Romans 14:4 Who Art Thou?

Romans 14:4 (KJV)
Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Years ago, a preacher friend of mine and I, went to receive advice from another man of God. My friend and I were seeking the will of the Lord about a thing and my friend desired some other voices on the subject. I will never forget the opening remarks of the man of God we went to see. He said that he had learned long ago that he could not know the will of God for another man.

Though I do remember the outcome of the thing my friend and I were praying about, I do not recall the man of God’s actual advice. I am not sure he even gave any. 

What I learned was this. Even as a man of God, even as a preacher, I cannot know and therefore cannot judge another servant of the Lord. I may counsel, pray and even warn, but I am not the judge to decide the will of God for another man. 

It’s a dangerous thing whenever a Christian presumes to know the will of God for someone else. 

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Romans 13:12 What To Do

Romans 13:12 (KJV)
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

The night isn’t all spent, it is far spent. The day is not here, it is at hand. “Now is our salvation nearer, than when we believed.”

No man knows exactly how much of this night is spent. We know that it is more spent than saved and that the day is nearer at hand than when we began. We also know what the biblical response is,

To cast off the works of darkness
Those things that are contrary to holiness righteousness and to the Lord. Those things that are evil, vile and wicked. Those things that are rebellious and opposed to the faith. Those things, however so slight men have made them, that are of the flesh and not of the Spirit. 

To put on the armor of light
We have a list of that armor In Ephesians 6:

  • Truth 
  • Righteousness 
  • The gospel of peace
  • Faith
  • Salvation 
  • The Word of God and
  • Prayer

To practice these, to put them on day by day, to cast off like so much trash, the other. These are the things an alert Christian will seek to do.

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Romans 12:4-5 The Boys in the Boat

Romans 12:4-5 (KJV)
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.

I am currently reading a book by Dan Brown called, The Boys in the Boat. It’s the story of the 1936 Olympic gold medalists from the University of Washington. The crew consisted of eight rowers, a coxswain and, of course, their coach. I see a great number of similarities between the boat and the work of a church. Boats have a pretty big role in the New Testament. 

The coach is typical of the Lord. 
It is his place to put the crew together and to make them fit for the work.

The coxswain is typical of the pastor. 
He sits in a position to see the whole crew and the water before and around them. He is not a rower himself, never could have been. He has to be small. As the “captain of the ship” he steers the course straight. His only real quality is his voice, his ability to read the need at any given time in the race, and his ability to inspire the crew to row. 

The crew, of course, is the members of the church. 
They do not look around. They only look at the tower in front of them. The stroke rower, closest to the coxswain, hears the coxswain and follows his cues.  The others follow him, each doing the same thing at the same time, with the subtle differences that is called for in their position in the boat. 

When all of this is done well, rowers call it, “the swing.” Athletes in other sports today call it, “being in the zone.” In a church, we would call it, revival. 

A church is more like a rowing crew than maybe any other sort of sport because there are no stars in the crew. The crew either fits into one under the coxswain’s call or they flounder in the water. There is no room for someone to row harder, faster or dig deeper than the rest. There is no place for a rower to question the coxswain or begin barking out his own strokes. The crew has to work as one body under the coxswain’s calls, or they are no crew at all. 

Lord, move our individual rower from the boat. 

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Romans 8:34 Who Is He?

Romans 8:34 (KJV)
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Read this verse properly. The question is, “Who is he that condemneth?”  The answer is not, “It is Christ…” 

The point of the question is “Who is he..,?” 

  • No matter who he is. 
  • No matter how formidable he may seem. 
  • No matter from whence he comes. 
  • No matter if he is our own conscience. 

He is nothing in comparison to Christ, “who also maketh intercession for us.

In this world we will have many who attempt to condemn us:

  • Those we have perhaps made mistakes around
  • Those who remember how we were before salvation 
  • Those who hate us because they hate Christ
  • Those who are satanically inspired

Even our own hearts will condemn us sometimes because we realize how weak we are in the flesh. 

  • Keep your hope in Christ. 
  • He’s next to the Father. 
  • He’s praying for you. 

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Romans 7:13 Sin, Exceeding Sinful

Romans 7:13 (KJV)
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

There is a huge difference between knowing that a thing is sin and viewing your own sin as you exceeding sinful. 

It is the difference between religion and salvation 
Many a lost man can list what acts are sin. It isn’t until he is convicted that his own sin is hell worthy, he will trust the Saviour alone. 

It is the difference between repentance and reformation 
Any man can decide to change. Some changes can even be learned or forced upon a man. Not until we are convicted our sin is exceeding sinful will we mortify it through the Spirit. 

It is the difference between solid Christianity and revival
There are plenty of solid churches, teaching truth and filled with compliant members. Only when those members become broken in the realization that their sin is exceeding sinful will they see the Holy Spirit at work bringing revival among them. 

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Romans 7:13 Sin, Exceeding Sinful

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Romans 6:1-2 God Forbid

Romans 6:1-2 (KJV)
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

God forbid.
The expression gives us the strongest impression. “No! By no means should a Christian continue in sin.”  Though, because of grace, we may believe we can continue to live in sin, we, that are dead to sin, must not “live any longer therein.”

Romans chapter six gives us a number of reasons why we must not. 
Because of our identity with Christ
Through the act of baptism, we have voluntarily, freely entered into identification with His death, burial, and resurrection. To continue in sin is to smear the person of Jesus Christ, with whom we have identified.

We have already experienced a resurrection
We have died to sin and are therefore to live unto God. It’s a simple Bible truth. Therefore, we are to reckon ourselves dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through Jesus Christ.

We are servants to the one we yield
If we yield to sin, we are servants of that sin. If we, on the other hand, yield to and obey God we are servants of righteousness.

There is a price for sin
The wages of sin is death. We typically think of that as eternal death, not being saved. There are other forms of death that the believer can experience. Someone said, “Sin always takes you farther than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay and costs you more than you want to pay.”

Romans 6:15 (KJV)
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

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Romans 5:1 Therefore We…

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

Therefore, in this case, the word goes back to, 

Romans 4:23-24 (KJV)
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

Having demonstrated that Abraham was justified by faith in God’s promise that God would give him a son (and through that son, a Saviour) the next word is that this was not written for Abraham alone but for all of us who believe on the God who raised Jesus from the dead. 

  • Therefore we also are justified by faith and
  • Therefore we also have peace with God through Jesus Christ. 

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Romans 4:3 What saith the Scripture?

Romans 4:3 (KJV)
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

The answer to every question ought to begin with this, “What saith the Scripture?”

I notice that the answer to this question can be twisted by personal preference and background. 

  • The Jew will be given to interpreting the Scriptures in a way that promotes his preexisting ideas. 
  • The Gentiles will be likewise given. 

Paul addressed this difficulty by a thorough examination of the subject. He refused to see only one passage but considered the subject as it developed in the Word of God. 

We ought to give every subject the same thorough treatment. 

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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 15:4 Patience +the Scriptures = Hope

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