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Pharisaism - by Michael Phillips
The Gospel Changes Everything - Part 30
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Philippians 3:1-11
Oct 23, 2011 pm - For the last several months, we have been spending out Sunday afternoons seeing how the Gospel Changes Everything. By 'the Gospel', I don't mean a set of rules: yours, mine, or even God's. Rules are very good at telling us what to do; what they're not so good at, is giving us the power to do them. We need something more than Law. We need Good News of what God has done for us in Christ. Lucky for us, this is just what the Gospel is. The Gospel tells us we are loved by God, that His Son died to take away our sin, and that the Holy Spirit has been given to make us what the Law wants us to be. While Law and Gospel are not the same thing, there is no contradiction between them. What the Law demands; the Gospel provides. It- Redeems us from all iniquity and purifies for God a peculiar people, zealous for good works. What's more, nothing but the Gospel provides it. There is no way of holiness other than the Gospel way! Should we learn our duty and do our best to do it? Of course! Should we be teachable, correctable people? Yes, we should be! Personal effort is required, but it is not enough; and without the Gospel it becomes worse than 'not enough': it becomes counter-productive. This is ... More >>>

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