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Posted by Paul Edwards (Fr. Paul) on Apr 07, 2014 | Comments (0)


Easter Sunday

Unlocking the Gospel Secrets of Spirituality

Discover what difference reading these scriptures while Thinking Legalism or Feeling Grace can make.

The Grace Language of Jesus

SPIRITUALITY CAN CHANGE OUR LIFE

Jesus spoke a foreign language. He took literal words the legalist understood and gave them a new spiritual meaning.

Literal religious words are beliefs that are conditional, exclusive and for special groups. Spiritual grace words are experiences that are inclusive, unconditional and for all.

Legalism thinks all truth is literal. Grace knows the difference between literal and spiritual truth.

Legalism tells what the point of the law is. Grace tells what the Law points to.

Grace asks where did you come from? Legalism refuses to tell you where you are going.

Not sure how to apply these? Click here to read the introductory text for the new Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Acts 10:34-43

Literal Religion: “God shows no partiality,” conditionally.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality.’”

Spiritual grace: “God shows no partiality,” unconditionally.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality.’”

Did you feel the Grace?

Legalism is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted from grace!

PSALM: 118:1-2, 14-24

Literal Religion: “His steadfast grace and Love” is conditional and exclusive to certain people.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Spiritual grace: "His steadfast grace and Love” is for all, unconditionally and inclusively.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Did you feel the Grace?

Legalism is like running over a string a dozen times with a vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance!

EPISTLE: Colossians 3:1-4

Literal Religion: “So if” translated is “iffy” and not now.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“So if you have been raised with Christ”

Spiritual grace: Translated “Since” it is certain and now.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“Since you have been raised with Christ”

Did you feel the Grace?

You can easily judge the character of legalism by how it treats those who can do nothing for it!

GOSPEL: John 11:1-45

Literal Religion: “not yet ascended” is an event that will happen later.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.”

Spiritual grace: “not yet ascended” is an event in progress happening now.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.”

Did you feel the Grace?

Legalism make rules for others and exceptions for itself!

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For further study see the follow on Easter Meditation.


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