“Changed mind equals changed life.” I’ve heard that line, or some variation, many times. They will say that “repentance” is all about turning one’s life around for salvation or promising to turn one’s life around after salvation. “It’s a change in motives,” they say.
You see, God isn’t at all satisfied with with outer surface of you heart. He desires to enter into the hidden chambers, flooding each and every compartment with His holy presence. He wants all of you. If you truly want a closer walk with God, there is a cost.
My wife and I used to have two cats. They weren’t exactly lap cats. In fact, they didn’t even want to be near anyone’s lap. They were pretty independent. Every once in a while they would come by for an ear scratching or to let you know that they were hungry. Usually, they’d just watch you from a safe distance.
The Greek word translated as “freely” above is “dōreán”. It literally means “without cause”. Romans 3:24 is telling us that we were justified (declared to righteous) without any particular cause in ourselves. In other words, we didn’t do anything to merit our justification (our right standing before God).
Excessive focus one’s skin color is just another form idolatry. Yes, racism is real but Christians, white or black, must not allow themselves to be drawn into such foolish arguments. We must show racial unity in the Church because we are all representatives of Christ to a fallen world, lost in darkness.
I admit upfront that I am a “free” grace guy. I’m not part of some “Free Grace Denomination” or any of that nonsense. I just believe that I am saved by the grace of God. I believe that it is absolutely free. I didn’t do anything 24 years ago to earn it. I certainly haven’t done anything in the time since to merit it.
The rich young ruler was not as “good” as he thought himself to be. Jesus was demonstrating to the rich young ruler that he wasn’t really trusting in God at all. He was trusting in his own righteousness, his own wealth and, ultimately, own ability to earn eternal life (See Romans 10:3). Jesus was only trying to get the young ruler to see his need for a Savior.
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