The Parachute

Read This: But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. (Romans 3:21-25)

Think: There aren’t many guarantees in this world, but here’s one: this life is not forever. The mortality rate has been hovering right about around one hundred percent since Adam and Eve—with only a couple exceptions. Rapture aside, the rest of us are heading that way too.

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3 Responses to The Parachute

  1. Matthew Gamble

    There is something about the phrase “wrath of God” that doesn’t settle well with me. It’d be worth a thorough study. It seems that the wrath of God as portrayed by Jesus is reserved and directed only towards the Pharisees and hypocrites. In light of the life and teachings of Jesus I am not drawn or motivated by a fear of wrath. I am, however enamored by His grace, relevance, pace, and vibe, especially because of the people He chose to spend His day-to-day, hour-by-hour time with.

    When this guy says that “the purpose of salvation is to save you from the wrath of God” it simply doesn’t sit well with me.

    When he says, “God demands righteousness” instead of putting the focus on Jesus (seek first the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS… Matthew 6:33), he focuses on self. It may seem subtle, but I don’t subscribe to this guys version of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and why I am stoked to be a follower of Jesus.

    He does say, “It is your salvation through Jesus Christ that brings about your righteousness.” But I think that that is too big of a theme to mention once is a quick sentence.

    “Salvation is about our righteousness”? How about our salvation is based strictly on His righteousness and by His grace, He imparts HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS into us.”

    Am I being too critical? Help a brother out… but my understanding of the Gospel would take the parachute analogy in another direction completely.

  2. Cherilyn Clough

    When I watched the video, I had a similar reaction to the way he used “The wrath of God.” Romans 1 describes the wrath of God:

    Wrath happens when people do not embrace the truth of God:
    “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness…”

    But it is not so much punitive as a letting go:

    “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

    Thus God gives them up to their own lusts:

    “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.”

    Some people think this chapter only means sexual depravity but it also talks about worshiping things that are not God–from idols to people.

    So back to the parachute, I think it is more like Jesus is our parachute to save us from sin. The wages of sin is death. We have an enemy who wants to suck the life out of us and trusting and knowing Jesus is the only way out of this world.

    Salvation becomes self-centered when we focus on eternal rewards or our own fear of destruction. We often hear people say someone needs put the fear of God in someone who is not walking with God, but I think God would rather we be safe with Him instead of “scared holy.”

  3. Patrick Talbot

    The wrath of God. The Bible talks about it. However, it sounds extrange to our ears. Why? Because it was exhausted at the cross. When we talk about the wrath of God without talking about the cross, Jesus died in vain. This is the meaning of Isaiah 53.

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