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Jesus Is__________. (Grace)
"Our sonship is not based on our performance but on Jesus’s finished performance and our faith in that finished work.”
Webster’s has eight different definitions for grace, Webster’s top definition, however, comes closest to the biblical meaning of grace:
“Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.”
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"Jesus often used parables to communicate. A parable is a sophisticated word for a fictional story with a moral, like Aesop’s fables.”
A parable is meant to teach something, so in order to understand this one, we have to see the context in which it was given. In this case, religious people are once again criticizing Jesus because he was a friend of sinners.
Luke 15 states, “Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!
So Jesus told them this story . . . He actually told them 3 stories!
The parable of the Lost Sheep
The parable of the Lost Coin
The parable of the Lost Son (The Prodigal Son)
All of them have something in common; Three stories. Three lost things. Three parties.
"Jesus really, really wanted these self-righteous people to understand something: God loves bad people and rejoices when they turn to him.”
“Being a son or daughter has nothing to do with being worthy. We are sons and daughters of God by birth, not by worth. That’s why Jesus says we must be born again. We must be birthed.”
Spiritual birth happens by grace when we believe. Ephesians 2:8–9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (NKJV).
“Jesus emptied himself, made himself of no reputation… As we would want to be identified with”
“Jesus isn’t just a friend of sinners: he is only the friend of sinners. Jesus is the friend of people who are willing to admit that they have problems."
If we understand that we have issues, if we recognize that we have stuff we cannot conquer, then Jesus is near to us.
Believe what? Simply that Jesus exists, that he paid for our sins when he died, and that he rose again to make new life available for each of us. Our sonship is not based on our performance but on Jesus’s finished performance and our faith in that finished work.”