Great Privilege and Great Responsibility

Romans 1:5

5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.

“Christians have both a privilege and a great responsibility. Paul and the apostles received forgiveness (‘grace’) as an undeserved privilege. But they also received the responsibility to share the message of God’s forgiveness with others. God also graciously forgives our sins when we believe in him as Lord. In doing this, we are committing ourselves to begin a new life. Paul’s new life also involved a God-given responsibility—to witness about God’s Good News to the world as a missionary. God may or may not call you to be an overseas missionary, but he does call you (and all believers) to witness to and be an example of the changed life that Jesus Christ has begun in you.” (Life Application Study Bible 1875)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 1875.

Common and Normal

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

1 Corinthians 1:18

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:14

14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

2 Corinthians 12:9

9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Redemption and Forgiveness

Ephesians 1:7-9

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,