Em vez de trazer vida, a lei trouxe morte. Mas não foi culpa da lei. Como Cranfield diz: “Não é mais culpado por esse resultado do que o evangelho pelo fato de que aqueles que o rejeitam ou tentam fazer uso dele para seus propósitos malignos estão sob uma condenação mais severa do que seria
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Rom 8:26-27). In
How big is your view of salvation? Did you know that salvation is not just about God rescuing individuals but also rescuing creation? The prophets spoke about that. For example, Isaiah looked forward to the time when God would remake heaven and earth (cf. Isa 65:17; 66:22), when the deserts would blossom with flowers (Isa
My brother’s wife recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl they named Emma. She is my first and only niece, and I hope to meet her soon. Emma caused her mother some trouble, so the doctors decided she needed to be delivered by caesarian section. Mom is recovering, though quite sore! When I asked
I went to school with a girl who very nearly fulfilled every little girl’s dream of being a princess. She married Queen Elizabeth’s eldest grandson. No, she did not become a princess because he was not a prince. But she did become part of the royal family, and she had two daughters who are now
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:15-16). The Romans had been slaves to sin (Rom 6:6, 17-20), but no longer.
Who is leading you? What factors motivate and guide your life? Michael Eaton suggests some possibilities: “We can be led by our own desires. We can be led by other people’s opinions or pressures. We can be led by tradition, by tribal custom…We can be looking to our own understanding” (Eaton, Everlasting Assurance, p. 57).
In Charles Portis’s humorous western novel, True Grit, young Mattie Ross feels a moral obligation to hunt down the man who killed her father, and she will stop at nothing to see him hanged. Did you know you, too, have an obligation to kill? While that may sound extreme, Paul was adamant: Therefore, brethren, we
As a believer, you carry within you two very different destinies— And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will
What are your favorite things to think about? What pre-occupies your thoughts? Did you know that your thought life matters to God and to your Christian walk? As Paul told the Romans, you can have one of two mindsets: For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit