Posts Tagged ‘Grace’

1 Timothy 1:3-11 The Law is Good

Those wilfully breaking it are the ones who should fear it.

Paul gives Timothy encouragement and instructions in our reading today. Timothy has a purpose to fulfil for God in the place he has been sent.

Timothy is in Ephesus on a mission. There are some people there, whom Paul chooses not to name, that are teaching false doctrines. Paul also chooses not to go into specifics about their teachings but we can surmise that it has something to do with the Law. I wonder if Paul’s choice not to go into detail about the teaching has to do with his statement about the teacher’s themselves. “Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussions, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions” (verses 6-7). In other words, they are speaking in ignorance. I pray I don’t join their ranks! Read more »

1 Corinthians 10:1-22 A Way Out

You have to want out before you can get out

We actually looked at this passage yesterday but I want to revisit it. Paul was speaking to his readers about their “freedoms.” They were dragging grace down to a whole new level. Today though, I want to focus on something else Paul said that really struck me. I started to write about it yesterday but got turned onto another track. I really felt like I should come back and touch on it today instead of pressing on.

The issue I want to address is temptation. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (verse 13). Read more »

Romans 6:1-14 Slaves No More

Freedom through Jesus!

Paul shares a very exciting promise with us today. We are no longer slaves to sin! And this promise is to all who choose to accept Jesus’ free gift of grace by faith.

Paul’s audience has just been learning how they (and we) are no longer have to rely on the Law for their relationship with God. The Law was never and will never be able to save anyone. It is only through faith in Jesus that we are saved.

So what else comes with that salvation? We already looked at a couple side benefits a few days ago. When we looked at Romans 5:1-11 we saw how we have forgiveness from sin, grace, justification, and finally, reconciliation through faith. Today we see that we have freedom from sin as well. ALL of these culminate in a new life in Christ Jesus. Read more »