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Soul Set Free: Why Grace is More Liberating Than You Believe

Soul Set Free: Why Grace is More Liberating Than You Believe

by John Lindell

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ISBN-13: 9781629996172
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 60,189
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Pastor John Lindell is devoted to seeing the local church thrive and standing boldly for the cause of Christ. His heart for God and people is evident and exampled in his leadership at James River Church in Springfield, Missouri. From week to week, he speaks life-giving messages that are changing the landscape of ministry and church by challenging generations to rise up and live life fully in Christ.

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Peace With God
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
—ROMANS 5:1 Too many Christians live in fear. They live an unsettled spiritual existence plagued with the nagging sense that they might not actually be saved. Every time an altar call is given or a gospel appeal is made, deep down they feel they might need to pray “the prayer” all over again. After all, since the last time they “received Jesus,” things haven’t gone that well. They entertained lust in their hearts or struggled with outbursts of anger. Surely their sinful missteps mean they have fallen from grace and their relationship with God has been compromised. So again and again they find themselves believing they need to be re-saved. Maybe this time it will take. Maybe this time they can really be sure. Maybe this will be the time when their salvation really begins to stick.

Isn’t there something in the Bible somewhere about how if you get it wrong, it negates every bit of growth or goodness you’ve experienced up until that point, and now the divine umpire makes you begin at the starting line all over again? Isn’t that how the spiritual life works?

Shockingly and mercifully, nothing remotely like that actually appears in the pages of Scripture. God does not make you start over every time you make a mistake. You do not have to ask God to save you over and over again just to make sure it “took.” There is something about the radical simplicity of salvation and our own innate sense of unworthiness that nudges us to disbelieve that God’s grace has staying power even when we fail.

Some people struggle with the assurance of their salvation their entire lives to the point of real psychological damage. When you’ve come up under preaching, however well-intentioned, that leads you to believe salvation is based on your consistent good behavior, you begin to view salvation as a tenuous, fragile thing. You could be as quickly and easily lost as you could be saved, and live every waking moment looking for the reset button. Feeling that kind of uncertainty about your soul can infect every area of your life, making you constantly second-guess yourself. It can sabotage your joy and sap your confidence, infusing anxiety into almost everything you do.

At this point in my life I’m convinced we experience this kind of constant anxiety about the state of our souls because we simply fail to grasp what a profound work God has already accomplished for us in justification. Our own humanity may always be feeble and fragile, but what God has accomplished in our salvation is anything but! 

Romans 5:1 is a significant hinge point for the entire book: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (emphasis added). Thus far Paul has established the universality of the sin problem and the lengths to which God has gone to address sin through the gift of justification. Now Paul will unpack the riches of a life lived on the other side of justification, the treasures to be excavated now that our salvation is firmly established.

But we won’t be able to mine and explore all these riches if we are still looking back over our shoulder, still always going back to square one. When you are in Christ, peace with God is not a flickering, glimmering moment—it is an established fact that changes the trajectory of your journey forever.