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We are immersed in the waters of the Spirit found in this letter of Paul to the church at Rome. We ponder the thought of Paul in all its maturity. The letter is acclaimed to be the greatest exposition of Christian doctrine ever written.
The Roman Christians are waiting to meet Paul in person; you meet him as well. Yet deeper than seeing his face, is knowing his heart. The letter is filled with teachings about the Holy Spirit. Before reading, pray that the same Spirit who inspired Paul will be with you now.
The mercy of God lasts longer than God’s justice, as expressed in Monday’s passage from Isaiah. The New Testament soaks the First Covenant in waters of the Spirit, transforming judgment into mercy.
You will encounter verses that speak of the morality of homosexuality. Bear in mind that Paul does not understand this apart from the context of his letter—total godlessness, with a litany of vices that flow from those who disdain God.
What are these?
Set apart for the Gospel v. 1
Gospel as power of God v. 16
Just persons living by faith v. 17
Living transparent to truth v. 18
This is the Ninth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.
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