Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Reason So Many People Miss Out on the Reality of Christ

Darrell L. Bock, writing in his wonderfully fair, measured and scholarly work, "The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities:

"Part of becoming spiritual for Paul is recognizing how unspiritual we are when we seek God through our own strength and means. Thus, what we need, God completely supplies. Jesus does not point out the way for us to find ourselves; He provides that way as a gift we did not previously possess." 
Darrell L. Bock

(and, I might add, that "finding ourselves" is the gift of Christ to discover, more and more over time lived in Him, not who "I" am, but who Christ is and who I am in Christ. That is often the struggle: giving up my sense of self-righteousness to own "who I am," and relinquishing my opinion of the world, for Christ Himself).

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

"But by his doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, 'LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.'" 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

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