Paul says that The Gospel was announced to Abraham: “All Nations will be blessed through you.” The culmination of this promise is expressed in the life of Jesus. And this promise is true for you today. You can be blessed with salvation so that you can be a blessing to others from every nation on earth.
We tend to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before us. Likewise we tend to reproduce ourselves in the lives of others. What are you reproducing in the lives of those following you? Is it Faith or works. Hopefully, like Abraham, we are reproducing faith in others’ lives.
The Bible tells us to Take Courage, but how do we do that? What does it mean to be courageous? And how can we cultivate more courage in our lives? I believe the answers to these questions lie in our relationship with The Holy Spirit.
“I’m a good person,” a man said to me today. At times we all feel that way about ourselves. And at other times I’m sure we all question our own goodness. How can we actually know that we are good? How can we actually know that we are justified before God? How can we receive His Spirit and allow Him to work miracles in our lives? Paul tells us that all of these dynamics of God are available to us by believing what we have heard: The Good News of Jesus.
Have you ever been asked a question that changed your whole perspective? That is the type of question that Paul asks the church at Galatia. In his question comes the answer and the encouragement that we should believe and share the Gospel of Jesus with the world.
Does sin after salvation mean that God’s grace condones our sins? Or does it mean that we are then subject to the law again? Paul states that violations of the law (sin) shows us again our need for a savior. This is where faith in Jesus alone then justifies us before God. The law points to our need for salvation Jesus provides that salvation through faith in Him and His grace.
“Dead Man Walking,” this is what Paul calls himself. He admits his own guilt of violating the law of God. He admits that he is deserving of death. He also admits that Jesus has loved him and given Himself for him so that he might have life. You too can have life in Jesus by putting your faith in Him.
The very idea of justice has been given to us by God. Justice that there must be a payment for violations of the law. Jesus has paid that penalty on our behalf and it is only by faith in Him that we can now be justified.
Do we create obstacles to salvation for those coming to faith? The Bible says, “If we believe and confess that Jesus is Lord then we will be saved.” We need not create new requirements for people to come to Jesus for salvation. Paul confronts Peter for putting the Law in the way of Gentiles coming to Christ.
How do we carry ourselves in public? Do we pick sides that prioritize obedience or grace? These two virtues are not mutually exclusive however we can become so concerned about our public image that we ostracize those most in need of grace. Let us each live according to the righteousness that God has given us while sharing our lives with those in need of grace.
It is the same God that was working through Peter to reach the Jews that worked through Paul to reach the Gentiles. And He is the same God that is now working through you. Ministry functions, locations, and anointings may looks different, but it is the same God at work through each of us to reach this world.
Paul makes an incredibly important theological proclamation: That God has called him to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles. This reality that salvation is now available to all by Faith in Jesus alone is the heart of Grace.
Join me here for several in-field audio segments from our recent trip to La Ceiba, Honduras from October 27th through November 3rd 2017. You too can join us on a future mission trip. Get the details at goservechange.com/trips