January 6, 2019
DAY 8 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Key Verses for Today: Romans 3: 27-31
As we continue our Journey Through The Bible In A Year it is important that you pick up that the theme of faith, as some surmise, is not limited to the New Testament. That’s right, the theme of faith is throughout the Old Testament too. Have you ever wondered why God gave His creation, man, free will? God gave His creation the free will to reject Hm: to reject Him, to not trust Him, to reject Him! Simply stated Adam and Eve made that choice in the Garden of Eden. Unwittingly or not, Adam and Eve chose to reject God - their Creator - when they chose (free will) to follow the advice of the serpent (Satan) over the direction of God. The actions of Adam and Eve could be defined as a faith failure. They failed to trust completely in God seeking something better. (Sounds like a repeat of Satan’s problem in Heaven.) Faith, through the reasoning a of mortal mind, is arguably the most important concept in the Bible. The Apostle Paul sets forth the distinction between works and faith for the Romans. Read chapter’s 3 and 4 for his explanation. Do you understand the distinction?
The verses for today:
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. (Romans 4: 27-31, NIV)
As you read through the chapters for today you will learn several things. One of those things is that being obedient to the law, the Ten Commandments, Mosaic law, and ordinances cannot make you righteous in God’s sight. God’s love is a gift given freely to all believer and nonbeliever alike. God’s salvation and promise of eternal life is also a free gift given to the believer alone. The Apostle Paul tells us that righteousness cannot be earned it is a gift. We are made righteous by loving Him through faith: No other way. The evidence of our faith is shown by obedience to the Ten Commandments, Mosaic Law, and ordinances because we love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is an outward expression of the new creation we become when we live by faith. It is our faith in God that allows Him to see us as righteous.
For those of you who are journaling take a little time and write in you own words your understanding of being justified by faith and not works. What is righteousness? For those of you who are not journaling take some time to think about faith, works, and righteousness. It may be difficult to contrast the three in light of the society in which we are inundated with the principal of earning.
The Roman culture, a gentile culture, and the Jewish culture had come to a place of comfort in the god’s or God respectively, they worshipped. A huge hurdle which both cultures had in their worship systems was justification through works. Faith in God’s promises was challenging for both cultures.