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Exodus Paradigm (29)

May 31st, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: Romans 1:1-7

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.(NIV)

How are we to live in this world? What can we learn from the early church who lived under the might of Rome?

But then Paul defines the gospel as concerning the Son of God who is descended from the Jewish royal house (as opposed to anyone else’s – you know the Roman emperors tried to claim descent from all sorts of people way back to Romulus and Remus if they could), and he was designated Son of God in power by the Holy Spirit through the resurrection of the dead.

5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

“Tiberius is Lord, down on your knees and pay the taxes,” and actually that is much more like what the gospel is about. The gospel is that Jesus Christ is Lord, which doesn’t mean “If you fancy a new sort of religious experience sign on here.” It’s a demand for, as Paul says, the obedience of faith, which is very strong.

7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:

At the foundation of the Exodus is God’s faithfulness to the covenant he made with Abraham, reconfirmed with Isaac and Jacob to be a blessing to all people.

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Exodus Paradigm (28)

May 30th, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: 1John 4:16-19

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. (NIV)

This again is a very important cornerstone of our understanding of salvation. It relies on God’s love for us. In fact that is really the only thing to rely on.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.

That’s a big statement. No wonder we reflect on his life and death. The anointing of the Spirit is to impart the same life within us. Because the Spirit is dwelling in us we can know that he will lead us in this direction, transforming us to our eventually fullness in the resurrection.

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

That’s why Paul prayed for the church the way he did. There is a power in this love that overcomes all fear and gives a confidence.

19 We love because he first loved us.

That’s our only true response to such profound love for us. We can see why we must remember the Lord’s death until he comes. It reassures us of God’s great love for us.

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Exodus Paradigm (27)

May 29th, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: 1John 4:7-15

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.(NIV)

12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

We know God through the love he demonstrated through his Son. We see what he is like in the actions of love we have toward one another.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

Again it is the Spirit that establishes these realities in us. None of this makes sense without the Spirit within us.

14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.

That is a very important statement we will develop more in the next series.

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