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SERIES FOR LENT - what the death of Jesus achieved

Can God be Trusted? YES!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Rom 1:16-17)


Romans 3:21-31 Christian Standard Bible

21 But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets. 22 The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24 they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as the mercy seat by his blood, through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. 26 God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be just and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. 28 For we conclude that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law

 

Can God be trusted - even when things go wrong or are confusing?


Or when we fail?

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, (Heb 10:26)  


The death of Jesus is far more all inclusive and comprehensive that what we may imagine

“God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself.” 2 Cor.5:19

To me…this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Eph 3:7-11)


The death of Jesus declares - God can be trsuted to acomplish that which he has always planned.


Romans 3 has echoes of Isaiah chapters 40-55

Comfort, Comfort my people says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed. That her sin has been paid for. That she has received form the Lord’s hand double for all her sins… Is.40:1,2


Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations…; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the LORD… “I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. (Isa 42:1-7)



21 But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets. 22 The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24 they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as the mercy seat by his blood, through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness,, (Rom 3:21-24)

God has now come and accomplished Savlation (with all that that means) for His people

The Psalmists knew that this is what God is like - God is faithful!

Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Psalm 143:1

Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD. (Psa 36:5-6)


So despite Israel's failure - God's plan is not disrupted

“What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?” (Romans 3:3). 


Why? Well as Jonah declares: “for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.” (Jon 4:2)

Consider Habakkuk whom Paul quotes: “The righteous shall live by faith” Hab.2:4


Discovering afresh that God's faithfulness is not dependent on us, he responds: “I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength…” Hab. 3:18 


Salvation - is more than just sins forgiven and going to heaven when we die - its coming to live in the fullness of a life lived under God's rule and reign and this is guaranteed because our God is faithful.

Jim's hope...


Joshua's birth....


israel?...


Jane... and all who have falled away.


God's faithfulness declares that he will fulfil his purpose and plan - to provide the means by which all people, whoever they are and whatever they have done - can experience His Justice and come to know life in its fulness and the Creator God as their lovign Father who delights in his righteous children.

This is the sure and certain Hope for us all