March Letter XII: Christianity Vs Religion
Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you from God the Father and from Jesus Christ who has brought us into a deep and intimate fellowship with Him, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Greetings in the Matchless Name of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have received the power to become sons of God. Christianity is not a religion. It is having a vital relationship with God as Father.
Religion makes men slaves and servants because it focuses on works, ceremonies and the observance of rules and regulations but Christianity makes men sons of God. Christianity is God’s way of bringing men into a deep, rich intimate relationship and fellowship with Him as Father.
John 1:12 KJV
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Galatians 3:26 NKJV
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 4:4-7 NKJV
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
The Law made men slaves but grace makes men sons and daughters of God. When we put our faith in Christ as our Savior and confess Him as our Lord we become the children of God. God imparts His very own nature of God. Being born again is more than mere conversion to another religion. Being born again is an actual rebirth of the human spirit. See 1 John 3:1-2; John 3:1-7; Galatians 3:36-29.
Religions promise intimacy. In Christ we have intimacy with God as our Father. We are one with God. We have become His temple, His house and His dwelling place. Whenever we show up anywhere, God shows up in us. This is because we are in Him and He is in us. We are one with God, inseparable. Hallelujah! See 1 Corinthians 6:15-17; Ephesians 1:6; 2:18-22; 1 John 4:16-18; Ephesians 5:30.
Religion is trying to reach God because in religion you worship a distant God who is unaffected and unconcerned about your well being and your daily concerns. But not so in Christianity. The God we serve as Christians is Father to us. He loves us. He cares about us. He is a very present help in time of trouble. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He is with us until the end of the age. See Matthew 6:9-13; Psalm 46:1; Hebrews 13:5-6; Romans 8:31-32; Matthew 28:20; 1 Peter 5:7.
We serve a God who wants us to meet our needs. He is concerned about giving us our daily bread. He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He knows what we need before we ask Him. We serve a God that seeks to be involved in our daily lives. Our God is a lover. He is willing to use His power to bless us and empower us to fulfill His purposes and plans for our lives. See Psalm 23:1; Matthew 6:11; 6:7-8; 1 John 4:16-18; Romans 8:28, 1 John 4:7-11; Hebrews 4:14-16
It is time to embrace the fact that God is your Father and you are His very own child. In His sight you are holy, without blame and without reproach. He sees you as a trophy of His grace and the focus of His love. He wants to use you as a tool to woo and attract others to Him by lavishing His goodness on you. May God reveal His Love to you in Jesus Name, Amen. See Ephesians 1:1-13; 2:1-10; 3.14-20; Colossians 1:19-22; 1:25-28.
In His Majesty’s Service,
Preserving the Faith of the Fathers For Future Generations