Free To Do Good

26 January 2015

"And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus." (Luke 6:6-11)

Is is ever wrong to do righteousness?

Is it ever lawful to do evil?

These questions seem simple but they are the ones the Lord asked of the Pharisees that caused them great consternation. They had developed a religious system that was so confusing that they needed lawyers to interpret their interpretations!

The lesson here is a simple one. If the system of religion you pracrice is more difficult than the two questions Jesus asked, then your religion is either man-made or highly influenced with the opinions of man.

The simplicity of sovereign grace is this - Jesus died for the children of God and paid the ransom fully. Our actions or beliefs do not add to or take away from the fact we are secure it Christ. Therefore, we don't do good works, to get saved, prove we are saved, or maintain our salvation.

The simplicity of grace says that we are free to do good just because it is good and we are thankful for the precious gift of eternal life. Period.

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