Romans 16:19 The Wise and the Simple

Romans 16:19 (KJV)
For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

The wisdom the Holy Spirit desires in us is defined in the context as the opposite of simple. 

The simple
The unlearned, the learning challenged the inexperienced. The one who is easily taken because he is not prepared against attack. He is not vigilant, he is not aware, he does not grasp truth

To have little or no experience with sin. To have few dealings with evil. To be naïve and unlearned in the art of deception, this is a wonderful quality. 

Wisdom would be the opposite 
Wisdom would imply learning, education, and training. Wisdom would imply experience, practice, and skill. The wise are aware, circumspect, and vigilant. 

The Holy Spirit desires that we be well experienced in that which is good. We ought to practice good, recognize good and become skilled in doing good. 

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Romans 15:4 Patience +the Scriptures = Hope

Romans 15:4 (KJV)
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

I like to remember this verse, and one like it in 1 Corinthians 10, as keys to properly applying the Old Testament. Through them we learn what the purpose of preserving the Old Testament history is. They were written for our learning, but not just our intellectual advancement, they were written and preserved by God for our spiritual benefit. 

See in this verse a Biblical formula,
Patience +the Scriptures = Hope

Patience
Enduring difficulties over a long course of time. That’s life on planet earth. We are here for our average seventy years. It’s not all difficult, but it almost always has its challenges. 

The Scriptures 
Those things written aforetime. It’s obvious the Holy Spirit does mean everything that was written but those things He knows to be Holy Scripture. 

I notice the word comfort. We endure our difficulties by finding comfort in the Scriptures. There are lessons to be learned from the accounts of those who have gone before us, especially those God preserved in the Scriptures. Those lessons give us direction in making decisions through our own difficulties. We see similarities between them and our circumstances and we learn from them and find solace, guidance, help, and comfort in them. 

Hope
As we patiently apply those lessons to our circumstances, we gain confidence, hope in the work of God in our own case. 

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Romans 14:6 Soul Liberty and Truth

Romans 14:6 (KJV)
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

It is important to note that the Bible does not, in this passage, say in regard to eating meat, there is no Scriptural truth. Paul insists both here, in 1 Timothy, and in 1 Corinthians, that there is nothing wrong with eating meat so long as it is not being eaten in worship of an idol. Even in teaching us the importance of soul liberty he took the opportunity to teach truth. Each man must be persuaded in his own mind but that implies that a persuasion was made and not that he was left to merely figure out his own way. 

What is important to note, and maybe more difficult than ignoring people who think differently, is that after persuasion was attempted Paul still advocated love and respect for the one with whom he disagreed.[1] Don’t shy from giving the truth as you understand it. But don’t shy from loving the one who understands it differently. 


[1]There is still a place for separation. Different persuasions ought to assemble around their persuasion. For the sake of peace, remaining separate is necessary. But even in the separation we may have genuine care and concern for others.

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Romans 7:4 Move On

Romans 7:4 (KJV)
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

There are those who can explain away this text and insist that a modern-day Christian is still obliged to conform to the Old Testament law in order to obey God. I am of the opinion that this passage, together with the sense of the whole council of God, teaches us to move on from that old law.

I am a friend to a number of people whose spouse has passed, and they have remarried. In those relationships, that are healthy, they maintain a love for the original spouse. 

  • They keep the photos
  • They mention them in conversation 
  • They remember them fondly 

But they also move on. It would be terribly unhealthy to obsess over the memories of the one who has passed and practically ignore the one who is present. 

This is exactly what Paul taught concerning the Christian and the law. 

We would be remiss to forget that law. It would be obnoxious to deny its place in bringing us to the Lord. We would be in error to argue that it is unrighteous. But we would be in complete contradiction to claim a new relationship with Christ while clinging to the old relationship with the law. 

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Romans 5:1 Justification, Full Circle

Romans 5:1 (KJV)
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

This chapter takes us full circle beginning and ending on the subject of justification. 

The benefits of justification 
Vs 1-4

  • Peace with God
  • Access to God
  • Hope through God

The origins of hope
Vs 4-14

  • The indwelling Holy Ghost
  • The saving work of Jesus Christ 
  • The reconciliation with God

The source of justification 
Vs 15-21

  • The gift of grace
  • The life of Jesus Christ 

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Romans 4:10 The Central Feature is Jesus

Romans 4:10 (KJV)
How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

Too often we roll right over passages of Scripture that are pivotal, foundational – the basis upon which great Christian doctrine springs. This is such a passage.

The Word of God insists that righteousness is reckoned not through the law but apart from it. The example is found in the very father of faith, Abraham. 

  • He was counted as righteous before circumcision. 
  • He obeyed God in going to the Promised Land before circumcision. 
  • He worshipped God at local altars before circumcision. 
  • He gave to Lot the choice of land before circumcision. 
  • He was promised and given a son in his old age before circumcision. 

The ordinance of circumcision (hence, law) was provided after. It was important and had its place. But it had nothing to do with righteousness. It was a tool to point men to Christ. It has been replaced with the great commandments, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart… and to love thy neighbor as thyself and with the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The day for worship has been changed from the Sabbath, remembering the first creation to the first day of the week, remembering the new creation.

The Mosaic law is a parenthesis in the eternal plan of God. It is not, and never was, the central feature of His plan. That central feature is Jesus Christ.

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Romans 3:31 The Law – In Its Right Place

Romans 3:31 (KJV)
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

John Gill writes of the law, “…its use in other respects is not set aside, such as to inform us of the mind and will of God, to discover and convince of sin, to show believers their deformity and imperfection, to render Christ and his righteousness more valuable, and to be a rule of walk and conversation to them…”

Only the believer, who grasps the truth surrounding salvation by grace through faith, can put the law of Moses in its proper place. Far from voiding the law, this Christian sets it once and for all in its rightful place, as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. This law, when understood, draws the sinner to call upon Christ for salvation. It serves then to stay the Christian near to His Lord. We study the law and see in it types of Christ. We learn of the failures of the Jews precisely because they tried to keep it for righteousness’ sake instead of calling out to God for mercy. 

We do not void the law. We do not ignore the law. We establish it and set it up as the standard of a holy and righteous God – a standard met only by Christ. A standard that is applied to our account when we are hidden in Jesus. 

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Romans 7:18-25 The Source of Our Insecurities

I. THE SOURCE OF OUR INSECURITIES Traces back to the sin of Adam and Eve.
II. THE CONSEQUENCES OF INSECURITY Jesus gave this illustration, Matthew 12:43-45 (KJV)
III. THE BIBLICAL STEPS OF CORRECTION
A. Trust Acts 9:3-5 (KJV)
B. Surrender Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
C. Contentment 1 Corinthians 15:31 (KJV)
D. Thanksgiving 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
E. Obedience 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (KJV)
F. Hope 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)

Romans 7:18-25 The Source of Our Insecurities

Romans 13:1-7 The Powers That Be

  1. We Should Respect Their Position
  2. We Should Recognize Priorities
  3. We Should Recognize Their Purpose
  4. We Should Render Due Payment 

    Government is the second of three institutions God created:

    • Marriage
    • Government and
    • Church

     

    Government is necessary because of the corrupt nature.

    There won’t be a perfect government until Christ comes again.

 

Romans 15:14 Able To Admonish

Romans 15:14 (KJV)
And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

Having never met these brethren, but hearing their testimony, Paul said he was persuaded of three things concerning them:

They were full of goodness
The Hebrew word full means, “replete or completely filled”. This doesn’t mean they were good in and of themselves but that God had filled them with kindness toward their brethren.

They were filled with knowledge
The word, “filled” is an entirely different Hebrew word focusing on the idea of “to make” full. In the first case the goodness is the natural outcome of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. In this case it is the result of a process. Knowledge comes through:

  • Study
  • Thought and
  • Instruction

Because of these two “fillings” Paul was persuaded that:

They were able to admonish one another
This word means to remind or to gently warn. It takes both kindness and knowledge to admonish another. It takes kindness certainly to accept such admonition.

They could admonish one another. Not others outside of their own church but within it.

What grace when such a thing is possible!

 

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