Therefore…

As I mentioned on Friday, Romans 12:1-2 is a pivotal passage of scripture. We know that, in part, because it begins with the word therefore. Have you noticed that sometimes small and common words carry the most weight? Such is the case with Paul’s use of this little three-letter Greek word (oun) in this text. In Romans 12:1, this little word is one of the biggest words in the Bible–the connector between Paul’s glorious exposition of the Gospel through the first eleven chapters of Romans and his exposition of its practical implications through the rest of the book. Because the gospel is true, he says, it calls for a particular response.

The Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes; therefore, I urge you brethren…

The righteousness of God is revealed in Christ; therefore, I urge you, brethren…

The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness; therefore, I urge you brethren…

The wrath of God is propitiated in the death of Christ; therefore…

The believer is justified by faith and credited with the very righteousness of Christ; therefore…

The one so justified is reconciled to God and stands in Gods favor and hopes in God’s glory; therefore, I urge you brethren…

Even tribulation is a cause for exultation; therefore…

We who believe are the objects and vessels of God’s unbounded love; therefore…

We are indwelt by the very Holy Spirit of God; therefore I urge you brethren…

By that Holy Spirit who indwells us, we can actually live out the righteousness of Christ; therefore…

God is sovereignly revealing his Glory through both his grace and his wrath; therefore…

This revelation will one day be consummated when Christ returns; therefore…

We have the privilege of proclaiming this Good News to lost people everywhere; therefore…

We are caught up in the unfathomable and unbounded mercies of God…

THEREFORE, I urge you brothers…

The word therefore raises some very practical questions: What comes before the therefore in my life? What is the logical basis of who I am and what I do? For the Christian, the Gospel of God’s grace in Christ should be the idea that explains our consequences, the source and the goal of living. Does my life make sense as a therefore of the Gospel?

So what kind of life does the Gospel call for?  Stay tuned…

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s