In his ministry of reconciliation, therefore, Paul develops two paramount themes, and interweaves them beautifully. The first is the justification of guilty sinners by God’s grace alone in Christ alone through faith alone, irrespective of either status or works. This is the most humbling and leveling of all Christian truths and experiences, and so is the fundamental basis of Christian unity…

Paul’s second theme is the consequent redefinition of the people of God, no longer according to descent, circumcision or culture, but according to faith in Jesus, so that all believers are the true children of Abraham, regardless of their ethnic origin or religious practice. So ‘there is no difference’ now between Jews and Gentiles, either in the fact of their sin and guilt or in Christ’s offer and gift of salvation. Indeed, ‘the single most important theme of Romans is the equality of Jews and Gentiles’.

John R.W. Stott, The Message of Romans, pages 35-6.
Thus the Jewish Christians were proud of their favored status, and the Gentile Christians of their freedom, so that Paul saw the need to humble them both.
John R.W. Stott, The Message of Romans, page 35.

Listening to Jon Acuff at the Orange Tour in the Twin Cities

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God creating the stars, full page miniature from a German illuminated manuscript, circa 1450-1500.

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow {Study of Esther Chapter 1}

  Click on over and read: Esther Chapter 1 There was some major partying going on here. And a lot of pride and showing off of the goods by the King.

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Ecclesiastes - Bibledex.

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For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
the more knowledge, the more grief.
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