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Continued from “In Our Likeness

We need Christ love and His love is His righteousness.

Christ Jesus gives us His righteousness so that we may implement it in our lives.

Jesus prayer world“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Paul spells it out: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

We are accepted by Him despite of everything.
Not because of anything we have done. Not because of all the charity we have given to the starving children in Africa, not because of the masses we have attended and not because of the books we have read.

Not because of anything we have left undone. Not because we have not coveted high grades on the latest exam paper, not because we have not flirted with our friend’s partner, not because we have not worshiped our favorite pop-singer.

But because of His infinite love.

Christ_and_ChildWe are welcome as we are but are not expected to remain so. We are welcomed even if we are murderers, debauchees, slaveholders, animal-slaughterers, but we are not meant to remain so. For Paul writes: “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

But the only thing He expects us to do is Believe. Believe so as to not call God a liar. Believe in His Word and His Son.

Because He wants to make us new.
When we believe in Christs love, He comes to live in us.
When Christ comes to live in us, we live in Him.
When we live in Christ, we become like Him.
Then the original creation becomes perfect, complete, total.

We only need to accept this wonderful gift. Re-creation.

To be continued…