December 5

Romans 15:4-6

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.” vs 4

Paul obviously held the Hebrew scriptures in high regard and was familiar with all they had to say. It was important for him to align his teaching with what had been taught in the law and the prophets. He believed that everything that had happened in Jesus was consistent with what had been written in the former days. Because he knew those scriptures so well he regularly quoted from them in his letters to the congregations. They provided a solid foundation for the Spirit-led reformation that had begun in Jesus and that found expression in the gospel of grace. Some say that we’re on the verge of a new reformation, that the time is ripe for another Spirit-inspired movement that will spell the end of religion and the beginning of new cooperation and harmony among the people of God. If that’s the case we would be wise to remember Paul’s words and maintain our connections with the scriptures. They are what keep us grounded in Jesus! As we struggle to understand the bible our faith is stretched and strengthened and we find encouragement for daily living. Our faith ancestors were dealing with the same issues we face, and their insights and conclusions provide wonderful guidance. We neglect their words at our peril.

Thought for the Day: If the bible is so great, why don’t people read it?

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