grace blog

Category: Salvation

You really can’t fully appreciate that Romans 3:24 without taking a closer look at the word translated as “freely” in our English bibles. The word, in Greek, is “dórean”. This word literally means “without cause”. So, in this verse, Paul is declaring that we are not only justified freely (freely declared to righteous) but without any particular cause in ourselves as well.
One of the most misunderstood passages in the Bible is the story of the Rich Young Ruler, in Matthew 19. The purpose of the story was not to teach people to the importance of being fully dedicated, fully surrendered and willing to forsake all in order to obtain eternal life. The point was to demonstrate the utter foolishness of thinking we can do anything to earn our salvation.
Recently I have spent more time reading through the gospels and I have found so many gems that were always there but I simply never noticed them before. Take for example the Parable Of The Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-50). The story is about two men who owe a debt a creditor, one 50 denarii and the other 500 denarii.