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Autumn, Life and death, grace, regeneration and sanctification

In Christian theology grace is the spontaneous, unmerited gift of the divine favour in the salvation of sinners, and the divine influence operating in individuals for their regeneration and sanctification.

In the many denominations of Christendom and Christianity there is a lot been said about grace, some believing it is something that has come to all people, even when not merited, others believing it only comes to those who are willing to come under that grace and have changed their lifestyle to be in line with the Will of God. Some look with a difference at the grace of God and the grace of Christ, hoping of a grace of salvation. For some the ‘Immeasurable Grace‘ is one of the essential parts of the Christian faith.

In life we have our beginning, being born innocently, been safely tucked in our mom’s womb, protected by her body and sheltered from the ugliness of the world, we are thrown into that world of ugliness and violence. Soon by growing up we regularly go wrong and miss the boat of sinlessness. In life we are confronted with a lot of regulations and laws imposed on us by others. Every day, we have to face our existence, our strengths but also our weaknesses. There is legalism that does not give us the rest we would like to find in our life.

Lots of people put their hope for a better life in man, but they should know it is not man given to bring the ideal world nor the entire peace of heart. As human people when coming to the end of our path on this world, we shall have to conclude that we just could not reach that perfectness by ourselves and that we are limited by our life. We strive for a state of perfection, but we are confronted with the fact that when our life on earth comes to an end, we shall just become dust again. We perish and often when we are gone, we are soon forgotten.

All the time we are trying to have a good life, we have to struggle, living with the idea that we have to protect and preserve ourselves. When getting older we shall come to understand, more and more, that self-preservation is the highest law of nature, and that there is some higher good we often do not understand. Though we shall have to learn that we need self-sacrifice to come to the better and to fall under the highest rule of grace.

This Autumn we can think of that man who was born on the 17th of October 4 bce.. Over two days, lots of people shall remember the dead. Strangely enough lots of people who call themselves Christian shall not think about the man who sacrificed himself for them. Probably none of them shall talk about his self-sacrifice. Christians best would think about the death of that Nazarene man who gave himself as a sacrifice for all. Later in the year, many Christians will celebrate that Nazarene man’s birth on the birthday of the goddess of light (December 25). They all shall use lots of heathen rituals to celebrate that person who gave himself at the stake, and brought grace to mankind, in the hope man would break with all those heathen rituals and false gods. But mankind is so weak, lots of people (think they) can not do without those false gods and many saints (by which they do not think of redeemed believers) they adore and worship. More often the man who was really holy (set apart) and without fault is less in the hearts and minds of people than spooks and ghosts these days.

Jesus was the man who answered the call of his heavenly Father and proclaimed His message to the world. He brought good news to the world and was prepared to be sacrificed like a lamb for God as a ransom price for our sins. In him who gave himself, we may find God’s grace, Him being prepared to accept us as His children as if we are without faults.

“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:” (Eph 1:4 ASV)

By the gift of Jesus and the gift of God, we receive God’s blessing. We are called out of the darkness of this world to come into His wonderful light so that we also can show others the goodness of God.

“But ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for [God’s] own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1Pe 2:9 ASV)

We do not have to look so much at those who are dead, in the graves or somewhere by scattered ashes. Our anxious heart should rejoice with the glorious expectations of all the riches and treasures that await us. All the things we have to endure on this earth are just temporary and are nothing against that of what the grace of God offers us. In His great mercy, God has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

“Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (1Pe 1:3 ASV)

Normally, because of all the things we do wrong in our life, sins bring death over us. Yes, the wages of sin is death, but we should know that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our master.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ro 6:23 ASV)

“unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” (1Pe 1:4 ASV)

We must confess that it is very difficult to do always the right thing. Our failure to carry out God’s standard should make us aware of how much we do need that sacrificial offering of the Nazarene master teacher Jeshua, Jesus Christ, the Messiah. By our faith in Christ we shall receive the strength to persevere in faith in the promises of God. What Jesus has done for God’s children is incredible and should receive all our respect. Not keeping to his God is one of the matters of disrespect.

First of all, life itself is already created by the gift of grace and therefore ascribes merit to obedience to the law of God. that God wants sole adoration and worship. Giving worship to other gods and saints is going against the Wish of God and against the will of Jesus Christ. We then should know that normally death would come over us, but because of Jesus his sacrificial offer and God accepting that ransom offering and ransom price, we are saved and can find life again by the Grace of God.

By God’s Grace we now have a mediator between Him and us. We should be grateful that we may receive such grace and benediction or blessing.

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Preceding

  1. Good and bad things in this world
  2. End of the Bottom Line
  3. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  4. Self-preservation is the highest law of nature
  5. Ability (part 4) Thought about the ability to have ability
  6. Open your heart
  7. Be convinced that we are loved
  8. God himself must do the renewing
  9. God wants to be gracious to you
  10. When having taken a new direction in life, having become a Christian
  11. In a few days time it will be 2020 years ago that the Messiah was born
  12. Do not be afraid. Good news because a Saviour has been born
  13. The redemption of man by Christ Jesus
  14. Jesus is not just the source of grace – he is grace
  15. Saved through grace not through keeping rituals
  16. Believing in God the rewarder
  17. Grace is Gods acting love
  18. If the people do not like the doctrine of grace
  19. Ask Grace to go forward
  20. Give your worries to God
  21. Using the gifts differing according to the grace
  22. Let us be in a state of grace
  23. Greatest single cause of atheism
  24. We are ourselves responsible
  25. Church has to grow through witness, not by proselytism
  26. A remaining name
  27. Saints is relative

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Additional reading

  1. Facing our existence every day
  2. Shades of Life
  3. Your Life: Habit or Freedom?
  4. Confusing Christianity with legalism
  5. Pain, sanctification and salvation
  6. Omniscient God opposite a not knowing Jesus
  7. Authority from the One God to one mediator between God and men
  8. Matthew Henry’s commentary on Matthew 25
  9. The Climax of Matthew’s story
  10. Matthew 27 – The Final Hours: Trial, Execution and Burial – Bible Students Intro
  11. A god who gave his people commandments and laws he knew they never could keep to it
  12. Most important weekend of the year 2016
  13. Wednesday 5 April – Sunday 9 April 30 CE Pesach or Passover versus Easter
  14. Lost senses or a clear focus on the one at the stake
  15. Death and Resurrection of Christ
  16. Redemption #7 Christ alive in the faithful
  17. One Mediator
  18. Authority from the One God to one mediator between God and men
  19. After the Sabbath after Passover, the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  20. Atonement And Fellowship 7/8
  21. A Father Who has invited us to join His family
  22. Today’s thought “That my name might be proclaimed” (January 31)
  23. Today’s thought “Period of uncleanness and offerings” (March 1)
  24. Today’s thought “… and will not be able” (March 22)
  25. Today’s thought “Blessed people …” (July 27)
  26. Thought for today November 4th Going to graveyards and people going to dust
  27. Today’s thought “Not stopping doing what is right” (November 5)
  28. Today’s thought “If I perish I perish” (November 28)
  29. Looking forward for what is to come
  30. Looking for a spiritual new life
  31. Best intimate relation to look for
  32. Gospel or Good News
  33. Not about personal salvation but about a bigger Plan
  34. Salvation, Baptism and Re-baptism
  35. Avoiding friction and distraction in the body of Christ
  36. Maintaining unity of Spirit in the bond of peace becoming one with God
  37. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #13 Prayer #11 Name to be set apart
  38. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
  39. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment
  40. Concluding thought by the article series “Key to the Bible”
  41. Memorizing wonderfully 3 Practical Tips for Memorizing Scripture
  42. Memorizing wonderfully 16 Salvation from God
  43. Sunday 7 September service: Imitate prophets and Paul
  44. Those who choose to glorify God, and those who choose to go their own way
  45. God’s wrath and sanctification
  46. Not waiting until something serious happens in the life of those around us
  47. January 27, 417, Pope Innocent I condemning Pelagius about Faith and Works
  48. Thought for those who think it is not necessary to do any works any more
  49. James 2:24 – You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
  50. Additional comments to the Letter to the Romans 4
  51. Luther’s misunderstanding
  52. Half The Story
  53. From Despair to Victory
  54. A disrespected Father
  55. We Are Loved
  56. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  57. Being thankful for the Word spoken to us by God
  58. Bring praise to the Creator
  59. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
  60. Hope
  61. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 4 Blasphemy and ridiculing faith in God
  62. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 6 Bonfire night
  63. Halloween is Satanist Christmas
  64. All Saints’ Day

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Related

  1. George Liele
  2. Did God really say “Prevenient” Grace
  3. Why do most Christians call grace (that saves) amazing? They can’t see that it is they who are
  4. Blessed With Every Spiritual Blessing
  5. Our time of grace
  6. Holy and Without Fault
  7. Mercy — Undeserved… Grace given — Unreserved!
  8. We Have God’s Glorious Grace Poured Out On Us
  9. By grace alone
  10. Grace 1 without one plea
  11. Grace 2 whisper on a silent night
  12. Luke 15 – Amazing grace
  13. All is grace: Now that I’m born again, I can and want to believe and repent. What a logical logos I serve!
  14. Pagan Holidays
  15. Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Octave Day of All Saints
  16. Blessed and Holy: A Homily for All Saints Day
  17. Julie’s Jar: All Saints’ Sunday
  18. Configured to Christ the High Priest
  19. All Saints Day – Revd Peter
  20. All Saints Day Remembrance for Home or Gathered Worship
  21. Halloween: A Season of Saints
  22. Catholics and Halloween
  23. Run Beloved, Run – a poem for All Saints Day
  24. Hidden Saints – a hymn for All Saints
  25. Halloween vs. The World (10.31.2021 & 11.1.2021)
  26. Living Hope
  27. Trust God
  28. Study the Bible to See Jesus Unveiled
  29. Morning Light
  30. Struggling….give yourself Grace
  31. Wages of Sin vs. Gift of Eternal Life
  32. May All the Other Garbage Go
  33. Grow in Grace
  34. Grace Upon Grace
  35. Thank God
  36. Halal Yah!

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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