God Forbid!

We are winding down Week 3 of Romans Reboot and gearing up for the final week as we also celebrate the final week of Jesus’ life. My favorite verses from Chapters 5-6? One of my favorites was Romans 5:3-5.  We didn’t spend much time on it, but I think it is one we could never exhaust. The whys of suffering. Despite the pain, Paul encourages us that they produce in us patience, character, and hope. I get that, it’s the “rejoicing in suffering” that stumps me every time.

Another favorite? Romans 5:10-11.

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

Rejoicing in reconciliation sounds better to me than rejoicing in suffering.

So far we’ve read a lot about death and life. The free gift and the abundance of grace. We’ve also read about being slaves. Either we are slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness.

“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” {Romans 6:17-18}

I’ve been reflecting on Gospel Fitness as we’ve been reading in Romans. Belief leads to righteousness leads to newness of life and freedom in Christ. Our new life and freedom rescues us from a life of legalism or licentiousness. We can sin and be forgiven, but God forbid we want to sin when we have tasted of the goodness of life in Jesus. In Jesus, our appetites change.

And that’s something to rejoice about.

:: Tomorrow ::

Romans 7:1 & 6

Click here for earlier posts on Romans Reboot:

Invitation & Confession

Week 1: A Ruined RighteousnessThe Gospel of God...A Hidden GloryLoved by GodThe Righteousness of GodAccording to His WorksThe Praise of God

Week 2: But Now GodMeet Me InUpholding the LawExpecting a BlessingA Blessing to the Whole EarthCounted as RighteousWeek 2 Recap

Week 3: Standing in GraceWeakness & WrathReconciled & ReigningOn One Man’s ObedienceIdentity & RememberingUnder Law, Under Grace

 

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  1. The verse that resonated with me during these readings was Romans 6:6 – “We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” Ezekial 14:4 & 7 hinted that there would be a need for this very redemption. God described one who harbors idols in his heart as setting “the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face.” We can’t get away from them… the very things, positions, reputations we worship influence the way we see our world. As Paul David Tripp writes, it’s a principle of “inescapable influence. What controls our hearts controls our lives. God is yearning to get a hold of us – even back in Ezekial – “I the Lord will answer him as he comes with the multitude of his idols, that I may LAY HOLD OF THE HEARTS of the house of Israel, who are all estranged from me through their idols.” (Ez 14:4,5)

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