daily devotions

how much?

In our world today there is very little “good news.”

Today let’s consider the Gospel. God’s Word always brings Good News.

Here at the Cottage I often begin a post with “grace and peace.” It seems obvious to me that many of the New Testament letters either begin or end with “grace and peace.” Apostle Paul wrote extensively regarding the “Gospel of Grace!”

“since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2

This morning during our quiet time we read Romans 5 and 6. Chapter five begins with grace and peace, but as we read further, it dawned on me–Paul’s Gospel of Grace is really the Gospel of MUCH MORE.

“…God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification.

Romans 5:8-10; 14-16 RSV

These verses are good news indeed. In Christ, God offers peace, grace and MUCH MORE to those who put their trust in His Son.

I urge you, dear hearts, dust off a Bible and thoughtfully read Romans 5 and 6, asking for wisdom and understanding into how much more this means to you; then ask yourself how much more are you willing to believe and receive.

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