Theology in Sound Bites – 7
There is so much confusion in our Christian life, what it means to live it, what does it look like. If one studies it one will hear terms like Justification, Sanctification, Union With Christ, Eternal Security, God’s Will, Love, Grace, Law, Mercy and other terms. While in a blog of our size it is impossible, nor is it our intent to go free diving to depths unknown in these areas, it is our intent to introduce terms, statements, reflections and thoughts on what we see as theological truth.
Martin Luther said the following and we would echo it;
“Some of us get one part right. Other teachers get other parts right. None of us get it all right…..One falls in one thing, one in another. Others will see what I do not. What then follows – by that we should help one another and make allowances for those who error as knowing that we either have erred or shall error ourselves…..I know that he must be a man of most shameful hardihood who would venture to give out that he understands a single book of Scripture in all its parts.” – Martin Luther
To this we say Amen!
Every month the team releases images based on soundbites of theology as we see it. This post which will come out every month will have a new collection of those soundbites. We always welcome a challenge and would invite you to send us an email with questions and thoughts, keeping in mind that we may have indeed forgotten something or you may see something that we do not see, as Luther said. That is what we call iron sharpening iron.
It’s our prayer that in these quotes others may know or be reminded of the wonderful mercy and love that is ours when walking in God’s Grace.
- It should be noted that while “make Jesus Lord and Saviour” is a command, and not gospel, it is impossible for one to come to Christ and Christ not be Lord of one’s life.
- Quite possibly one of the clearest gospel statements in the New Testament is Acts 16:31 and leaves no question that Jesus is Lord.
- There will always be a continual need to remind oneself on the journey to beyond the horizon, of the truths of the gospel message, along with how the gospel declares that we have been changed, what the gospel declares our new identities to be and what the gospel states occurred when we were brought near to God are always true.
- Paul showed no hesitation that Christ is Lord, when he said that all things are created by him.
- A gospel that does not rip away any pretense of goodness, hope in oneself, trust in one’s ability to merit will never lead to life change.
- Any gospel that is not powerful, and demanding enough to stir the affections of hearts that too easily settle, will always leave its intended recipient believing and trying to go back to the law in order to be given credit for what they are doing, have done or could do.
- Gospel truth that does not push us deeper into the well of the gospel of grace will be unable to kill the narcissist, self-reliant, rugged independent individualism that lies within all of us.
- A gospel that does not hack away at the believers attempt to still try to merit grace, love, favor or any other merit from God is one that will be unable to break the heart chains that keep us attached to former idols and affections.
- It is not about what we are claiming, but three words He uttered when He said, “It Is Finished.
- Only a gospel that delivers it’s message in a thousand different ways will be enough to awaken, create and continuously stir affections Godward.