We have been brought to an amazingly beautiful place on the Pathway of Hope. We have been shown just how guilty and defenseless we are and then shown that there is hope to be found. This hope is God’s righteousness, freely declaring those who by rights are guilty as “not worthy of
Today we see the greatest reversal in history! The first word of today’s text tells us a great change is taking place. Once we have seen the darkness and despair of sin and our condition, we are ready for our situation to change – and change it does! The Pathway
Paul addresses a third group in the Roman church – one that did not identify primarily with either Jew or Gentile. Paul is quick to point out that even THEY are guilty before God. There is no group that can claim a superior standing with God. Paul builds to a
The wonder of Christmas is a remarkable experience. The first Christmas was not without its wonder either. We read of the events that unfolded on that silent night in the little town of Bethlehem; we marvel at the joyous news; we simply are amazed that God did something for us!
The apostle Paul addresses the arguments of those who felt that they truly DID have an advantage with God. There ARE advantages to being part of God’s chosen people, but those advantages are not what some might imagine them to be. We need to hear what Paul says, as we
The familiar “matching cards game” proves to be a good illustration for what some in the church of Rome were doing. They were hoping to find a match among their deeds, their ancestry, and their possessions that would earn God’s favor. Paul points out that there is a big difference
Paul addresses those who are self-righteous. Instead of comparing themselves to something inferior, so they could feel superior, he brings them face to face with the ideal standard of righteousness so they, too, will conclude they are guilty and in need of God’s mercy. Paul looks at what was thought
Paul opens a dialogue with folks who think they “aren’t that bad.” Even THEY need a Savior! How will God judge those who are not only unrighteous, but self-righteous as well? We find that God judges with a universal judgment, a judgment based on production and a very just judgment.