Franklin Gothic Book – (Today, I would have had my third interview at the local Bob Evans, but since the snow is comming down so much it was rescheduled for tomorrow. Our American Boxer could have her puppies any day now – well, night, really and it may be much closer than we think. We have been and still are under a blizzard watch not counting the three to five inches of snow that is continuing to rain down on us. The exchange student will attend a confrence in San Francisco, and he’ll get out of school to do it – it’s bound to be an unforgettable experience. My hands turned blue once. The power went out yesterday for an hour and a half and I made a fire. It’s quiet, too quiet – well it was earlier today, but now it’s not so much.)
I already have several entries prepared, the first two chapters of Romans. It’s not an easy thing to hear, but it lays it all out better than I could. I didn’t just want to jump into the series without warning you because it’ll be one of the longer series I’ll go through. I don’t know if I’ll post it like the ‘An American Crisis’ series or post it like I usually do, in order.
Paul was writing to the Christians in Rome, the very heart of the Roman Empire. This was the city where food and entertainment were free and idolatry was the recognized religion. How were the Christians to answer for their belief when people didn’t really pay much attention to Jerusalem and wouldn’t care about a rabbi?
Paul argues that all humanity is guilty and accountable to God for sin and that it is only through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that humanity can attain salvation. Therefore, God is both just and the one who justifies. In response to God’s free, sovereign and graceful action of salvation, humanity can be justified by faith.
So consider yourself warned, once you delve into these passages there is no going back.