became sin.  In the same way, you didn't become righteous through your own righteous behavior.  Even with all the sinful behavior you've ever done, you became the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!  Here's a short snippet from the podcast.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

37. To Attempt to Be Righteous Is to Be Ignorant of God's Righteousness

On this week's Growing in Grace podcast (#586) we talked about How to Be Righteous.  Hint: It's not about what you do!  Here's a snippet from the podcast in which I brought up how Paul talked about those who were ignorant of God's righteousness.  How were they ignorant of God's righteousness? They attempted to be righteous by their own works, as opposed to receiving God's free gift of His own righteousness.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

36. You Are the Part of God's Body That He Wants You to Be

God has placed you in the body of Christ exactly where He wants you to be. There are some members of the body of Christ whose work is highly visible and recognized by others. There are some members whose work is barely, if at all, seen by others. Ultimately, our applause comes from God, not from man, so I hope to encourage you to keep on being who you are in Christ, whether you are highly visible or barely seen.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

35. There No Longer Remains a Sacrifice for Sins

Many people stumble on a verse that is unfortunately taken out of context: Heb 10:26 "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins..."

The point of the book of Hebrews was to show the superiority of Jesus and His one sacrifice through which sin was taken away and through which God remembers our sins no more, over the Old Covenant system in which sins were never taken away and in fact were only remembered! Hebrews 10:26 isn't saying that Jesus' sacrifice doesn't apply to people who sin willfully. That would contradict the whole point the writer was making! Rather, as we look at the verse in context, we see that the point is that Jesus' one sacrifice does indeed apply to people who sin, and that there is no other sacrifice that they can turn to.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

34. What Christ Became for Us

There are various things that many believers are trying to earn or gain by their efforts, that are really a gift that God has given us. In fact, Paul writes that Christ Himself became these things for us: Wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. In Christ's name we have been (past tense) washed, sanctified and justified, and it's not by our works or efforts but it's "by the Spirit of our God"!

This 2 minute podcast is a snippet from a past Growing in Grace podcast entitled "The Gift of Sanctification."


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

33. The Gift of His Grace

Everything that we have in Christ is the result of the gift of God's grace. Apart from Christ we were all sinners, and even our righteous deeds counted as filthy rags to God. But God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Christ died for the ungodly. God Himself has justified us by the gift of His grace.


Friday, May 22, 2015

32. God Is Faithful to Finish the Work He Began in You

We can have full confidence, as the Apostle Paul did, that it is God who began a good work in us, and it is God who will remain faithful to see His work through! While he gently assured the Philippians of this, he had to send a sharp message to the Galatians, who were trying to complete God's work through their own fleshly efforts. It's God, not us, who sees His work through to completion, and that's something we can rest in.