Romans 11:13 What’s Common Over What’s Different

Romans 11:13 (KJV)
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Though the word church is not used specifically of Romans, that it is written to a church in Rome is clear. He references the church in Cenchrea and the church in the house of Priscilla and Aquila.

Interestingly, the first portion of the book seems to be written from a Jewish perspective and to Jewish Christians. This passage is clearly written to Gentile Christians. They are obviously in the same church and/or in cooperating churches, i.e. churches of like faith.

This supports, in my view, the principle of Christians dropping their ethnic backgrounds (though perhaps not completely forgetting them) and uniting together in a local church. Inside the church there is neither Jew nor Gentile but the church of God. There are Christians bound together for a common purpose. There are believers focused on their common commission and not their national and cultural differences.

 

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Romans 11:13 What’s Common Over What’s Different

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Romans 10:3-4 Three Kinds of Righteousness

Romans 10:3-4 (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.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

This is a fascinating play on the word, righteousness. Though I am cognizant of the possibility of making more than is here, still, it seems significant that God both inspired and preserved this contrast of the word.

God’s righteousness
Benson says this is the holy character of God as well as the extent of His holy law. I cannot argue that the Jews would have been ignorant of the holiness of God. I can see only that they misunderstood the nature of and purpose of God’s law.

Their own righteousness
This takes us to Adam and Eve and the root trouble of every man. We want to establish our own righteousness as good enough. Maybe we even want it to be established as the ultimate good.

The righteousness of God
If it is fair to make a distinction between this and the first it is that this has to do with God’s plan to bring righteousness to man.

The sense of the verse would be that the Jews, being ignorant of the true purpose of God’s law and wishing to establish themselves as righteous by their own merit, refused to submit to the one and only way God has determined that a man might be righteous before Him; in Jesus Christ.

 

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Romans 10:3-4 Three Kinds of Righteousness

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Romans 4:2 From Whence Glory?

Romans 4:2 (KJV)
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

Now here is a telling verse.

The question needs to be asked, “From whence do we wish to have glory?”

  • A man may have glory before men or
  • A man may have glory before God

The one is derived by works while the other is the product of faith. It is not possible to have both because friendship with the world is enmity with God.

That there is a place for work is well documented in the Book of James. The Christian is not saved to sit idly by. God has saved us to good works and ordained that we should walk in them.

The heart of the matter is, I think, twofold:

Whose pleasure do we seek?
Do we seek to please men or God? The answer may not be as obvious as we think it to be. Oftentimes the pleasure of God will be at the displeasure of men, even our brethren. Just ask Apostle Paul.

How shall we seek it?
If we have determined to seek the pleasure of God then we must ask ourselves how we would go about it. The natural man would do it through his own ingenuity. He would design a system:

  • Of checks and balances,
  • Of do’s and don’ts,
  • Of good and bad

and set himself about working his system.

The spiritual man would take the much more unnatural course. He would rest in God’s promises. He would trust in the Lord. He would be satisfied to serve the Lord whenever, wherever and however God pleased. He would wait on the Lord to glorify him in eternity.

 

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Romans 4:2 From Whence Glory?

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Romans 2:2 There Is A Judgment of God to Come

Romans 2:2 (KJV)
But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

Albert Barnes writes of this verse, “…it is the common and admitted sentiment of mankind. It is known and believed by people generally that God will punish such crimes. It is implied in this declaration that this was known to the Jews, and it was particularly to the purpose of the apostle so to express himself as to include the Jews. …”

Though the book of the Roman is written to believers (see Romans 1:7) in this passage he rhetorically speaks to the man born with Jewish blood and resting in that birth.

Albert Barnes continues, “… Outwardly he might appear well to people; but God searched the heart, and saw the secret as well as the open deeds of people, and they who practiced secretly what they condemned openly, could not expect to escape the righteous judgment of God. God, without respect of persons would punish wickedness, whether it was open, as among the Gentiles, or whether it was concealed under the guise of great regard for religion, as among the Jews.”

We are sure, there can be no doubt, and it is commonly admitted by:

  • The Christian
  • The Jew and even
  • The unsaved Gentile

that there is a judgment of God to come.

Be prepared for that judgment.

 

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Romans 2:2 There Is A Judgment of God to Come

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Romans 16:1-2 A Biblical Commendation

Romans 16:1-2 (KJV)
I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

Paul speaks of His not needing a letter of commendation to give the church at Corinth but that such letters were used, even at this early period in church history, is obvious by this sixteenth chapter of Romans.

I note today merely the outline of this commendation:

  1. Name
    Phoebe
  1. Testimony of faith
    Our sister
  1. Title
    Servant of the church
  1. Address
    At Cenchrea
  1. Request
  2. That she be received
  3. That she be assisted

6.Credentials
She had succoured many, including Paul.
The first hand witness of her credentials, I see as key. This was not a casual, “I’ve heard good things.” commendation but one born of personal witness and experience.

Might this be a wise pattern for commendation of missionaries, evangelists and other itinerant ministries?

 

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Romans 16:1-2 A Biblical Commendation

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Romans 15:5-7 Keys for Church Unity

Romans 15:5-7 (KJV)
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

There is little as important as unity in a local church. I did not say in Christianity, but in a local church. Diversity must exist within the realm of Christendom because we are not robots. We have minds and reason and the responsibility to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.

There must be diversity within Christendom, but there must be unity within the local church. This is the place a band of believers of like faith and practice gather for mutual support and cooperative effort in the Great Commission.

We have certain keys for this unity expressed in verse five:

  • Patience and
  • Consolation

God provides these to the members of the local church through prayer.

Nothing in the realm of the spiritual can be properly accomplished in the flesh. Though a fair show can be made for a time, the flesh will fall through. Only the Spirit of God can generate true patience and true consolation for He is patience and consolation. These may only be attained through prayer.

The good news is that God freely gives them to those who ask Him.

 

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Romans 15:5-7 Keys for Church Unity

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Romans 15:12 He Will Rise To Reign

Romans 15:12 (KJV)
And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

He shall rise to reign….

Jesus had already come to Israel (the Circumcision of vs 8). They had crucified Him. He came unto His own and His own received Him not.[1]

But death was not the end of Jesus’ ministry.

  • He rose again
  • He ascended into heaven and, according to our text
  • He will rise once more

The last time He rose from death. The next time He will rise from obscurity, being little respected and even less worshipped in this world, to reign. His new rule will not over Israel (at least not only over Israel) but over the Gentiles:

  • Nations that have not known Him
  • Nations that worship false gods
  • Nations that deny and reject Him

He shall rise to reign. And when He does, those He reigns will trust in Him.

[1] John 1:11

 

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Romans 15:12 He Will Rise To Reign

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Romans 11:1-5 Break Free of Prejudice

Romans 11:1-5 (KJV)
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

The coming of the New Testament gospel changed but didn’t end the relationship of God with the Jews. The advancement of the Gospel opened with the Jews…

  • They were the first to be offered entrance into this new grace
  • They were the first to be called (elected) to preach this grace

Those that refused did so on grounds of race. They rejected a new, real and living relationship with the Lord. They were frozen in their past. Old wounds remained fresh generation after generation. They refused to allow them to heal. They perpetrated them upon their children and children’s children.

  • Their hatred for those not of their race
  • Their rehearsal of wrongs done years and year before
  • Their pride of being members of the afflicted race

hardened their hearts and stopped their ears from any message of: grace, mercy, forgiveness and unity.

There were, of course, Jews who broke free of this prejudice. The same can be true of anyone today. There is grace available in the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a place reserved in the local church for souls of any race or background who trust that gospel. There is a mansion prepared for any who will let go of their grievances and in humility call upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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Romans 10:12 The Confidence of the Soul Winner

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.

Here is the confidence, even the faith of the soul winner; God is – more than able, more than willing. God is rich unto all that call upon Him.

  • Jew or Greek, (from other Scriptures we can include)
  • Male or female
  • Bond or free

there is no difference. There is no one less welcome to call upon him. There is no one that would receive less from Him.

God is:

  • Rich
  • Generous
  • Gracious and
  • Abundant

to anyone and everyone who will call upon Him.

The soul winner knows this and is therefore confident to encourage anyone who will listen to call upon the Lord.

 

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Romans 9:1 Don’t Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

Romans 9:1 (KJV)
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

The book of Romans is a doctrinal statement concerning salvation. That context should be forever in the forefront as interpretations and applications are drawn from it. There is, however, a secondary lesson I see in this verse.

I just listened to a talk by a medical doctor. He told of meeting with a heavyset female patient with diabetes in his early days as a doctor. His first time meeting her was to tell her that he was going to have to amputate her foot. She was obviously upset and, in his youth, considered telling her that it was her own fault. “Everybody knows,” he thought to himself, “what causes diabetes. If she had eaten less and exercised more she wouldn’t be where she was.” He wisely chose not to say those words out loud. As he aged, even though he watched what he ate and exercised, he began to gain weight and developed insulin resistance. He now knows that the conventional wisdom of ten years ago isn’t as true as he thought it was back then. Eating less and exercising more doesn’t always prevent type 2 diabetes. It was good he didn’t tell her the “truth”.

People wrestle with appropriate times to tell the truth and when a “white lie” might be the more merciful thing to say.

  • Is there ever a time when speaking the truth is not appropriate?
  • Is it necessary to thoughtlessly blurt out what you think is the truth “For their own good”?

I see three principles in this verse concerning telling the truth:

  • Speak only the truth
  • Never tell a lie but
  • Always let your conscience be guided by the Holy Spirit as to when and what to speak.

(The guidance of the Holy Spirit is important because a person’s conscience is not always be right. It’s not our conscience that should guide us but the Spirit of God illuminating the Word of God upon our conscience.)

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