Thursday, November 19, 2009
Oh how I love Thy Law! It is my meditation all the day.
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:34-43)
There is no such thing as Christianity without good works. We are not saved by our good works, we are saved by grace through faith; and God has chosen from the foundation of the earth such as shall be saved, and who shall be condemned. However, without good works, there is no evidence of saving faith; the good works are the evidence that we were made acceptable to God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross of Calvary.
What constitutes a good work? Those deeds which are righteous. And what constitutes a righteous deed? Those deeds which are in accordance with God's righteous and holy Law. Sin is the transgression of God's Law. Our acts of transgression of God's Law are remitted through faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the remission of our sins is not so that we may become Lawless. Rather, the remission of our sins is so that we may love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength, and in so doing, progressively become more and more a keeper of God's Law and less and less lawless.