Humans want to do good. Even demonstrably “bad,” humans, believe that they are making choices that seem to “make sense,” for them. The difficulty is two fold. Firstly, humans fall short of God’s standard without his input. We must remember that the first sin was commuted by a perfect human. Humans cannot measure up to God, even in their perfection. Secondly, humanity has had sin injected into its core processing. Even without sin, man is predisposed to fall short of God, but with sin installed in his nature, man is doomed to reaping death by his notion of “goodness.” Faith in Christ is to be an acknowledgment of these facts. This is why it is called grace. Because no merit can save us. Many Christians have a merit based salvation where they continue they acknowledge the second point, but not the first. When we remember that we sin in perfection, than Christ’s death has meaning because it becomes God’s compass in our lives. But when we don’t see it that way, it becomes meaningless to us. All that it did was free us into a perfection where we could never measure up again. This is not the purpose of his death. He meant to bring us back into alignment with a need, not only for salivation from our choices and their consequences, but also from the burden of having to measure up to God. We chose in Eden to endeavor to be “as God, knowing good from evil,” but this is an impossible burden for a finite creature to bear out. We need God’s grace to navigate living. We need his revelation and word in all circumstances. Living in the accolade of our choices, without this, may bring limited success in this moment, but condemns us in eternity.
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