We continue through Romans and the Apostle Paul continues to contrast the sinfulness of man with the righteousness of God. This is a good thing. We need to know the true power of our salvation and the depths from which we have been rescued.
There is none righteous, no not one. Not even close. We know that. We sing the songs. We accept the theology.
But I wonder if we do truly believe this. Before Christ we were dead – as in dead – in our trespasses. We were without help, without hope, without God, without Christ.
Sinners at an infinite distance from a holy, righteous God.
But God made a way. Not through anything we could do but he provided his righteousness for our passage into his presence. In Christ we have gone from utter despair and infinite distance from God to an intimacy that is beyond our comprehension.
But to fully taste this goodness of the Lord, we need to know the depths of our sin. So Paul keeps beating the drum. The sinfulness of man and the righteousness of God
Time flies when we are having fun, right! NFL preseason starting, SEC football almost here. Late summer and fall can be great. But then winter … Ugh!
Anyway, we continue in Romans and Paul continues to “come after” the established religious folk. We could consider that Paul is merely venting or just enjoys kicking dirt in their face, or we could maybe consider his love for the Jewish people and look at this as softening up their hard, calloused shell so the goodness of God’s truth will penetrate as he continues through this amazing letter.
We do that sometimes …
Just venting … getting it off our chest … but why?
Today maybe we can substitute “evangelical or fundamental Christian” for “Jew,” and
“the Bible” for “the law” but the issue is the same. We claim to have it all and know ourselves as guides to the blind and light shining in darkness.
But has our religion led us into something other than an assent to, or a knowledge of, the truth of God? Is our truth compelling enough to change our lives? We say that Jesus is Lord but does he rule our lives? Do we obey him no matter what?
How foolish to call God Sovereign, when as mere humans we call his holy instruction into question and defy and disobey him in basic tenets of the faith!
We strain God’s holy words through our grids of human rationalization and personal self-interest. We no longer hear God. We merely talk to ourselves.
I love God’s people, but I have no qualms about attacking religion that takes us farther from God even though we profess intimacy with our lips.
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