Christianity: It Isn’t About Doing, It’s About Done

I think it is all too easy for the human heart, the Christian heart included, to fall into the trap of works righteousness. Scripturally we know the law cannot save us, and was actually a means to show us our need for the Savior Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:24). Entire false religions in this world are performance-based, but true Christianity is not one of them.

We rest and trust not in our abilities to maintain the moral law, but in the perfect righteousness of Jesus, who already lived a perfect sinless life. (see Romans chapter 3). Hebrews chapter 10 also delineates that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was once and for all. Verse 14 says of Jesus, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Obviously, this means positionally perfect in God’s sight, not that we will suddenly be sinless as we live day to day.

Christianity isn’t about doing. It isn’t about a living by checklist of good things and avoiding evil things. True faith in Jesus Christ is about done. What HE has already done to save us. We believe it, and throw our selves upon it knowing only His perfect sacrifice can save. Our obedience after that should stem from our love and gratitude to Him and from a changed nature, rather than from a heart trying to earn our salvation.

Yet our hearts wage war within us. If that war is raging in you today, or has been at times, or perhaps you have no idea what I’m talking about. Chris Rosebrough tackles that subject with a blog post from Tullian Tchividjian at the beginning of this episode of Fighting for the Faith. Check it out.


5 thoughts on “Christianity: It Isn’t About Doing, It’s About Done

  1. The traditional response would be that Christianity is about doing, because of what’s been done — because of His dying for us, which enables us to live for Him. The guardian (Gk. pedagogue) of Galatians 3:24 doesn’t raise us up to faith so we can then stop doing, but so that we can know what to do. “Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law” (Rom 3:31) “For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified” (Rom 2:13). “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:1–4) “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit” (Rom 8:3–5). Salvation in Christ is certainly about trusting in His finished work — but that does not abrogate our call to keep His commandments (Matthew 19:17, John 15:10) or to walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7–9). Our works do not save us — we cannot earn our salvation — but a failure to walk in His Spirit can certainly damn us (Gal 5:21, 1 Cor 6:9, James 2:14–26, Matthew 25:41–46). Faith in Christ is key — but I often wonder if Protestants are not so afraid of “works’ righteousness” that they fail to understand that Christ saved us so we could be righteous in our works (Eph 2:8–10, Phil 2:12–12).

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