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10/22 Romans 4-6

Paul starts chapter 5 with the fact that those who believe in Jesus Christ are justified by faith.  There comes that living by faith theme again.  Good thing I made a note for myself yesterday.  Then comes the harder part, rejoice in your sufferings.  When was the last we did that?  Maybe after the suffering is over, but I would imagine not during it.  The result of suffering is perseverance, that leads to character and then straight to hope.  Hope is a bee line to the love of God.

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

I dare same many of us would die in place of a spouse or child, but hey not for the drug addict or the homeless person or someone we don’t even know.  But that is exactly what Jesus did.  He died for the best of us and the worst.  Most important, he died for us.

6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Reconciliation to God.  All of our differences checked off one at a time until none are left.  That sure does have a nice sound to it.  Don’t you agree?

9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

I really like how chapter 6 starts:

1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Grace is received once for each believer and it is at the time we receive salvation.   It is the gift of life, eternal life and it is a one size fits all.  Grace is the difference of life and death.  It gets no bigger or smaller.  Once received, we begin a new life void of sin.  Now we all know how difficult it is to avoid sin,  but we do have a guide if we choose to use him.  The Holy Spirit.  Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to guide around the potholes of sin?

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October 22, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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