For By Faith…

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

In Romans 3:21-4:25 the Apostle Paul presents an argument that, at the time, was radical, especially to his Jewish readers.[1] He states that the righteousness of God has not only been manifested in the here and now, but that it has been manifested apart from the law. Looking back at chapter 2 we see that the Jews believed that they were justified by being members of the covenant community via circumcision and obedience to the law, that is that these were the outward signs of those who belonged to the covenant.[2] And in the first half of chapter 3 Paul levels the playing field by showing that no one, Jew or Greek, is righteous. Continue reading “For By Faith…”

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The Inseparability of Grace and Mercy

Written by Jeff Benson

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

~Matthew 5:7

 There is a deep question that we must address. Are we merciful? And from the beginning I should define what this means. I am not referring to the simple act of kindness towards our neighbor or a casual act. Rather I am referring to the kind of mercy that Jesus showed. The kind of mercy that reaches into the darkest parts of the world and extends love towards the unlovable, that forgives the unforgivable, and saves those who cannot be saved. This is the mercy that Christians should demonstrate, one that is sacrificial and actively demonstrated in daily life. Continue reading “The Inseparability of Grace and Mercy”