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.
Whenever I go on social networks, I can’t help but notice that Christians tend to drift into two extremes. Some people are very good at sharing the truth about sin but lousy at demonstrating the love of God. Others are all about loving everyone but do so to the detriment of truth. But truth and love are of equal importance.
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.
In the epistle addressed to Titus (Titus 2), Paul explains that the grace of God not only brings salvation but also TEACHES US to: deny ungodliness, deny worldly lusts, live soberly, live righteously and live godly.
In other words, the Holy Spirit teaches BELIEVERS how to walk in a manner pleasing to God.
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