Many Christians I know have trouble relating Christ and the law of Moses. They see the
Ten Commandments as still applicable. Paul indicates otherwise in Romans chapter 4. He
emphasizes that we are saved by a faith like Abraham's, not by doing works of law. "The
promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or his descendants
through the law but through the righteousness of faith."
Abraham's faith that God credited to him as righteousness was a model for our present
faith in Christ, who gives us his righteousness. Abraham lived 450 years before the law
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.