March 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
We believe in a God that does not keep score. That is not such an easy or obvious statement of faith in a world of score keeping. As someone rightly said, “We imagine God spying on our activities and keeping score. Scores are a way of measuring our worth, we imagine, so God must keep score.” But in Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Paul emphatically rejects any such notion of God. In the eyes of the loving and merciful God of the Bible, we are measured according to the full score achieved by Christ on our behalf. Paul writes to Christians who may have had a tendency to think they could earn their way into God’s favor. And so it is a natural tendency for all of us to think that if we just do the right things, God will reward us. Paul uses the example of Abraham. God didn’t bless Abraham because he deserved it. Abraham was justified through faith not works. God promised our salvation in Christ. It is only a matter of taking God on his word and trust that Christ’s achievement fully took care of our inability to keep up the score. That is good news (gospel) at its best!!!