Romans 3 includes on of the basic axiom’s of human life–nobody’s perfect. In Paul’s words, quoting the Old Testament, “There is no one righteous, not even one.”
That’s the “bad news” of the gospel message. We all mess up, make mistakes, sin–whatever we call it, it is clear we are all flawed and frail in our humanity.
The “good news” is that God has provided a way for us to know him despite our flaws. This is the gospel, that Jesus Christ came as God in human form to be our bridge to God. We are not perfect but he is, offering us access to the God who created us and loves us.
It is easy to look at our sins and think we are worth nothing or that God could never use us, but the truth is quite the opposite. God made us good, but flawed, that we might turn to him as our source of strength and eternal life in a world where no one is righteous and nobody’s perfect.
Holy Writ Project update: Believe it or not, I’ve been able to continue ahead of schedule in writing every word of the New Testament by hand. I’m currently beginning Revelation and hope to finish several months early. What will happen with this mammoth manuscript? What’s next?I haven’t decided and will certainly take a break before starting another major project. I might do something crazy like donate it to the Library of Congress or the White House if they would accept it. I’ve considered giving it to one of my kids someday or selling it to the highest bidder on eBay to support a cause like Bible translation or my friends at Mission of Hope Haiti. I might even take on the Old Testament first and complete the entire Bible before doing anything with it. For now, the goal is to finish strong.
Thank you to all who have helped along the way through your prayers, encouragements, tweets, Facebook shares, and even simply reading a post in the process. A special thank you to the Patheos.com team who have graciously hosted the project from Day 1. As far as I know, this is the first time a person has handwritten the New Testament and blogged the process for the world to see. It’s amazing to see what God’s Word can do!
Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.