Romans 16:17-18 Mark And Avoid Them

Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Consider the pathos of this passage. Through the Apostle Paul, in this case, the Word of God beseeches, begs, and pleads with his audience to mark and avoid those who cause divisions and lead people contrary to what he had taught them.

Mark that these deceivers use good words and fair speeches. They are persuasive, well reasoned, and maybe likable, but they teach contrary doctrines.

I can hear a person claiming that a pastor cannot apply this to his ministry. After all, this is Paul, and this is the Bible. Someone teaching the Bible contrary to how the pastor is teaching may be, in their opinion, doing God service because they are correcting the wrong teaching of the pastor. I would just point out that those of Paul’s day argued the same of him. The reason he’s beseeching is that they were not naturally inclined to do it.

One of the most heartbreaking things I’ve faced in the ministry is not that some do and teach contrary to what I preach. The hardest thing is that those who hear the preaching will often not mark and avoid them. Those “good words and fair speeches” have won their hearts sufficiently so that, even if they do not leave the church, they continue to be influenced by the deceivers.

The Bible begs us to mark and avoid them.

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Romans 16:17-18 Mark And Avoid Them

Romans 15:24 An Eye Open

Romans 15:24 (KJV)
Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

Whether Apostle Paul ever made it to Spain is a matter of conjecture. Though I would love to prove that the Gospel got to Spain and even to the British Isles by the direct hand of the Apostle, I would prefer to stick with the Word of God. We simply do not know. 

We do know that there was a desire to take the Gospel there. The heartbeat of first century Christians, the Apostles being their representatives, was for regions far beyond their own. The vision for the preaching of Christ was worldwide. Paul had been forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach to the East. That was obviously not the case for Peter. We know him to have been in Babylon. We have every reason to believe the Apostles, and other Christians, scattered to the unknown parts of the world to preach Christ.

Apostle Paul’s policy was to preach where Christ had not previously been known. It does not mean he never went to places where Christians already lived because he strongly desired to preach in Rome. It just means he always had a burden for and an eye open for an opportunity to go to the regions beyond. 

May God give us such a burden

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Romans 15:24 An Eye Open

Romans 14:13 Judge This!

Romans 14:13 (KJV)
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

It is one of the noblest ideas of humanity.[1] That the soul is at liberty to seek God of one’s conscience is such an ideal, it is, I think, the zenith of man’s person. Only the despot would deny it of another.

And yet it is such a difficult one to practice. To care for others without manipulating them is an ideal for which to reach, but it may be the most difficult of any to attain.

Romans 14 gives powerful helps to make this a part of our faith.

  • Receive others without doubtful disputations
  • Accept them without arguing over everything
  • Allow him to live and die before the Lord
  • After all, it is to him he and we will give account
  • Be persuaded by the Lord Jesus[2]
  • Have faith to self and before God

I would suggest that the focus of the entire chapter is to judge only that we put no stumbling block in a brother’s way. That’s a tall order for sure!


[1] Truly, it is not an idea of man, but a message from God.

[2] Such persuasion will give confidence. Confidence provides strength to stand without disputing.

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Romans 14:13 Judge This!

Zechariah 1:5 No One Lives Forever

Zechariah 1:5 (KJV)
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

The prophet began by challenging them not to be like their fathers. Why? Because their fathers had not listened to the prophets. The trouble Judah had endured, the captivity in Babylon, the destruction of the magnificent temple Solomon had constructed, the loss of the treasures of the temple, namely the ark, all that harm and loss were the direct result of their fathers’ rejection of the prophets.

Now their fathers were dead.
Their fathers’ decisions affected them, but they were no longer there to correct their sins or accept the consequences. It fell to the current generation to make right what their fathers had made wrong.

The prophets of their fathers’ days were gone as well.
Obviously, God still had prophets among them. Zechariah and Haggai would have been in that number. But they would not live forever. Their opportunity to repent, turn to God, and follow the preaching of God’s Word was limited. It was theirs to do, but they must do it quickly.

And so it is with us. It falls on us not to blame our fathers or to follow them but to turn to and trust God while it is today.

Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow is for another.
Ours is to come to God today.

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Zechariah 1:5 No One Lives Forever

Romans 12:12 Continuing .. In Prayer

Romans 12:12 (KJV)
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

It may be that my mental picture is skewed somewhat because I am using just this one verse as the focus of my mediations, but I see this as something of a pyramid:

Rejoicing in hope
Patient in tribulation
Continuing instant in prayer

The foundation of the structure is prayer. 
Without it, nothing else in this structure is possible.

Patience in tribulation is fundamental to faith. 
All who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution, so tribulation is part and parcel with the faith, and patience is key to its endurance.

Rejoicing in hope is that which is visible. 
A prayer life, though sometimes public, is only truly effective when it is mostly secret between the believer and the Lord. If one is patient in tribulation, others will likely not notice.

So that which becomes the most visible aspect of faith is rejoicing in hope. Those who witness the believers who have it will likely only see their hopefulness and joy. Little will be made of their tribulations, and their secret prayer life – the thing that sustains them – is, well, secret.

It wouldn’t be hard to be jealous of these Christians, because they appear happy and hopeful. If only others knew. They are as burdened as anyone else. They spend countless hours asking God for the strength to keep on in their trials. But, because God is faithful to answer their prayers, all most everyone else sees is their joy and hopeful expectation

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Romans 12:12 Continuing .. In Prayer

Zephaniah 3:8 Wait ..Saith the LORD

Zephaniah 3:8 (KJV)
Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

Zephaniah preached in the days of Josiah, who, though he was a good king, lived in a time of terrible oppression. Around him were enemies on every side. The threats before his reign were severe. The judgment after his reign was dramatic. The nations of the world were wicked as never before.

In that sense, the world in which we currently live is similar. It seems like those opposed to God surround us more daily.

God’s message in the day of Zephaniah was, “Wait ye upon me.”

  • God had determined to gather the nations
  • God had determined to pour upon them His indignation
  • God had determined to devour them with His jealousy

We may as well wait upon the Lord as they were to do, because God has still determined those judgments upon the wicked.

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Zephaniah 3:8 Wait ..Saith the LORD

Romans 10:1 No Difference

Romans 10:1 (KJV)
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Romans 10:12 (KJV)
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Some time ago, I engaged in a conversation with a believer who had embraced Judaizer doctrine. He was a very kind and gracious man. I am confident he was as interested in converting me to his faith as I was in correcting him, but we were able to be very friendly with one another. During one of our conversations, I referred to the Jews. He misunderstood my statement because, in his mind, there is a distinction between the Jews and Israel. He sees the Jews as a smaller subset of Israel. When I told him I think of the Jews as a term referring to modern-time Israel, he acknowledged and said he would keep that in mind in future conversations.

I am therefore interested in pointing out that, in this chapter, Apostle Paul used the terms Jews and Israel interchangeably. He saw no difference by this time in God’s plan. I see no reason for us to make a distinction already outdated by the first century. To do so is probably inviting some form of bad doctrine into the Christian faith.

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Romans 10:1 No Difference

Romans 9:8 The Simple Doctrine of Election

Romans 9:8 (KJV)
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

The doctrine of election is such a convoluted subject in the world of Christianity. 

I think it is so because:
First, many Christians have a wrong view of church.
This leads to severe misinterpretations of crucial passages.
Second, too many want to make election about just one thing.
What if God makes choices about more than just salvation?
Third, the sin nature positions itself as judge over God. 
We want to decide what God can decide.

As I understand the Scriptures, the doctrine of election is this simple:
God has elected that all should be saved
Christ died for all so that all may be saved. The sad fact is that too many choose not to be saved.

God has elected that such as come to Him by promise receive mercy.
Those who choose to come some other way receive wrath. This is the gist of Romans chapter nine. Too many attempt some other way.

God has elected that those who are saved, whether Jews or Gentile, be United in one new man, a local church.
This is the message of Ephesians. Unfortunately, so few professing believers become gracious, unified, and contributing members of this new man.

God has elected some of those who get saved to be separated as preachers of the Gospel.
All Christians are called to be witnesses. Some are separated to be pastors, teachers, and evangelists.

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Romans 9:8 The Simple Doctrine of Election

Habakkuk 1:5 Revival, Repentance and Return

Habakkuk 1:5 (KJV)
Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

The burden of Habakkuk is like that of Jeremiah. He sees the wickedness of his nation, Judah, and is burdened by it. He is praying for the Lord to intervene and turn the people back to God. He longs for revival, repentance, and a return to holiness.

But it seems like the answer is so long in coming.

And when it does, it is not what he nor anyone else, would have believed. “I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” The Chaldeans will come and possess the land.

Jeremiah will preach faithfully that this is the judgment of God, and Judah should surrender to it.

But they will not believe, though it be told them.

The hearts of men have changed but little. It is so that today, just as then, the same people praying for God to do a work will not believe the work that God will do.

May God grant that we have eyes to see and faith to believe when we are told what God is doing.

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Habakkuk 1:5 Revival, Repentance and Return

Romans 7:22 Happy To Have An Inward Man

Romans 7:22 (KJV)
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

I am happy to know that there is an “inward man.”
The outward man, the one of the flesh, is weak and unstable and grotesque in so many ways. The outward man is fake, fleshly, and far from God.

I am happy to know that there is an “inward man.”
Though God’s work will transform the outward man, it is at first unseen. It is in the heart, the mind, and the soul.

I am happy to know that there is an “inward man.”
And he delights in the law of God. He desires it. He studies it. He learns it and seeks to obey it.

I am happy to know that there is an “inward man.”
And that Jesus Christ will one day deliver him from the body of this death.

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Romans 7:22 Happy To Have An Inward Man