Dear Inspiration Seekers,
Paul wraps up his epistle to the Romans with reiterations of his main themes, freedom from the law through Christ, responsibilities of Christians toward each other, and his reason for taking the gospel to the Gentiles. Finally, he personalizes his message with greetings to specific people, whom I expect were members of the church to whom he wrote. What caught my ear in these last two chapters was his appeal to use their ability to learn and teach each other.“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us…” (15:4). “… you are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” Liberty of thought. The law instructs in conformity. Memorize, recite, follow. The gospel leads to freedom of thought, to use the neurological structures that God has given us for the capacity of learning, thinking, and deciding. This is not scheming for our benefit, but identify what actions are good in what situations, for the benefit of others. Respect and responsibility. Looks like Paul is tying the many ideas that he has suggested in the letter together.
I hope that my inspirations have brought you inspiration, stimulating your neurological structures for learning and understanding.
Until next time, Inspiration Seekers
PS. Ha, didn’t think I could write a blog in less that 1000 words, I bet! 😉
PPS. After drafting this blog, I talked with my father about wrapping up his class. He mentioned that in September he will be teaching a class on Galatians. Ready for another more inspiration?