God makes a startling request in the first chapter of Isaiah.

 

“Come now, let us reason together”
Isaiah 1.18a

 

This is the only place God invites us to reason with Him. God told the Israelites to reason with their neighbors to avoid sin (Lev. 19.17). Paul spent countless hours reasoning with the Jews and Gentiles about the kingdom of God (Acts 17-19). But this is the only place we see an invitation from God to mankind to reason together.

 

 

Surprising Truth

 

What follows is not a well reasoned dialogue between God and man. Rather, the reasoning God invites us to do is to hear, understand, and accept His truth.

 

though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
Isaiah 1.18b

 

Look at any other system of religious beliefin the world and its deity requires something in order for them to negate the sin and evil in our lives. Muslims believe their good works must outweigh their evil works. Hindis believe they go through an almost endless cycle of reincarnation in an attempt to remove all the bad karma from their lives. Buddhists strive to live in the right way for the right reasons. It is only the God of the Bible who takes the imitative to negate sin and its effects.

 

When we choose to believe in Christ, in God’s eyes, our sin and short comings do not hang over us in condemnation, but have been removed in love. He does not see us through a filter of sin that demands judgment, but through a filter of love that extends grace and mercy.

 

 

Unexpected Grace

 

The One True God invites us to reason with Him, then tells us a truth He doesn’t want to debate with us. Rather He wants us to use our reasoning to understand His truth. He does not require us to perform endless good works in order to get something from Him. He doesn’t ask us to constantly relive our lives in the hopes we will meet some undefined standard. Rather, He seeks us out and makes provisions to remove the stain of sin from our lives. That is the unmerited favor called grace. And it comes out of and abundant, everlasting, and never ending love He has for each of us.

 

 

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