The Right Stuff

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"This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be[a] the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege[c] and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name. And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace." - Romans 1:1-7

When we study the book of Romans, we walk into a courtroom. First, Paul called Jews and Gentiles to the stand and found both guilty before God. Then he explained God's marvelous way of salvation - justification by faith. At this point, he answered his accusers and defended God's salvation. "This plan of salvation will encourage people to sin!" they cried. "It is against the very law or God!" But Paul refuted them, and in so doing explained how Christians could experience victory, liberty, and security.

There were Jewish believers in the Roman assemblies and they would naturally ask, "What about Israel? How does God's righteousness relate to them in this new age of the church?" In chapters 9-11 Paul gave a complete history of Israel, past, present, and future.

Then he concluded with the practical outworking of God's righteousness in the life of believers. When we sum it all up, in the book of Romans Paul is saying to us--"Be right! Be right with God, with yourself, and with others!" The righteousness of God received by faith makes it possible for us to live right lives. The Romans needed this message then, and we need it today: Be right!

Applying God's Truth:
What is one situation you're facing where you need to experience more victory? Liberty? Security?

How has God's righteousness been evident in your past? Your present? How do you expect Him to work in your future?

What are your goals as you begin to read through the book of Romans? - Dr. Warren Wiersbe.

Glory to you, O Lord our God, Your love calls us to be your people. By sharing our many and diverse gifts we share in your mission. We ask you, Lord, shape us into a community of faith. Nourish us by your word and that we may grow into the image of Jesus. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, heal us that we, in turn, may heal the wounded. Form us to be instruments of love, justice, and peace in our land, and send us to proclaim your saving work. Renew us, Lord, that we may renew the face of the earth. Amen.
Aug 15 2018