Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. (Romans 1:16-17)   Paul was reviled for his faith. The Jews could not believe that God would allow the Messiah to be crucified, considering the message…

Romans 1:13-15

Now I don’t want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as I have had among the rest of the Gentiles. I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. (Romans 1:13-15)   My…

Romans 1:9-12

God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in telling the good news about his Son—that I constantly mention you, always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God’s will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I want very much to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, to be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.…

Romans 1:8

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world. (Romans 1:8)   The City of Rome was the center of the empire. Everything that happened there had an impact on every area of the known world. The Church in Rome therefore played a critical role in God’s plan to enlarge his kingdom throughout the world. The way the Chrisitans lived in Rome would have…

Romans 1:7

To all who are in Rome, loved by God, called as saints. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:7)   “Grace and Peace to You” is one of the most common greetings of Paul’s letters, and was probably a common blessing offered from one believer to another. Grace is the forgiveness of our sin that comes through Jesus Christ. Peace is the result of that grace. Both of these are remarkable…

Romans 1:5-6

Through him we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the Gentiles, including you who are also called by Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:5-6)   There is a difference between obedience to the law and the obedience of faith. Obedience to the law is based on reward and punishment. Obedience to the law is for children who have not yet grown to spiritual maturity and are unable to…

Romans 1:3-4

…Concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and was appointed to be the powerful Son of God according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead. (Romans 1:3-4)   Jesus had an earthly identity as a descendant of King David, but he also had a spiritual identity as the Son of God. His spiritual identity is of a higher order than his earthly one. His spiritual identity…

Romans 1:1-2

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures. (Romans 1:1-2)   The gospel of God has been promised beforehand. God knew exactly what he wanted to do for humanity through the gift of His Son and shared it with the world through the prophets of old. The whole of the Old Testament Scriptures point forward to the time of…

Romans 1:1

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God. Romans 1:1   The Apostle Paul began his life as Saul of Tarsus, a pharisee who rejected the message of Jesus, hated the church, and attempted to destroy it in its infancy. Then he met the risen Jesus on the Damascus road, who called Saul to a new life. Saul became Paul the Apostle–set apart for the gospel of God. He embraced…

Daily Devotions will resume in September

It has been a joy for me to write the Daily Devotions each morning, and I hope it has been a blessing to each of you. I was planning to take a summer break beginning in June, but after some prayer and discernment, I am thinking it best for me to end now and return in the fall. Thank you all for studying along with me. I look forward to writing again in September. I would encourage you to continue…