Translating God's Word for a new generation
There is a great divide—a notable difference—between what we were before being given new life through baptism and what we are now—recipients of God’s forgiving love in Christ. In today’s Epistle, Paul lists the characteristics of any Christian who is reflecting that love. It is not a list commending our successful reflections of our new nature, but a series of exhortations, writing, “Let us ....” There is only one source of hope as we struggle—our Lord! We have been baptized into the Body of Christ and, at each reception of the Lord’s Supper, we are strengthened to show the new person He has called us to be. As Elijah was strengthened by miraculous food and went on toward Horeb (or Sinai), the mount of God, so we are assured of God’s forgiveness as we receive Christ’s body and blood in the Lord’s Supper. He is the “Bread of Life” from Heaven, who enables each of us to discard our old ways and live in the new life of God’s forgiving love with gladness!