Study of Romans, Chapter 1 The Message of Salvation

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What is salvation?  The definition: deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.

As we get into Romans, we will quickly see how easy it is to forget that this is a letter and not a theological accord.  It is frequently used in doctrinal studies and pursuits, that we can miss the emotion that Paul presents in his writing.  Paul’s letter is written to the Roman Church prior to his arrival, and focuses on the doctrine of salvation which includes practical implications for believers as they live in the salvation that was given to them through Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:1Romans 1:1
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 1 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  

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1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

Paul was a devout Jew, who before becoming a believer in Jesus Christ, was responsible for the persecution of many Christians.  God worked through him by using him to spread the Gospel throughout the world.  Paul was a Roman citizen, but chose to be a servant of Jesus Christ.  He humbly calls himself a servant and an apostle.  He was completely dependent on and obedient to Jesus Christ.  When we allow ourselves to be servants of the LORD, Jesus Christ, and obey His commands, it opens us up to be useful and usable servants to do work for Him.

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2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

The information that Paul provides within his letter is not something that he made up in his mind.  The prophets of the Old Testament scriptures foretold the ministry and death of Jesus.

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2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; In: or, For  

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In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

2 Timothy 1:8-112 Timothy 1:8-11
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8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.  

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8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9 who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:  11 whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

 Keeping this in mind, there were many who still missed the significance of the prophet’s message.  Today, we don’t see much difference among people.  There are many who may listen and hear the message of the Gospel, but are missing its importance in our life.

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3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;  

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3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declare to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:  5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

The message of the OT prophets was that not only would the Messiah be of David’s lineage, but He would also be the Son of God.  This was accomplished through the power of His resurrection from the dead.

Matthew 1:17Matthew 1:17
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17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.  

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So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

2 Timothy 2:82 Timothy 2:8
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8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:  

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Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

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30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;  

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Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

Jesus fulfilled the OT prophecies about the Messiah.  Paul writes that we receive grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith.  Undeserving, we receive forgiveness (grace) for our sins when we believe and commit ourselves to Jesus Christ.  It is a privilege; a gift, not a right.  We have a responsibility to witness to others and set an example of the changed life Jesus Christ has begun in us.  We are not all called in the same way to witness.  Some may become missionaries, others may become a preacher or pastor, while others may conduct Bible studies or counsel in a Christian capacity.  God uses each of us in His own unique way.

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6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.  

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6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:  7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we become believers of Jesus Christ, we are born into a family provided for by our Heavenly Father.  We are no longer part of this world, and are therefore called to be saints.  This relationship with God is what every Christian should strive for.  When we become Christians, we are invited into this family of God; this family of ‘saints’.

1 Corinthians 1:21 Corinthians 1:2
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2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:  

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Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

1 Thessalonians 4:71 Thessalonians 4:7
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7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  

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For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

As a part of God’s family, we have an abundance of love and a magnificent inheritance promised to us.  Our life as a Christian isn’t about what we can do for Him, but what He has done for us!

When we look at Rome during this time, they were a wealthy, literary, and artistic city, but they were in moral decay.  They worshiped many pagan gods, and some of the emperors as well.  They contrasted to Christian belief in that they put all their faith in the strength of their military.  They believed that their military would protect them from all of their enemies.  Christians, on the other hand, believe in The One God, and believe that God will provide our protection from our enemies.  We believe in salvation through Jesus Christ, Son of God.

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8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.  

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8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Paul thanks God through Jesus Christ, emphasizing that Jesus is the only true way to the Father.  He is the mediator between God and man.

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5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  

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For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Paul is thanking God for the faith the Roman Christians display.  With their location in the Western world, they were highly visible.  They were setting an example through a strong faith, and it was being talked about throughout the world.  Paul is inspired by their faith, but he is sure to give thanks to God, and not the Romans.

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9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; with: or, in 10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.  

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9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;  10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

prayer

Paul prayed without ceasing, meaning he continuously kept the Roman Christians in his prayers.  He then prays that by the will of God, he should make a trip to Rome and arrive safely.  Prayer is powerful.  We should never be surprised by how God answers our prayers.  Paul did arrive safely in Rome, but he arrived as a prisoner.

Acts 28:16Acts 28:16
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16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.  

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And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard:  but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

Paul had been slapped in the face [Acts 23:2Acts 23:2
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2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.  

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], beaten, and shipwrecked [2 Corinthians 11:24-252 Corinthians 11:24-25
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24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;  

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], and had been bitten by a poisonous snake [Acts 28:3Acts 28:3
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3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  

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].  Even with all of these things, he arrived safely in Rome as he had prayed.

James 4:13-15James 4:13-15
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13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. It...: or, For it is 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.  

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13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

If we are truly putting our life in the Hands of God, we will entrust our hopes and plans to Him.  It is God’s will that guides the course of our life.  When we pray, we do not always receive the answers we expect to, nor do we always get an answer as quickly as we would like.

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14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.  

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Wait on the LORD:  be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:  wait, I say, on the LORD.

trust God

When we put our trust in God, this means that we trust him even when we don’t understand why things are happening, or feel as though he isn’t hearing our prayers.  Waiting is not an easy task.  We are human and have the need for quick remedies to our everyday problems and situations.  Sometimes, we may even feel that God doesn’t understand the urgency of our trial.  When we do this, we imply that God is not in control of our life, or is not being fair.  We can see in Isaiah 40:27-31Isaiah 40:27-31
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27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. renew: Heb. change  

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that God sometimes uses a period of waiting to refresh, renew, and teach us.  Instead of complaining that God isn’t answering our prayers quickly enough, we should look upon this as a blessing and seek to find what God may be trying to teach us.

Romans 1:1Romans 1:1
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 1 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  

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11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

Paul’s message was two-fold:  to give and to receive.  He wanted to encourage them with his faith and also be encouraged by theirs.  As a missionary for God, he would share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  As Christians, they would be able to offer him comfort through fellowship.

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11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. comfort: or, exhort  

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Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

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25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  

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Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:  and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Proverbs 27:17Proverbs 27:17
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17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.  

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Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Matthew 18:20Matthew 18:20
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20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  

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For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Today, we see many who have pulled away from their church.  It can be for any assortment of reasons.  Most feel that they can stay at home and receive the same benefits as going to church.  Through watching a Preacher’s sermon on T.V., praying, and reading and studying their Bible, they feel they will be fine.  Are they?  Where is the fellowship?  Where do they receive comfort?  Do not be deceived.  God tells us in many scriptures that He wants us to meet with other Christians; to fellowship with same-minded people.  And most importantly, when two or more are gathered together, He is present!

If you don’t attend church, may I encourage you to find one that is scriptural-based in its teachings.  There are many churches today that comfort us by saying what we want to hear, but that is not what we need.  We need to find churches today that preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ; one that teaches the true Word of God.

Romans 1:1Romans 1:1
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 1 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  

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13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

How was it that one of the most influential cities had not been visited by the apostle Paul?  After all, he was the ‘apostle to the Gentiles’ [Romans 11:13Romans 11:13
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13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:  

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].  Paul had already traveled through Syria, Galatia, Asia, Macedonia, and Achaia, churches of predominately Gentile believers.  Paul had made plans to travel to Rome many times, but none of his initial plans had ever come to pass.  When Paul finally arrived at Rome as a prisoner, he was able to preach the Gospel for two years without restraint [Acts 28:3Acts 28:3
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3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  

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1].  This is a perfect example of the importance of  being patient and waiting on God for answers to our prayers.

Romans 1:1Romans 1:1
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 1 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  

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14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

Basically, it didn’t matter to Paul who you were.  After Jesus visited Paul (Saul) on the way to Damascus [Acts 9:1-31Acts 9:1-31
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9 1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. of this way: Gr. of the way 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. 8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. 10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. 17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. 20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. 21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? 22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. 23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: 24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. 25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. 26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. 29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. 30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. 31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.  

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], Paul was filled to the brim with the Word of God!  He went out and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone and everyone.  There was no prejudice displayed.  Do we show this kind of enthusiasm for our LORD, Jesus Christ?  Are we willing to witness about Christ’s plan of salvation to anyone and everyone we cross paths with?

Jesus died on the cross

Jesus died on the cross for us!  Let me say that in a more personal way…Jesus died on the cross for you!  That is a debt that we can never repay!  Never!  But there is something that we can do and that is to show our gratitude for everything that Christ endured for our sake.  We should be forever giving thanks to God, and showing His love through us.

Romans 1:1Romans 1:1
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 1 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  

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16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Paul is proclaiming his faith; a faith that saves us from sin through Jesus Christ.  Are you ever afraid to proclaim your faith in Jesus Christ?  Let’s face it, persecutions of Christians are increasing around the world at an alarming rate.  If you think about it, isn’t it safer to keep our mouths shut when it comes to faith?  Let’s see what the Bible tells us about ‘our life‘ and ‘denying Christ‘.

Luke 17:33Luke 17:33
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33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.  

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Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Matthew 10:32-33Matthew 10:32-33
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32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  

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32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

So, maybe keeping our mouth shut is not the best idea?  When we are saved, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and should rejoice in the love of God.  We receive blessings each and every day from our Lord.  Why would we not want to share this with others?  Seriously, when you find out you are going to be a parent, don’t you get on the phone and let everyone know?  How about when you get a new job?  Are you not excited and let all of your friends know?  What if you buy a new vehicle, or house?  Do you keep it hidden away from everyone?  Of course not!  When good things happen in our life, we are eager to share with everyone we know.  Why would we not want to share the very best thing that has happened in our life with others?

Paul makes mention that the Hews were first to hear the Word of God, but why?  Were they God’s favorite people?  Were they receiving special treatment from God?  No, not at all.  Way back when God chose Abraham, He promised great blessing to his descendants [Genesis 12:1-3Genesis 12:1-3
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12 1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  

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].  God chose a group of people, a nation, not because they were deserving [Deuteronomy 7:7, 8; 9:4-6Deuteronomy 7:7, 8; 9:4-6
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7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee. 5 Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 6 Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.  

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], but because He wanted a people that He could show His grace and mercy to.  God wanted a people to teach, and to prepare for the arrival of His Son.  He wanted a people to share His Plan of Salvation with the world.  The Jews were God’s chosen people for over 2,000 years.  Throughout history, they went between obeying and listening to God to being led astray and needing discipline bringing about restoration.  Of any people in the world, the Jews should have been the ones to recognize Jesus when He arrived.  Unfortunately, many did not.  In Luke 2:25; 2:36-38Luke 2:25; 2:36-38
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25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Jerusalem: or, Israel  

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, we see that some did, and of course the Jewish disciples and the apostle Paul.

 Romans 1:1Romans 1:1
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17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

When we look at God’s plan of salvation, we can see his righteousness.  This is a gift to us, through our faith in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:72 Corinthians 5:7
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for we walk by faith, not by sight:

Hebrews 11:6Hebrews 11:6
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6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  

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But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Proverbs 3:5-6Proverbs 3:5-6
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5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

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Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Romans 10:17Romans 10:17
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17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  

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So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9Ephesians 2:8-9
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8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  

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For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 not of works, lest any man should boast.

‘Faith to faith’ means that God declares us right from start to finish.  Just as a judge of a courtroom declares a person to be right, God justifies us in His sight as righteous.

1 John 1:91 John 1:9
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9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We admit we are sinners, and God knows we have and will continue to sin, so why is it necessary to confess our sins?  If we have already been forgiven, why do we need to tell God that we have committed a sin?  When we confess our sins, God cleanses us and makes us right again.  We are showing God that we truly recognize what we did was a sin and that we are willing to turn from it; we show Him that we submit to Him and are not hiding anything from Him; we identify and acknowledge our tendency to sin, and rely and accept His power to overcome sin.

Romans 1:1Romans 1:1
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 1 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  

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18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Is there any real reason one would not believe there is a God; a Creator?  Throughout the Bible, God displays His character; His mercies; His love.  When you look around you and see everything that exists, knowing the complexity of our bodies, the intricate detail of life, is it not easy to see that there has to be a Creator of all mankind?  So, you are the one who will make a choice to either accept God or reject Him.  Do keep in mind, that there will come a day of judgment and when you are asked why you chose not to believe in God, what will your answer be?  There will be no excuses accepted by God!   Once again, I will say, we are all sinners.  God knows that.  That is the exact reason that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior.  It is not the sinner that accepts Christ as their Savior that will suffer, but the one who suppresses the truth about Christ.  These are the ones that know the truth, but grow comfortable living a sinful life (immorality) and try to justify their actions and thoughts, and therefore deny Christ.  There is a price for sin, and all who continue to justify how they think, or what they do, will pay that price.  We will see that price in Romans 6:23Romans 6:23
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23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

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.  Knowing that God exists is not enough.  You must know God.

Romans 1:2Romans 1:2
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21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

When people know God but reject Him, they begin to substitute what they think God should be, in their image, instead of who He actually is:  Almighty and The Creator of All.  They begin to place themselves in the center of the world and everything but God takes precedence in their life.  This could be money, cars, house, job, or any other material object.  Whether you realize this or not, these items become an idol; a false god.  They remove God from the center of their world and replace Him with a projection of their own selfish ideas.  If there is any material thing in your life that you feel you cannot live without, it is an idol.  Is there anything, or anyone, that you give higher priority than God?

Proverbs 18:2Proverbs 18:2
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2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.  

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A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Proverbs 14:16Proverbs 14:16
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16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.  

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A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil:  but the fool rageth, and is confident.

When people choose to reject God, He will allow them this choice.  God never forces Himself on anyone.  When people continue to reject Him and stubbornly refuse to repent, God will eventually allow their sinful desires to take over their life.  When God pours out judgment, or wrath, it is directed at the sin, not the sinner.

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25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and serve the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.  Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:  for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

In recent years, we have seen the move of homosexuality go straight to the forefront of relationships, and this passage addresses this very topic.  God did not mince words when he addressed sin.  Sin is sin, and all sin needs forgiveness.  Homosexuality was just as prevalent in Paul’s day is it is today.  As a Christian, we are to love and accept everyone as our brother, no matter what their background.  We are not to judge another.  But, we see throughout the Bible, that homosexuality is forbidden and not considered an acceptable practice.  Our society wants to believe that there is nothing wrong with this, and even some churches are following suit.  Homosexuals argue that what they feel is ‘normal’ and they have every right to express what they feel, but the desires that they experience is in violation of God’s law.

Leviticus 18:22Leviticus 18:22
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22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.  

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Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind:  it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13Leviticus 20:13
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13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.  

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If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination:  they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

1 Corinthians 6:9-111 Corinthians 6:9-11
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9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  

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9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived:  neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (male prostitutes), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (homosexuals), 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers (slanderers), nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  11 And such were some of you:  but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Some homosexuals believe that God is singling them out, but as you can see by scripture, God doesn’t single any one sin.  There is much sin that brings us under the unrighteous umbrella.  So, what does one do if they find themselves experiencing homosexual urges?  First, you must resist acting upon them.  Stay away from places that will increase temptation.  Surrender yourself to God and His grace and mercy.  Find a supportive church and study group.  Do not be deceived into believing that because you feel you were born with these feelings that God allows it and that it is not a violation of God’s law.  If that were the case, and was supported by scripture, why would a Bible be written that is directed specifically towards the homosexual?  They report that King James was bi-sexual.  I don’t know anything about it…I wasn’t there, and that is something that was between King James and God, not me, not you.  They also claim that the verses in the KJV Bible were not clear and left room for interpretation.  Considering the style of writing back in that day, I don’t see much room for misinterpretation.  What God is saying is that it is not the person that is an abomination, it is the actual act.

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28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boaster, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

When we continue in our sinful ways of life, God will turn us over to a reprobate mind, or otherwise an untrustworthy guide in making moral choices.  Paul lists vile affections.  These actions are not committed in ignorance, but in willful defiance of God.  All sin is serious, and cuts people off from the life of God and will bring about spiritual death.  Most of us know when we commit sin, but there are many who just don’t care anymore.  When we move so far away from God to seek our own desires in life, we create a gap between us and God.  Living a sinful nature brings pleasure, even though we know in our heart what the punishment will be.  Do you ever find yourself doing something just because you really want to?  Do you take unnecessary risks just because of the thrill?  Do you follow another’s lead just because you want to be accepted by the crowd?

 

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

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