Matching Funds

There was a misconception in Israel that Jesus had to deal with. The prevailing view as that if you followed the Law you would be welcomed into the Kingdom. Presumably they understood that no one was perfect, so obedience was relative. The point was the pursuit of relative righteousness. Scholars tell us they divided the world into two groups, the “sons of light” and the “sons of darkness”. The idea was that being born a Jew meant instant credit in the eyes of God, and external compliance was all he demanded. This is the matching funds approach. They meet God half way, putting up some of the merit in hopes that he puts up his share of the grace. In the end they make a deal. Jesus blew up that system. The battle was for the heart. Jesus Christ therefore arrives on the scene as the good news from God, and he proclaims the good news from God. The good news is you don’t have to be perfect in the eyes of the Law because that’s impossible anyway. He goes public with the offer of a heart transplant that makes you whole. No meeting half way. No matching funds required.

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