Thursday, October 23, 2008

Law and Gospel

THIS IS THE LAW: It should be obvious that we are never righteous. We should know this from our experience and from the Bible, such as from Romans 3:
10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands,
no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”

THIS IS THE GOSPEL: But God, through the work of Jesus Christ, has transformed the worthless into precious daughters and sons of God. As it says in First John 3:
1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
FOR NOW, those who trust Jesus are both SAINT and SINNER. For now, the battle rages. But, when the last day comes, only the good in us will remain.

The first Sunday of November is All Saints Sunday. We remember those who have finished their race and have gone to be with the Lord. Not because they are good, but because our Savior, Jesus, is wonderful.

See you in church! If you can't come on Sundays come on Fridays at 10 a.m. to one of our community worship opportunities in town. Check the Pulse newsletter for locations. If neither of those work for you, let us know and we'll come to you.

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