Friday, November 25, 2011

Hebrews Challenge Chapter Six

Hebrews 6:1-20

Faith and Works.

For Christians, the Gospel is that Faith alone in Christ alone is what saves. In other words, contrary to many other world religions, where salvation, release, enlightenment, etc are earned through good works, Christians are saved through the cross and resurrection of Jesus. Not by our good works...We can't earn it. It has been earned for us.

So some people shudder when they hear "faith and works" if there are two things neccessary for rescue. But Hebrews 6 is pretty clear. Land that has been made good, makes good fruit.

Hebrews 6 is suggesting that it should be Faith FOR Works...That yielding our lives to Jesus Christ can't help but change the landscape of the world. It is that yielding that initiates the transformation of the heart ('the land') into something good. And then the natural result of our heart change is fruitfulness.

So...gut check time. Where are the thistles and thorns in your own life and what does it look like for you to yield that area to God to be transformed to good?

Love verse 19..."We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."

Hope in Jesus Christ helps us weather storms.

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