Posts Tagged ‘New Life’


Romans 3:22-25 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,i through faith in his blood.

Paul presents us with several related questions that are foundational to our faith in today’s chapter and presents a challenging but clear argument to help us focus on Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Before you read further, I encourage you to read this chapter and dwell on each question, the argument and the response. This is not Paul writing in his own wisdom, rather it is Paul writing in Godly wisdom through the working of the Holy Spirit in him. The moment we consider the words ‘All have sinned’, our first thoughts are to question that statement. How is this BIG statement qualified? Sin in human eyes is doing something exceedingly wrong like adultery, murder, robbery, cheating, etc. and most people I know would never accept that they or their children have sinned. So what justification is there to this statement?

As little as an ill thought, a lie (white included), a bad word or any of the legally defined sins like murder, rape, etc. all are SIN to God. Any sin makes us unclean because God is good, pure and perfect. Only such a God deserves our all, not a fallen one. Therefore, no one can come before God or have a relationship with Him because we cannot be justified by God’s standards, try as we might. However, Jesus made a way possible and that was through his death on the cross because he was pure, lived a holy life, was God’s own son and was sacrificed for no fault of His. His death was for our sins and through his shed blood, our sins are atoned for. The best part is that through his resurrection, we have new life with GOD! Regardless of what happens to us in this world or the end of it because of human sin, we have an assurance of eternity with Christ! Hope this is compelling enough for you to put your faith in Jesus Christ and share the good news to all?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 26:24-25, 28-29
At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable… Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

As Paul presented his own defense to King Agrippa, we see once again how Paul continues to speak the truth in gentle love. However, King Agrippa is quick to realize that Paul is not just speaking in his own defense but that he is giving his listeners reason to believe in his God. In his eyes, Agrippa wondered if Paul has lost his mind in his new realization and therefore acted like a driven lunatic in sharing this new found truth. What was the point of all this we might wonder?

When I look back at the many years Paul was on trial, the one trend that is clear is how God used Paul to share the good news with people who otherwise would never care to give a ear to such a message. Paul’s ministry was focussed on serving Christ to the Gentiles in far away lands and the same man was now standing trial before governors, rulers and people in authority in Caesarea who may never have had the opportunity to be transformed by the truth of Jesus. I am reminded again today that we are called to wear Christ on our person every moment because God will use us to shine his light and love to the lost.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy