Monthly Archives: April 2018
Paul speaks a message of desire to visit his fellow brethren in Rome he then teaches us that the just shall live by faith and that we should not be ashamed of the gospel because it brings salvation to everyone. Paul speaks that he has been prevented at times from coming to them but how he has a great desire for them to hear the good news. The people of Rome that Paul writes to have a faith that is known throughout the world Paul admonishes them and continues to pray for them and for God to open up opportunity for him to gather with them. We learn that when we do the evil God hates we deny the truth because God has shown these things clearly from the creation of the world. He tells us that God’s invisible attributes (or qualities God has) have been revealed to us and that we should obey what the Lord says and be thankful in our hearts for what He has done. Paul tells us we should not let our hearts become foolish and darkened but be wise and discerning in the things that we do. The cross (or atonement of Jesus Christ) is the power of God to salvation for everyone that believes. In other words that when we preach about Jesus and others come to receive Him it has given the saving grace upon the person who accepts it.
Paul talks about God’s judgment being revealed and that God will pour out His anger upon those that are profoundly wicked and he will give eternal life to those that are doing good. However, there is trouble that’ll come for those who do evil and that the Gentiles (those who are not Jews and refuse to acknowledge God) who sin will be destroyed. The laws of God are written upon our hearts. Paul proclaims the second coming of Christ who will judge every person’s secret sins. We cannot hide from God! We learn that we should not to rely on God’s law for salvation but trust in Jesus. Although, God’s law gives us both knowledge and truth, we cannot be justified by obeying it (revealed in Chapter 3; Romans 3:20,28). Paul uses Romans 2:29 to tell us that obedience to the Jewish law of circumcision is useless and that it is our hearts that matter! We know that by faith we have become children of Abraham. We must have a change of heart through God’s Holy Spirit, seeking praise of God not from people.
We need to all count on the Lord every day for renewed strength. For God is powerful, and if our hearts are receptive to His message He will strengthen and guide us. God is even faithful when we are not, when we are faithful and put our trust in God, He is even more faithful. We should always trust in God so that He can give us the desires of our hearts. In the midst of the world’s darkness I can feel God’s power working throughout all the Earth. I have began to realize that God is pouring out His spirit upon the Earth and that these are the last days. Still I trust in God and have run from the evil knowing that Satan will be utterly destroyed. Why would I not run from death? Let alone should you accept death and darkness when you can accept life everlasting? To every one of my friends and workers in Christ Jesus I warn you not to depart from the faith. We need to wait just a short time for Christ and then our joys will last forever. A famous person once said, “Great things come to those who wait.” I have began to realize this and that we as watchmen for Jesus should always be patient. God is also waiting to save more souls and give more opportunities for people to get into His Kingdom.
Many people know John 3:16 and a lot of us could quote it, and the fact God sent His son to allow us through faith in Him to have eternal life. However, many of us forget the next few verses the fact is Jesus Christ came to save us from condemnation and give us eternal life. If, we do not believe we are under God’s, judgement but through faith God’s grace will rest upon us. Jesus is good He is God, God is light (John 3:19). Our deeds, works, actions are often evil (John 3:19) but God has promised that the dark stain from our sins will be purified and made as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). Jesus, died and rose from the dead. The great fact of this is while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). The invitation is open as John 3:16 states that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9”.
We often have heard it said that God is responsible for evil. However, that is not the case. God has created us with the moral capacity to do both good and evil. If, God forced us to do all good then he would not be a good God. God loves us and allows us to make our own choices. That being said God does have a “perfect will” however, you should not conclude that he has an “imperfect will” too. God does not doom us to live out a life of misery and failure and frustration. God wants us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2). He wants to fulfill his purpose in us (Jeremiah 29:11). God is omniscient, and knows exactly what he can and will do in and through us. God desires the best for us. The heart of God is for him to fulfill his purpose in us and make us more like Jesus. God’s permissive will is what God allows to happen. Since, God does not ordain the evil of this world when someone dies God has allowed it to happen which is where permissive will comes into the picture. God knows all things and the end from the beginning. God desires for Christians to do there part to create Heaven on earth by living out his teachings (Philippians 1:27). Just as God created this earth and heaven he will one day come back and create a new heaven and new earth where mankind will once again be in 100% fellowship with him (Revelation 21:1).
Verses: Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. – Philippians 1:27.