Paul turns his discussion from the realm of theory and possibility into the bright light of reality. As he describes what the Romans now have, please notice that all who have walked the Pathway of Hope have exactly the same possessions!
The Good News is not only that there IS hope and a promise, but that the hope and promise are available to you the same way Abraham received it – by simply trusting what God has already done!
The Pathway of Hope is not a new trail! It is a well-worn path that has carried many along its way. Paul shows us this familiar trail being walk by two of the most well-known names in Israel’s history.
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 condemnation or punishment.” What an […]
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 of Hope begins an upward […]
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 crucial point in his presentation […]
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! Consider the wonder of Christmas […]
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 have also been given unique […]
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 between having a symbol of […]
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 to help their cause,a nd […]