Was too busy to blog last week, so back on track with Murray M’Cheyne’s Bible reading plan…
Grace goes beyond the law – the law points us to Christ. Being in Christ, full of the Spirit, means that we fulfil the law and are often empowered to go beyond! So when I read the law, I’m looking to see how grace goes beyond…
v1-15 about stealing and property – grace says stop and get a job Eph 4:28
v16-31 Social laws
Sex – get married! Grace says the same
Sorcery is evil; bestiality is evil, syncretism (mixing worship of other gods in) is evil. If you are in to those, you need Jesus! The law points to our need of Christ!
Don’t mistreat aliens – grace goes beyond Love the foreigner Heb 13:1-2 hospitality = philoxenia – love foreigners so they become part of the family!
Lending – don’t charge interest. Grace – give them your coat!
Giving = firstfruits and tithes. Grace = sacrificial generosity!
The prologue is like a cinema foyer – posters of the grand themes to come. Word, light, life, children of God, grace and truth.
Jesus is God become flesh and making his dwelling among us – lit tabernacling among us. Jesus was the place of God’s presence on the earth. Now we, filled with the Spirit are temples of the Spirit.
Gone from know nothing compared to God to you are not even worthy to question His sovereignty!
2 Cor 10
Paul “appeals” pleads by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.
We don’t fight like the world.
Our weapons are in the realm of strongholds – thought patterns that set themselves against Jesus. We tear them down and take ’em captive!
v13 we have a field assigned to us to sow and reap. Go for it! Pray and hope it gets expanded to regions beyond. Come on! Let’s be a gateway for the gospel to go to the nations