Posts Tagged ‘Law v grace’

Philippians 3:1-11 Loose to Gain

He is SO worth the price!

Paul makes sure to include this warning in all of his letters to the churches. “To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you” (verse 1). He makes sure EVERY church gets this message. That message is salvation through grace and not works.

There are those out there that are preying on the young believers. They are convincing them that they need to convert to Judaism and follow the Old Testament laws to be saved. Paul shouts NO to this! He makes sure that every church he works with gets this information, even if it is a repeat. Read more »

Galatians 4:8-20 What Happened to You?

Returning to old ways after finding new life is even more so.

Paul continues to plead his case regarding circumcision. He asks his readers if everything that came before was in vain. “You started off so well. What happened to you?”

When Paul initially met the group he is writing to, he was personally ill. While he recuperated he shared the gospel with those around him. And those he shared with received it with joy. They also “bore fruit” of their love for God’s word by how they cared for Paul during his stay with them. They showed the love of Jesus. Read more »

Romans 7:7-25 Naming It

Stick with the “positive”

Paul continues on with his presentation of his case for faith in Jesus. By no means is the Law enough for our salvation. Only faith in Jesus and His grace poured out for us. His point in our reading today is how sin wasn’t really called such until the Law was given.

I’m going to share a story with you that happened to me and my child once to illustrate Paul’s point. When my oldest son was about six months old we were sharing our apartment with another couple who had a child who was a little over a year old. Not a big age difference but a big developmental difference. One fine afternoon, the other child pinned my son to the floor and bit him HARD on his back. As you can imagine, my son screamed and both moms rushed to their children. Read more »

Romans 7:1-6 Fulfilling The Covenant

One of God’s first covenants

Before we proceed with our discussion today I want to define a term we all should know. That term is covenant. A covenant is a contract made with the heart instead of just the head. A covenant also remains in effect even when one of the parties who entered into it fails to follow through on their promises. Both parties usually exchange something of value when making a covenant. And a covenant often lasts for the lifetime of those who enter into such an agreement. Which brings us to Paul’s message regarding the Law v grace. In today’s reading he makes a masterful point. Read more »

Acts 15:22-35 Dear Brothers

Letters of love an acceptance

In our last time together we looked at an issue that arose in the church in Antioch. Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem to settle the matter among the highest leaders of the churches. Today they bring word back to the church.

Have you ever been the go between in a disagreement? I have and it is NO fun. One of the hardest parts in this role is accurately conveying the intent and information from one party to the other and back again. Unless those involved hear it “from the horse’s mouth” there is always a possibility that there is some error in the relaying. Because of our own biases, even hearing it directly doesn’t always get the intended result.

Paul, Barnabas and the elders of the Jerusalem were taking no chances when it came to Read more »