Simplifying the Complicated
28 November 2021 AM – Romans 4:1-25 – Ro2021 – Scott Childs
Introduction: How many of you are old enough to have used a manual typewriter to type a letter or document? __ For you youngsters who have never had to do that, the rest of us can assure you that it was a complicated project. Every key had to be pressed with firmness to leave a clear imprint on the paper. Black and red were the only type colour options. The only font available was the one on your type keys. Every mistake had to be corrected manually and never looked perfect. If you were typing a carbon copy or on a stencil for a mimeograph machine, mistakes were unpardonable. The only way to change what you typed or to move sentences around was to type it all over again.
Today, that complicated project has been GREATLY simplified by fast computers with preview monitors, vast memories, editing capabilities, almost unlimited font types and colours, spell checkers, grammar checkers, automatic footnotes and endnotes, and laser-quality colour printers. Typing has simplified tremendously in the past 35 years.
Transition: Romans 4 contains a complicated word that Paul used 11 times in this chapter. The word to which I refer is often translated some form of count, reckon, impute, think or conclude. It is the Greek word λογίζομαι logizomai. This word is key to understanding how a believer receives God’s righteousness and what that does for him. My aim is to simplify this word so that every one of us will understand its meaning, its use and its implications.