Gratuity of God’s Grace

Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 3:21—4:25

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Law and grace, faith and works, human righteousness and Jesus’ justification: Paul holds these polar opposites before the face of the Roman recipients of this letter. He goes beneath the level of debate, linking the apparent newness of his teaching about the law of faith with the prototype of all faith—Abraham. Citing Genesis 15:6, Paul grounds his case upon the righteousness of Abraham in his faith.

May the energy of Paul’s teaching bring you beyond and beneath mental understanding of his thought, to a spiritual grasp of this teaching. It is not what you do that brings salvation, but rather your surrender by faith to the One who saved us through the blood of the cross.

Here is the essence of our joy—the gratuity of God’s grace.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Lord, may I not pass judgment.2:1
Your kindness toward repentance. 2:4
Patiently doing the good 2:7
Show me, Lord, the path of peace 3:18

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This is the Second Week in Pentecost, Year A.(The first week occurred at the end of the season of Epiphany.)
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

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Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 2:1—3:20

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.


“Saint Peter Repentant” 1823-25, Goya

As though admonishing his readers down through the ages to resist the temptation to point fingers after reading chapter 1, Paul begins chapter 2 with a sharp rebuke about judgment. You will need to read slowly to catch the argumentation of his thought about the law and its relation to Jew and Gentile. However, the basic thought is clear: we are to mind our own business and examine our own selves. God gives a conscience to each person, whether Jew or Gentile, as the means to come to a basic understanding and reception of God and God’s ways.

Paul wants to loosen the Jewish Christians from any arrogance in their unique call through the ages. The heart needs to be circumcised—to respect and respond to God’s presence that is offered to every person.

Where in your life do you feel admonished in this reading?

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Justified by faith in Christ 3:26
The promise resting on grace 4:16
You called me into being. 4:17
Grace abounding by Your love

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for the version for children and families.

This is the third of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

Scripture Recordings in over 700 languages!
Faith Comes By Hearing

Audio Bible App from www.bible.is

Today’s image – “Saint Peter Repentant” 1823-25, Goya

The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
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near the International Date Line.


The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.

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