Earlier this week I ranted about how I just need Jesus.
Our life, salvation, and growth are centered and dependent on Jesus, only Jesus. The moment we mix anything with Jesus we have lost the Gospel of Grace. Religion is a lie because it says you can and should work your way to salvation, enlightenment. That is wrong. A lie. It is just Jesus. This is what God set up and accomplished through the cross and resurrection. When add things to it we show that we don’t trust the love that God has for us and the grace found in Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
The truth is found in this equation: salvation= Jesus + nothing.
Solus Christus is the teaching that Christ is the only mediator between God and man that there is salvation through no other. Christ, by virtue of His perfect life and atoning death, fulfills the covenant of works on our behalf, as seen in 2 Corinthians 5:21. On the cross, our guilt for failing to keep God’s covenant was imputed to Jesus, that is, our sin was reckoned to Christ’s account and condemned in the flesh. The Father “made him to be sin” (2 Cor. 5:21). But if this was all that happened, we would not be righteous before God but neutral, as Adam was before the fall. Jesus lived a life of flawless obedience (1 Peter 2:22), keeping the covenant of works, and the record of this one “who knew no sin” is imputed to us when we trust Him alone (2 Cor. 5:21). God reckons Christ’s righteousness to our account and, looking at us in Christ, sees a record of perfect obedience and declares us righteous in His sight. (www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/christ-alone/)
We need to shed our need for religion and trust that Jesus is enough, that His love and grace is sufficient for our needs. I am not saying that church and spiritual teachings are worthless. That would be wrong and silly. I am so glad to go to the church I do, even if there are times when things about upset me. One of the pastors may preach or say something that rubs me the wrong way, someone would allude or outright say something that disturbs me, or something I don’t agree with happens. Still, I am glad to be part of the church I am and I have committed to becoming more and more involved. I hope you attend a church that challenges and supports you. Church can be good; often it’s more a hindrance. Yet, church can and should be place to come together and journey together with Jesus and towards the Kingdom of God.
There is no need for large churches stuffed with satisfied and comfortable audiences that are fans of Jesus having no wish to be Jesus disciples. There is a need for disciples to go into overlooked places and be living examples of the Kingdom of God, to be citizens and servants of the Kingdom. The call for the church is to look and act like, and promote the agenda of Jesus.
Michael Spencer: The invitation to know God as our Father is his greatest gift to us. God is a loving, attentive, gracious Father. The Good News of the Kingdom of God is the Good News that the King died to save us. The only necessary things are what Jesus gives freely and graciously. The only basis for salvation is Jesus and his perfect life, death, and resurrection. He is the one assurance.
Jesus is it. We need only Jesus. Once we have Jesus, once we have accepted what Jesus did for us, to free us of religion and all other boundaries and chains that keep us from living fully and loving radically and wastefully. Jesus died for us, so that we may live for him and his Kingdom. So, if you already accept Jesus as the Lord of your life make this day another day in which you commit to live your faith, to live as Jesus would have you live. Share Jesus with someone.
If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord make this day the day you choose Jesus and spend the rest of your life understanding what it means to come and see that God is good and follow Jesus in everything.
Jesus is enough, His love and grace is sufficient for our needs.