Summary: There is something different about a real Christian, something that separates them from the world and others. Today we will see how there are something different about being a Christian.
There is something different about a real Christian, something that separates them from the world and others. Today we will see how there are something different about being a Christian.
IT’S GOD’S BLOOD NOT OURS
It seems the price of certain deities to assure your place in paradise is your death. If you die for the cause then you automatically pass go and get straight in. but that is not the truth. It is God’s sacrifice that gets us in not ours:
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
No animal sacrifice, no human sacrifice, nothing other than that precious blood shed at Calvary is sufficient to pay for our sins.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
GOD’S VENGEANCE NOT OURS
We are not to avenge our God, He can do that Himself. We are not to kill those that disagree with us, we get two warnings about this:
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
We are not to exact vengeance and judgment on non-believers. That is wrong in any religion. It is just as wrong to put an infidel to death as the Crusades, Spanish Inquisition were and the bombing of abortion clinics and murdering their doctors is now.
But the true Christian is called to love them, pray for them, it is how we show the world we are the children of God.
IT’S GOD’S GRACE NOT OUR WORKS
It is not “they will weigh my good works against my bad and if I have more good works than bad, God will let me in!” (I remember the Father Gudio Sarducci method from Saturday Night Live! You get money in your account for doing something good, money taken out for each sin. Sometimes you get 1,000,000 for something real good or lose 1,000,000 for something real bad. I had a dream they were checking my account balance and I came up 25 cents short!) or I’m better than ol’ William Joseph Robert up the road, he is a real sinner, God may keep Him out but He will let me in! We can try to live right, do right, be right but the sum total of all our righteousness amounts to a pile of dirty rags:
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
It does not matter if you do the work for God (or your notion of God). You may believe that the first 144000 of your religion will get in and the rest have to work their way in, not true!
And if by grace , then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace . But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
If we have to work to get it, then it is of us not grace. If we have to work to keep it then it is of us and not grace. Grace and works are mutually exclusive when it comes to salvation. If it is one that it cannot be the other.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.