Most influential tweet?

18 03 2011

If Twitter had been in existence back then, I think Paul would have used it to convey his message.  And here is what he tweets –

“It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

When I hear someone described as being “righteous”, I subconsciously add the prefix “self”.  That’s not the type of person Paul is describing here.  Paul is talking about a person who is “in the right” in relation to God.  Who is that person? 

No one!

That is no Jew, no Gentile, no religious leader, no morally upright person, no celebrity, no politician, no…one.  

It’s a tragic indictment on human beings.  “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.” (Romans 1:21-23 – italics mine)  Precisely what we saw in Genesis – I did it my way.

This is bad news.

But I want good news, don’t you?  And I have the Christmas promise ringing in my ears –  “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Saviour—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”(Luke 2:10-11).  How does bad news become good news?

Luke says that the answer is in Jesus, the Saviour.  Paul says the answer is in Jesus – “God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.  The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:2-4)

So where will I find the answer to my mess?  It’s not an automatic clean up job; but if the answer is in Jesus, I’d better believe it! 

I’m looking forward to more tweets from Paul.  Follow him in Romans.





One response

1 04 2011
Faith, hope, and hanging in there « moses supposes

[…] the answer was in keeping the Mosaic Law  but Paul counteracts that and says, “It’s faith alone.”  Then at the end of Romans 4 he neatly ties his points together […]

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