God Creates Out of Nothing

God doesn’t save people who have it all together.  He saves whores, prostitutes, porn stars, Bible college professors and stay-at-home housewives who wear head coverings in church, because God loves to create righteousness out of nothing.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 110

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Out of Thin Air

God doesn’t help those who help themselves.  God creates righteousness like the stars – out of thin air.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 68

This is a Misunderstanding of His Character Profoundly

Just as we see Jesus grieving over sin during his earthly ministry, so the Father hurts for us and with us even as he turns us over to painfully shattering life experiences.  But he is not punishing us for our sin in this, nor is he angry with us.  To interpret God’s heart as being angry, disappointed, impatient or exasperated with his redeemed children is to misunderstood his character profoundly.  Instead, he is training us in righteousness and causing us to grow in him.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 211

The Need for Active and Passive Righteousness

Passive righteousness tells us that God does not need our good works.  Active righteousness tells us that our neighbors that our neighbors do.  The aim and direction of good works are horizontal, not vertical.  So on the horizontal plane – in creature-to-creature relationships (active righteousness) – we can happy talk about effort, action, good etc.  But its important to remember two things.

First, it is the passive righteousness of faith that precedes and produces the active righteousness of love for others…

Second, and this is extremely important, our hearts work like magnets that always draw the horizontal (nonsaving) plane toward the vertical.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2285

Martin Luther on Righteousness

[Martin] Luther asserted that our righteousness before God (coram Deo) is received and defined by faith.  Our righteousness before one another (coram mundo), on the other hand, is active and defined by service.  The passive righteousness of faith (vertical righteousness) is what makes us right before God – fully and finally.  The active righteousness of work (horizontal righteousness) serves the well-being of creation and culture by loving and serving our neighbors.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2270

The Law Reveals Sin but Cannot Remove It

The Law reveals sin but cannot remove it.  It prescribes righteousness but is powerless to produce it. The Law is important – it has no creative power, it cannot inspire.  It offers us nothing but condemnation and death.  The Law apart from the Gospel can only crush; it cannot cure.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2195