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October 16, 2018, 9:07 AM

A Weird Way To Save The World

Christianity is unique in many ways, but the most unique thing about Christianity is grace. Grace does not exist in other religions. In other religions it's all about works. If you are good enough you get the prize. If you are not good enough you don't get the prize. It makes sense. Christianity is weird. 

The message of Christianity can be summarized pretty well in Ephesians 2:1-10. 

When we read verses 1-3 in 'Ephesians 2 we see the reason we need grace. We have all sinned. We are dead in our sins. Our sins have separated us from God. Its as if our sin created a large a canyon between us and God that we could not cross. 

When we read verses 4-9 we see how God has saved. God had mercy on us. God hates our sin, but his mercy and his love for us is bigger than his hate of our sin. So God sent Jesus. You could say Jesus was the bridge that connected us to God over the canyon of sin. When you read verses 8-9 it is made very clear that our works do not save us. We are saved by grace through faith. 

Then we read throughout the New Testament about this weird practice called, baptism. Although baptism may seem kind of weird the symbolism is pretty amazing. We stand there in the water a sinner who has earned punishment. Because of God's mercy shown to us through Jesus Christ we are able to go down into the water condemned and come back up redeemed. 

It's not the water. It's not any magic set of words. Baptism saves us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Again...its not works that saves's all Jesus. 

This doesn't make sense. We don't get what we deserve or earn. We get what God has chosen to give us. 

Then in verse 10 God answers the question of what happens next. We go do the good works that God has created us to do. We are now empowered to do what God has called us to do. 

Its all kind of weird but this how God has chosen to save us. The best thing you can do is just be obedient to it. 

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