I love the book of Romans! If I want to emulate anyone in the word beside Jesus, it would be the Apostle Paul!
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True, cactusflower18, Romans is a wonderful book, rich in “solid food” truths, as we grow in faith in our Lord JESUS CHRIST. I concur with you that Paul is worth emulating. His epistles shows his character both past and present and how GOD changes him, giving him Godly wisdom and perspective; conveying it to the churches then and for us now, to follow.
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What beautiful work of God’s Son for our salvation!
True, Jim, JESUS’ “work for our salvation” is wonderful, and yes, it holds true to the two other Persons in the Triune GOD. The set of key words here is “righteous requirement” of GOD the FATHER that He sent His only Son, JESUS to be born, live and walk among sinful humans in the fallen world. JESUS, even tempted by Satan, did not sin nor encourage sinning. The SON of GOD is the righteous requirement and thus fulfilled the Law. And His sacrifice on the cross as a sin less “Son of Man” that bore GOD the FATHER’s wrath for all our sins (countless to imagine), gives us the righteousness we can’t even work an inch for nor achieve on our own. As we declare in faith to our Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST, and thus justified by faith as His elect (only GOD knows His own), the HOLY SPIRIT works in us, sanctifying us in the process. GOD bless you and your family!
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How amazing that the Triune God is involved with our salvation. That’s one thing I’m blessed by is seeing your strong Trinitarian awareness with our salvation!
Thank you for the encouragement, Jim! All three Persons in the Godhead is involved in our Salvation. By knowing the role, we appreciate GOD more and not consider other “demigods”, mortals, and “spirits” to be our intercessors or receiving our praise/confessions.
Yeah! If we know how the Triune God relate and redeem, those lesser creatures won’t be worshipped.
True, Jim! It all boils down to: it is all the Triune GOD’s divine grace/work in us and we just humbly accept it with faith, hope for His promises, and love to the GOD who only looks for our welfare. How is your area and air quality so far?
The fire is spreading more closer to the residential areas near where I live. They are short of fire fighters because of the many fires so this one near us they say might be burning till October…
Praying for you and your family’s safety, Jim! Just be alert and it is high time to develop and implement a safety plan with go bags. An N95 mask is best suited for those particles.
Thank you for your prayers, I’m going to start looking for N95 and I know there was before a shortage here in the states…
Yes, there was shortage sometime in Feb and March. There must be a big demand now with the fires and the low air quality that follows. Evaluate the plan and check the go bag items just to be ready.
We are packed and ready
Thanks for sharing your 9/11 own story. That must have been surreal taking a class on a graduate level International studies program
True, it was an unthinkable and unbelievable for us when we dicussed the global event. We were used to the notion of the nation state actor and not a non-state one. The book, “clash of civilizations” became a hit back then. Some questions in the compre exams a sem later were about 9/11. It encouraged me to take online courses on the subject years later after the program.
Wow brother that’s incredible you read Clash of Civilization, I know its a controversial book and one I wish I can get around to sometime
Reading requirement. Yes it is controversial as it involves or correlates religion with conflict in the lenses of geopolitics.
Gersom you are quite knowledgeable
Not at all, Jim. There are many things to know about the Triune GOD and His creation (i.e. all the fields of study in the world). Those mundane information can also help us share the Gospel and encourage people in CHRIST, as long as our perspective to the “worldy information” is according to the Gospel of who GOD is and His saving grace.
Agreed about those information in relations and comparison to Knowing God. Still you do know and read a lot from comics to geopolitics!
Thank you, Jim! Just reading, watching, and listening to various interests and topics. We may not use them directly to evangelize but GOD has a way that we encounter those materials/sources to give us worldly examples based on/as we reflect on His word (e.g. waht the fallen world is, seeing GOD’s grace, trusting GOD more).
You’re welcome! I agree with you about the indirect use by God of things in the world of God’s common grace.
Yes, we can appreciate grace more and still in awe to the awesome GOD who is sovereign and created it all.
Amen, all things should move us back to worship!
Yes, Jim! Having that mindset, we cannot be swayed by philosophies, other religion, or the new age.
Indeed you are right
And amen Gersom!
I am currently studying the Book of Romans .
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A great book indeed, Crissy! Aside from the Gospels, it is the next best thing for me along with James and Revelation. Crissy, this video from the Bible Project helped me during the second time I read Romans.
Part 1 https://youtu.be/ej_6dVdJSIU
Part 2 https://youtu.be/0SVTl4Xa5fY
Their other videos also were good introductory references before reading each book of the Bible. GOD bless you!
Thank you for the links Clark.
Grace and Peace be multiplied to you
You are welcome, Crissy! Likewise, a blessed peaceful day ahead my friend! And may GOD give your ministry team the strength and endurance.
True, Littlemermaidwrites, these are wonderful words to know and live by. GOD the FATHER is graceful to the unworthy us that He sent JESUS, His SON, to be in the world of sinners. JESUS ate, walked, talked, healed, forgave, and died for sinners so that we will have faith, hope, and love in the resurrected and ascended CHRIST who cleanses all our sins. GOD bless you!
Apostle Paul proclaims Christ is the source of Salvation. Amen!
Amen! Paul is inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT to proclaim that it points to JESUS the founder and perfecter of our faith, thus the source of our Salvation.
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