Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Monday, 18 April 2022:
Listen to this message by Ian Hamilton pointing out how Leviticus 16 speaks to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ — https://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/the-gospel-2016-national-conference/a-curse-for-us-the-death-of-christ
Romans 4 – Listen to this outstanding message by Michael Reeves on justification by faith — https://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/after-darkness-light-2018-regional-conference/here-i-stand-belfast
Romans 4:11 – “He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.”
We are not saved by our obedience; our obedience is evidence that we were actually saved, empowered by the Holy Spirit to overcome our sinful nature and obey. We are not saved by obedience, but we are sanctified through obedience. Do not grieve the Spirit, quench the Spirit, or get out of step with the Spirit through disobedience.
Romans 4:16 – “That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all….”
The children of Abraham are children in faith, not children in blood or genealogy. Faith is not handed down from one generation to the next, it is received individually by God’s grace through Jesus Christ.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 18 April 22: Today, renew your commitment to lead your family in wholehearted service to the Lord, and build a spiritual family that is united in the love of Jesus. (Romans 4:16)