Tag: Tim Keller

Couldn’t God just forgive us? Why was the cross necessary?

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A person might look at the crucifixion, look at what the Lord did on the cross, and wonder “Why was that the only way? Why was that necessary? Couldn’t God simply forgive us?”
No.
This is an idea I’ve heard from Tim Keller before, and it’s an important idea on having a theology of forgiveness.

Couldn’t God just forgive us? Why was the cross necessary?

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A person might look at the crucifixion, look at what the Lord did on the cross, and wonder “Why was that the only way? Why was that necessary? Couldn’t God simply forgive us?”
No.
This is an idea I’ve heard from Tim Keller before, and it’s an important idea on having a theology of forgiveness.

The fruit of the Spirit – something we can’t produce

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
-Galatians 5:22-23
In the Book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul talks about the fruit of the Spirit.
It’s a section that fascinates me. Because the fruit is produced by the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.
There are certain areas in our lives we can control.
Think about it.
Honesty. You can force yourself to be honest. I’ll just choose to not lie. You can decide that for yourself. Honesty isn’t a fruit of the Spirit.