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  1. Rom 1:16-17
    V16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

    V17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

    It is of necessity that the gospel is turned to flesh ie to live within our hearts. Wen it does, it reveals the righteousness of (righteousness which comes from) God. The gospel shows us how unworthy we are yet God treats us as if we were right - justification.

    Our lives must reveal the power of the gospel, the justification in us must show thru our conduct and our treatment of others. Then we will share the gospel without much effort becos the gospel at work in us will show thru our conduct and attract others

    If God calls us "a royal priesthood, a holy nation" wen in and of ourselves are not, it is a call to for us to also see others as nice pipo they are supposed to be and not as they are. Wen we do, it gives us fulfilment to carry on with joy regardless of wat treatment we receive from others.

  2. This weeks lesson seems to do a bit of a 180 on the reality of what James taught. As I see it James message was that there is no way for love to be static. Love IS a verb - is behavior. This aligns obviously with John - in 14:21 etc. and of course the words of Jesus in Matt 5. Also, if it is grace alone and has nothing to do with what we do - do we not them ride back into John Calvin's camp where choice is gone? Love is choice too. Besides, just what is it we will be judged for? I seems that the fact that there is going to be a judgment is lost on us when we think behavior is besides the point. Seems to me that behavior IS the point.
    Love is not a feeling but is what we do in spite of what we feel. Thank you James for verifying that.

    • Gary, James was a very practical person who saw a creeping disregard for doing what is right. I think a lot of that was because people were misinterpreting what Paul was saying as Peter said, "as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures" (2 Pet. 3:15-16 NKJV).

      Paul never undercut the necessity of good works. His message was that we are not saved by them but rather by the grace of God in the form of a free gift. In the second half of all his doctrinal epistles Paul went into the things we are to do. To him it was part of being a Christian that we did because we are saved and have become the children of God (1 Jn 3:1).

  3. Tuesday December 23

    ''The Gospel in Paul...''
    ...Wrong conclusions. We are not justified in our sins. We are transformed into new creatures who no longer sin.


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