through the eye

October 27, 2014

light vs darkness

Somehow many of the world’s religions have assumed that God is a kindly old gentleman who is so tenderhearted toward the sinner that He is willing and able to receive any pittance which the sinner offers to Him as the basis for that person’s salvation. As a consequence, there are many religions which teach man to struggle through life, isolating himself from happiness and from anything providing pleasure, in order that he may win an escape from the person that he really is and from the responsibility which that brings.

A horde of religious acts are saddled on grieving sinners with the solemn promise that by keeping these works, the sinner somehow will gain favor before a holy God. Sinners are led to believe that by these works they may gain the favor of God and release from the judgment which they deserve. Romans 1–6 explains that such an approach to salvation is part of the broad way which leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13). Or, just as bad, many teach that God’s work through Christ on the cross was not quite adequate to achieve a man’s salvation without certain vital works which the sinner must contribute.

The first 6 books deals clearly with the technical, legal means by which God has made this provision available for fallen man without impugning God’s own righteousness. God is perfectly just. In His perfect righteousness He will not make one step which would make Him unjust in order to save fallen man. He will not accept any work which a person may offer to Him as a basis for the sinner’s salvation. The first half of the book of Romans is a treasure in that it resolves this otherwise insolvable problem. It explains precisely how God is able to save fallen mankind without Himself becoming guilty by forgiving man without a just basis for doing so.

Paul in Romans very clearly explains that there actually is only one way by which a person can be saved. It is the way which has been provided by God as a free gift on the basis of the finished work of the Messiah.

Romans is possibly the most important book of the bible.

 

If I could only have two books of the bible it would be the Gospel of John and the book of Romans. If I could only have one book it would be a hard choice but it would be the Book of Romans.

 

If I were to test a candidate for ordination or the pulpit I would quiz him on the book of Romans.

 

If you told me you were a mature believer I would quiz you on the Book of Romans. And if you told me you were interested in growing as a Christian, you can guess.

 

Yes I read other books, it’s one of the most frequent questions I get; “what are you reading?”

So here’s my current reading list;

  1. Orthodoxy by C. G. Chesterton

  2. The Confessions of St. Augustine

  3. The Imitation of Christ (which I just keep reading over and over again).

  4. What’s missing from your bible; by David Daniels

  5. The Common Book of Pray for everyday Radicals

  6. Translators Revived: A biography of the Authors of the English Version of The Holy Bible

  7. A Gospel Primer

  8. And gasp, a 4 Volume set on the history of the Detective Novel (I’m so ashamed).

So at my funeral I know it’s kind of pagan but would somebody please slip into my casket or funeral pyre a book. (If it’s a comic book make it the Green Lantern).

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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