Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Romans 1, 2, 3, 4
Here is my SOAP for today, Friday, November 30, 2018
Romans 1:11 “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”
16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
Romans 2:28 “A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code.”
Romans 3:21 “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”
Romans 4:3“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6, 22)
I never get tired of reading Romans. It’s such a powerful explanation of the difference between the Law and grace through faith. The “flesh” and the “Spirit.” Outward vs. inward.
The bottom line, righteousness cannot be attained through the Law… only by faith.
As a pastor, I love Romans 1:11 about imparting spiritual gifts… they are more caught than taught.
We teach what we know. We can only impart what we live. I rely heavily on this principle when I am speaking/teaching/preaching. I trust in impartation more so than what I am teaching, although they certainly go hand in hand…
I trust in You, Lord… to impart gifts as I am speaking. I trust in the Holy Spirit to do His work!