Today’s reading is Romans 3.
You may not have believed me yesterday. But Paul makes it completely clear in today’s reading. Everyone who is patient in well-doing, who obeys the truth and righteousness, who does good, who seeks glory, honor, and immortality gets eternal life. But wait. “None is righteous, no, not one.” “No one seeks for God.” “No one does good, not even one.” “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Where does that leave us? Fury, wrath, tribulation, distress. That is what I deserve. That is what I’m headed for unless God gives me some other news. Praise God, He does. I am not justified by how well I have done good, obeyed righteousness, and sought immortality. I am justified by Jesus Christ on the cross. Don’t get me wrong. I am not justified while ignoring what is good, righteous, and immortal. But the good news is even though I am one of those who has disobeyed the truth and has obeyed unrighteousness, by the grace of Jesus Christ on the cross, I will be justified as a gift from God. That is good news. I don’t need to be ashamed of it. I need to proclaim it.
Tomorrow’s reading is Romans 4.
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Today’s reading is Romans 2.
Paul seems to give us a plan. He explains that everyone who does evil, obeying unrighteousness, whether Jew or Greek will suffer wrath and fury. However, those who seek glory, honor, and immortality by doing good will receive eternal life. Then he follows it up by saying “For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.” Wait a minute!!! The hinge between Paul’s teaching about the difference between the death-bound and the life-bound and this statement is “For God shows no partiality.” In other words, it doesn’t matter who you are, if you are good, you get life; if you sin, you get death. And that is the kicker. Romans 2:6-11 seems like an explanation of how to be saved. Instead, it is an explanation of why every one of us is lost. Sure, everyone who does good by seeking for glory, honor, and immortality by obeying truth gets eternal life. But everyone who sins whether under the Law or outside the Law perishes and is judged. Where does that leave me? I’m toast! I am a sinner. The news for me is bad. I need some good news. Praise God, Paul will be bringing some as we keep reading. Today, let the weight of the bad news settle on us, but don’t despair, Good News is coming.
Tomorrow’s reading is Romans 3.
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