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How Paul's Claims Are Relevant To Us

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When looking at the bible from a distance, we see an old book which people feel they can’t relate to. That actually used to be the way I looked at it. I figured that those people lived dissimilar lives than my own and I would receive nothing from reading it. When I began to read it, the people in the bible faced very similar internal issues that I personally face and that it was significant to me. Now, being a person who reads it as often as possible, I can say that the bible is relevant to today’s people in many ways. In this paper I am going to show how the claims and sayings of the Apostle Paul in his letters, mainly in Romans and Philippians are relevant to us today, even non-Christians. Many people may believe a life pleasing to god is the good works we try to perform, it is actually based on what God does to us through our faith in him. To answer these questions, I am going to use the subjects of Justification and Sanctification, Humility and Unity.

The act of being put into a right relationship with God by faith corresponds to Justification. Justification is available to all humans because of what Jesus did on the cross. Romans 5:8-11 says, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. This verse shows how we are able to be in relationship with God through faith even though our imperfect records originally disqualified us. In your own life, do you have friends and family that would be there for you no matter what you do? And the opposite, would you be there for the people closest to you regardless of what they did? The relationship between us and God is that we messed up and God had to do something to fix it. In today’s world, I believe that in some cases we can do the same thing. God didn’t wait for us to try fixing the relationship with possess with him, he initiated it even while he was in the right the whole time. I believe that in my own life, the broken relationships I have could’ve been fixed by me putting my pride aside and reaching out to that person. God knows we are nowhere near perfect and we need to know the same about each other as well even at times when things seem to be going great. Through that we can work through problems together rather than shunning each other out. Working through problems and being changed or made holy and righteous in Gods sight is called Sanctification.

Justification and Sanctification through Jesus is very relevant to us today. Sin is fun, if sin wasn’t fun it wouldn’t be a problem and we would all be perfect. The problem most of the time...

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