“Come, let us discuss this,” says the Lord.

Isiah, long before Christ appeared, unfolds the Gospel plan

Isiah 1:18

18 “Come, let us discuss this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they will be as white as snow;
though they are as red as crimson,
they will be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land.

 

See pg 12 in They Walked with God. Full Assurance by Henry A Ironside.

Prevenient, Justifying, and Sanctifying Grace

Good, not to long, article on Wesley’s view of Prevenient, Justifying, and Sanctifying Grace.

http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/our-wesleyan-heritage 

To sanctify means to set apart as or declare holy; consecrate. To consecrate means to make or declare (something, typically a church) sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose.

Through God’s sanctifying grace, we grow and mature in our ability to live as Jesus lived. – and grow in our ability to love as Jesus loved.

My prayer is that I may grow and mature in my ability to love as Jesus loved.

Your Grace Finds Me (Matt Redman)

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Commentary:

 

Your Grace Finds Me (Matt Redman) – lyrics

It’s there in the newborn cry
It’s there in the light of every sunrise
It’s there in the shadows of this light
Your

great grace

It’s there on the mountaintop
It’s there in the everyday and the mundane
There in the sorrow and the dancing
Your great grace
Oh, such grace

From the creation to the cross
Then from the cross into eternity
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me

It’s there on a wedding day
There in the weeping by the graveside
There in the very breath we breathe
Your great grace

Same for the rich and poor
Same for the saint and for the sinner
Enough for this whole wide world
Your great grace
Oh, such grace

From the creation to the cross
Then from the cross into eternity
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me

There in the darkest night of the soul
There in the sweetest songs of victory
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me

Your great grace
Oh, such grace
Your great grace
Oh, such grace

So I’m breathing in Your grace
And I’m breathing out Your praise
I’m breathing in Your grace
Forever I’ll be
Breathing in Your grace
And I’m breathing out Your praise
I’m breathing in Your grace
And I’m breathing out Your praise
Breathing in Your grace
For our God, for our God

Yes, Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me

from http://www.metrolyrics.com/your-grace-finds-me-lyrics-matt-redman.html

Golden and Platinum Rules

The Golden RuleWhat-Are-You-Doing-for-Others-7.25

Matthew 7:12 (ESV) 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Kant’s Categorical Imperative

[Disclaimer: This is slightly off topic, because Immanuel Kant  (in the top 5 philosophers of all time) was not a Christian. He did have a strong moral sense, and his categorical imperative is central to his philosophy.]

Act (do unto others) only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.

Wikipedia has good explanation.

Platinum Rule

“Treat others the way they want to be treated.”

Site by Tony Alessandra (has book)

http://www.platinumrule.com/ site

Platinum 1a Rule

By Boyd Bailey from http://www.wisdomhunters.com/what-are-you-doing-for-others/

The Golden Rule is empowered by the Platinum Rule: to see others as God sees them, to serve others as Jesus would serve them and to love others as the Lord loves them.  [my emphasis] Our love alone is inferior—it only takes us so far, but when our love is infused by the Holy Spirit it is superior in its ability to go the second, third and fourth mile for the sake of others. Our visible love is sustained by God’s invisible love.

5 Solas (Solae)

[Disclaimer: I am not a theologian. This is just my take.]

The 5 Solae of Protestantism are five foundational Biblical principles upon which our (Protestant) beliefs are based. (While Luther and Calvin taught, wrote, and preached on these, I believe that, as a listing of five, the Five Solae were not articulated until the 20th Century.)

I like the way they can be logically lined up.

Here are 3 orderings.  I think each provides it’s own logical flow for the Five Solae.

1. Basic: We are saved by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, according to scripture alone, for the Glory of God alone.

2. Scripture & Christ Foundation (5 complete sentences): Scripture alone is the standard; by Christ alone we are saved; salvation is by grace alone; justification is by faith alone; it is all for the glory of God alone.


3. Scripture and God’s Glory foundation (with our faith being last): The scripture alone is the standard; it is all for the glory of God alone; by Christ’s work alone are we saved; salvation is by grace alone; justification comes by faith alone.

OK, I can’t resist…There are 5! (which is 120) ways to arrange 5 things. It might be interesting to ponder some of the other 117 orderings of the Five Solae.

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Three take-aways

Three take-aways from our car ride across Kansas (to get to Colorado for our men’s ski trip)

Thanks especially to Jim McClarey

  1. Grace is number one. Offer grace to everyone.
  2. Provide the reasons why.  There are many do’s and don’t’s in the Bible, but it is important to understand the (logical) reason why those guidelines are given.
  3. “It has been my experience that….” is a good phrase to use when sharing.