Romans 15:1 Win-Win

Romans 15:1 (KJV)
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Paul begins the concept delivered in this passage by assuming that all of his audience would assume they were the strong. It occurs to me that this is a win-win position. There is really never a need to define who is the strong and who is the weak. If we all assumed that we are strong and that everyone else is weak then we ought to treat everyone else as this passage teaches us to treat them:

We bear their infirmities
It can be challenging to put up with errors missteps and nuisances of people we assume to be educated enough sophisticated enough and mature enough to behave better. When someone who is handicapped or someone young presumes upon us we tend to be more patient and forgiving. We understand their plight. If we just assumed that we were stronger than them then we would not be arrogant towards then but bear more with them.

We choose not to please ourselves
The handicapped and weak are pleased by different things than the mature and strong are. If we think of ourselves as the strong ones in every relationship then we would sacrifice our pleasures for others.

We choose to treat them as neighbors and seek both their good and their edification
If we thought of ourselves as the strong ones and others as the weak ones we would constantly see our place as to help lift them and strengthen them.

This is a win-win. We never have to wonder who to minister to. We never have to belittle ourselves and think of ourselves as the weaker. We never have to judge others and divide them into stronger and weaker camps. We just minister to them all as the weaker brother.

And, everyone else will be doing the same for us.

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2 Chronicles 32:12 One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

2 Chronicles 32:12 (KJV)
Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?

Sennacherib thought he had a good argument to dissuade the people of Jerusalem from loyalty to their king; he was too narrow-minded. His doctrinal position was not inclusive enough. He had likely offended the very God they depended upon by excluding some form of worship (and thereby some worshippers) from their kingdom.

Sennacherib only believed this argument to be valid because he did not understand the Word of God. His relationship with God was one of human rationale and not of faith.

The thing is the argument would work on the largest number of people because, despite what side of the fortress walls they were on, anyone thinking rationally and not spiritually would tend to agree. That’s why Sennacherib’s only concern was Jerusalem and not the whole nation. There was only one crowd of people who would dismiss Sennacherib’s argument, those who were convinced that there is only one God and He is to be worshipped at only one altar.

Christianity today is filled with denominations that have been built not by faith but by human reason. These churches tend to be inclusive and tolerant of doctrines other than their own because they are not that convinced their own doctrines are sound. They believe what they believe but they believe what someone else believes may be just as good, especially if they appear to be successful.

There is only one group of people who are willing to separate from the den of Christendom to worship only:

  • One Lord
  • One faith and
  • One baptism

In a Baptist church; those who are convinced that this is the only church that Christ has built.

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2 Chronicles 29:3 Open the Doors of the Church

2 Chronicles 29:3 (KJV)
He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

What a grand thing it is to open the doors of the house of the Lord.

They had long been closed so that:

  • The priests were out of work
  • The Bible was not known and
  • The people were not clean

Hezekiah opened the doors and got:

  • The priests involved in ministry
  • The people involved in godliness and
  • The Word of God once again being heard and heeded

How needful it is in our day for every Christian to open the doors of the house of the Lord in the sense that they:

  • Bring people to hear God’s Word
  • Encourage preachers to preach Gods Word and
  • Get involved in obeying God’s Word

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Romans 12:3 The Grace to Preach

Romans 12:3 (KJV)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

It is generally agreed that the grace to which Paul refers is his authority as one called of God into the ministry.

He did not speak from an educated position
Though Paul was the most educated of the apostles.

He did not speak from the perspective of personal experience
Though Paul had witnessed a great deal from which to draw in his years as a Christian.

He did not speak as one who was beloved of his audience
Though there were some whose love for Paul would have motivated them to act.

Paul spoke as one with authority due to his office
A preacher is wisest when he speaks from this same grace. Though he may be able to lead people to action by other means, the only long-term results of his ministry will come from his study of the Scriptures and authoritative, confident declaration of them.

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Romans 11:28 Whosoever Will and The Elect

Romans 11:28 (KJV)
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

The gospel is for “whosoever will”. It is offered, available and effective to any and all.

  • The Jew can receive the gospel
  • The European can receive the gospel
  • The American can receive the gospel
  • The African can receive the gospel
  • The oriental can receive the gospel

It is open to all and no one is excluded

But the election is of Israel. It hails all the way back to the promise to Abraham. It is carried forth in promises made to one succeeding generation of Israel after another.

Whosoever will may come and be saved. But God has promised, planned and determined that Israel will be saved.

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Romans 10:3 When We Don’t Understand God’s Righteousness

Romans 10:3 (KJV)
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

The result of ignorance concerning God’s righteousness was twofold:
They attempt to establish their own righteousness
People do this in anyone of a number of ways:
1.They may attempt righteousness by obedience to what they know is the law of God. This they never accomplish completely but often believe they are counted righteous for the effort.
2.They may create their own version of righteousness.
This will generally be a religion denomination or church where they can develop a system of righteousness they believe they can keep.
3.They may simply redefine righteousness
In this case righteousness is whatever they choose it to be or not to be.

They do not submit to the righteousness of God
Here is the crux of the matter; they do not plan to submit to the righteousness of God.

  • They do not know what it is.
  • They suppose it is something they will not like.

They therefore choose not too learn it and bow their will before it.

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2 Chronicles 23:13-14 Treason, Treason

2 Chronicles 23:13-14 (KJV)
And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.
Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house of the LORD.

How deceptive the human heart can be!

Athaliah had committed treason by killing all of her own grandchildren. One however survived, hidden away by the child’s aunt in the temple and home of the High Priest.

Some years progressed as the child grew to the ripe old age of seven. It was then that the priest brought others in on his “secret” and plans were made for the child to be anointed King. When Athaliah heard it she cried “treason”, forgetting that she was the one who had truly committed treason.

The human heart, in similar fashion:

  • Destroys the ownership of God upon it
  • Establishes its own authority and
  • Goes on behaving as if it is legitimately in charge

One day God reveals the true sovereign, Jesus Christ, and the heart’s first impulse is to cry “treason”. Some do as the priest and others did that day, and submit to the true king. They are saved. Others do as Athaliah did, and reject him. They are all eventually destroyed in eternal fire.

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Romans 8:1 What Can We Do?

Romans 8:1 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

At first glance a person might think walking after the Spirit, not the flesh is a condition for being in Christ and thus, not condemned. In reality it is not a condition but a description. The person who is in Christ Jesus doesn’t walk after the flesh but after the Spirit.

This doesn’t mean he/she does that perfectly. We are so prone to putting all the responsibility on ourselves (because that gives us control) that we look at this as a way to make things happen:

  • I don’t want to feel/be condemned
  • I will therefore be in Christ and
  • I will do that by walking after the Spirit not the flesh

Truth is, this is beyond us. The rest of the chapter describes the process that is happening in us as the Spirit of God transforms us into the image of God. This is a work we are so incapable of doing in our own power that we don’t even know how to properly pray for it. This is a work of the Holy Spirit.

What can we do then? Besides calling upon the Lord and trusting Him alone for salvation we can:

  • Submit to the Spirit’s leading and work
  • Wait upon Him to reveal Himself “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little” until we are home. And
  • Rest in the truth declared in verse one and confirmed in verses thirty one through thirty nine that, though we are a work in progress, we are not condemned.

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2 Chronicles 19:4 How to Handle Rebuke

2 Chronicles 19:4 (KJV)
And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.

King Jehoshaphat appears to me to be an incredibly good guy who had trouble saying “No” to people he was afraid to offend. He made affinity with Israel at least twice and was rebuked of the Lord each time because of it.

In our text, he had just been sternly but graciously rebuked for his first act of affinity. What is significant and what I want to meditate on is what Jehoshaphat did not do:

He did not lash out at the prophet
Others would do that. He had witnessed Ahab do it. Not Jehoshaphat. He took his rebuke maturely.

He did not turn against God
His own father had been similarly rebuked and grew angry at the seer and then turned his anger at the people (I believe that supported the prophet’s rebuke). Asa got mad at the preacher and then lashed out at God. Not so Jehoshaphat.

He did not pout and shrink into inactivity
The very next verse after the preacher’s rebuke has Jehoshaphat out among the people, bringing them back to the Lord. When a battle with Moab and Ammon was imminent, we find Jehoshaphat appealing to God in prayer, leading others to do the same and singing in worship to the Lord.

Jehoshaphat was by no means perfect but this is certain of him, he stayed true to God.

 

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2 Chronicles 18:1 How to Say “No”

2 Chronicles 18:1 (KJV)
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.

We will soon learn that God was not pleased with Jehoshaphat’s affinity with Ahab. However, at this point in Scripture we have heard nothing negative concerning him. He walked with the Lord; led in a movement to publish God’s Word around the land and God had blessed him with both riches and peace.

Jehoshaphat had, as I see it, just one problem; he was too kind. Reaching out to influence Ahab with the Word of God may have been a noble act. But Jehoshaphat didn’t know how to say “No”.

  • Maybe he didn’t want to offend Ahab.
  • Maybe he was afraid if he said no he would not have another chance to witness to Ahab.
  • Maybe he was just not a confrontational type of person

Whatever it was that would have possessed him to agree to go to war with Ahab and even openly make himself the target by wearing royal clothing while Ahab was disguised, Jehoshaphat was playing the fool.

Too many Christians have a Jehoshaphat type personality. They earnestly seek to walk with God and honestly attempt to reach the lost and backslidden but they are too kind to tell them what they need to hear and they are too soft to say “No”. More often than not it leads them, not into the saving of the one they hope to reach, but into their own separation with God.

Jude 1:23 KJV
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

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