Scripture: 1 John 4:9-10

Scripture Referenced: Romans 2:1-5; Matthew 7:1-2; Romans 7:9-12; Matthew 5:48; Romans 3:19; Luke 15:29; John 3:16; Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22-23; Luke 22:34; Galatians 2:21; 1 Corinthians 1:28; Ephesians 2:8-9; 

Catechism Question: #49 | Where is Christ now?


On behalf of all the fat girls, I’m making you represent all the guys. Why do you hate us so much? What is is about the basics of human happiness, feeling attractive, feeling loved, having guys chase after us, that’s just not in the cards for us? Nope. Not for us….. If I was a very, really beautiful, then you would have said yes when I asked you out. I mean, come on, Louie, be honest here. You know what’s funny? I flirt with guys all the time. And I mean the great looking ones, the really high-caliber studs? They flirt right back, no problem. Because they know their status will never be questioned. But guys like you never flirt with me, because you get scared that maybe you should be with a girl like me.
— Louie
Ask yourself, what poisoned the well between you and this other person? When did things start to go sour between her and you? At what point did you begin to no longer feel at home with him? I would ask whether the break is not almost always the result of some form of judgment.
— Paul Zahl, Grace in Practice
He did not wait till the world was ready,
’til men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine. He did not wait

’til hearts were pure. In joy he came
to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.
— Madeline L'Engle, "The First Coming"

Briefly, then, if we would know when the law speaks, and when the gospel speaks, either in reading the word, or in hearing it preached; and if we would skillfully distinguish the voice of the one from the voice of the other, we must consider:—

The law says, ‘You are a sinner, and therefore you are damned,’ (Rom 3:20, 2 Thess 2:12). But the gospel says, No; ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’; and therefore, ‘believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved’ (1 Tim 1:15, Acts 16:31).

Again the law says, ‘Don’t you know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God; don’t be deceived,’ (1 Cor 6:9). And therefore because you are a sinner, and not righteous, you will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the gospel says, ‘God has made Christ to be sin for you; that you would be made the righteousness of God in him, who is the Lord your righteousness,’ (Jer 23:6; 1 Cor 5:21).

Again the law says, ‘Pay me what thou owe me, or else I will cast you into prison,’ (Matt 18:28,30). But the gospel says, ‘Christ gave himself a ransom for you,’ (1 Tim 2:6); ‘and so has redeemed you,’ (1 Cor 1:30).

Again the law says, ‘You haven’t done all that I have commanded, and therefore are cursed’ (Deut 27:6). But the gospel says, ‘Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the law, being made a curse for you,’ (Gal 3:13).

Edward Fisher, "The Marrow of Modern Divinity"



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