No one was ever saved other than by Grace (Eph.2). Since man was banished from the Garden, no one has ever returned to Divine relationship except through the sheer goodness of the Father. And Grace always came by Jesus Christ. Grace did not wait for His birth, His death, or His resurrection before it became active. In Old Testament times people of Faith looked forward to Christ’ saving Grace; in New Testament times we look back upon it. But people must always come to a Divine relationship by God’s Amazing Grace & Faith.
And remember that the Grace of God is infinite. It has no beginning or end, it is vast and immeasurable.
We who see ourselves separated from God can now raise our heads, and look up. By virtue of Jesus’ atoning death the cause of our exile is removed, and we may return as the Prodigal returned, and be welcomed. A. W. Tozer
If you are a Christian, you are living “In Christ”, and that is only because God chose you. When we read John 15:16, we discover that He chose us. This confuses many people because they realize that we all have the ability to choose, and that is true. But God, who knows all things, knows what we will choose; and God doesn’t pick losers. God picks winners! (Ephesians 1) Some people may say, “But that isn’t fair – What if God didn’t choose me?” Have you accepted Jesus Christ in your heart? If you have, then He chose you. If you haven’t accepted Christ, do it now, and you will find out that you were chosen. If you don’t want to accept Christ, then why do you care if you were chosen or not? Pastor Chuck Smith
When I was Born Again by God’s Holy Spirit I trusted in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, my personal Savior. My depression & suicidal tendencies were miraculously gone, along with the addictions & lust. I was glorying in the Cross of Christ. I was resting in Jesus’ Love. I had discovered the wonderful grace of God. But I didn’t understand the Spiritual war that was raging for my soul. (Galatians 6) Sometimes I would go to the many so-called Christian conventions and concerts there in Southern California, and there were very many. Satan planned to destroy my life in Christ by introducing me to legalism through popular false teachers that were at those meetings. Now these heretics did not require circumcision or keeping of the Sabbath laws, as the heretics did who were in Galatia, but instead they required faith in man-made “Quick Fix” laws. I know the only reason I never fell for their lies was because every day I was Sowing to the Spirit, being immersed in Bible study, Fellowship & Prayer. My Beloved Brothers & Sisters in Christ, continue steadfast in Acts 2:42. Pastor Gary
Mankind is a trinity made up of body, mind, and spirit. Mankind, basically, is a spirit, living in a body, possessing a consciousness or mind. Now my mind is either going to be controlled by fleshly, bodily desires or by spiritual desires. If I am walking in the flesh, giving in to the passions of my body, then the result will be that I will have a carnal mind. Paul said we are to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor.10:5). When we find our minds absorbed in the things of the flesh, it’s important to take control and say: “I don’t want to think on those things.” Start to sing a worship song and meditate on Jesus your Savior. Get into the Scriptures. We want to live in the Spirit. We want to Walk in the Spirit. If we Walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lust of our flesh (Galatians 5).Pastor Chuck Smith
“Abba” is the Hebrew word for Daddy, because it’s a term of endearment. It is a term meaning a very close relationship (Galatians 4). “Father” can be a formal relationship. When I think of “Father,” I think of sitting up straight. I think of a formal, don’t- speak-until-you’re-spoken-to kind of thing. However, with “Daddy” we think of climbing on his lap, listening to stories, and getting hugs. Both are appropriate. God wants to have a close relationship with us, where He touches us, and can be touched by us. At the same time we realize who God is: The awesome creator, with power and authority; The eternal, omnipotent, omniscient God – there is a reverence and respect that also comes with Father”. Pastor Chuck Smith
“I Think one of the greatest dangers Christians face, and one of the greatest dangers the church has faced through the years, is that every genuine move of God seems to end up with man trying to perfect it by the flesh. God begins a work in the Spirit. And Next, people feel they must get organized, put a committee together and start a program”. Pastor Chuck Smith This was the problem with the Galatians. They began in the Spirit, with Faith in Jesus for their salvation, putting their Faith in Christ alone, to be accounted by God for righteousness. But now they were trying to improve on their righteousness. Paul wrote: “Are you so foolish?” The Just Live by Faith in the righteousness of Jesus Christ – that is all you’ll ever need! (Galatians 3)
Did Christ die in vain? IF you or I could be made righteous by keeping the Law of Moses, then Christ did not need to die for you or me. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed: “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.” (Matthew 26) Jesus was praying about His death on the cross. His Father would not have sent His Son to the cross if we could be saved by the law, or any other way. If justification was possible by the keeping of the Law, then Christ died in vain (Pastor Chuck Smith) .
Gospel means “Good News.” Trying to be approved of God by our own works and efforts is not good news at all. The good news is that Our Father in heaven has accepted the finished work of Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son. And He has imputed the righteousness of Jesus Christ to you when you put your faith in Jesus Christ. That is the good news! (Galatians 1) It is not by works but it is by His Grace that we stand. We do not stand in our own righteousness, but in the righteousness that is of Christ Jesus through faith. The good news is the grace of God through Jesus Christ by which we are accepted by our Father in Heaven.
There were Christians in Corinth who were doing things that were completely out of character for a child of God. Many of them had been attacking Paul. So Paul gave them a good piece of advice. “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” because I’m coming back to Corinth. (2 Corinthians 13) Too many people today are living lives of sin, while telling themselves they are Christians. It is critically important that each one of us examine ourselves! Are we really walking by faith in Jesus Christ? Is there real evidence of regeneration flowing out of our lives”? We certainly should be concerned because Jesus Christ said He is coming back soon, and He tells us to examine our lives. Are you ready?
Paul had been given a “thorn in the flesh.” This was probably a physical ailment, perhaps an eye problem, but we don’t know exactly what it was. However, it bothered Paul so much that he asked God three times to heal him, but God didn’t. Instead the Lord said: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul went on to say that he had learned to “boast in his infirmities that the power of Christ may rest on me.” Sometimes we find that we will never really experience the strength of God until we first experience our own weakness in some glaring way. Do you want power in your life? It might come through infirmities. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927 – 2013