The Christian Life – a quick thought

The second chapter of Galatians ends with this thought:

If righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Jesus taught us that a summary of the law is that we are to “love God and love others”, and here in Galatians we learn that even if we go out and do this for the rest of our life, we will not be made right with God.  Did the sermon you heard this past Sunday reflect that?  Are you being told that loving God and loving others is the centerpiece of the Christian life?  Or are you being told that Christ’s work on the Cross is the centerpiece, and that loving God and loving others comes after that?  Did being made right with God through Christ’s death even get an honorable mention in the last sermon you heard?  How about the one before that?

Christ died so that we might be made right with God.  After being made right in the Lord’s court, we will live out obedience from the heart (we will obey because we want to, not because we feel we have to).  Please take the time today to ponder how you are living the Christian life, and why you are living the Christian life.

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4 Comments on “The Christian Life – a quick thought”

  1. unworthy1 Says:

    Amen, excellent words. In a time when complacency and apathy grow, and the quest for unity at all cost is the major theme with many Christians giving an appearance of caving in to embrace anything and everything – we must not pervert the true meaning of love in such a way as all that; nor must we take lightly the cross. To ponder on this amazing sacrifice, this salvation given as a gift to undeserving sinners, all because the sinless, pure, undefiled Son of God became sin, He bore my sin, He was treated as though He committed my horrific and shameful thoughts, actions and deeds; He atoned for every one of my rebellious acts and deeds. If seeing our sins as they really are and Christ as He really is doesn’t produce such a swelling and overwhelming sense of continual gratitude, you best examine yourself. This gratitude should prompt us to WANT to obey, to show how much we love Him, to desire to be like Him, to please Him and long for Him.

    I love reading stuff from the Puritans and others, like Pink, Tozer, J. C. Ryle, Spurgeon, Watson, etc because the words they speak are so rich with heartfelt, descriptive meaning. They understand the cross, and their words prove they do.

    Lyn

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      Hey Lyn, thanks for stopping by! I am currently reading “The Forgotten Spurgeon” by Ian Murray, who brings to light that the vast majority of Spurgeon’s personal reading was from the Puritan writers. My thought is that if modern day preachers would like to thunder like Spurgeon, perhaps they should feed upon the same readings as Spurgeon. My personal puritan favorite is “The Christian in Complete Armor” by William Gurnall. If you haven’t read it, let me encourage you to pick up a copy. Really, really great stuff!

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  2. Delwyn Xavier Campbell Says:

    Great thought for today – and eternity! Foundation only works as a foundation, not as a roof!

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