Week 43   Day 4


Paul's attitude toward the Law, circumcision, and being Jewish: 

            in a world of no faith

            these things are good


            compared to knowing Jesus

            they are second-rate


            when they deter people from believing in Jesus

            they become a hindrance to the work of the Gospel.



Sin takes; God gives

To all of us sinners 

God offers the gift of righteousness

            and reconciliation with God


This gift is given by God

            and received by us

            through faith in Jesus 

and results in peace

            with God 

            within ourselves 

            among each other   

God's grace and our faith are a winning combination.



Throughout the letter to the Romans

Paul argues that we have no excuse

            for not acknowledging God

            for not believing in God 

because of the three witnesses 

            the created world about us 

            the conscience within us 

            religious law and tradition.




                        GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SINS

God is not dealing out justice, but mercy; and faith is the key.

                                         Romans 3, 4 & 5


    21Now the righteousness of God apart from the law is

revealed, 22through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who

believe.  There is no difference; 23for all have sinned and fall

short of the glory of God, 24being justified freely by His grace

through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.   26He is just

and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

    1What shall we say that Abraham our father has found? 
2 If
Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast

about.  3What does the Scripture say?  "Abraham believed

God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."  4Now

to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as

debt.  5To him who does not work but believes on Him who

justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.

    9We say that faith was accounted to Abraham for

righteousness.  10How then was it accounted?  While he was

circumcised, or uncircumcised?  Not while circumcised, but

while uncircumcised.  11He received the sign of circumcision,

a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still

uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who

believe, though they are uncircumcised, 12who walk in the

steps of the faith which Abraham had.

    1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace

with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also

we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and

rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 

    3Not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing

that tribulation produces perseverance; 4and perseverance

character; and character, hope.  5Hope does not disappoint,

because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts

by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

    6When we were still without strength, in due time Christ

died for the ungodly.  7Scarcely for a righteous man will

one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even

dare to die.  8But God demonstrates His own love toward us,

in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

    9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood,

we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  10 If when we
were enemies we were reconciled to God through the
of His Son, much more, having been reconciled,
we shall be
saved by His life.

             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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