Posts from July 2017

Posts from July 2017

Romans 13:8-10

Love for One Another The writings of the Apostles were echoes of the teachings of Christ. Jesus pointed to the centrality of love in the commandments, as does Paul. 8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor…

Romans 13:1-7

Being Subject to Authorities The Christian community is to strive to be subject to governing authorities, for all governing authorities are instituted by God. 13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do…

Romans 12:9-21

Marks of the True Christian God has extended His grace to us to lift up and set us into a new life. Here are beautiful admonitions regarding the things we must do in order to make this new life a reality. 9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice…

Romans 12:1-8

The New Life in Christ There is indeed new life in Jesus Christ, and here Paul begins to describe it. 12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good…

Romans 11:25-36

All Israel Will Be Saved Now Paul ends his discourse regarding the Jewish nation’s rejection of Jesus as their Messiah. He states that they had a hardening in part so that the gospel could be brought to the Gentiles. 25 So that you may not claim to be wiser than you are, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And…

Romans 11:11-24

The Salvation of the Gentiles The Jewish nation experienced a hardening in part, so that God could extend his grace to the Gentiles. Yet God desired to extend his grace again to the Jews, so that everyone who believes can be part of one family. 11 So I ask, have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their stumbling salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their stumbling means riches…

Romans 11:1-10

Israel’s Rejection Is Not Final Although it appeared that the Jewish people had rejected Jesus as their Messiah, yet there were many who believed. The gospel of Christ reveals what was truly in peoples’ hearts and who would respond by faith. Now Paul references the life of the prophet Elijah, who ministered in similar circumstances. 11 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe…

Romans 10:5-21

Salvation Is for All The theme of Romans is that salvation is for all people who respond to God through faith, regardless of whether they are Jews or Gentiles. The corresponding truth for us today is that salvation is for all, regardless of whether or not they are familiar with religious matters. 5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith…

Romans 9:30-10:4

Israel’s Unbelief In this passage Paul will explain the reason that the Gentiles were able to respond to God because they did so by faith, while the Israelites were still striving to obtain salvation through their own obedience to the law. 30 What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith; 31 but Israel, who did strive for the righteousness that is based on the law, did not succeed in…

Romans 9:19-29

God’s Wrath and Mercy In this passage, Paul responds to an objection: if God allows the hearts of those who disobey him to be hardened, how can God then hold us accountable? Paul answers that we have no right to question God’s activity. God has absolute right over humanity the same way that a potter has right over the clay. 19 You will say to me then, “Why then does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But…