So we’ve started Romans. Hold on to your seats and take your time because Romans is tricky. I was slowed up in the first few paragraphs.
Today my thinking was focused on things we know but often miss. I’ve pasted a few examples.
Obedience comes from faith.
Through him (Jesus) and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. Romans 1:5
Obedience comes from faith, not the other way around. We know that is true. It doesn’t seem like it should be confusing and yet within the church world we do so much that suggests that if we just get folks to obey they’ll find faith. Kids are forced to church every week in hopes that an obedience first faith later plan will work.
Those I think of as “foolish” are my responsibility.
I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. Romans 1:14
As carriers of this good news we don’t get to declare that some folks are too foolish for it. It may well be that the ones we think of as being the most foolish are the ones that we are obligated to connect with. Sadly, I think I’ve done a lot of running away from the “foolish” ones instead of running into that obligation.
A real righteousness can be seen.
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17
Somehow this Gospel we share does more than bring about faith that leads to obedience, it’s more than a message of forgiveness to everyone. Somehow the Gospel reveals a righteousness that comes from God. What is that? Do we see that today?
Seriously what do you think that looks like?
(More Romans tomorrow at 10AM at Story Point)