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We’re all part of a broken human race because we are in Adam – there’s none righteous no, not one. But God has provided a solution to our broken state. Through one man death came to all, but through a second man, Jesus Christ, life comes. This benefit comes courtesy of God’s grace and is accessible through faith.

Bad news, good news

Paul’s gospel started a heated discussion that in some ways persists to this day: what is the point of being a Jew?

Life from death

Paul said in chapter three that there is ‘none righteous, no not one!’ The human race is headed for God’s wrath. The picture is bleak. But God has delayed his wrath and in the meantime offers a solution. Faith in God is the solution, faith in his ability to credit our account with the righteousness that we lack. That’s the message of chapter 4. In this 5th chapter we discover that having exercised faith in God there are more beneficial consequences for us.

The world is a pretty nasty place. People do bad things all the time. In chapter 1 we read a list of disreputable activities: every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, depravity ,  envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful, senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. That’s just Paul’s summing up list, read chapter 1 again for more! If you tutted with disapproval at any stage as you read this list then chapter 2 is for you! 

Credit where it’s not due

We’ve discovered some important truths in Paul’s 3rd chapter of Romans that relate to our sinful state, faith, justification, atonement and redemption; 1. None of us are righteous, no not one (Jew and Gentile alike). 2. There is a righteousness that is available through faith. 3. This righteousness is obtained by believing in the Lord Jesus. 4. Justification is about a righteousness that is imputed rather than imparted: it primarily involves a change of status rather than practice. 5. This all works by Christ’s sacrifice of atonement: the righteous demands of the law were fully met and paid for on the cross. 6. Redemption is part of this work of God: we are bought with a price that he has paid.

For many, many decades photography was based on chemical film – exposure of the film to light brought about chemical changes in the film that produced an image. There were many innovations in photography such as film on rolls rather than awkward plates, the introduction colour film, cassette film and even instant film. But there was a change that came to photography that has been described by some as ‘disruptive innovation.’