We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:1-10 NASB
In my search for Holy Week sermons, I found this one from Grace to You called What If Christ Didn’t Rise? It addresses the essential matter of the resurrection and I hope it will bless you today.
You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Continue reading
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. Continue reading
I was reading a bit of Metaxas’ book on Bonhoeffer last night and this passage struck me. Continue reading
Pastor David Murray’s book “Jesus on Every Page” was released today and I wanted to direct you to a review of the book as well as the giveaway Murray is doing between now and the end of the month. I haven’t read the book yet (I just got the Kindle copy today), but I am looking forward to reading a book that will help me see Jesus throughout the whole Bible, not only the New Testament. Continue reading
Stand Up for the Truth shared a link to this the other day in The Daily Watchman. I read it and decided to share it as well. It comes from David Prince, a pastor in Lexington, Ky. and an assistant professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Continue reading
As false gospels continue to seep into Christianity through books and sermons it is essential we remember the true gospel which is essential for salvation, sanctification, evangelism and avoiding deception.