Law of Love – Br. David Allen


Romans 3:21-31

When I was a boy growing up in Spokane, Washington, sometimes my father would take me, or the whole family, riding in our family car into the countryside west of Spokane.  The Grand Coulee Dam was being built in those days and was a project of interest to all of us.  The central part of the State of Washington to the west of Spokane is largely flat wheat farming country, and some of it is nearly desert-like, with grass and sagebrush, and numerous outcroppings of rock formations.  Evangelical Christian sects often used the flat surfaces on these rocks to paint Bible verses, or parts of Bible verses as part of their outreach.  One of the very common verses that we would see is included in our first reading for today: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)  Another verse that we would often see was “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23a)   Both of these verses as they are found in the Bible are followed by a positive statement.  In the first case the verse is preceded by the word “since”, and followed by the positive statement, “they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.”  (Rom. 3:24-25)  It reads in full: “Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.” (vv. 23-25)  In the second case the statement is followed by the positive response, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23b) Read More