Grace and Mercy: Two gifts that set Christianity apart from any other religion

Grace Plus Nothing

By Jeff Harkin
Chapter 1: Our righteousness can't do it.

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The articles posted in this section are sample chapters from the book, Grace Plus NothingOff-site Link by Jeff Harkin.

Also available in Kindle Edition © Copyright 2004 Applied Grace Publications. Used by permission.

Our righteousness can't do it

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Face it: Your righteousness and spiritual activity can't do it. God wants you to be totally convinced of this biblical and practical reality.

Why? Because the requirement of God is nothing less than his righteousness and his holiness. Always! The Lord expects and accepts nothing less than his own righteousness and holiness. The only peace that can ever satisfy your soul is peace with God.

The standard in the gospel is always God's righteousness. But how do we obtain this? The Bible tells us:

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even th4 righteousness of god through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is not distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grave through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:21-24Off-site Link ).

God's standard is always God's righteousness, and that is where you must find your peace. Peace with God results not from trusting your own righteousness but from trusting only Christ. Have faith in him and the gift of his righteousness.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1Off-site Link ).

Perhaps you are a new Christian, or perhaps up till now you have not the brick wall I have described in this article. Thank God, because if you learn grace now, you can avoid a lot of the pain and confusion the rest of us have suffered. Begin now to allow the Lord to show you how to live in his righteousness rather than your own.

Finally. Perhaps you have been plagued by some kind of addiction, or maybe you have done some horribly unacceptable or sinful things. Read on! It is those who are most desperate who most need this book.

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