Saved? We Haven’t Yet Finished the Course (Sun. July 11)

The word of the day is “shall.”  “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.”  Today we apply that saying to our salvation.  Some would declare that they were saved at some moment in the past.  And now they can rest in the assurance of their deliverance.  But that is like the biker who has climbed to the top of a hill. Now, he tells himself, he can coast down the slope without worry or effort.  But the biker hasn’t reached his destination.  Soon another hill appears, and he is unprepared to face its challenge.  In today’s reading of Romans 5:1-10, Paul speaks of salvation as a future happening.  He writes, “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God…

Who Needed to be Reconciled? God or Humankind? (Thurs. July 1)

The word of the day is “reconciled.”  It is possible to find those who consider themselves enemies of God.  But most people would deny it.  Instead, many may admit that “God” does not mean much to them.  They harbor no ill will toward God as long as He doesn’t interfere with their lives.  Today in our reading of Romans 5:1-10, Paul writes that “If when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son…” (OSB Romans 5:10).  Today we will explore what it means to be an enemy of God.  From this study, we can gain a deeper appreciation of our reconciliation with God. One question sets the direction of our thought.  Paul charges that…