Romans, Week 4

Last week in the five verses of Romans 8:12–17 we covered a lot of good ground.

Paul builds upon what we studied previously: that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because God sent his only Son to condemn sin in the flesh in order that we might live empowered by the indwelling Spirit, setting our minds on the Spirit, thus gaining life and peace. Because Christ is in us, we belong to him, and even though our bodies are weakened and will someday die, because God raised Jesus from the grave, we trust that he will do the same for us. What follows is based upon these precious truths. Continue reading “Romans, Week 4”

Week 12, Hosea Summary and Conclusion

How can I summarize this study of the book of Hosea? We spent 12 weeks mining the treasures of this book, and I still feel like there’s so much that we didn’t tap, so much still just out of reach.

We know that God is love. Last year we studied—deeply—the book of 1 John, in which we learned of the great love of God that moved him to give his one and only Son to save sinners and make them his children. If we study the ‘math’ of redemption long enough, at some point, it all adds up. We are sinners. Sinners cannot earn salvation. But, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). So Jesus came, lived a perfect life, paid for our sins by his death on the cross—the death we deserved—and all who believe in him by faith are forgiven their sins, clothed in his righteousness, and receive eternal life. This is the great and glorious truth of the gospel: the Great Exchange. When we grasp it, it makes sense, in a way. By God’s great love and mercy, sinners are saved.

But in Hosea we see the other side of the equation, and suddenly, our math is thrown all out of whack. Continue reading “Week 12, Hosea Summary and Conclusion”