Saint Paul, Damascus, Stephen discussed on Information
In that day, only Jesus Christ counts. And faith in him. Which is the deciding thing in the sight of God. God wants people to believe in him. There was a man who believed He said. For the sake of Christ, I have thrown everything away. I consider it all as mere garbage so that I might gain Christ and be completely united with him in faith. No longer do I have a righteousness of my own, the kind to be gained by obeying the law. I now have the righteousness that is given through faith in Christ the righteousness that come from God and is based On faith. Talk about a program. That's it. It is the program of faith. Nothing takes the place of faith. Only faith will do. It is faith in Jesus Christ. And that is faith in God. When I talk about faith in Christ I'm not trying to sell anybody. A bill of goods. Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. Anybody can believe in him. My faith in Christ. Many women, boys and girls acquire righteousness from God himself. It is not the righteousness of being good. The righteousness of religious piety. The righteousness of going through a certain set of motions and getting the reputation of being religious is none of that. Faith is the thing. No longer do I have a righteousness of my own kind to be gained by obeying the law even when it is the law of God. I now have the righteousness. That is Stephen proof Pace in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God. It is based on faith. Now that changes everything. It makes a lot of things that are happening in the church today seemed very unimportant. It makes a lot of things that are happening in the world today seems very stupid. It is one of the reasons I like almost any kind of music in the church, as long as it is the music of faith. I can take candles, Pell's pictures, statuary, windows, banners, liturgies, vestments and everything that goes with them. Well, I can forget about the whole business as long as there is faith in the church. I can take all the shenanigans going on in the church and all the disputes about organization and reorganization. Even the divisiveness of people who are governed more by their hostility stand by their gentleness. As long as the gospel of Christ is being preached, and there are people who have faith in him. I can take change because things do change and people change. I'm interested in what ST Paul was talking about. Knowledge of Christ, Jesus, My Lord. For his sake. I have thrown everything away, he said. I consider it all Izmir gob age so that I might gain Christ and be completely united with him. That's the important thing not to play the big roll on my own as if I were something But to accept the righteousness that is given through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God and is based on faith in the son of God. Resurrection of Christ affects the way in which we see everything and hear everything. Resurrection of Christ affects the way in which you see everything and hear everything about you. It is when you know him and have him as your lord is what Saint Paul is trying to get across to you. This is what happened to him. And it can happen to you. This man was a stickler for the law of God. He was not an easy going libertarian. He came from the right people. He observed the proper practices. He ate the right foods. He was a graduate of the right university. He had right character and write zeal. You could call himself blameless without fault as faras. The commands of the law are concerned. Being right. He went fire wrong. He held the coats of those who stoned a young man named Steven. The arrested men and women who followed Christ. Later on. He called himself an impostor. A fraud an enemy of God. I was talking, of course about that man who had been righteous because he tried to obey the law. All of that changed when he came to know the risen Christ the Saviour of the world. I guess. Almost everybody has heard the story of solved by this time how he was on the way to Damascus with letters or arrest for Christians in that city and then Christ the risen Christ. Mitt soul on that road, and he became Paul. Christ is not an impostor. And Christ is not dead. He has risen from the dead and he is Lord. He was Paul's Lord. And he is, my Lord. I don't have a corner on him, Nor does anybody else He is Lord of all he is, your Lord. Know him now and be changed. You are not right with God, my friend by the accident of your physical birth. The color of your skin. Whether it's white or black or brown does not make you acceptable to God. Your nationality gives you no special in with God. Acceptability with God does not consist of sitting with the right people in church. It doesn't depend upon whether your church's Gothic on modern in style now are you going to get by with God by standing on your dignity boasting of the fact that you never go to change that won't count either. Only faith counts. Faith in God that he has sent Jesus Christ and that he raised Jesus Christ from the dead righteousness come from God prove that faith in Christ. Is the only righteous knows that really count. It is righteousness as Martin Luther used to say by faith a row. It makes all the difference in the world. All those things. That I might count as profit. I know Rick and his laws for the sake of Christ. I count. Everything is complete laws for the sake of what is so much more valuable. The knowledge of Christ, Jesus, My Lord. For his sake. I have thrown everything away. I consider it or as MIA garbage that I might gain Christ and be completely united with him. It is not my own righteousness. It is his But I have it by faith in Christ. Well, I want to know is crashed, and to experience the power of his resurrection to sharing his sufferings have become like him in his death. In the hope that glorious hope And I myself will be raised from death to life. Only one righteous holy perfect life in this earth of ours. And that was his It's not my life. It's not your life. It is not pause Life. That righteous life of Jesus Christ. I take for myself? As Paul did. And as you can do to I take it by faith. He is mine by faith. The power of the resurrection is mine by faith is like going down with him into his death, only to be raised with him to life. It is the hope that God himself makes good. My faith in Christ. I myself will be raised from death to life. God makes it good. Now that's Easter. That's what it's all about. It's not just a festival to remember the springtime. But to celebrate the coming to life again of Jesus Christ from the dead. It is part of our history. Death could not hold the son of God in the power of his resurrection. I can no longer hold the sons and daughters of God who come to be members of his family by faith in him. You can claim that power for your own, my friend. You can claim the righteousness of Christ is your own. You can get a whole new bearing on life through faith in Christ. You know where you're at in Christ. And you know where you're going in Christ with faith in Christ, you have everything. All I want, said Saint Paul is to know Christ and experienced the power of his resurrection to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death. In the hope that I myself will be raised. From death to life. Nobody talks that way. Unless he knows Jesus Christ. And has him as his Lord. Jesus Christ is not dead. He's alive. He knows you. He can be known by you. No, no. Christ is to experience his forgiveness and to have.