The most religious people on the planet killed Jesus. Religion is never going to save anyone. That’s why God threw it out and gave us a living way of living by trusting Christs spirit to make us right and Christs righteousness alone as our record of good works instead of our own works. If it was our own works it would be a pay system or a wage you earn. It could not be grace because grace is unearned. You can’t earn any of it or it is not grace. The Law is over and a new system is in place.
“Christ is the end of the law to those that believe”
This new system is hidden from the world, and even the religious church world. Gods narrow way is trusting Christ to live in you. “I have been crucified with Christ and the life I live in the body I live by faith in the son of God.” I die daily” Paul said. “living within you as you trust him”
All this is hidden. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search it out” we are kings “he has made us kings and priests” It is all hidden. That’s why many practice religion but do not reflect Christ. Christ-ians should be like Christ. A tree is known by it’s fruit” “By their fruits ye shall know them.” How many Christ trees have you met? Have you met many Christians that have shown you even a little bit of Christs character? If so it is not many.
Most cling to a system of rules you can never ever keep and then try to sell the system to others. They use the threat of hell as their club. (although Jesus has abolished death!) They use guilt an shame mixed with law to get your money too! Even if you could keep all their rules you could never be justified by them. “by works of the law shall no flesh be justified”.
Everyone deep down knows religion is a sham. Gods new system is life in the spirit. It is a shared life with Christ that empowers you to have a Christ like life. It is not a set of rules.
This new system OF LIVING BY FAITH AND NOT LAW is a secret and it is not often found out by anyone. It is a shared life with Christ. Christ lives his life through you as you trust him.
“very few ever find it”
“How narrow is the gate and strict the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it!” – Jesus Matt 7:14 Jesus is the way. “living within you as you trust in him”.
“If you seek, you will find him” though. that’s a promise. There is a fresh new system of life that has nothing to do with keeping rules but is all about allowing Christs spirit to lead you. Living a shared life with Christ is far different from keeping a set of dead rules. It’s a marriage not a contract. Two become one. “anyone who want’s to be right with me has to let me lead” – Jesus
Kids are abandoning religion, they can see it is all a sham.
“Teens are fleeing religion like never before: Massive new study exposes religion’s decline”