Tag Archives: grace

A hill worth dying on?

‘Is this a hill worth dying on?’

Is the issue at stake worth us putting our effort into, possibly at great cost, even death?

An issue always worth fighting for is the gospel of grace. And so, in Acts 16, we see the church fight a threat to grace: does a Gentile Christian need circumcision to be saved?

Peter says, ‘No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.’

Any demand – apart from trust in Jesus – is a hindrance to salvation, since it requires something other than trust in the grace of our Lord Jesus.

As the people of God we must be aware of any teaching or practice contrary to the grace of God, lest we make it difficult for people to turn to God and be saved. Grace is always a hill worth dying on, besides… God thought it was a hill worth dying for 2000 years ago on the Cross, on a hill called Calvary.

In Christ, Tory.

 

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Come you who are thirsty!

The market scene in Isaiah 55 presents the wonder of God’s grace: ‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!’

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so who is paying for this?

GRACE is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Last week, in Isaiah 52:13–53:12, we saw it is God’s Servant who paid the price. That’s the wonder and most fundamental truth of Christianity: Jesus paid it all on the Cross.

God offers us what we crave for most – peace with him and his world. We can’t pay the cost. Only Jesus can do what’s needed. All we can do is accept the invitation by turning to him in trust.

My prayer is that we are known as a church family who love God’s grace and are known as the most generous people for we know how generous God has been to us and know that all we have is his!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

No Turning Back to The Law

The gospel is the difference between life and death. Those who accept God’s offer of life in Jesus are free from the rule of law, sin, and death. That’s what we’ve read in Romans 5–7.

We have been released from what bound us. And so it would make no sense to turn back to the old life of law, sin, and death. Now we belong to Jesus, and so are free to serve in the Spirit.

That doesn’t mean the Law is the problem, in fact, it’s holy, righteous, and good. The problem is our sin. Law can show us our sin, but it can’t deal with it. The Law can not save us from sin.

Only Jesus can. And so the Apostle Paul encourages us to remember we belong to Jesus, the one who can save us. Let’s encourage each other in the freedom and life we share in Jesus.

What are ways you can do that this week?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Alive in Christ

Have you been asked, or wondered yourself, ‘If salvation is a free gift from God, and so how good we are makes no difference to our standing with God… wouldn’t that mean Christians have no reason to do good, and so can even live sinful lives?!’

In fact, Roman Catholicism has made this criticism of Protestants since the Reformation.

In Romans 6:1–23, the Apostle Paul says: ‘NO!’

When Jesus died on the Cross, our old life of sin was put to death. When He rose to new life, our new life of righteousness began.

We were united with him in his death and resurrection. We are no longer slaves to sin, but have been set free to serve Jesus. And so the grace of God in Jesus is what enables us to live holy lives of righteousness…. not to save us, but because we are saved from sin and death!

It would make no sense to go back to our old way of living, for now we are alive in Christ.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

He Giveth More Grace

Reading Jerry Bridges’ book Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love, I came across this poem by Annie Johnson Flint:

He Giveth More Grace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions he addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits; His grace has no measure.
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!

 

As we read through Romans, take some time to reflect on God’s grace!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Grace: Free, or not at all.

In his book Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love, Jerry Bridges writes:

‘If you are trusting to any degree in your own morality or religious attainments, or if you believe God will somehow recognise any of your good works as merit toward your salvation, you need to seriously consider if you are truly Christian.’

Strong words, but words faithful to what we have read in Romans 1–4. Our efforts to complete what God’s grace begins are not only futile, and betray our pride, but worst of all offend the Lord. Grace is absolutely free, or it is not at all.

If you are still unsure of God’s grace and our response by faith, treat yourself this week to re-read Romans 1–5. Enjoy the sweet peace and joy and assurance only the gospel of grace gives!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Faith Alone

Arguably, the most important teaching of the Bible is that our salvation is by faith alone.

So important is it, that we Protestants broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 1500’s because they deny salvation by faith alone.

In Romans 4, the Apostle Paul argues that salvation is by faith alone, and always has been. Salvation can only be a gift from God, and so must be received with empty hands.

As Augustus Toplady wrote in the hymn Rock of Ages:

Nothing in my hand I bring,

Simply to Thy cross I cling;

Naked, come to Thee for dress,

Helpless, look to Thee for grace;

Foul I to the Fountain fly

Wash me, Saviour, or I die!

Let’s encourage one another in faith alone!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.