Although it’s been around for a while,
there is a buzz word called “synergy”.
The definition of
synergy is as
follows “Synergy is the combined value and performance of two entities
produce an end result that couldn’t be achieved individually.”
synergistic terms … there are three ways of
“Do your best to serve God
and Christ will make up for the deficiency … and by this you will be
“The combined efforts of
you and Christ will see you saved.”
“My obedience to God’s laws
are acceptable to God through the goodness of Christ.”
This is how many people think … that
you can combine law and grace …. your obedience to
God’s laws + God’s
grace = salvation.
In his “Pilgrim’s Progress” John
Bunyan had to meet this error of his day, and personified this type of
the fellow called Ignorance:
Christian: “How doest thou believe?”
Ignorance: “I believe that Christ died for
sinners, and that I shall be justified before God from the curse,
through his gracious acceptance of my obedience
to his Law. Or
thus, Christ makes my Duties that are Religious acceptable to his
virtue of his Merits; and so shall I be justified.”
Ignorance’s formula for salvation can
be expressed as follows:
My obedience +
God’s grace by Christ’s
merits = Salvation
In theology, this is called religious
synergism … a combined
There was a man who was condemned to
death for embezzlement of $4,000.
But there was pity in the heart of the
The king gave $2,000 from the treasury
as a contribution to the debt.
The queen gave $1,000.
The crown prince gave $980.
The people in the public gallery
passed around the hat and gathered $19.90.
But it was of no avail, as the man
owed $4,000 and had come up short 10 cents.
The judge said “It’s no use, the
fellow must be executed!”
In desperation, the condemned man
searched his pockets, and to the applause of the spectators, he
vital last ten cents from his own trouser pocket.
Now of course, it wasn’t a large
amount, that ten cents, compared to the gifts of the Royal family, but it was the
that secured his freedom.
The moral of
in our minds is that we have contributed to
our own salvation … no matter how small … and inevitably, that “ten
will seem more important and precious to us than the goodness and
whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet
offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
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