Do you think of justification as an insurance policy?

An insurance policy and justification both have a pretty similar outcome. Both start with me being in the wrong and both end with me in a returned-state; perfected. The debt is paid off, the car/holiness is restored as though it never happened, you know… justifiedjust-as-if-it-hadn’t happened.

But God’s justification (and the faith that is associated with justification) is not like an insurance policy. Imagine I crashed my car into my Insurer’s CEO’s car… I can do one of two things… I can a) grab my insurance policy and say, “Look, I’ve taken out a policy that says you will make everything ok and pay off my debt!”, or b) I can ask the CEO to forgive me based on his personal mercy.

Being a Christian is latter, not the former… we just happen to know the CEO is a very very gracious guy!

We must be careful not to let our acceptance of God’s promises become the basis of our assurance. God’s promises are the expression of his character – God himself (made known in Christ) is the basis of our assurance; not “our acceptance” or “our faith” in His promises.

Or, to put it another way; don’t think of your faith as eternal-insurance, rather think of God’s grace as eternal-assurance.

I don’t agree with the posts I write!

I agreed with them when I wrote them, but that doesn’t mean I agree with them now, or that I will in a few years time.
That’s a principle of dealing with pragmatics; you’re only ever thinking about how a principle affects actions, behaviours, programs, decisions, etc., in the “now”.
The plans and programs that you or your church have in place at the moment might work now, they might even work for the next few months, years, even decades. But soon there will come along a much better method, practice or program that you should use.
So too with all in this blog. A better idea will come along, and when that happens, I hope I’m humble and wise enough to disagree with myself.