Thursday, March 10, 2011

Works and Doctrine - The Conclusion

So I think that these two things: ignorance concerning the resurrection of Christ and an inflated reaction to legalism within the church, has resulted in the lack of Biblical balance that we see today. We must return to the gospel that the Bible teaches, a gospel that contains both grace and work (in their proper order). We must return to the teachings of the Apostles, a teaching that emphasizes both the cross and the resurrection. And we must learn that it is NOT ENOUGH to die to sin, we must also live to righteousness. Not because by dying to sin or living to righteousness we will be saved, but because God has made it transparently clear that both of these things are essential to our faith.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

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