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March 02, 2009 at 7:04pm |
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Genesis 17:17, 1516: God confirms his covenant with Abram and Sarai. Part of the confirmation is the changing of their names to Abraham and Sarah. God oftens in computer tech terms gives out new usernames and profiles to indicate the new direction and new agendas for those whom He calls. The outward changes are but exterior symbols of one's deeper internalization of God's new directions for our lives.
Romans 4: 1325: Paul writes to the Romans to clarify the difference between adherence to the Law and the Righteousness wrought by Faith. Ultimately Abraham's obedience to the Law was counted unto him as Righteousness (Romans 4:22). Abraham was justified because he believed in a God who brought life from death. So we are justified by believing in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. Martin Luther believed that Abraham's righteousness was ultimately achieved apart from the Law: That Abraham's salvation was imputed to him by God. St. Paul picks up with this theme by reminding his readers that we are saved by Grace through Faith and not of works (the Law) lest anyone should boast (Eph. 2:8).
Mark 8:3138 Following Peter's Confession of His Messiahship, Jesus chronicles what such confession entails: Passion, death, suffering. Jesus ties together what Peter's Confesssion means: It means comimg to terms with similarly costly discipleship from all who dare to follow him. Serving with Christ always entails the possiblity that we may be called upon to die with Him, with the Promise that those who die with Christ will also be raised with Him. Paul said it like this: "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain."
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