Poet4Christ - My reaction exactly! And even if my Dispensational understanding of the end times turns out to be incorrect, I'm more than sure that however it all plays out we will still be saying WOW!
And I'm looking forward to seeing the movie too. I have heard that it has left even grown macho men in tears. I better take along a case of tissues!
Opeth, I certainly can't explain it any better than the Word of God does. Maybe that's the problem, me trying to explain it. I think it might be better if I just let the inspired Word say it.
Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified (Galatians 2:16).
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Romans 4:5)
For if justification (righteousness, acquittal from guilt) comes through (observing the ritual of) the Law, then Christ, the Messiah, died groundlessly and to no purpose and in vain - His death, was then wholly superfluous (Galatians 2:21, Amplified).
For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:2-4)
"For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.'" (Galatians 3:10)
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us - for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.'" (Galatians 3:13)
“Now to the one who works, his wage is not reckoned as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.” (Romans 4:4-5)
I also think this is a good piece of insight:
“Our pride drives us to establish our own righteousness. We strive all our life to see ourselves as keepers of rules we cannot keep, as loyal subjects of laws under which we can only be judged outlaws. Yet so deep is our need to derive our identity from our own self-respect – so profound is our conviction that unless we watch our step, the watchbird will take away our name – that we will spend a lifetime trying to do the impossible rather than, for even one carefree minute, consent to having it done for us by someone else.” Robert F. Capon, Between Noon And Three