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Romans blog post 3: Graceland

January 24, 2015

“Grace, She takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name” U2 – Grace (from the album ‘All that you can’t leave behind’)

Romans 1:5

Paul says that he and his colleagues had received 2 things through Jesus. Grace and apostleship.

Grace. Now that is what we all need.

To be treated as we don’t deserve. To receive blessings from God that we have done nothing to earn. Grace which is bought at a price.

God’s
Riches
At
Christ’s
Expense

Nothing we have done. It is all about the love and grace of God supremely demonstrated in the giving of his Son Jesus.

Jesus pays the price. We get the riches. Now there is cause for thanks and praise. Amazing grace. Let that fill your worship!

So grace is not just Paul’s experience. It is for all those who reach out to Jesus In faith. Who recognise that God’s riches at my expense doesn’t work. We need Jesus.

As well as that grace Paul had a particular calling. To apostleship. He has already set that up for is in verse 1. To give witness to that which he has seen.

But to who? Or is it whom?

Paul had a call. A very specific one. Not to the Jews, but to the Gentiles. A reminder that the good news of Jesus is not just for one nation but is for the whole world. Paul was a pioneer. Taking the message of Jesus to the world.

The call is then made to obedience.

Is Paul going out preaching salvation by obedience. No obedience is not what brings change. Obedience is the result of that change.

Grace comes from faith.

Obedience comes from faith.

Paul and co go out in the name of Jesus to bring pleasure and glory to him.

Those who have received grace now seek to share that grace. Grace becomes a way of life. A life of generosity.

What is God calling you to do? Then do it. But do it with grace. Don’t treat people as they deserve but freely offer all that God has for them.

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