New WISEGUYS!

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This month’s edition of WISEGUYS! deals with legalism and grace.  It’s a plea and a prayer that God will raise up a generation to rebuild the ruins of grace… 

Only what God accomplishes can ultimately please God.  Therefore, our post-salvation spiritual lives, in order for them to be pleasing to God must be the work of God in our lives.  God’s effort; God’s work;  God’s grace.

What About Good Works?
You may wonder, What then is the place of good works, holiness, obedience, and Christian service in the spiritual life?  Aren’t these things important?  Yes, they are important.  However, they are radically misunderstood by most Christians.  Here are several principles to help guide you.

Terminology.  We will use one term to include good works, holiness, obedience, and Christian service.  Our term is Divine Production.  We take this word from the idea that underlies the Greek word for “works.”  In the NT, works are called “erga”.  Erga refers to produce (a tree produces fruit;  that’s why it’s called produce);  output, or production.

Cause.  We call it divine production because the genuine output of a genuine spiritual life is caused by God himself.  We must distinguish between divine production and human production in the Christian’s life.

This is what God thinks of unaided human production:

  • ““Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27, NKJV. 
  • “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalms 127:1, NKJV.
  • “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, NKJV..

God is never pleased with unaided human production, even after we are saved.  When most Christians today think of good works, obedience, holiness, and Christian service, they think of these thing in terms of human production:  what can I do for God? 

Human production is not God’s plan for your life.  Christ did not die on the Cross and God did not save you so that he could improve the works of the flesh.  He saved you to destroy the works of the flesh, and to bring in the only production that is pleasing to God:  divine production!

This is what God thinks of divine production:….

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3 thoughts on “New WISEGUYS!

  1. I have a question pertaining to the movie 300. Is Xerxes in that movie the King of Persia the same one who was in the book of Esther that she was married to?
    Also is this the place to ask if you have questions like this and if not is there a good place to do so if you have questions like these that pertain to biblical history. I watched one night with the King and then watched 300 and the way Xerxes was portrayed in One night with the king and then the way he was portrayed in 300 was completley different. Sorry if this is bad etiquette to ask a question during another topic it’s just I did not see anywhere else to ask this and I was curious.

    Thank You.
    L.G.

  2. hey bill,

    how are things?

    I hope you are enjoying family vacation . . . just a quick question . . . would you be available to speak at the Stirring this Fall? . . . we’d love to have you . . . we’ll be deep into a series called Money, Sex and Power . . . If possible, I would love to have you speak on relationships or sex or dating or whatever . . . (evangelism???) . . .

    anyways, Todd thought this might be the best way to connect with you . . .

    if you want to give me a call, my cell phone # is 530-921-3730 . . . or e-mail nathan@thestirring.org

    thanks man, (let’s get some pizza again)
    nathan

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