Good Wednesday morning. I pray that you are getting out to enjoy the last few warm days. The sunshine felt so good yesterday. 84 degrees on the first day of fall is pretty nice. I invite you to a nature walking worship service tonight at 6 if you can make it. We’ll be walking through the prayer path just east of our memorial garden. It won’t be a long walk. Just slow and meditative with readings, songs, and prayers.
Using a common Jewish technique, Paul interprets one passage of scripture in light of others.
5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say?
“The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart”
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
I love this sentence: “if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” The promise of life does not require human effort, but rather, faith in the Messiah whom God has sent.
I pray that we all give more than lip service to Christ and believe deep in our hearts that the resurrection is true.
Paul also writes that “there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.” That is a good reminder to us in this divisive political scene. The same Lord is Lord of all political stripes. Let’s treat one another like we believe that!
Blessings on your day,