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


Sixth Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

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.

Worldly legalism can only think literally. Godly Grace knows the spiritual difference.

Legalism chooses the laws they like. Grace knows only one law, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

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OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis 28:10-19a

Literal Religion: Cannot see the unseen.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

"Surely the LORD is in this place--and I did not know it!”

Spiritual Grace: Knows the difference between the seen and the unseen.

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

"Surely the LORD is in this place--and I did not know it!”

Did you feel the Grace?

A Legalist is someone who refuses to give up a life of failure without a fight!

PSALM: 139:1-12, 23-24

Literal Religion: The Presence of God is a position far away.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.”

Spiritual Grace: The Presence of God is a condition of our being in or out of His Presence.

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

“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.”

Did you feel the Grace?

Legalists burn their bridges in front of them!

EPISTLE: Romans 8:12-25

Literal Religion: Death is physical and at the end of life.
Read this scripture literally for the religious meaning.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“If you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Spiritual Grace: Live or die is for now either being in or out of His Presence.

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

“If you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Did you feel the Grace?

A legalist is someone who finds grace that works and then stops doing it!

GOSPEL: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Literal Religion: The cause of sin is evil doers.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of His kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers.”

Spiritual Grace: The cause of sin is separation from God.

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

“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of His kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers.”

Did you feel the Grace?

If you think that you are a legalist, chances are you are!

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For further study see the follow on Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Meditation.


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