Formations Lesson for May 15- God-s Righteousness Incarnate
April 28 2011 by Wayne Proctor, pastor, Eure Baptist Church

Focal Passage: Romans 5:1-11

Our son is an avid windsurfer. It is one of his passions, and he describes his ability level as “expert.”

Avid windsurfers like to live a bit “on the edge.” They savor days with 40 knot winds and white-capping seas.

On a recent February day he took to the water for an afternoon of windsurfing on the Chowan River where we live.

As he was crisscrossing the turbulent river, I thought to myself, “Lord, please be with him because he has no ‘back-up’ plan.” If his board hit him in the head on one of his acrobatic leaps, there was not going to be any rescue boat.

He had no plan-B, and neither did we.

As we get older, we tend to become a bit more cautious in our decision-making.

While I can sometimes be bold, I don’t like to be dangerous. I like having a safety net. I like having a back-up plan.

Sometimes we may be guilty of thinking about the plan of God, beginning with the Incarnation and ending with the Cross and Resurrection, as some kind of plan B, a back-up plan.

We think, “If only we had been better people, if only we hadn’t sinned so much, if only we had given God more sacrifices,” then God would not have been compelled to send His Son. If you have ever thought like this, then know that your thinking was wrong.

God made us and knows our weaknesses even better than we do. God knew that sending Jesus Christ to be the sacrificial Lamb was not an option.

It was not plan B, it was plan A all along. “At the right time” (appointed moment — v. 6) God sent His Son.

The sending of Jesus Christ was the ultimate proof of God’s love (v. 8). God never said we were deserving.

Neither did He say we would have made the same decision. In fact, Paul concluded that our choosing to die for a good person, even a “saint,” would be rare indeed (v. 7).

Paul describes this life as the “reconciled” life (v. 10-11). I like his terminology.

This reconciled life is a life to be lived in “peace with God” (v. 1), but also lived somewhat on the edge.

This life comes at a cost, and there is the expectation that our goal and passion will be spiritual growth and maturity.

The apostle describes this growth process as including the following: suffering, endurance, character, and hope.

Each serves as a stepping stone for the next, bringing us closer to God.

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4/28/2011 7:10:00 AM by Wayne Proctor, pastor, Eure Baptist Church | with 0 comments

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