“We are created in Christ Jesus to lead the life of good deeds which God prepared for us in advance.”
There is a hermeneutic principle which says that scripture interprets scripture. These passages beautifully demonstrate this principle and reveal the message found within each. The basic message of Chronicles, Ephesians, and John is that salvation is a gift that can not be merited; none-the-less we are called to good deeds. This simple message is illustrated by the story of Israel as recorded in Chronicles.
The prophets had often warned Israel against practicing the abominations of other nations. Immediately we think in terms of apparent moral evil but in fact these were religious practices tied to temple worship. Good deeds we might say. But for Yahweh’s covenant people, they were abominations because they instilled within the people the false concept that God was unwilling to bless his people. They promoted the…
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