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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bible Verse Sunday #4 & Christmas Tree

Today's verse is Romans 6:23:

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The ESV Study Bible has this to say about this verse:

"Rom. 6:1–23 The Triumph of Grace over the Power of Sin. The law does not and cannot conquer sin, but the grace given to followers of Christ triumphs over sin and death.

Rom. 6:15–23 The question posed in v. 1 is now explored from another angle, that is, shall a Christian continue to sin because sin’s power over him is broken (v. 11) and thus there is little danger in sinning?

Rom. 6:23 Those who give themselves to sin will die both physically and eternally, whereas Christians are assured of eternal life. Wages implies that the punishment for sin is what one has earned and what one deserves. Free gift is the opposite of something one deserves, which fits Paul’s earlier emphasis on justification by grace alone (God’s unmerited favor; see note on 4:16), through faith alone (trusting in Christ for justification; see 1:17; 3:21–4:25)."

Today at church was the third installment of our Pastor's new sermons series, titled Tell Me the Story of Jesus. In it, we learned about the birth of John the Baptist. I also plan to listen to last week's sermon online, as I previously missed it.

In other news, we got our Christmas tree from Lowe's today. We were originally going to get it from McLendon's, but they were out of trees. Our tree isn't at our house quite yet, as it's still in dad's car and he and Rebekah stayed at Lowe's to buy some decorations, I believe. I'm sure it will be home later though. I can't wait to start decorating!

Also, the review for Unbreakable should be up tomorrow.