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Rules Or Relationship?

Photo by Christina Wilson

 

What Is “Salvation” Anyway?

 

Quick Peek: Salvation is not automatic by our meeting a certain set of requirements. God does not say, “Do this, this, that, and the other, and I’ll stamp you saved,” but he does say, “Come to my Son, and my Son will save you.”

Galatians 3:11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” (NIV)

 

Body: The law, the Ten Commandments, is a thing. It’s a set of rules. It’s non-living, not a person, not a sentient being; it’s non-interactive. It has no soul nor mind, no receptors. The Ten Commandments have no awareness of anyone’s reading and obeying or not reading and obeying. There is no consciousness. The Ten Commandments have no power to save or not save. They make no choices.

But God is Person. God is sentient. He is personal being. God as creator judges his creation. A righteous man or woman is declared so, and is saved and lives, because God says so, since he is the only one with whom anyone must deal. God makes alive, God declares. The law can do nothing.

I am saved by God’s relationship with me, my relationship with him. Salvation is relational by means of faith. Through faith is how I relate to the person of God. This is by God’s choice. He chose faith as the vehicle for people to relate to him.

Do I have faith in God? Have I put my hope and trust in God? Have I turned to God and begun speaking with Him? Has God spoken into my heart? Do I have an ongoing, active relationship of trust and love with Jesus Christ, God’s Son, his Mediator between himself and humanity? If so, then I am saved.

John 20:31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)

Further Verses: Romans 8:1-17

This post is a rewrite of an earlier post by the same author at Berean Digs

Beauty Day 174

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 174

 

 

Beauty Day 173

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 173 Lazy Morning Muffins

Little girl with tousled hair

rumpled from your sleep

what is this your daddy bakes

this lazy morning treat? 

 

Guest Photo Edited by OneSmallVoice

 

Beauty Day 172

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 172 Backyard

My friends’ backyard

is the prettiest backyard

I have ever seen

Mike is a landscaper/gardener

and now that I mention it

how strange…

every time I visit

he is sitting back relaxing

yet he alone does all this labor

mostly folk art

no classes no lessons

just a natural love

for beauty and color

finding ceramics, dinnerware

broken pieces of tile

he smashes–creates anew

creatures and birds

architecture and seas

while growing plants and flowers

is his specialty

talking birds participate

from their safe house just beyond

Mike’s a wonder

as is Claudia my friend

who prepares a meal fit for royalty

from their garden just below

what makes these people most special

is their love

for everyone

for me

for you

 

 

Beauty Day 171

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 171 Graduation!

Square dance graduation

excited for my friends

as though they were family

a great achievement

120 calls in 9 months

and it’s true

they are like babies

we Angels will have to hold their hands

at every dance for about a year

until these seedlings take root

 

 

Beauty Day 170

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 170 Spring Breakup of the River Ice

Every year in the north country 

comes a day when river ice breaks up

it’s a day of celebration dancing singing

flowing good cheer

and it should be

because life continues

moves on to fuller days ahead

little did I know

as I lay sick and motionless

for nearly two weeks

that the ice pack was melting

and fissures deep within

perhaps because of stillness

with little outward stimulation

I had time to hear and could hear

the deeps within me creaking groaning

and finally the ice began to break

and so it begins again

new life new commerce

good cheer and miles of new roads up ahead

in short

paralysis died

after so many years

the bathroom is on its way

to getting some fix

and who know where that will lead?

what pray tell comes next?

 

 

Beauty Day 169

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 169 Discover

Little person

flying a kite

face filled

with wonder

Daddy’s joy

to lead his girl

to worlds

she then discovers 

 

Borrowed Photo

 

Beauty Day 168

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 168 Welding

Learning to weld

practice a bit

willing to try anything with her hands

always active never still

weeding sorting chopping cooking

cutting painting this and that

art craft life combined

visible sparks excite

 

Borrowed Photo

 

Beauty Day 167

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 167 Down

Hopping on the scale this morning

as nimble as a nymph

(not)

a beautiful sight awaited me

the needle on the dial 

it never lies that needle

’twas moving in the right direction

a small bit of encouragement

encouraging greater things

the head is where things happen

before reality sets in

I promise you won’t be sorry, scale

this inch will mean a mile

 

 

Beauty Day 166

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 166 Two Flowers

Nasturtiums help me pretend

that I don’t live where it’s hot and dry

that I live where it’s wet and cool

but these nasturtiums are nursed

and as the season progresses

they wane

neither able nor wanting

to continue in lies

Alyssum is nature’s little joy

showing kindness where none is required

giving constant bloom

expecting nothing in return

my whole street has been seeded

by alyssum’s generosity

 

 

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