We are to be the light of the world. This is not a statement of works but of descent and ontology. Our calling is to take on a different nature than the one we have known. Yet many Christians never do this because they don’t understand the purpose of salvation. We are not simply saved, but rather dynamically saved. Our salvation is purposeful. It is driven, not simply by a love that saves everyone, but a specific love that targets each of us to join with God. It is startling how many deny this fact. After the moment of salvation, they avoid God and even resent him for wanting to have a relationship with them. This should not be so. His purpose in our salvation is relational. He wants us to be more than with him. He wants us to be like him. This is incredible considering that humans tried to take this blessing in Eden for themselves. What’s more, he wants us to help him give this gift to others. This will never be done in our own lives or in others if we refuse to participate with him. This is why we must learn to love. Our Christian walk cannot be an act or a means of proving our worth, it must be an outworking of a transformed relationship with our creator.
EPHESIANS 5:1-9, 11-14
Posted byJosh McGaryPosted inblogs, Ephesians, teachingTags:2022, bible, Bible Thoughts, Ephesians, love, transformation
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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