The contributions the redeemed can be said to contribute to the price paid or to the transaction have to be imaginary. Humans are not part of the price. Christ paid all by himself.
Redeemed by Christ’s gift of himself.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us,
Purified by the one who gave himself
that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
The purity of life the believer experiences is not the result of his performance. Our purity, after being redeemed from all iniquity, is the devotion to and enjoyment of the unadulterated values found only in Christ’s person.
The good or beautiful works we find ourselves engaging in are not the result of our choice, as if God has not already approved the thoughts, wishes and feelings he wants to be glorified in.
The end of ritual burning was forecast in sayings such as “I did not want sacrifice but mercy” and “You are a forever priest”. It is reiterated in the later prophets.
Here is one from Jeremiah (14:12)
When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
Here is another from Isaiah 40:16, stating the insufficiency of all the wood or animals in Lebanon.
And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (Titus 2:11)
A simpler and concise translation
God’s saving (soterios, σωτήριος ) grace appeared to everyone.
No one need ask when this occurred, but some people seem to be pretending not to understand who exactly is the savior. Well, here are some clues.
God is the Saviour. Titus 1:3
But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
Yeshua the Anointed is the Saviour. Titus 1:4
To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Yeshua the Anointed is the Saviour. Titus 3:6
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
The two pillars of the Christ Event are on display here: bringing salvation and teaching us; Lamb and Paraclete.
Both are grace’s work. The salvation is entirely God’s work, and no partners were needed. The teaching is thought to include human contributions. However, if one follows the thread back to grace, one finds that neither human will power nor human contributions can produce
- A denial of godlessness and worldly desires
- A sensible, righteous, and godly lifestyle
On two pillars
Human theories and many so-called discoveries may load us up with hundreds of regulations and bits of information we supposedly”need to know”. Not so from or in Christ. From Christ we have two pillars: one, we died with him, two, we live in the Holy Spirit.
We died with Christ. We live/walk in the Holy Spirit
Another Galilean worthy of notice
Zebedee’s sons were acquainted with the voice of God’s Son, and with the voice of God the Father. James heard the voice in the mount “This is my son”.
Where people have heard thunder others have heard a message. As our Lord prepared to die there came a voice, a deliberate leak (John 12:30).
Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. John 12:28-29
How much thunder have you heard?
The stories of the Old Testament are full of wandering and incomplete spirituality. The hope was that one day the journey would end and the knowledge of God and His guidance would be the joy and security of all, but we are left asking “What happened?”
Then there are predictions like Isaiah 40:1.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
This tender care is for everyone. I think shepherd and my mind cannot stray from the Lord and Saviour Anointed Yeshua.
The trail of denial is long and winding, disguising itself as the way of a chosen people, pilgrim people, as the global standard, and the principles that guide judge and jury. The denial of one’s roots can only end in catastrophe and in the nations of the modern era we find both the oppressed and the oppressors are busy denying their origins. With this level of denial here come old lies, shallow slogans and senility.
Some leaders might just as well be senile, schizophrenic or bewitched. They lap up the vile soundbytes from the gutters of Nazism, dictatorship, and religious fantasy.
The religious people have been trafficking in doublespeak and a whole lot of Talibanism: segregating churches into ethnic enclaves, denying women and children the right to life and liberty. They want a state where biblical law (Mosaic legislation) gets superimposed on the capitalist and imperialist policies that have been the cause of every kind of evil.
A vile virus
Nationalists will deny George Washington, the House of Windsor, and the Lord of heaven and earth as long as these stand for justice that demands equal treatment of all human beings. That is the viral infection that has been allowed to take hold in public spaces.
Who is most famous for dissing foreigners?
After reading Luke 2:4 I find myself assailed by the memory of David’s other residence. Bethlehem is where the king’s family was planted.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
It was in Bethlehem that Ruth, a Moabite, David’s great grandmother, married Boaz.
Then it was said of Ruth:
And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Beth–lehem:
However, David’s name is also attached to fame and royalty via another city.
When David captured Jebus (יבוס yebûs) he named it Zion, and inherited the domain of Melchisedec, the ancient Salem (shalem שלם). This is the part of the hills of Moriah designated City of the great king. (Gen. 14:18, 2 Sam 5:6-7, 2 Chr. 15:2, and Psalm 48:1-2)
A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah.Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
There are two different Davidide cities and neither is Jerusalem.
Before we try to impress the saints with our testimony (very often it is a story common to believers) and after we have grabbed attention, ought we not to have a crystal clear story, complete with action shots, of the great and wonderful Saviour?
If there’s a different interest we ought to verify who it was that sent us.
Say, preacher! Say on!