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Perplexed Over Good Deeds

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Dear Paul,

First I’d like to thank you for your letters of support and encouragement over these last few months. But this last one has me somewhat perplexed. From what we read, you appear to be saying that we are no longer bound to the old Jewish law of good deeds for atonement’s sake, but freed from damnation simply by accepting and believing that Jesus was indeed the son of God and died for our sins? Are we to simply believe that centuries of tradition are now void by this one man being born, dying, and then being resurrected? It seems, at least on its face, an easy thing to do, but as you can imagine, skeptics abound.

If I understand this right, we are to continue doing good works, but not in the name of self-preservation, but in the name of love, as Christ loved us? That Jesus’s death was a sacrifice from God, and yet to God as well?

2023 - Having accepted Paul’s testimony as true, and by believing in Christ Jesus, a Christian’s heart swells and overflows with love for others. While many are still in debate over the Jewish law of the old testament or the new path to heaven after Jesus’s resurrection, God still wants us to perform good deeds but in his name as Savior, not in the name of self- saving.

Daily Battle Order:

Use the love and peace given to you by Christ to proclaim His name and continue to give to others as He has given to you. Find and feel the overwhelming joy that comes with serving in God’s name, just as Jesus did.

“Know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in

Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be

justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:26

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