As Christadelphians we believe the Bible to be wholly inspired by God. Because of that we try and read three sections of the Bible every day: two from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.
In the New Testament, we have recently been reading Paul’s letter to Romans. In it we find words of encouragement, reminding us as to how we should be behaving as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul also reminds us of the frailty of human nature and how that can impact on our daily walk towards God’s Kingdom that is to be set up on the earth when the Lord Jesus Christ returns.
In Romans 5:12-15, we are reminded of how sin came into the world through the first man Adam condemning all men and women to eternal death. But then he goes on to describe how we have been given hope through Jesus Christ: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man’s [Jesus Christ] obedience, many will be made righteous” (v19). So, as a believer who has been baptised, our hope can be summed up in one verse in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Paul then goes into some detail as to how we should be changing our lives. Romans 8:5,11, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit, the things of the spirit…. But if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit which dwells in you”.
Paul reminds us then of the constant battle we have each day against sin. If we rise to the challenge then we have a wonderful hope which is summed up for us in Romans 11:22, “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness”.
Paul concludes his observation of God’s goodness by writing these lovely words of encouragement, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not, with him, also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32).
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