No Matter What

1 Mar

Under the old covenant we were restrained from sin through mortal terror but in the new we are restrained by love. Look again at Paul’s warning about prostitutes (in 1 Cor. 6:15). Behind the warning—don’t do it—there is a surprising and reassuring affirmation of union. Paul is saying it is possible, though not advisable, to unite the members of Christ’s body with prostitutes. Do you see it? Earthly marriages may break and fail, but your union with Christ is unbreakable. Sin cannot break it. Addiction cannot break it. The stupidest decisions you might ever make cannot break it.

This should not be taken as a challenge to see what you can get away with but as a stunning declaration of Christ’s absolute commitment to love you and stick with you no matter what. This is what changes us—not the weak influence of the rule (there is no rule; all things are lawful) but the relentless and determined passion of his love.

The love of God is the greatest force in the universe. Sin wilts before it. When you encounter the undaunted and unending love of Christ, it changes you. You know longer want to sin. The passing pleasures of this world lose their appeal because you have found a love that is truer and better by far.

Paul Ellis

The Gospel in Ten Words, KingsPress, 2012, 59.

3 Responses to “No Matter What”

  1. Earl Vordenberg March 1, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    New pic? aint you a handsome cuss,right on with this post,lately the real power of God has been shown to me lately.all I can say is [GRACE,POWER UNDER CONTROL] God has more power in he little finger,then we could ever muster up,the very presents of God can put you face down on the floor,people so under estimate the power there.When God said to moses,no man can look on me and live,there was a reason for that,I think moses would have turned to dust,Job to…..well i better get back to debating with my catholic friend,he seems to like works and suffering and feels he will loose his salvation if he doesnt do it all,i told him i hope he doesnt forget to do something.

  2. Joyce Ewing March 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Truly, God has set us free from even wanting to sin! What a joy to live in this way. Thanking Jesus for this! And thank you for all your wonderful posts, Paul. I read each one of them and appreciate you so much.

  3. Jacob March 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Dear Paul,

    Thanks for allowing God to give the message as many believers are showing their TRUE self, which they think is possible in grace where as getting entangled in slavery rather than trying to know Jesus. Many think that being kind to one another is like doing good, now behaving like brute beasts. Really hope to see a world in love, joy and peace..long for it.

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