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"And then the secrets and hypocrisies of all people will be publicly uncovered in the sight of all. Therefore, with good reason the thought of this judgment is horrible and dreadful to wicked and evil people. But it is very pleasant and a great comfort to the righteous and elect, since their total redemption will then be accomplished. They will then receive the fruits of their labor and of the trouble they have suffered; their innocence will be openly recognized by all; and they will see the terrible vengeance that God will bring on the evil ones who tyrannized, oppressed, and tormented them in this world." (Belgic Confession of Faith)
Paul continues in Romans 3, his exposition of the bad news that we are all sinners. To Jews who thought they had some advantage, he affirms that the Jews have been given the Word of God (3:2) but in reality this is no advantage as Paul expounds that all of us fall short of God’s glory. As we are all spiritually dead and admit our need, we become candidates for a miracle. Humanity’s windfall shows up in 3:21-26. Christ’s righteousness has been transferred to us.
This week we are dealing with an issue that most of us struggle with and can often cause us to miss out on God’s best for out lives. Time and procrastination
Life usually doesn’t permit a do-over as we reap the consequences of our choices. Without perhaps even knowing it, the exit we took from God’s plan leads us onto thin ice.
Jesus understanding the purpose of death.
We run to familiar and recognizable portions of scripture. Yet like a good friend you’ve known a long time, you can still make new discoveries the more you continue to engage. Such is even truer with the depth and breadth of God’s Word.
The average lifespan is 28,000 days. It might sound like a lot, but it’s really very brief. So how do you figure out what to do with the time you have been given? First, stop preparing to live and actually live the fullness of each season you find yourself in. Next, recognize that you have the freedom to decide what you will do. Finally, assume a posture of humble dependence on God. We were not created for just 28,000 days. We were created to live in relationship with God for eternity.
As we embark on a brand new year, we may find ourselves pausing to consider what we want our lives to look like in 2017. In Ecclesiastes, King Solomon argues that this life never holds anything new and that everything is ultimately meaningless. Pastor Scott highlights three areas of life in which the author questioned his purpose as well as the key to real meaning in our lives today.