Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Romans 3:25 excerpted from my book

I have had a devilishly hard time getting this passage to read right, but here it is anyway, after the revision.

[How is this offering Jesus made to God on our behalf] to be received [by us?] 
by faith.
We are justified the very moment we have faith in Jesus. We receive the gift by faith, for faith.
Acts 16:30-31- “Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."

John 11:25-26- “Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
John 20:31- “but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

[Why would Christ save us in] this [way?  What] was [the reason for it?]
to show God’s righteousness
All of God’s glorious attributes, wrath, justice, mercy, love, holiness, are seen clearly only in light of the cross.
Isaiah 62:2- “
The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.
1 Corinthians 1:30- “
And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption”
1 John 4:9a- “I
n this the love of God was made manifest among us”

[Isn’t He always righteous?  What would lead people to think He wasn’t?]
because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. 
To show His patience God passed over our past sins, to keep His enemies from impugning His righteousness He could not do so forever.
2 Peter 3:4- “They will say, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation."
Galatians 4:4-5- “
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Something interesting in this- according to Paul here the cross was for God to show us His character, it really doesn't speak to us at all in this instance, it draws 100% of the attention up to God.  I further suspect that this is saying the same thing as what Jesus says in Mark 10:45.  It seems to me that Jesus is predominately known in a creature, creator way that would not be present without His sacrifice.  He is going to bring people in, but not for their sake.  He wants to make known His glory upon us, and He cannot do that unless we are created, so He creates.  He wants to make Himself known, so He comes to the Earth to come to the cross.  He is the tirminus in all thoughts, He provides us a (true) frame of reference outside ourselves.

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