Week 43   Day 3

 

 

                        often we think of sin as those bad things

                        that really bad people do 

 

                        and so we begin to excuse ourselves 

                                    justifying little acts of revenge 

                                    by reasoning that we were injured first 

 

                                    rationalizing some of our wrongs 

                                    that they were not so bad or unusual 

 

                        sometimes saying that one is sorry                       

                        is the hardest phrase to express

 

                                    but these can be healing words 

                                                                 helping words 

                                                                 holy words 

 

                        even the person we refer to as Saint Paul 

                        knew that he sinned 

                                    the good which he wanted to do

                                                he didn't

                                    and the evil he did not want to do

                                                that he did  

 

                                    interesting 

                                    that saints are sinners too 

                                    in need of

                                                repentance 

                                                redemption 

                                                reconciliation  

 

                                                                        ---rus

 

 

 

                   OUTWARD FORMS OF RELIGION

No awareness of sin, no repentance, no newness of life.

                                       Romans 2 & 3

 

     12As many as have sinned without the law will also perish

without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be

judged by the law 13(for not the hearers of the law are just in

the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;

14when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the

things in the law, these are a law to themselves, 15who show

the work of the law written in their hearts).

    17 Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make

your boast in God.  18You know His will, and approve things

that are excellent, being instructed out of the law.  19You are

confident that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those in

darkness, 20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes,

having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. 

    21You who teach another, do you not teach yourself?  You

who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?  22You

who say, "Do not commit adultery," do you commit adultery? 

You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?  23You who boast

in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?

    25Circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law;

but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has

become uncircumcision.  26 If an uncircumcised man keeps the

righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision

be counted as circumcision?  27And will not the physically

uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who are a

transgressor of the law?  28For he is not a Jew who is one

outwardly; 29but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and

circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the

letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

    1What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of

circumcision?  2Much!  Because to them were committed the

oracles of God.  3What if some did not believe?  Will their

unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 

4Certainly not!

    9What then?  Are we better than they?  Not at all.  Both

Jews and Greeks are all under sin.  10 It is written:  "There

is none righteous, not one.  11There is none who understands;

there is none who seeks after God.  12All have turned aside."

    19Whatever the law says, it says to those who are under

the law.  20By the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified

in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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