Romans 14:17 Righteousness, Peace and Joy

Romans 14:17 (KJV)
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

It would be completely inappropriate to take this passage to mean that doctrine does not matter. A careful reading of this chapter, together with a survey of the general teaching of Scripture, tells us otherwise. 

  • We are to separate from those with whom we have doubtful disputations. 
  • We are to be fully persuaded in our own minds
  • We are to have faith and whatsoever is not of faith is sin

What we do learn in this passage is to allow each one to be fully persuaded in their own mind. If one does not agree, it is not ours to go to war with them. But neither is it ours to compromise for them. There are plenty of souls with whom our faith agrees. Receive those into fellowship with whom we can fellowship. Remove from fellowship those with whom we cannot. 

And then, live in righteousness, peace, and joy of the Holy Ghost. 

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Romans 12:1 No MVP’s Here

Romans 12:1 (KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

I want to couple this verse today with, Romans 12:3-5 (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.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

My suggestion is that the living sacrifice is accomplished through surrender of ourselves to the body of Christ, which is the local church to which God has made us a member.

A local church has no MVP. Each and every member is of an inestimable value. We each function differently and for a different purpose in the church but each of us has a function that is vital to the life of the church. 

To be a living sacrifice is, at the very least, to submit ourselves as one functioning member of that body. 

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Romans 11:7 The End of This Age

Romans 11:7 (KJV)
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

This chapter clearly speaks of Israel as a people group and Gentiles as a people group. It would be an error, and one of great consequence, to attempt to make an application for individuals. 

In truth, the teaching of the chapter is that individuals can escape the judgment against the people group to which they belong. 

God has blinded the nation of Israel in this present time so that He may perform a particular and unique work among the Gentiles as a people group. Individual members of Israel are able and indeed do escape the blindness that rests on the nation, when they receive Christ as Saviour. 

It appears to me that we are approaching the end of this age, in part because the Gentile nations seem to respond less and less to the Gospel. At what point will God choose to “break off” this “unnatural branch” and graft back in the natural one, I don’t know. I do know that is the promise of God’s Word. 

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Romans 10:4 Only Christ Is That

Romans 10:4 (KJV)
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

The end
A point of destination or purpose, the goal.

For
The purpose of, often expressing motivation, toward.

Righteousness 
Justification before God, salvation. 

Christ is the destination or goal men work toward for salvation. The law is of no value for the purpose of salvation. Jesus Christ is the end of that path. He is the conclusion. The man who knows Christ knows that the law has no place in this path. 

The law does have a purpose. It teaches us of the perfection of Christ, and it serves as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. It convicts us of our sin, and it reveals how we have missed the mark. It compels us to seek salvation and therefore is the motivation to come to Christ. But it is not the means to righteousness.

Only Christ is that. 

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Romans 8:38-39 Spiritually Minded

Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans chapter seven ends with the mind serving the law of God. Chapter eight then is an essential lesson on the mind. To be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 

The final two verses speak of persuasion. The mind must become persuaded of the truth and become the “mind of the spirit” so that we mortify the deeds of the flesh, live in the hope of Christ’s image upon us, and rest in the promise, “if God be for us, who came be against us?”

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Romans 7:25 The Flesh, The Mind, and Jesus Christ

Romans 7:25 (KJV)
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

I see three elements at work in this verse:
God through Jesus Christ
It is He that the Apostle thanks. All benefits in the Christian life rests upon Him. The Apostle is happy to give Him praise and thanksgiving.

The mind
The inner man. Once saved, this inner man, the mind, can be renewed and confirmed through the Word of God to serve the law of God, or His will. 

The flesh
This is the part of us that has not yet been “converted.” This is no excuse to let it have free course. Even the lost world understands that the flesh, the human nature, must be contained through laws and discipline. Those who are saved are more capable of personal discipline than the lost and are therefore more responsible to do it. 

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Romans 4:7 This Is A Blessing

Romans 4:7 (KJV)
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

What blessings belong to those who by faith are saved. In this verse, I see two separate effects of that saving faith,
Whose iniquities are forgiven
The word means, “violation of the law.” The unsaved soul stands in violation of the law of God. Through faith, that violation is forgiven. It has been sent away as far as the east is from the west. It is gone, removed, put past us, and never to be remembered again. 

Whose sins are covered
The word means, “to miss the mark, to be less than we were created to be, to err.” The passage says sins and not just sin. We have missed the mark in so many ways that it is an aggregate of offense. Those sins are covered, concealed. We have been hidden in Christ who became sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made to the righteousness of God in Him. Therefore, our sins are covered in Christ. God only sees the righteousness of Jesus when He sees us. So covered, we cannot sin in the eyes of God any more than Jesus can.

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Romans 3:3 What If?

Romans 3:3 (KJV)
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

This passage clearly concerns the Jews, the nation of Israel. They had the oracles of God and a great advantage because of them. 

But some did not believe. 
I would say a huge number of them did not believe. 

What about it? Does the fact that so many of those to whom God Himself gave the Word of God do not believe the Word make null the Word?  Not at all. 

What if some did not believe?
What if people today, most people today don’t believe?

Does the majority opinion make God ungodly? Can the majority overrule the power of God? Do unbelievers hinder the profitability of the Scriptures in the hearts of believers?

Not at all. 

The only one negatively affected by unbelief is the unbeliever. 

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Romans 2:10 Glory, Honor and Peace

Romans 2:10 (KJV)
But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Salvation is always by grace and not of works lest any man should boast. But true salvation always produces a man of good works. Whether that man is a Jew or a Gentile, when he has come to Christ, he is a new creature. What used to be true of him will pass away. New things will become true of him. 

Those new things will result in glory, honor, and peace. He will give glory, and honor, and peace where it is due. He will be known among others as a man of glory, honor, and peace. He will live a life that is rich in glory, and honor, and peace.[1]


[1] If not peace in his circumstances, then that peace which passeth understanding.

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Romans 15:1-3 Make Us Great

Romans 15:1-3 (KJV)
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

One of the most challenging things of membership in a local church is that of bearing the infirmities of the week. It is not ours to assemble a team of strong and healthy believers into a church. It is ours to:

  • Embrace those members God places in the church 
  • Seek to help them grow in the Lord and then
  • Accept the limitations that they necessarily cause the body. 

Moses asked God not to replace the rebellious children of God. Instead, he walked alongside them those forty years, ministering to them, suffering with them and sometimes because of them. He prayed for them and led them. Then he died short of the Promised Land with them. 

Christ didn’t become one of the world’s elite and didn’t call them either. He worked with and ate with common people, publicans, and sinners. He was executed beside two malefactors and was buried in a borrowed tomb. 

Greatness is found in caring for the weak and not pleasing ourselves. 

Lord, make us great!

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