Posted by Paul Edwards (Fr. Paul) on Aug 05, 2013 | Comments (0)

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost: Bottom Line Spirituality

Unlocking the Gospel Secrets of Spirituality

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

The Grace Language of Jesus


Jesus took legalistic words and gave them the grace meaning to consciously feel the difference being in the Presence of God in Him.

Legalism is idolatry, depending on something outside ourselves to get what God has already given to us inside our selves. Grace is self-correcting.

Romans 4:16 - Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace.

Legalism is nothing at all, but you can break your neck in it!

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Think Legalism: Sees the outward results of destruction.

Feel Grace: Feels the inward cause of destruction that comes when out of God’s Presence.

OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 5:1-7

Think Legalism: He expected justice, but saw bloodshed.
Feel Grace: He expected justice, but felt the bloodshed.


Think Legalism: Tries to change the external destructive result.

Feel Grace: Changes the internal cause of the destruction.


Think Legalism: Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see.
Feel Grace: Turn again, O God of hosts; look within us to see.


Think Legalism: Looks for external signs of Jesus.

Feel Grace: Feels the internal Presence of Jesus.

EPISTLE: Hebrews 11:29-12:2

Think Legalism: looking to Jesus.
Feel Grace: looking to Jesus.


Think Legalism: Fire is physical.

Feel Grace: Fire is Holy Spiritual.

GOSPEL: Luke 12:49-56

Think Legalism: I came to bring fire to the earth.
Feel Grace: I came to bring fire to the earth.


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For further study see the follow on Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost Meditation.

For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless

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