Devotional For 1/17/16

Read Romans 5:12-21

Whew!  This is a difficult passage to read.  It’s laid out very logically, but the sentences are long and it can be difficult to keep track.  We had to read this passage a few times through to make sure we got it.  And it’s worth it!  Ultimately, the truth it presents is one that is full of hope and life.  It says that even though the fall was terrible, even though it lead to the death of everybody— really, everybody— God in his grace plans to fix that.  God already has fixed that.  The beauty of the gospel is that in Jesus, we get a free gift of righteousness.  Which means that  even though we’re fallen people living in a fallen world all day, every day, we can be confident that God’s grace will supply all of our righteousness.

Question for Reflection: How have you experienced God’s grace in your life?

Read 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

This passage is very similar to the Romans  passage we also read.  The difference here, is that the Fall and Redemption exist as part of a process that we are still in the middle of.  Yes, Satan has already been destroyed and we can be confident of our victory in Christ.  But in this passage we see that this is an ongoing process that is happening all around us.  We live in a world that is somewhere between defeat of sin, and defeat of death.  Every day, we need new grace to live in that world.  But the good news is, we have someone in power; Jesus.  We’re fighting the battle from the winning side.

Question for Reflection: What struggles are you in the middle of?  How are you still waiting to see how God is going to make things right?

Reflections by Wayne and Amy Giacalone

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