Because – Therefore

 

We tend to view Christianity as an “if-then” statement. Let me explain, we look at it as if we do this, then God will do that. If I obey, then God will save me, or at least bless me. We should dare not look at it like this. Christianity is not an “if-then” statement, but a “because-therefore” declaration. If we miss this we miss out on the glorious declaration of grace that the gospel proclaims, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God” (Romans 5:8-9). Therefore, His blood alone justifies, and in turn, we will surely be saved from God’s wrath. So, because Christ died on our behalf, therefore, he will surely save us all the more. We will always miss out on the Gospel of Grace if we look at as an “if-then” statement, but when we look at it as a “because-therefore” declaration it frees us, even to obey, which seems ironic, but it does. No longer is it if we follow the law, God will save us, but now, because God has already saved and has justified us, therefore now we can freely obey the law or not. “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:16-19). Therefore, we no longer obey God or the law out of fear of punishment, but out of love, perfect love. In perfect love, we no longer fear an “if-then” statement, but can freely dance in a “because-therefore” declaration that, “it is finished” (John 19:30). While “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good” (Romans 7:12), it does not save us or have the power to save us; only Christ saves, “I am the door” (John 10:9). Now we can come to God as we are, as it says in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of need”. As much as our conditional hearts want to make the Gospel about us and how to save ourselves, it simply is not how it works in God’s heavenly realm. It is about Christ and his completed, justifying work for sinners. When the focus removes from ourselves, and focuses on our Great Savior, then we will see. Only when we come to the end of ourselves, will we come to the beginning of God. O how great and mysterious and magnificent, yet, unsafe is He; He is surely good though (C.S. Lewis).

Sola Gratia

 

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