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The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:15-16)
God has our best interests in mind. He did not purchase our salvation by the blood of Christ just to make us His slaves, although if He had that would have been much better than remaining slaves of sin. But rather God chooses to adopt us as sons. And He gives us the Holy Spirit to assure us that we have nothing to fear, since the God of the universe is our caring father.
If you have believed in Jesus Christ and have repented of your sins, you can be assured that you ARE a child of God, even when you do not feel it. The Holy Spirit reminds us through the promises we read in the Bible that we are God’s children, and He causes us to cry out to God as “Abba” or “Papa” in our hearts. We are God’s helpless little children, but we have nothing to fear, because the Master of the universe is our Father.
Sin takes advantage of God’s law in the following way:
What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[b]8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. (Romans 7:7-8 NIV)
Every person who hears God’s laws breaks God’s laws. Therefore sin takes advantage of God’s laws by producing rebellion in you. Fortunately God will forgive you of breaking His laws if you believe in Jesus Christ for salvation and repent of your sins.
All people break the laws of God that they have heard with their ears, as well as the laws that He has hidden on their hearts.
The Bible teaches that Jesus died for His enemies, but lives for His friends:
For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:10)
All people are sinners and have made themselves enemies of God. We hated God perhaps even more than we hated each other. But Jesus died on the cross for the sins of everyone, even though they hated Him.
But Jesus did not stay dead. He rose from the dead and now lives seated at the right hand of God in heaven. All those who truly believe in Him and repent of their sins are no longer His enemies. They are “reconciled” to God and will one day be resurrected into eternal life.
But those who do not believe and repent are still God’s enemies. Yes, Jesus died for them, but they have not accepted His gift of salvation. They do not benefit from His resurrection because they have not been reconciled to God. Jesus lives, not as their advocate, but their eventual judge.
Please repent of your sins and believe in Jesus for salvation. Jesus loves you and died for you, but until you repent you will not be reconciled to God and have no share in eternal life.
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:1-3)
You must be a better man than Abraham was in order to be saved by your own righteousness. Abraham was a sinner who broke God’s laws. But He repented and believed God’s promises, and God “credited it to him as righeousness.” Therefore the righteousness of Abraham was not His own righteousness. Rather, it was the righteousness of Christ, who had not been revealed yet, that was given to Abraham to cover His sins. This grace was given through Abraham’s faith in God and His promises.
You, like Abraham, are a sinner. But you too can be saved by faith. Your wicked sins can be covered by the blood of Christ.
“Do not judge me” are words that I hear people say all the time, whenever, I remind them that all people are sinners. They claim that I have no right to act more righteous than them because I am a sinner to.
They are right. I am a sinner too, and I have no right to judge them.
But this does not mean that they will escape judgment. God will judge all of us, me and them, by HIS standards. At the day of judgment no one will be able to brush Him off the way we brush each other off. We are ALL sinners, so we will ALL be found guilty if we do not repent.
We all came into this world as sinners, but of course God is loving and does not want to send us to hell for eternity for something that we have no control over. That is why He gives us all a chance to repent and accept His forgiveness. But when we ignore our sins we are refusing God’s grace as the Apostle Paul says:
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4 NIV)
This attitude of ignoring our sins will lead to certain judgment by God:
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2:4-5)
God is righteous, but we are evil. Accept His grace and be given the power to defeat sin. We have no excuse we can use at the final judgment if we cling to our sins.
All true Christians know that there is one God who exists in three persons. In the passage below the Apostle Paul confirms that God the father has publicly declared that Jesus is His Son.
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, (Romans 1:1-4 NASB).
This passage is a typical Pauline sentence, which means that it seems to ramble on endlessly, and is therefore very hard to follow. So let me paraphrase Paul’s statements about Jesus, so that we can unpack this verse. Words in bold have been taken directly from the verse above.
Paul is saying that Christ Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is a descendant of David according to the flesh which means that he took on the body of a man and became David’s physical descendant. God Himself declared him to be the Son of God by raising him from the dead which fully displayed God’s power and should have been enough to silence all the doubters.
My Muslim friends of course say that Jesus can’t be God because there is only one God, and one God cannot exist in three persons. I say that one God can exist in three persons. The reason I believe it is because God says so. You can find many proofs of the Deity and Sonship of Christ in the Old Testament prophecies and in all the miracles He did in public. The Muslims are foolish to think that the nature of God is so simple that human beings can completely understand it. It is not surprising that the true nature of God is beyond human comprehension.
Now that I’m done blogging through the book of John I’m going to go on and start the book of Romans. I am going to have to slow down how much I blog because my job is getting busier as I approach the summer. I expect to be able to post about every other day on this blog. At that rate, it could take me a whole year or more to got through the book of Romans.
Should I fear the Lord God? This is definitely a question I've wrestled with in the past. But the only way for me to give an honest answer is to allow the Bible to interpret itself. I'm not implying my relationship with him should be one of fear. My relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, is one of love not fear.
It is very easy for young men in our culture to become addicted to their sexual lusts. They are constantly bombarded with images and messages from the media that tempt them to want things that are bad for them. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help the young men in your family get their sex-drive under control.
- Teach them right and wrong.
In Psalm 22 King David, the author, is crying out for help to God. David underwent many trials and challenges in his lifetime and He learned to depend on God to get him through them. However, if you read carefully through Psalm 22 you will discover that many of the events described in this Psalm never actually happened to David. Rather, this Psalm is a prophecy about David’s descendant, Jesus. If you read through this Psalm you will discover some amazing prophecies about the crucifixion of Jesus. Here are a few of them:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Psalm 22:1a NIV)
This opening line are the exact words that Jesus uses when He is suffering on the cross a thousand years later (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34). He is crying out because of the separation that existed between Him and His father as He was being punished for the sins of all mankind.
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.” (Psalm 22:7-8)
Verses seven and eight describe the humiliation that he was subjected to while He was publicly suffering. Many who were standing by mocked him, challenging him to save himself saying “He saved others, let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God” (Luke 23:35).
Verse 15 describes Him as being thirsty. Indeed, when Jesus was on the cross, He cried out in a loud voice: “I thirst” (John 19:28). Verse 16 predicts what the Roman soldiers would do to Jesus’ hands and feet:
Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce[e] my hands and my feet. (Psalm 22:16)
This perfectly describes Jesus’ crucifixion, when the soldiers drove nails through His hands and His feet (John 20:25). Verse 17, the next verse, predicts Jesus naked as He is stretched on the cross:
All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me. (Psalm 22:17)
Verse 18 predicts what the soldiers would do with Jesus’ clothes:
They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment. (Psalm 22:18)
We can see the fulfillment of verse 18 in the gospel of John:
When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”
This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,
“They divided my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.”[a]
So this is what the soldiers did. (John 19:23-24)