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44 Days Through the New Testament – Day 21

I AM 2018 S2.001Romans 4-6

Wow! We are flying through the theological wonderland of Romans way faster than I can keep up with. It seems impossible to me to do even a single chapter of Romans justice with a single blog post… but I’ll just highlight one thing that stood out to me.

…since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1, ESV)

That. Hang on to that!

Paul says so much in his letter to the Romans (which is really par for the course for Paul), but let’s be adamant about not missing the forest for the trees. We could easily get sidetracked on the deeply theological (and true!) points that he is masterfully weaving together throughout this letter, but for our purposes here on this blog, let’s hang on to the main points.

We have been justified by faith! We are not justified by anything that we have done, but by faith in what Christ has done for us! We have peace with God through our LORD Jesus Christ!

If you get nothing else out of the book of Romans, hang on to that!

Romans 7-9

There is another one of these great main points for us to hang on to in Romans 8.

… we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, ESV)

No matter the circumstance, for those of us who love God and have been called according to His purposes, we can stand firm in the confidence of knowing that God is working all things together for good.

How many things? All things.

As followers of Christ, we can truly live lives of eternal optimism. No matter the circumstance, our God is working it for our good!

Is the glass half empty or half full? It is half full, and God had a purpose for what happened to the other half! No, we don’t have to rejoice that someone drank half of our drink while we weren’t looking. That’s messed up! But we can rejoice that God knew it was going to happen, and He allowed it to happen, and He is yet going to make something good out of that very bad circumstance. Furthermore, the glass is still half full! For those who love God and are called according to His purpose, He’s not finished with us, yet.

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