Amos 1-3, Romans 5
“When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life — a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.” (MSG)
Wow. If you don’t read this in the message version take the time to read Romans 4-5 in this version. So. Wonderful !
Reading a chapter like Romans 5 makes all the struggling through some of the tougher chapters of the OT sooooo worth it! I’m just overjoyed when I read these verses! We are free! I’m so excited about Grace!!! :)
so also grace might reign through righteousness
Today’s lesson is to remember God’s love and to give GRACE to others to lead like his son Jesus!
Roman 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
This verse: Romans 5:18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
What truth! Paul talks about the free gift of grace..and where sin increased, grace abounds all the more. This whole chapter is so rich, and I do think it’s a wonderful section to read after the start of Amos. And even the opening of Amos gives hope: 2:7 “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” This just reinforces the importance of staying in the word of God and keeping it close to our hearts and minds.
I love the evident contrast between Amos and Romans. Amos shows the wrath of God and how much we actually deserve from Him, whereas Romans shows His heart and love towards us! He wanted us to avoid His wrath and be with Him; therefore, He gave His son!!! A blameless, holy piece of Him to be the bridge so we can live in Him and His beauty!!!
Thank you for sharing your sight on this! I was struggling to read Amos and find the life in it, but seeing the connection you draw between it and Romans shows such a stark contrast, I can’t help but be even more thankful for Jesus!
Romans 5 – Wow! Where to even start? Personally, I love verses 3-4: “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character hope. ” When memorizing this scripture, I can’t help but sing the song “Bring the Rain” by MercyMe. We could all write books and books about trials and tribulations but if we continue to go back and cling to these two verses, we’re reminded that our lives are overflowing with blessings even when we can’t see.
So very true! Thanks for your insight!
Wow! What great pairing of texts. Guilt and Grace side by side
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