It is not an accident that the bottom line of Christian faith is an old dead and shallow maxim from Solomon. Since the law is the instrument of death you would have to be out of your mind to take Solomon’s word over Christ and John the Baptist. Faith and works are not partners in salvation. We are saved by grace through faith. Faith is not works, because our work is to believe in the Beloved Son and to believe him.
Not so smart after all
Ever heard that saying “believe by faith”? Who says stuff like that? I suppose it is time to start talking about loving by love, and being patient by patience. So ridiculous!
Jewish people had no incentive to follow Solomon, why should I? The will of God is not “wrapped up” in shady human performance, even when we think we have done our duties. First and foremost is eyes for Gid alone. Neither Solomon nor his people made it past the first commandment.
Obedience is an outcome that succeeds only when we due to our illustrious pedigree and profession. Whether you are Jew or Gentile (there is no 3rd identity and all were born into sin), it is treachery, adultery, and demonic deceit to put the upward call of God on the same level as any heritage whatsoever.
Yeshua is not one of those guys
Few of our contemporaries in the 21st century find the grace and courage to say like Paul that the life in Christ to which we have come makes all the great and marvelous stuff we’ve known up to that point of meeting Christ seem as rubbish.
Consistent with Sinai and temple theology is death and desolation. Consistent with Golgotha and the throne of grace is life and abundance. To be grounded in Christ is to have his words as the source of life. Do we know that lifegiving saying of Christ? or are stuck with prophets, kings, and sages? Yeshua could not be psyched by the smartest of his contemporaries, and the high priest, oh man, he was woefully ignorant of God’s design. There is a lot of information in the Bible but the only there is the there of the stone refused.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. John 8:51
Is your house a rickety shack or a something built on the Rock?
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: Matthew 7:24