DIG for Saturday the 11th of April…. Don’t forget about the verse before and the verse after…..Romans 3 v 23

Reading verses out of context is not a good idea; we can lose the meaning of the passage by not reading the whole thing.

Take Romans 3 v 23 for example.

On its own this is not a very encouraging verse, saying that we have all sinned and come short of the standards expected by God.

Just reading that may make you think that God is upset with you or has not accepted you because of that sin.

This does not sound like good news, yet it becomes great news if we read the verse before and after it!

If we believe and have faith in Jesus then we have been made righteous by God (Romans 3 v 22).

Because of this we have been justified (set free or made righteous) and redeemed (had the ransom paid in full) through faith in the finished work (Romans 3 v 24).

This is the Gospel, the good news, that because of the finished work of Jesus Christ our sin is not an issue for God anymore.

Yes, we have sinned, and yes we will sin, however all sin has been paid for by Jesus (1 John 2 v 2).

All men need faith in Jesus as all men have sinned, that is what Romans 3 v 23 is saying.

But once you accept Jesus sin is not an issue for God.

Yes we once were sinners and caught in the trap of sin, now as a gift of grace through faith we are saints and prisoners of righteousness.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that I am redeemed, justified and made righteous”.

Romans 3 v 24…..For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

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DIG for Friday the 10th of April…. you’ve just got to love those buts #02…..Romans 6 v23

“Wow, I have never heard that last bit before”, was the comment as I read Romans 6 v 23.

Sitting in a Bible study a number of years ago this lady was surprised by what came after the BUT, as she had only ever been taught about the first part of the verse.

I agree that the first part of Romans 6 v 23 is true, but it is not the whole truth and it is not the Gospel (or good news).

Sin is terrible and sin is “terminal” if it is not dealt with.

BUT Jesus has dealt with it and paid the price on the cross (1 John 2 v 2).

Through Jesus, God has given us a gift that if we accept will result in eternal life with Him.

This verse must not be split but must be read in completion with an understanding of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Teachers of the law use this verse, or at least the start of it, to try and force their flock towards less sin in their life through guilt and condemnation.

That does not work!

It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance (Romans 2 v 4) and it is the understanding of righteousness that results in less sin in the life of a believer (1 Corinthians 15 v 34).

The love of God towards us and our righteousness through faith in Jesus are the keys to living a holy life.

It is the understanding of our position in Christ rather than our performance that is the key.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for you gift of eternal life through Him”.

Romans 6 v 23…..For the wages of sin is death; BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord