I’ve Got a Bible…Now What? Day 21

Read Romans 5:1-11

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ESV Translation

Genre: Epistle (Letter). This was a letter Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1 (ESV)

What is important about this passage?

Paul touches on some important points in this short passage. First, he says Christians have been “justified through faith”. In other words, we aren’t saved by anything we’ve done because, as Paul later says, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He also mentions suffering, which the early Christians would have been very familiar with. A follower of Christ during that time could assume they would suffer persecution. Paul then hits on the most important point–through Jesus Christ, we are reconciled to God.

 

Read James 2:14-26

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ESV Translation

Genre: Epistle (Letter). This is a letter James the apostle wrote to the early Christians.

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

James 2:26 (ESV)

Who are Abraham and Isaac?

Abraham was the father of all the Jewish people. God made a promise to him that his descendants would be God’s chosen people. Isaac was Abraham’s son. Isaac was a “miracle baby” as his mother was infertile and past her child-bearing years when she had him. To test Abraham’s faith, God told him to sacrifice Isaac. However, God stopped Abraham before he was able to obey.

Who is Rahab?

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. The Israelites (Jewish people) were in the process of taking over the Promised Land and sent spies into the city. She helped them.

What is important about this passage?

Some Christians disagree about how to interpret this and the previous passage (Romans 5:1). You might hear them talk about faith vs. works.

James says that belief alone isn’t enough. After all, it’s possible to believe Jesus is who he claimed to be and still choose to not be a Christian. James goes on to give examples of people from the Bible who put their faith into action. If a person has faith, they will be obedient.

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