For February 15th, 2017

For February 15th, 2017

First: Read Romans 4:13-25

Second: Watch this Video   

Third: Join this blog discussion at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 15th!

16 comments (Add your own)

1. Bill Marquette wrote:
Good evening to everyone. I hope you could make sense of the video this week. I have been battling an ear ache this week, but am doing much better now. I picked up an ear infection while in Myanmar but the doctors are on top of it and my medications are doing the job.

Please let me know as you enter the blog and lets start this week by letting me ask what is your favorite thought from this weeks reading.

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:25 PM

2. Sandy Littleton wrote:
Definitely my favorite thought is that we are saved by faith and grace and not works --where I feel I fall short.

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:29 PM

3. Bill Marquette wrote:
Good evening Sandy, thanks for joining the discussion. Yes, we will get more into that next week in Chapter 5 vs. 1-11. But the implication is strong here as well. The Bible tells us we are saved by several things. It also tells us we are justified by several things. Our salvation comes through the grace of God, but it also comes through the blood of Jesus. We are told that we are saved by faith, but just as Abraham, the father of the faithful, our faith causes us to take actions. Just like Abraham's faith moved him to action.

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:34 PM

4. Sandy Littleton wrote:
What would you save the difference is between "saved" and "justified"?

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:38 PM

5. Bill Marquette wrote:
It is VERY important to understand that our faith drives our actions and results in our salvation. Our actions can never cause us to earn our salvation. That is one of the reasons the old law was done away with. Men tried to earn their salvation for almost 1700 years, but it took God in the form of man to come to earth and earn our salvation for us.

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:39 PM

6. Sandy Littleton wrote:
Meant to say "What would you say. . ."

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:40 PM

7. Bill Marquette wrote:
Great question
Justification is the price paid for our salvation. We are justified by the blood of Christ, through the grace of God.

Faith is what justifies us in the eyes of the one who paid the price for our forgiveness. Faith is God's requirement for us. Just like Abrahams faith drove him to obedience, our faith moves us to obedience. But our obedience does not pay the debt that we owe.

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:44 PM

8. Bill Marquette wrote:
I John 1:7 tells us that if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son lenses us from all sin.

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

9. Bill Marquette wrote:
Cleanses "not" lenses

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:49 PM

10. Bill Marquette wrote:
I HATE to do this, but your question is spot on! So I will get into chapter 5 just a little. In the first two verses of chapter 5 we obtain peace with God. See how we obtain access to this grace and peace. It's by "faith" in verse 2.

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:53 PM

11. Sandy Littleton wrote:
I just looked up "justification by faith" and there are many different takes on it; prevailing though, is that it means to "make right". Whereas, in nonreligious terms, one could be saved without being made right. Stiff a little fuzzy though.
Thnks for your thoughts and efforts.

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:59 PM

12. Bill Marquette wrote:
Did those responses answer you question?

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 6:59 PM

13. Bill Marquette wrote:
Justification is an act that clears the books, so to speak.

Saved, when you are incapable of justifying yourself, you call upon the acts or actions of others to justify you, and ultimately save you.

As Christians we are saved, we don't save ourselves.

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 7:03 PM

14. Bill Marquette wrote:
What about vs. 25, that He was crucified for our sin and raised for our justification. Do you have any thoughts on that verse?

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 7:11 PM

15. Bill Marquette wrote:
Are there any other questions, or comments for the evening?

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 7:16 PM

16. Bill Marquette wrote:
If there are no other questions then I will sign off for the evening. Look forward to getting into chapter 5 next week.
Thanks for your questions and comments.

Bill Marquette

Wed, February 15, 2017 @ 7:20 PM

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