January 13, 2019
DAY 15 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Focus Verses for Today: Romans 6:23
The Book of Romans overflows with theological and philosophical wisdom. The Apostle Paul, the writer of The Book of Romans, was not always known as Paul. He began life named Saul, a devout Jew, a Pharisee by religious and social tradition. Saul was well versed in the Old Testament. He knew the word of God yet he chose to persecute Christians. Saul, later became Paul, so he wouldn’t be identified with his former life. Paul’s understanding of the
Bible and the new Christian faith prepared him well to engage the philosophers of Rome in philosophical debates regarding the gods of the Roman Empire and the only God. The Book of Romans was written by this man Paul, the former persecutor of Christians named Saul.
Chapter 5 of the Book of Romans is about peace and hope. Paul writes of peace with God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we are granted grace (forgiveness of our sins). Paul explains that through Adam, one man, death entered the world for all men. That’s right; the consequence of Adam’s sin is death for all men. Hope comes to the world through Jesus Christ: ONE MAN! Paul continues that through One Man eternal life is available to all. Adam chose to surrender to sin. Jesus chose to obey God. Right about now, if you are someone new to the journey, you may be saying this stuff is deep! You are right! It gets more interesting, a whole lot more interesting.
Chapter 6 of the Book of Romans can be understood by understanding two words: Justification and Sanctification. Justification is God seeing us through Jesus. Jesus covers our sins so we are seen as righteous in God’s sight. Without Jesus as our intercessor, God does not see us: God only sees sin. Sanctification is a reflection of repentance in that we strive to live a life that is righteous. In a very simplistic way this can be translated to mean through faith in Jesus, God is giving you credit for the person you are going to become before you become that person. More simplistically stated, it is equivalent to being paid for a job before you actually do it.
The focus verse for day is Romans 6:23:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NIV)
As you reflect on the focus verse for today consider this thought. The focus verse tells us that humankind earns death. Death is a result of the struggle that humankind has engaged in since Adam and Eve, a mere lifestyle choice, a life of slavery to sin or a life of slavery to righteousness. It is a choice. It is not a command. Humankind has been given the absolute option to reject the ways of its Maker and choose the ways of the Great Deceiver. It is a choice. This brings us to the second part of the verse where God offers a gift to fallen humankind, His Son, Jesus Christ. God offers eternal life to all who believe that His Son, Jesus Christ, died for the forgiveness of all who believe He overcame death so that humankind may be seen as righteous in the eyes of God the Father, receiving the gift of eternal life.
As you pray, meditate, and reflect on today’s journey through Romans 5-6 ask God for understanding. As we Journey through the Bible this year, it is important to seek to understand the spiritual, supernatural, side of the story. Mere mortal minds are incapable of grasping the spiritual without God’s help. Ask Him: He loves you! This may take more than a few moments, but well worth the time, break out the journal and write down the theological terms that the Apostle Paul uses to define the relationship that exists between you and God. Write down his definition of them. It will help you understand how much God loves you.