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The Gospel Of God

“Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…” (Romans 1:1-7). 

Many would say it is Paul’s greatest letter that has been preserved for us. As Paul begins that letter to the Romans, he begins with the greatest of all messages: The Gospel of God! A careful study of the opening passage in that masterpiece epistle shows some important facts about the Gospel of God. An easy way to follow Paul’s teaching on these facts is to notice his use of prepositions in the passage. 


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Treasure Hunting

  

Today’s Scripture – Matthew 13:45-46 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,  and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

It was what so many Americans fantasize about: a buried treasure. The only thing wrong with this recently discovered gold mine is found in the fact that the coins were stashed in cans and not a treasure chest. The couple in northern California are indeed, now wealthy. Think of the joy they will experience in reconnecting with long lost relatives. 


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Behavior Proves Citizenship

Philippians 2:17-21(NIV)  
17  But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.

18  So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. 

19  I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 

20  I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
21  For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.  

 

In this context Paul contrasts those whose appetite is their god and who glory in their shame with those whose citizenship is in heaven. He, of course, exhorts us to “join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us” v. 17.  He warns against following those whose appetite is their god.  Who would that be today?


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