I refuse to repudiate God’s grace!

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What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. (Galatians 2:19-21 MSG)

Come on Message Bible!

Paul was a man of great revelation and his central message was simple: It’s all about the grace we have been given through the cross. You were crucified with Christ and that is our salvation and unity with God, not our performance or futile attempts to earn it.

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4 thoughts on “I refuse to repudiate God’s grace!

  1. gospelofbarney

    Yes, salvation is free, but discipleship still costs everything we are, to submit ourselves as a living sacrifice!

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