Reflections: June 3, 2021
Thursday of Trinity Week
By Jeffrey Horn
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Romans gives a beautiful explanation of how God saves sinful man through His Son, Jesus Christ. Make it a regular read throughout your life. You'll always find a richer and deeper understanding of your faith. The call to repent of sin is so strong, but the grace of God in Christ Jesus is even stronger, speaking forgiveness to you.
In Romans, Paul shows you that you have no power to conquer sin through your works, but that God in His wisdom and power defeated sin to save you.
Romans demonstrates the depth of Christ's love in that He died on the Cross to redeem you. It teaches you the power of forgiveness and love as you are baptized into the death of Christ. It proclaims God's love in Christ for both Jews and Gentiles. This is a beautiful book. Every time you read it, you grow in appreciation that the almighty God has such power to save you.
Could you possibly measure the riches of salvation God has for you in Christ? Could you count the blessings God has given you in creating you? Could you quantify the depth of love He has toward you that He rescued you from sin and death to bring you to heaven?
All of time is an ongoing story of God's love--how He created you, redeemed you, and keeps you in faith in Christ through the Gospel. All of eternity is marked by the glory of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Romans reveals this glory, telling how the Holy Trinity works so completely to save you and keep you in the faith.
When we look not at the glory of God's creation, but also at the problems that sin brings into this world, who can figure out a solution? God can. God's answer is the Cross of Christ--the Gospel of salvation by grace through faith.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…" (Romans 1:16a). He has worked this blessing, He has given it to you, and He will bring you home. Glory be to God! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Holy Father, holy Son, Holy Spirit, three we name Thee; Though in essence only one, undivided God we claim Thee And, adoring, bend the knee while we own the mystery. ("Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" LSB 940, st.5)
-Rev. Jeffrey Horn is the pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Escondido, CA.
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