Many Christians enter into their faith without understanding it. Their conversion to Christ is often acceptance of his power but not his way. Practically this means coming to a mental ascent that he can save them and aligning with him, but not a mental submission to being his disciple or walking behind him. As he pulls them out of hell, they often quickly head back for it because they don’t understand how their attitudes toward life must include this submission. Paul’s teaching on grace is both, the hidden part of the old covenant, and it is a primary reason Jesus walked in human form. Men need something undeniable because the very problem that hinders their growth is seeded in their desire to be in control. Being saved frees them to take control again. We must remember that being saved returns us to a pre-sin state, at best. But Adam and Eve sinned while they were perfect. Their mistake was in believing that they weren’t in need of God. Accepting grace guards against this. It installs a reminder and a fail safe against creating a new type of original sin with our new found freedom. If we have a salvation that feels like we must pay it back, rather than that we desire to never stray again, then perhaps it needs a better understanding of what it means to be in relationship with a god who gives freely and needs nothing. All that he gives us is because he loves us and wants what is best for his creation.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts