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We are made non-perishable

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep."
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:14-15; 27-30)

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God makes salvation possible by his free undeserved grace, otherwise impossible to us

Matthew 19:16-26
“Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
“Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

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The misuse of good deeds

"Sometimes we try to silence the conscience by compensating for our sins with good deeds." Erwin W. Lutzer

Our way: we try to be good or better, we try to give to others more, we try to look more spiritual, we try to pray more, we try to go to church more, we try to deny ourselves things or people in our lives, we try so hard to do all these things with not much of a heart in it. Usually, when we are like this we expect more recognition from others rather than from God.

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The First independence day

"The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it." (Genesis 3:6)

"And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”" (Genesis 2:16-17)

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What have you done with Jesus?

Matthew 9:14-17
“Then John’s disciples came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast? ”

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Self-righteousness and its cure

The root of judging people's motives and intentions come from our Self-righteousness, which we are inclined to by our sinful nature.

And the cure for it is the gospel.

Here's what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 3:22-23, "The righteousness of God [as a gift] is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

There's no distinction Paul says between one person and another because we all have sinned and continue to fall short of the glory and perfection of God.

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Jesus or Barabbas?

John 18:36-40

““My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. “If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”

“You are a king then? ” Pilate asked.

“You say that I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

“What is truth? ” said Pilate.

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New Covenant vs. Old Covenant obedience

Numbers 15:37-41,
"The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and tell them that throughout their generations they are to make tassels for the corners of their garments, and put a blue cord on the tassel at each corner. These will serve as tassels for you to look at, so that you may remember all the Lord’s commands and obey them and not prostitute yourselves by following your own heart and your own eyes. This way you will remember and obey all my commands and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the Lord your God.”

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Our freedom in Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ has done it all in our place and freed us from the need and requirement to measure up to our own standards, other people standards imposed upon us, and even God's standard of righteousness in order to be accepted by him.

But how can that be?

It's because God's standard of acceptance is perfection.

And since we would never meet that standard and perish in trying to measure up, God in his kindness and love sent his Son Jesus to come as a human, a man and obeyed God perfectly to the point of death in our place as our representative and substitute.

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"Logic on fire' in the life of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Today after two months of reading I finished a 1200 page biography of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, by Iain H. Murray.

The "Doctor" as they called him was born on this day in Cardiff, Wales on December 20, 1899, and died on February 28, 1981.

He became a medical doctor, but after his conversion and a strong desire to preach the good news about Jesus to others he gave up practicing medicine and in 1927 became a pastor in a little place called Sanfields, South Wales.

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