The grace of God

Is the law of Moses also valid for Christians?

While Tammy and I were waiting in the lobby of an airport to make our home flight shortly, I noticed a young man sitting two seats down and looking repeatedly at me. After a few minutes, he asked me, "Excuse me, are you Mr. Joseph Tkach?" He was glad to talk to me, and he told me that he had recently been expelled from a Sabbath community. In our conversation, it was ...

justification

Justification is an act of grace in and through Jesus Christ through which the believer is justified in the eyes of God. Thus, by believing in Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of God is given to man, and he finds peace with his Lord and Savior. Christ is the offspring and the old covenant is outdated. In the new covenant, our relationship with God is based on a different foundation, based on a different agreement. (Romans 3, 21-31; 4,1-8; ...

Afraid of the last court?

When we understand that we live, weave and are in Christ (Act 17,28), in the One who has created all things and redeemed all things, and who loves us unconditionally, we can all fear and worry about where we stand with God to lay down, and to really rest in the certainty of his love and directing power in our lives. The gospel is a good news. It is indeed not just for a few people, but for all ...

Founded on mercy

Do all paths lead to God? Some believe that all religions are a variation of the same theme - doing this or that and going to heaven. At first glance, it seems to be so. Hinduism promises the believer unity with an impersonal God. Getting into nirvana requires good works during many rebirths. Buddhism, which also promises nirvana, calls for the four noble truths and the eightfold path through ...

God has nothing against you

A psychologist named Lawrence Kolberg developed a detailed test to measure maturity in the field of moral reasoning. He came to the conclusion that good behavior to avoid punishment is the lowest form of motivation to do what is right. Are we just changing our behavior to avoid punishment? Does Christian remorse look like this? Is Christianity just one of many ways to pursue moral development? Many Christians ...

Law and grace

When I listened to Billy Joel's "State of Mind New York" song a few weeks ago while reviewing my online news, I accidentally came across the following article. It states that the state of New York recently passed a law prohibiting pet tattooing and piercing. It amused me to learn that a law like this is necessary. Apparently, this practice is becoming a trend. I doubt that…

Stay focused on God's grace

Recently I saw a video that parodied a TV commercial. In this case, it was about a fictional Christian worship CD titled "It's All About Me". The CD contained the songs: "Lord I Lift My Name on High", "I Exalt Me" and "There is No Like Me". (Nobody is like me). Strange? Yes, but it illustrates the sad truth. We humans tend to be ourselves ...

Just come as you are!

Billy Graham has often used a phrase to encourage people to accept the salvation we have in Jesus: He said, "Just come as you are!" It is a reminder that God sees everything: our best and worst and he still loves us. The call "just to come as you are" is a reflection of the words of the apostle Paul: "For Christ was dead to us wicked even at the time when we were still weak. Now…

The essence of grace

Sometimes, concerns come to my ears, we would put the grace too much in the foreground. As a recommended corrective we then argue that we could, as a counterweight to the doctrine of grace, take account of those of obedience, justice, and other duties mentioned in Scripture, and especially in the New Testament. Anyone who worries about "too much granted grace" has legitimate concerns. ...

The Gospel - The Good News!

Everyone has an idea of ​​right and wrong, and everyone has already done something wrong - even his own idea. "To err is human," says a well-known proverb. Everyone has once disappointed a friend, broken a promise, hurt someone else's feelings. Everyone knows guilt. Therefore people do not want to have anything to do with God. They do not want a day of judgment, because they know that they are not pure ...

The Gospel - God's declaration of love to us

Many Christians are not sure and worried about it, God still loves them? They are worried that God might reject them, and worse, that he has already rejected them. Maybe you are the same scared. Why do you think Christians are so worried? The answer is simply that they are honest with themselves. They know that they are sinners. They are aware of their failure, their mistakes, their ...

Grace the best teacher

Real grace shocked, is scandalous. Grace does not excuse sin, but she accepts the sinner. It is part of the nature of grace that we do not deserve it. The grace of God changes our lives and is what makes the Christian faith. Many people who come into contact with the grace of God are afraid of being out of the law. They think that would make them more sinful. Paul became with this view ...

To be too good to be true

Most Christians do not believe the gospel - they think that salvation can only be achieved if one earns it by faith and morally impeccable life. "You do not get anything in life." "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is not true either." These well-known facts of life are inundated by each and every one of us through personal experiences. But the Christian message is against it. The…

What God reveals affects us all

It is indeed pure grace that you are saved. You can do nothing but accept with confidence what God gives you. You did not deserve it by any action; because God does not want anyone to call on his own achievements before him (Ephesians 2,8-9 GN). How wonderful when we learn to understand the grace of Christians! This understanding removes the pressure and stress that we often experience. It makes us ...

Are we preaching "cheap grace"?

You may have heard before that grace was said, "they are not unlimited" or "they are requirements". Those who emphasize God's love and forgiveness will occasionally meet people who accuse them of advocating "cheap grace," as they disparagingly call it. This is exactly what happened to my good friend and GCI Pastor, Tim Brassel. He was accused of preaching "cheap grace". I like how he ...