So, Paul is still in Corinth, but he writes a letter to the Romans in advance of his trip there. Today, we are reading Romans 2, 3 and 4. There’s so much here, and so little time in a short blog! I’m hoping that you are finding your own highlights and digging in deeper than we are able to go together in these few words. What stands out to you today?
“there is no partiality with God” 2:11
“all have sinned and fall short” 3:23
“all under sin” 3:29
“Now it was not written for his [Abraham’s} sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead” 4:23-24
Jesus was delivered for our sins and we are justified through His resurrection. If you have time, read these chapters in the Message translation as well, and notice the emphasis on ALL. This wasn’t just for the Jew, this wasn’t just for Abraham or David, this was for EVERYONE who believed in Jesus. I’ve had to skip the history lesson every day this year (that’s been tough for me!), but it’s important to note here: at this time, Rome’s population was estimated to be up to 40% slaves. Imagine how healing this was, how desperately important this was for them to hear Paul says, “It’s not for a select few – its for all of us. There’s no difference in people – all of us are valuable to God.”
Jesus is so kind to us – we could earn His love or ever deserve it, but He offers it freely. Thank You Lord!