Living as saints. What a grace! Christ is pleading not on the basis of our good deeds, but on the basis of His sacrifice. A message about living our the Gospel salvation. A message about dedication, action, community and seriousness.
Great war. We must live with the reality of the spiritual war in which we are involved. There is a collision between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness and we are involved in this collision.
Great call. The absolute uniqueness and necessity of Christ's sufferings and death.He died for our sins. His cross not only saved us, but calls us to bear our cross following Him in Christian obedience.
Created for glory. We were created for the grace and the shalom of God. But because of sin we seek the glory of creation and not of the Creator. Christ the Messiah came to restore us into fellowship with God and gave us back the glory and the shalom of God.
Great delusion. The blindness of religious men, who know not their spiritual state, not the salvation of God. Legalistic religious men believe they are better spiritually than they are. A false Gospel delude people to think they are more righteous than they really are. A false Gospel shows not your sin as it is in the sight of God.
Great danger. Danger of legalism, externalism, of moralism. The people who do that ignore the state of their heart. They do not concentrate on the state of their heart, but on external things. They do not search their hearts, but concentrate on criticizing others.
Great danger. The danger and ugliness of pride, of considering ourselves higher than others. We are accepted by grace, but we can consider ourselves higher that others: God must take us this pride.
Wise God. Great lessons: God is leading our lives in such a way as to use us for His glory, at the same time showing us our weakness, so to be evident that the power is His. Gideon was not qualified for that ministry, but God chose him and equipped and taught him: He will do the same with us. I liked especially the idea that, when we play with sin, God is not forsaking us, but disciplining us in order to turn us to Himself. Severe discipline is not sign of abandonment, but of love and care.
Second Adam. Christ, the second Adam, won the victory over Satan. Temptation did not make Him fall as Adam did. Christ was faithful in the wilderness, where the people of Israel failed. In Christ we have forgiveness and the power to resist temptation.