Justification by faith…
How many times a week do you reflect on that phrase?
Rarely? What has so happened to evangelical Christianity that we scarcely reflect, understand, and love this doctrine? Martin Luther said:
If the article of justification be once lost, then all true Christian doctrine is lost.
Do we treat this doctrine like that? Or has it become as light as air to us. I rarely appreciate breathing. Usually it takes a punch in the gut, choking, or being held underwater for me to think, “You know this whole air thing is pretty great, I sure would love to put some of that in my lungs right now.” Have we taken this whole thing for granted? Are we acting as if this air is something that should always be there for us? “He gave us lungs; He ought to give us air.”
How can a generation be awakened to see the preciousness of this truth like Luther did?
I think we need to realize that because of sin we are not on the surface, we are underwater. Air is precious. We are:
sinking in sin.
We live in this water of sin. There is no surface. We need air or we die. Justification is this air, and it comes completely by grace and faith. We have been given an air hose in promise that upon death we will surface never to swim in this liquid sin again.
To see the beauty of this gift we must see the depths of our sin.
We must remember we need this work of Christ like we need air, continually.
Today I urge you: