Doing Our Part

The New Christianity is not a passive religion–we do not get to sit back and live our lives however we desire and still achieve salvation. We have to work for it. So much of Easter for me is remembering all Our Savior went through and accomplished: His crucifixion, glorification, redemption, establishment of Christianity… This Easter, I’ve found myself contemplating “but what is MY part in all of this?” How do I make use of the opportunity the Lord has created for me through His first coming? How do I best make use of the Truths He has given me through His second coming? How can I find the resolve to take up my cross and follow Him today? And tomorrow? And the next day…

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16: 24-26

From Doctrine of Lord 17:

We must now say something about what is meant by taking away sins. Taking away sins has the same meaning as the redeeming and saving of mankind. For the Lord came into the world to save mankind. Without His advent no mortal could have been reformed and regenerated, thus saved. But this became possible after the Lord had taken away all power from the devil, that is, from hell, and had glorified His humanity, which is to say, had united it to the Divinity of His Father. If He had not done both of these, no one could have received any Divine truth and retained it in him, and still less any Divine goodness; for the devil, who previously had possessed a superior power, would have plucked these from his heart.

[2] It is apparent from this that by His suffering of the cross the Lord did not take away any sins, but that He bears them away, that is, removes them, in the case of people who believe in Him by living in accordance with His commandments. As the Lord also teaches in Matthew:

“Do not think that I came to do away with the Law or the Prophets…. Whoever…breaks…the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:1719)

[3] Everyone can see from reason alone, provided he possesses some enlightenment, that sins cannot be removed from a person except through the practice of actual repentance, which is for the person to see his sins, implore the Lord’s help, and desist from them.

About Eden Lumsden

Eden is loving wife to Derrick Lumsden and full-time mother to five little men and one little lady. She grew up attending the New Church of Phoenix, went to the GC College, married a priest and was promptly shipped off with him to Africa. They spent 6yrs enjoying the people and culture at the Westville New Church, near Durban, South Africa before returning to the USA in 2014. They currently live in Kempton, Pennsylvania where they dabble in self-sufficiency, homeschool their boys, and scheme of ways to help the Church. Eden finds the True Christian teachings about women and marriage to be particularly profound.

1 thought on “Doing Our Part

  1. I have been thinking about what a gift the Lord gave us in clearing the path for us, like you say. Thanks, Eden!

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