‘Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.’ Galatians 5:1 (MSG)
As humans, our bodies need blood to stay alive. As believers, our life in Christ needs faith. Just like oxygen is needed for breathing, so is faith needed for righteous living!
Jesus has called us to a life of righteousness in him, a life that has brought us into right standing with God. This righteousness is not based on our works, achievements, or philanthropy. No. It is based on faith alone; faith that accepts that Jesus is the only channel to truly pleasing God.
Human effort at good living cannot get one eternal life. No matter how hard humans try to earn a status of righteousness, without accepting Christ Jesus, they cannot. Only by faith, which brings us righteousness in CHRIST, can we please God(Hebrews 11:6)! No matter how badly a person has lived, they simply become righteous once they accept Christ. Human logic cannot decipher how that happens. Still, that is God’s way of saving us through Christ. He said that his ways are different from man’s(Isaiah 55:8). Furthermore, his method of salvation is very different from humans’ perception of how to be saved from eternal condemnation.
Many people think it is by doing ‘good things’ that one can please God and get into heaven. Jesus has said that no one is good except God(Mark 10:18). He said that he is the only way to the father(John 14:6). Still, he said that knowing him brings eternal life(John 17:3). So, friends, you see, only by faith can we become and remain righteous! That faith in Christ is what should give us rest that we are eternally saved, and that rest should also really be evident in the way we live;how we dwell in the peace that transcends all human understanding(Hebrews 11:4, John 14:27)! Hallelujah!
Even as we start a new month, we, who are born again, should remain in that place of righteousness by faith! We should always keep our eyes on Christ and stay in him! We must not accept any doctrine that tells us to try to work to be righteous. That is a doctrine of slavery. In Christ, are we completely righteous, today and forever! He is the author and the finisher of our faith(Hebrews 12:2), our proof of righteousness, our eternal friend and the soon coming King!
This good news of righteousness in Christ by faith, is what we should and must share with others who are yet to know the way- Jesus Christ.
Forever, God be praised! Amen!
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