Good news, bad news

Readings Romans 5 

 

Dear fellow slave(I Corinthians 9:19),

 

Do you like good news, bad news jokes?  Here is an old one for you.

 

Below decks in a Roman galley, the slave master addresses the slaves chained to their oars: “Slaves, the good news is that at the next port there will be food and grog for everyone. The bad news is that this afternoon the captain wants to go water skiing.”

 

It seems like there has been a lot of bad news spoken of in the first few chapters of Romans.  The truth is, the human condition is not good apart from Christ.  Now there is good news in the first few chapters, but when you get to chapter 5, it really comes alive even more.  Speaking of the word more, that is the word that is frequent in Romans 5

 

Last year at camp, I enjoyed great meal after great meal.  Each meal tasted like more.(“Please, may I have some more?)  That sounds bad.  I also enjoy great meals at home that taste like more.  (Sorry LisaJ)

 

Listen to the “mores” of Romans 5.

 

Romans 5:9 (NIV)
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Romans 5:10 (NIV)
10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

 

 

Romans 5:15 (NIV)
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!


Romans 5:17 (NIV)
17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.


Romans 5:20 (NIV)
20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

Some of the  bad news in Romans is found in

 Romans 1:21 (NASB95)
21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Romans 1:25 (KJV)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.

 

 

The good news is found in  

Romans 5:1 (KJV)
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

The bad news is that each of us on our own choose to serve ourselves more than God, each turning to his own way, thus deserving the wrath of God.  The good news is that if we put our trust in Christ, He treats us just as if we never had sinned(That is really what Justification means), just as if we had never turned away from Him in the first place.  And now we not only are at peace with Him, not worrying about His wrath, He has given us the MUCH MORE of our Salvation, Jesus Christ within.  The Life of Christ is the good news, great news, phenomenal news.  

 

Would you like MORE?  In Jesus is the fullness of God.(Colossians 2:910)   When you have Jesus, there is no MORE you can have, but you need to learn all about the MORE you have and learn to yield to Him, making yourself available to Him to experience this MORE.

 

Enjoy Him today!

 

Thankful for MORE,

 

Steve 

 

I pray this for you today:

Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,
15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

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