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How do we make ourselves right before God? Is it by doing more avoiding more, knowing more, all of the religions of the world will lead you down one or all of these paths. You must do, you must avoid, you must know. But none of these paths end up being any good at answering the question of how we're made right with God. In the end, they are not good news. And you know that from your own life, when we give ourselves to trying to do more and more, in order to justify ourselves before God, we soon begin to ask, Well, how, how much more and how good is good enough? And that question leads to all kinds of pride and rules. And the rules never satisfy. And they never end. In the end, they make us either liars or delusional. Either we're pretending to be rule keepers when we're not. Or we're believing that we've kept all the rules, but we haven't. And those that are closest to us can clearly see the truth. That we are not as loving and pure, as we say, we are, oh, doing more, is not the answer. But either is avoiding, trying to avoid our obligations to God, living for the self, our desires, appetites, leads only to an empty life. We become owned by the very appetites that we thought would set us free. And if doing and avoiding not the answer, either is knowing God is not a subject to be mastered. He is the master. And we will not really know him unless we let him master us. The good news that we're looking for, to be made right with God is found from start to finish. By faith, we're told here, and that faith is a gift. That faith was lived out in him in the life of Jesus, his faith, his obedience, his compassion, his love, is what ultimately saves us. He saves us from start to finish. Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless I live yet not I, but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh. I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. And that is the good news. My friend, that is how we are made right with God. Our real life is hid with God in Christ from start to finish. Now we live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved us and gave himself for us. Amen.
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