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Is it JUST about forgiveness? by orchardblog
November 6, 2005, 8:23 am
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I can certainly say that I have heard myriads of sermons on the importance of understanding our forgiveness through Christ. But, I would submit to you, that there is more than JUST being forgiven. Isn’t there?

I have been pondering recently along these lines, that on one end of the spectrum we can celebrate this forgiveness; however, it is another thing to become more and more the person God made us to be, In Christ.

Rob Bell says:
“The point of the cross isn’t [just] forgiveness. Forgiveness leads to something much bigger: restoration. God isn’t just interested in the covering over of our sins: God wants to make us into the people we were originally created to be. It is not just the removal of what’s being held against us; it is God pulling us into the people he originally had in mind when he made us. This restoration is why Jesus always orients his message around becoming the kind of people who are generous and loving and compassionate. The goal here is to not sin. Our purpose is to increase the shalom [wholeness] in this world, which is why the approach to the Christian faith that deals solely with not sinning always fail. They aim at the wrong thing. It is not about what you don’t do. The point is becoming more and more the kind of people God had in mind when we were first created.”

You see God always has been and He always will be. When we enter this dynamic relationship with God through Christ, we become connected with God. In this new life forgiveness is a part of the package, but could it be that we could go through life being forgiven, yet never experience what he has made us to be?


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