Reflections following a fellowship meeting…

Human existence may be as a vapor; it is not, however, insignificant.  That an all-powerful all-knowing, ever-present God would give as was given is proof we are of worth to the Creator.  Of worth, while not worthy; believing a lie rather than truth; exalting self over humility; desiring independence opposed to dependence on the provider of life.  Where is truth?  Where is a true perspective?  What loving father would willingly give up his son as a sacrifice to atone for the wrongs of a people who really didn’t care?  Yet God loves His creation that much.

Can any of us create something from nothing?  Yet many thumb their noses at the power who did.  We call that a special kind of stupid?  The child will choose the candy over the nourishing food and suffer disease and death.  The childish humanity chooses an inflated view of self over knowledge of the Creator and suffers disease and death; of the soul, mind and spirit.  A clear picture of foolishness and how can one make this clear to those who do not see?  Pray to the God of creation that eyes be opened, ears unplugged and understanding restored.

What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

My physical existence is a flash; but my spiritual existence is forever.

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Faith is believing, believing is life

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Romans 5:12-15

 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.

Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.

We have life!  The death we die is not final but more than that this life in the present is full of his grace.  We have access to the power of God and it can be evident daily in our lives.  We have the gift when we exercise the faith that allows us to believe this truth.  We can believe and so we can live.

Faith allows us to believe…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Romans 5:6-11

 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

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.

Christ did not die for a people eagerly waiting for him, all ‘cleaned-up’ and righteous, looking forward to his death and resurrection.  Those looking for him expected a strong king, who would free them from their bondage to their  enemies.  “In that while we were yet sinners…”  Carry that forward to today and we still have many who think they must get ‘cleaned up’ first; before they accept the gift Christ offers.

The parallels of the spiritual and natural or physical world can clearly be seen.  Christ is a strong king who will free us from bondage; the bondage of sin under the enemy of our soul.  Accepting Christ’s offer of redemption – sin paid for; of salvation – free from bondage to sin and its penalty – death; of life that is abundant; full of hope, peace and love brings us reconciliation with God.  Accepting his sacrifice for us gives us righteousness, God’s righteousness. The ‘cleaning up’ comes after we take the trip to the cross and accept what Christ has done for us.  It takes faith that this is truth to accept his gifts.