What is this Christian thing anyway?

A lot of people have wondered what Christianity is all about. Why are there a billion registered Catholics, and a further billion “pentecostal” Christians in the world.

This passage says it all: Romans eight verse three, ”For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh…”. Let me explain:

Moses brought the ten commandments. That’s “the law“. Imagine the law as a ladder that never reached the top of the mountain. If you don’t break any you reach the top. However it is impossible to reach the top. “The law was powerless” shows that the ladder was not high enough. It was weakened by “the flesh”. I want to do wrong. I can’t do right.

What “God did by sending His son…” is He fulfilled the remaining distance for you, out of love. (“For God so loved the world that He gave His only son“). That remaining distance was made up by Christ: His death was punishment enough for all mankind.

People who have accepted Christs sacrifice receive His perfect law-fulfilling life in exchange for their sin-filled law breaking life. God prepared for this from the beginning.

All you have to do is believe, “Whoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”

For the Christian now, then, there is another ladder; a ladder that reaches from earth to heaven in our daily lives. Heaven is open and we are able to bring that to earth…

www.stairway.org.au/melbournenorth

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