Sep 21, 2021 | by Tom Harrison
The Bible begins with GOOD news, not bad. Genesis 1-2 precedes Genesis 3. When the Lord made human beings, creation went from being “good” to being “very good.” Before we adopt an identity marred and tarnished by sin, we should steep ourselves into a new identity: “Because of Jesus Christ, I am good.” That is a life changer.
As we continue our church-wide study on the book, “The Magnificent Story,” our topic this week is singular: “Goodness.” The Romans 15:14 text says it so well: “I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.” Paul commends their character. If you keep reading the context, they have some other issues he addresses, but this does not negate their core identity: “full of goodness.” We still have things to work on—but don’t begin with sin—begin with the goodness of God in us. We are made in His image.
I also like the beautiful Psalm 23: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Obviously, goodness is something to seek after. Paul also mentions it as being among the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Paul also tells us that we are created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10).
Our readings on “Goodness” are:
Monday: Genesis 1
Tuesday: Psalm 23
Wednesday: Psalm 34
Thursday: Galatians 4:8-20
Friday: Galatians 5:16-26
Saturday: Titus 3:1-11
Sunday: John 14:1-7 (on “Truth”)
See you Sunday,