Friday, July 29, 2011

August 18, 2011 (1 Samuel 10; Romans 8; Jeremiah 47; Psalms 23-24)

I love the comments that D.A. Carson has on Romans 8. Particularly he asks us to consider what we think Paul means when he calls us “more than conquerors” (v.37). Does this refer to a certain subset of Christian folks who are powerful in the confrontation of temptation, extremely faithful and victorious in their prayer lives, and mature in their walk with God and relationships with others? In short does this refer to “super-Christians”? No, he says. Instead of thinking that this phrase refers to an elite branch of Christianity we must remind ourselves that the passage refers to ALL believers in Christ.  And the evidence that a person is one of these ordinary more than conquerors is that person persevering until the end. As Carson says:
“They persevere regardless of all opposition. That opposition may take the form of horrible persecution, of the kind that Scripture describes (v.35-38). It may be some other hardship, all the way to famine. The glories of life will not finally seduce them; the terrors of death will not finally sway them; neither the pressures of the present nor the frustrations of the future will destroy them (v.38). Neither human powers nor anything else in all creation, not even all the powers of hell unleashed, can ‘separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’”
Let us marinate in that truth today!

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