July 31, 2011

"That is Christianity."

We are told that Christ was killed for us, that His death has washed out our sins, and that by dying He disabled death itself.  That is the formula.  That is Christianity.  That is what has to be believed.
- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2:1-5

I pray that God will meet you this morning as you worship, that you would have a fresh taste of His love and mercy.  Theology and doctrine are beautiful, necessary, and enhance our worship and understanding of our Lord; but the simplicity of the gospel - God saving wretches like you and me - can and must be embraced first.  And it's available to anyone.

Hallelujah! He has found me,
the one my heart so long has craved.
Jesus satisfies all my longings,
through His blood I now am saved.
(from the hymn, Satisfied)

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