Pauls situation for writing those words focused on Jew and gentile (any non-Jew from any nation) relationships. Pauls point: any gentile placing trust in God through Christ was loved by God as much as any Jewish person placing trust in God through Christ. There are no superior and inferior Christians. The key is not where you came from, but do you place your trust in what God did in Jesus Christ. Faith in Christ is the key to salvation, not lineage. Superiority attitudes have no place in coming to God through Christ. All who trust Gods work in Christ are important.
In the salvation concept, Paul made these statements: Salvation is the direct result of Gods attitude toward people. Salvation exists because of Gods incredible kindness. It is Gods gift, not a human achievement. Salvations firm foundation rests on what God did in Jesus Christ. It is not the result of a human act or activity. Human acts are not salvations foundation. Always, it is God, not us.
People believe Jesus Christ is an act of God [not a fortunate happening], and respond to what God does in Jesus Christ. Why? They trust Gods work in Jesus. How? They become crafted by God. They are willing to be God-made in Christ. How do they show this? Believers spend their lives learning what Gods good works are, and doing those works. Why? (1) They believe God was at work in Jesus. (2) They are Gods craftsmanship. (3) Christians are God-designed to do Gods good works.
Recently I listened to godly people in Christ share heart views. Their concerns in Jesus Christ are genuine. Their dedication to doing Gods good work in Christ is heartfelt. They totally believe in Jesus. They agree a person must come to Christ. They agree the foundation of everything is confidence in Gods work in Christ. They agree on the importance and roles of repentance and baptism. They agree on transformation in Christ. They agree on passionate devotion to Gods good works. However, they often differ on how to implement passionate devotion to Christ.
We live in complex times in a complex world and a complex society. The result: complex lives, relationships, and needs. Only by Gods grace can salvation exist! Salvation is not founded on our agreement, but Gods kindness! Thank you, God!
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