God Changes Our Mathematics
I have a few friends who have a chosen faith affiliation of “Messianic Jewish.” They are not Jewish by birth but, for some reason, they feel that it is necessary to worship according to the Jewish customs and feasts that are in the Old Covenant. As they prepare for the autumn feast days I am reminded that they are the shadow of everything that Jesus Christ accomplished for the New Covenant believers. Do not get me wrong, my friends believe that they are saved by faith in Jesus Christ through grace alone. What they believe they have to do after that is where we disagree.
Somewhere I read about a believer who grew up believing in a “mathematical God.” Every time he did something good he received a positive number in God’s accounting book. If it was REALLY good then it was a BIG number and if it was just so-so then a lower number. On the other hand, if he did something bad then he got a negative number in God’s book. He believed that when he died, if his number was good, he would get a great reward from the Father. If it was bad then he may have to pay a penalty. May I be bold enough to say that this is a lie from the bowels of hell?
Grace means there is NOTHING we can do to make God love us any more than He already does. You are God’s favorite child. You are loved. You are redeemed. You are set free. You are guaranteed a place of honor in God’s kingdom. This is not based on a single thing you have done. It is not based on a single thing you can ever do. This is not based on a single thing other than what Jesus has already done for you.
May I also say there is NOTHING you can do to make love you less than he does right now. You cannot commit a sin big enough which will make God love you any less. God loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). No amount of lust, pride, hat, or any other sin can cause God to love one of His children less than they are loved. The grace of God has given to us everything. This means that the infinite creator of the universe loves us just as much as He possibly can and He cannot love us any less than that.
Why is that true? If you are a born-again believer in Jesus Christ then, the moment you believed, God placed His Holy Spirit inside you (Ephesians 1:13 and 4:30). That means that God Himself lives inside of you. If that is true, then how can God not love Himself? You and I are re-made, or conformed, into the image of Jesus Christ Himself (Romans 8:29). So, we are even going to look like Jesus in some way. How could the Father not love us if we have Him living inside us and we are looking like him?
May I say that grace changes our mathematics? It does. Grace says: God’s grace plus NOTHING gives us EVERYTHING. Believe that! It is the message of the New Covenant.