The Samaritan woman
asked, Where is God to be found? …On Mt. Zion or Gerizim?
Christ’s answer: God
is not to be confined to any one place.
Howbeit the Most High
dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is My
throne, and earth is My footstool: what house will ye build me? Saith the Lord:
or what is the place of My rest? (Acts 7:48-49)
But will God indeed dwell
on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain
Thee; how much less this house that I
Jesus used the idea of ransom, or redemption when referring to his work on earth. Christ's death and resurrection (triumph over Satan and death) provides justification for believers before God. His righteousness becomes theirs, and his death becomes an offering to God in their place, to pay for all of their sins. Thus justification is by faith alone - not through good deeds - and is a gift from God through Christ.
- "but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.