Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

So, I’m at this conference…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on July 24, 2008

“The book of Romans is the most common ground we have with our separated Christian brethren. ” ~Dr Scott Hahn

Romans also tells us that we must TRUST God in ALL THINGS!  How do we Trust God in ALL things?  We begin with an Obedience of Faith – Romans 1:5  Which appears again at the end of Romans, 16:26; making what is commonly referred to in biblical study terms a “book-end”.  Romans is all about the Obedience of Faith.

Faith in what or whom?

In the center of our existence and the perfection of the revelation of God: the God-Man, Jesus Christ.  It is in Christ and by Christ that we are justified in faith and given the gift of redemption from God.

Some ask, “Isn’t our Faith just a mere proclamation of what we believe?”  It is a proclamation of what we believe, but it is also more.  Those who are justified in faith are those who are obedient to that Faith, and that means those who “do” what their Faith requires of them.  The doers of the Law are justified, Rom 2:13 – we are tested – like Abraham, will we pass the test 4:3 ?  This is BOTH/AND, GOOD THEOLOGY.

Something else, before circumcision (Gen 17), Abraham trusted God enough that he went to sacrifice his only son (Gen 12) out of obedience of faith in God.   That is why Abraham is both the Father to Jews AND Gentiles: 4:10.  There is someone greater than Abraham here…

Romans 5:12 – as sin came into the world through one man (Adam) and death through sin, … 17 much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. … 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience (the New Adam) many will be made righteous.

We have died to sin when we were baptized in the “Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”, because in that baptism we were baptized into Christ’s death – Romans 6:3.  Thus we also share in His resurrection and in the newness of Life given to us by the Glory of the Father – 6:4.  We have died to our old life and have been brought into something new and better, why then do we still lack the divine life within our selves?

Concupiscence!  Romans 7:15- I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 18b-19: I can will what is right but I cannot do it [ Sorry Oprah, but your theory is BOGUS! ].  For I do not do the good that I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.

How do we handle this?  Prayer!  Supplication!  Sacrifice!  We die to ourselves and our weakness daily, clinging to the Cross of Christ.  We give Him our sins and our sufferings, for in Christ Jesus they are made perfect offerings, salvific offerings: When we cry ‘Abba, Father!” it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided that we suffer with Him in order that we may be glorified with Him. Rom 8:15b-17

“So often we settle for what is ‘good’ than for what is the BEST!” ~Jeff Cavins

1) We must NOT give in to temptation.  Don’t even dialogue with it.  It’s a snake that will bite you even if he says he won’t (Gen 3:1-5; Romans 5:12).  Resist!

2) If you do fail, as all of us so often do, REPENT – Repent Immediately!  Do not let your failure ruminate, gaining in strength and guilt.  Get rid of it immediately so that your life can move forward, not remain stuck in the past.  Sacrament of Reconciliation

3) What if we don’t repent, what then?  God’s judgment comes upon us: Romans 1:28-29: And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct.  They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil contentiousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil,..  God’s Mercy will always follow whenever we…

4) Repent.  No repentance will always lead to death, but Repentance will always lead to life!  It’s His Mercy when He provides for us that “wake-up” call, that event that let’s us know, “Hey!  What are you doing?  Where are you hiding?  Where did you go?  I’m still here…” Eph 6:10-20; Col 3:1-2; Luke 15:11-32

This, this is only the beginning to Paul’s writing on the TRUTH, found in the redemption given to man, in Jesus Christ… Hungry for more?

Next week… Mystery of Sin and Redemption in 4 Parts
Part I : Sin and Redemption
Part II : Genesis 3:15 fulfilled
Part III: Justification
Part IV: Sanctification

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