Most of us at some stage have watched American detective/crime films, and we are therefore accustomed to police officers ‘mirandizing” their suspects so that the latter are cognizant of their rights. How does this compare with our rights as Christians? (The title is Latin= Amazing Grace.)

THE LAW

You are under arrest: you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_warning#Miranda_rights

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_warning

http://www.mirandarights.org/

What does Jesus offer us through faith in His death & resurrection?

GRACE

You are under grace: you have the right to son/daughtership, you have the right to to inherit eternal life; you have the right to praise; you have the right to speak directly and personally to Almighty God whenever you want to. Nothing you do or say will be held against you on Judgment Day. Do you accept these rights?

Rom 8:14 ff

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him.

NIV: http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/8.htm

Eph 1: 5 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace,

http://niv.scripturetext.com/ephesians/1.htm

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.1

http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/1.htm

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