Learning our way into heaven

More to chew on …. Christian discipleship is …

  • Perfective
  • Paradoxical

… and these are fundamental differences with Old Testament discipleship.

We cannot simply learn the rules and follow them, earning our way into heaven. (The Pharisees and the rich young man in Luke 18:18-23 practiced preceptive discipleship.) Following Jesus means constant renewal, lifelong learning, a striving toward perfection. Or as Gene put it the other day, Salvation is a gift from God. If our hands are full, we can’t open them to receive the gift.

And therein lies just one of the paradoxes in Christianity—constant striving and renewal, but it’s all about receiving.

What are some of the other paradoxes?


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