Peace with God

Romans 5:1-11 The bad, the good and really good - John W

John reads to us Romans 5:1-11 and asks three questions:

  • Does our faith measure up under oppression and persecution? Rom 5: 1-5

  • How do we know God loves us? evidence Rom 5: 6-8

  • Can we be sure we are saved from Gods wrath. Rom 5:9-11 Can we rely upon Jesus?

In considering this passage he also reflects upon the recent controversy generated by Israel Folau.
Is it hateful to give someone a warning? The truth is that it is hateful to be indifferent and to say nothing. The opposite of love is not hate but indifference. What John concludes though is that the message in Folau’s tweet wasn’t untrue but rather it is incomplete. The remedy needs to be given as well. He suggests the followup Tweet needs to be ‘For all have sinned including me, and fallen but the gift of god is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord’

Vs 1 says ‘Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ’'

The benefits of the righteousness we have in Christ when we believe is very good news.

  • We have peace with God; we have been reconciled.

  • We stand in Grace through whom we have access by faith

  • We can rejoice or boast in the hope of the glory of God

  • God has poured his love into our hearts; we are not separate or independent from God, He indwells us with His Holy Spirit.

  • We have been reconciled with God.

Greatly Rejoice! 2 Peter 3:11-18 Future Vision - John H

John encourages us from 2 Peter to live a life motivated by a future vision of an impending judgment by investing in things that have eternal worth:
1, the souls of men and women,
2 the knowledge of the scriptures, and
3 the knowledge of God
Vision drives action and a vision of the future, and knowledge of God's past judgments, should compel us to share the gospel message to people who are perishing. God's judgment will be sudden, catastrophic, and unexpected.

2 Cor 5:10 : Will our works past the fire test
Prov 28:10 : 'Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint'

Given Sunday, 27 February, 2011, 5 days after the devastating Christchurch earthquake.