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The book of Romans is jam packed with truth about God’s grace, our sinfulness, and the importance of faith. This week, Todd focused on Romans 3-4 and the importance of having faith that God will cover our sin.
“We must have faith that God will save because we cannot save ourselves. The law can show us where we have failed, but cannot help us change that. Imagine, if you will a married couple, we’ll call them Tom and Jane. If Tom lies to Jane one time, and then tells her the truth one time, should she trust him? No! (Or as Paul would say, “By no means!”) Tom has only told the truth 50% of the time. He is a liar and not to be trusted. What if Tom told one lie and then told the truth 10 times? Better but still very untrustworthy. 1 out of 10, still a liar. What if he told the truth 100 times? 1000 times? 1,000,000 times? Well, a million is a lot. We’d probably trust him then. But does the million times change the fact that he lied? No. By lying one time, he is by definition a liar, and there is nothing he can do to change that. He may become more trustworthy, but he cannot change the lie.
We are by definition sinners. We have fallen short of the goal of perfection that God has set. And we now, by faith, believe that God will act on our behalf. We trust that He will do the one thing we cannot; He will change who we are. He will erase the lie. He will place the lie on His Son Jesus at the cross and condemn it. God makes us righteous, not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done. And we believe.”
I love Todd’s example of the married couple. I have only been married for a little over a month, but I can already see the amazing importance of grace in marriage…and the faith you have to have in God in order to extend grace to someone else. Sometimes it takes even more faith in God to accept his grace for yourself!
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