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Episode Info: The Bible says some pretty weird things at times. And, it can be related to what we eat. For example, Jesus says to "eat His flesh and drink His blood" (John 6:54). I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty weird to me. But, there is one such Scripture that has peeked my interest. It's found in Psalm 34 and it uses the phrase "taste and see." But, what is it talking about? Are supposed to physically eat something? I thought it would be interesting to dive into. Not Another Verse of the Day  He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5 Merit vs Mercy * Merit - "Not because of righteous things we had done..." So many times in our American Christianity, we have gotten a backyard idea of how "being saved" really works. We typically believe that doing good things or acting good is what we should do. And I'm not just talking about non-believers who think being good is all they need. I'm talking about Christians who, though they have accepted Christ as Savior, still seem to be working hard to earn their salvation. But, in our verse today and throughout Scripture, we see that it is not about our good works or "righteous things we have done" that we have been saved. Isaiah tells us that our righteousness is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Nothing we have to offer is what God is looking for as payment for sin. But, thanks be to God that we have access to what He is looking for. * Mercy - "...Because of His mercy." Ephesians tells us that we have been "saved by grace through faith and not of works..." (Ephesians 2:8). Here, we see that God has given us mercy and saved us. We see this take place in two ways: a. Rebirth This verse speaks of the "washing of rebirth (regeneration)", which some would say is baptism. However, this would be a work, which we have already seen isn't why we are saved. No, this washing is from the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His blood that washes over us. b. Renewal This speaks of the on going process of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. Romans 12 speaks of the "renewing of our mind" to help transform us. Christ, through His mercy, gives us the Holy Spirit to instruct, comfort and change our lives from the inside out. Also, we can see in the following verses how Paul explains this point. In verse 7, we see justification then being an heir. In verse 8, we see trusting in
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