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Day Thirty Two

Romans 3:16 (ESV)
…in their paths are ruin and misery, …
This powerful passage in Romans describes our state of being without Christ. A few verses earlier Paul writes, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.” There is nothing in our sinful selves that would seek God, rather we oppose Him or flee from Him.
Martin Luther writes in the Small Catechism explaining the third article of the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe that by my own reason or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”[1]
Faith comes by hearing the Word empowered by the Holy Spirit. Paul says in this passage that without Christ a life is one of ruin and misery. Our job? To just tell others about Christ, to tell them how the truth of John 3:16 has impacted our lives.
What does it mean to you that we don’t have to produce faith in others, but rather just tell them about Jesus?
How did the Holy Spirit bring faith to you?
In preparation for worship this weekend read Romans 3:9-28 and then spend time in prayer and confession.
[1] Tappert, T. G. (Ed.). (1959). The Book of Concord the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. (p. 345). Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press.