Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dial Daily Bread: The Purest Gospel Truth Ever Penned

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

The Lord Jesus wants us to "hunger" for a morsel of the "bread of life" and to be thirsty for some "water of life." It's evidence that you're alive. We yearn for a grasp of the issues of truth that will be contested as we enter the final moments of this earth's history.

Today let's invite the apostle Paul himself to contribute to our "Dial Daily Bread" in his own words. He is writing the purest Good News gospel truth ever penned. He lays to rest contentions that have spanned centuries of conflict; he opens gates of truth that lead to the blessed experience that fills this cosmic Day of Atonement with meaning--heart reconciliation, at-one-ment with the Lord. Let's permit Paul's inspired words of Romans 5:15-18 to speak:

"God's act of grace [at the cross] is out of all proportion to Adam's wrongdoing. For if the wrongdoing of that one man brought death upon so many [that is, all], its effect is vastly exceeded by the grace of God and the gift that came to [the same] so many by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.

"And again, the gift of God is not to be compared in its effect with that one man's sin; for the judicial action, following on the one offence, resulted in a verdict of condemnation, but the act of grace, following on so many misdeeds, resulted in a [judicial] verdict of acquittal. ...

"It follows, then, that as the result of one misdeed was [judicial] condemnation for all people, so the result of one righteous act [the cross] is [judicial] acquittal and life for all" (Revised English Bible; all responsible versions agree).

It's purest sunlight, so simple and transparent a child can grasp it.

Read it over and over, word for word; let your mind grasp the truth God has for you in it. It's "most precious." Add it to your repertoire of memory classics like Psalm 23 and the Lord's Prayer. Romans here gives us the "bread of life" we hunger for, the "water" we're famished for that flows from the throne (Rev. 22:1).

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: July 6, 2007.
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