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Discouraged, Rejected, and Repentant.
by John Pedersen

     For those who believe the gospel, vexed and discouraged by your sin(s) and their consequences, nonetheless condemned and rejected by others who have, so far as it is known, lived more “godly” lives than you, not gone where you have gone or done what you have done: You can not add one single good work to those God has ordained for you, nor can you take one away. You are not in charge of your Christian life. You are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for the good works He prepared before you ever drew a single breath. Jesus Christ is the Author and Perfecter of your faith. What He has created, with its purpose, will no more fail fulfillment than light failed to appear from darkness at His command (Psalm 139:16; Ephesians 2:8-10; Hebrews 12:2,3; IICorinthians 4:6,7). At the end of your days, your life will have gone exactly as planned. Not one good thing will be missing. It is impossible for you to destroy what you did not create, or add to what you did not complete (Joshua 21:45; Psalm 139).

     A natural or reprobate mind will invariably interpret the words above as giving license to sin; as words tending to “antinomian” behavior. The natural mind is enmity against God and can not receive the things of the Spirit of God, these things being seen as “foolishness” (Romans 3:1-8; I Corinthians 2:12-16; cf. I Corinthians 1:18ff.).

     For you, the preaching of the cross is not foolishness. This good news, placing all of salvation (and this includes every single day of your life on earth) on the shoulders of Jesus Christ and promising forgiveness and eternal life, is all your hope, all your salvation, and all your joy. You have ruined nothing. Christ is your life (Colossians 3:1ff.; Revelation 21:1-5).

     Live in thankfulness, and die in hope (Romans 8:18-39).

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