Friday, June 13, 2008

Lectionary for Sunday - Fathers Day - 2008

From the Blue Letter Bible

New King James Version
New King James Version

Romans 5
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Rom 5:1
THEREFORE, having been justified by faith, we have[fn1] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Rom 5:2
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom 5:3
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
Rom 5:4
and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Rom 5:5
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Rom 5:6
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
Rom 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Verse one is a favorite of mine - for with the justification that comes from faith - we as sinners have access to God - through Christ - to stand in a Grace that we do not deserve.

Moreover - I would have to include verse 20

Rom 5:20
Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,

These combined make a great witness tool I think. It is easier to explain Grace - when you have the conviction of the Law. See Sin abounded and grew because there was law .... but with and through Christ - Grace abounds even more over Sin ..... Gods Grace - through the blood of Christ "feeds" on and overtakes Sin. My example would be Aaron and Moses throwing down their staff in front of Pharaoh and becoming a snake. Pharaoh's magicians did the same thing. But the Staff from Moses swallowed up the snakes of Pharaoh, you might say Moses staff became a "King Snake". Just as the King snake swallowed up the others - so does Grace do the same - it swallows up sin as if it never existed. Under the Law "offenses abound" ...

So you can accept Christ and the Grace that comes with it - or you can live by the Law .... I choose the Grace.

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