Good Morning September 15

In our Lutheran theology we declare that our salvation is a free gift of God. We can do nothing to earn it. (Ephesians 2:8-9) We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Does that mean that we can do whatever we please and we always have this gift of our life with God? No, it doesn’t mean that at all. Our salvation is not cheep. It cost our Lord His life. But then we are asked something. In all four Gospels Jesus is recorded saying, “whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” By virtue of our baptism into Jesus Christ we have died to our old life and been raised to a new life in Him.(Romans 6:3-4) Our justification, our righteousness before God, is an absolutely free gift by virtue of what Jesus did at the cross. Our debt of sin has been paid. Now we are called to live this new life daily by dying to our old sinful nature and being raised to our new nature in Christ. Because of the grace we have received in Jesus, our life now is seeking to give ourselves completely into His will. We still sin, but through daily repentance and receiving again God’s forgiveness (I John 1:9) we continue to live and grow in this new life that was gained for us at such a great cost by our Lord.