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June 5, 2016 - The Sacred Embrace - Matthew 5:6-7

posted Jun 7, 2016, 10:46 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 10:48 AM ]
  • Hungry, we get. But what does it mean to hunger for righteousness?
  • The word means to be made right with God, to be made right in your relationships with others, and to be made right with yourself.
  • Everyone in the New Testament who thought he or she was righteous was denounced by Jesus. But those who know that they were not righteous and yet, hungered to be so; these are the ones who were made right simply by having the grace of Christ among them.
  • We engage in all of the spiritual disciplines, not to make ourselves right, but rather to open ourselves and to confront our hunger and thirst for God who then comes down to us.
  • Spirituality always descends. It does not ascend.
  • It comes back to the gifts of grace and mercy – which is always how we are made spiritual.
  • Mercy is very similar to love in that the more you give, the more you receive. And the only way you can lose it is to try to keep it.
  • What grace and mercy are describing is the love of God, a love that is clearly not deserved, but a love that is still given. This is a love that makes us right, simply by virtue of the embrace.
  • With Son and Spirit, with atonement and sanctification, we are brought back into the heart, the breast of the Father.
Pastor Jim Spon | Matthew 5:6-7