30 Days With The Apostle Paul: Day 1
Started my “30 Day Pilgrimage with Paul” this morning, while journeying to work on the bus. I listened to the audio Bible on my iPod, and went from Romans 1 to Romans 9.
It was an amazing morning and the day has only begun. It started with breakfast with Lori, and then listening to the Book of Romans on the bus. A great start to the day. You can listen to the ESV Bible on audio at this link.
The “exclusive act” of Jesus Christ is the act that makes the Good News of the Gospel “inclusive.”
ROMANS 5 [The Message]
18-19 Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right. 20-21 All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.
The Gospel, the good news of the Kingdom of God, has been revealed and fulfilled through the exclusive manifestation of the “God-man”, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who invaded space and time, fully God and fully man, and through his life, ministry, sacrifice, death, resurrection and glorification, God took the exclusive, uniqueness of Jesus Christ, and through the death of this one righteous man, included all of humanity into His Kingdom. Through the excusivity of Jesus, God expressed His inclusivity for all.” ~ Sam Buick