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3 Things Jesus did to change our View of Religion Forever - Romans chp 6 vs 23 - JS Gillespie  

The expectation of many who accept the reality of God and who anticipate the judgment of God is that on the balance of positive and negatives their life will be sufficiently meritorious to gain heaven and eternal life, such is the frequent religious perspective of many a religious mind. Romans chapter 6 verse 23 presents the fallacy of this idea. I is one thing to move from life into death by means of sin, it is quite another to move from death into life by means of self effort! Some human aspirations may be achievable, but even in the physical sphere many are not.

Every before Paul penned the words of Romans chapter 6 verse 23, Jesus had already turned this simple of idea of religion on it's head. Heaven and eternal life are neither attainable, nor can they be an expectation of reward, earned by a life well lived. It was Jesus who:

  1. Raised the standard by reminding us that goodness is uniquely the attribute of God; "there is none good but God"
  2. Took our place! It was Jesus who took upon Himself what He did not earn nor deserve that we might be given what we did not earn nor deserve. His was the suffering and punishment and death that ours might be salvation, blessing and life. 
  3. Forgave sins. There would be no need for God's gracious forgiveness of sins if such absolution could be earned by man. 

Death we can easily aspire to but eternal life can only be received as an unearned gift by faith. 

From a gospel message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie at the Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock. 


Great Gospel Verses - Salvation Free Finished and Fair - Romans chapter 10 vs 9 - JS Gillespie  

Romans chapter 10 verse 9 is one of the great Gospel verses of the Bible. Not only does it present to us the simplicity of what it means to take that step towards salvation; to confess and to believe but this great bible verse also points us to the truth that such a plan of salvation is entirely reasonable and sensible. It may seem on the surface odd or even illogical somehow that God could offer the forgiveness of sins freely and the grace to open heaven without us first earning such a right! Heaven is not ours because we deserve it and salvation is not the end point of our hard works. The Gospel is from the same God who gave us freely our life, who gives us freely our breath, He is the same God who gave in grace the revelation we have of Him throughout scripture and He is the same God who came to us as Jesus Christ, unearned and undeserved. In fact in all of the very greatest works of God for us, His gifts are unearned and undeserved. This holds true in His offer of salvation, a finished work in Christ, full and free and by faith. 

Yours by Grace in Christ 

J Stewart Gillespie