Wow, after I wrote the first blog, then I went back and read the next three chapters, I am once again amazed at how much clarity Poppa has given me to preach reconciliation and the New Covenant. After all, it makes sense beings how that is what we have been made ministers of, right?
Anyways, to continue on our journey through Romans, we will now head into chapters 4-6, in which we will see how when the law has done it’s work, shown us we are dead, we are more then ready to step into the newness of life through Jesus Christ our Lord. That is what salvation is, the impartation of life from the dead, not the ability to please God through keeping the law. The law is what killed us, and it is my endeavor, (and the Holy Spirit’s), to get every believer who will listen to the Shepherd’s voice to be free from the law of sin and death, and step into this newness of life our precious Savior came to give us.
Chapter 4 would appear at first to be building up Abraham as this monumental figure of faith, and seem to bring much glory to him being the father of faith and what not, however, it must always be looked at from a shadow of the things to come perspective in regards to any man talked about in the bible, (with the exception of the man Christ Jesus). I find that I try to emulate people so that maybe I can be admired as they are, but that is just me. The point of the chapter is simply the fact that faith has always been around, and we have many examples, praise the Lord for that, to be able to get a picture in our minds of what it might look like. Reading the stories of Abraham, we know that even though it was quoted in chapter 4 that with patient endurance he waited for the promise, (ie having a son when he was old), we know that he stumbled in that waiting along the way. I do not want to get too carried away about Abraham, however, I just felt the need to point out a few things due to the fact that some of us do things we think are of faith, and fall flat on our face. Some of the problem is that the saints are being taught they have a wicked and deceitful heart, even after coming to Christ, instead of them receiving a new heart which is His, so they do not listen to the spirit of Christ, but rather are getting fooled by their flesh. It is waaay past time to be preaching to the spirit of a believer rather than their flesh so they can walk in the newness they have been made…hallelujah. Prayerfully together we can figure out just how to do that!
Anyways, chapter 5 tells us very clearly about the difference between the offense and the gift. Remember that shadow thing I mentioned earlier? Well this chapter mentions that Adam was a type of Him who was to come because it is presenting a picture of the Christ, again! What killed Adam? Sin! What killed Jesus? Sin! The difference is the outcome of the two. One resulted in condemnation and death, and the One resulted in justification and life. There was only one sin that brought Jesus to do what He did, and that was the day you eat thereof, you will surely die. Did he physically die on the spot? No! So how did he die then? The spirit of God left him, and he died spiritually. He was left with an empty soul in need of that oneness with his creator, that if we study with this in mind, we will understand more clearly why it is that there is so much need for us to have life. This is what Jesus came and died for, life! Our need for it, and of course, our peace with God over the sin that has wreaked havoc in the world such that it ultimately killed the Lord of glory. What an incredible Father we have that would send His Son to be killed so we can have peace with Him. And through the spirit we can discover that it was our Father Himself who was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. So for those that want to say what a mean God that would kill His own Son, the spirit needs to show you that this fact is true so you too can see your reconciliation, and have that peace with Him. Am I preaching to your spirit? Your new spirit? I hope so, cause that is what I aim to preach to.
Chapter 6 starts out with one of the most common verse the fleshly christians loooove to quote. Since I have fully understood what all Jesus did provide through His death, burial, and resurrection, I have also come to understand why the spirit had Paul mention this. It was because people in those days were obviously saying the same thing. ‘Shall we go on sinning that grace may abound?’ It is not Paul asking that question, it is people who are trying to both figure it out, and be sarcastic about it. At least that is how it was asked of me! Just wanted to point that out. By the time Romans was written, brother Paul had grown up in the faith which is why it is such a doctrinally sound book about what the gospel is and what it isn’t. I absolutely love how with open eyes, I can see some sarcasm in the midst of a very serious statement, mostly because when I have presented the full picture of grace to some folks, this was the very verse they quoted. All I can say is KEEP READING! Verse three starts out with an important question: ‘Or do you not know…’ The rest of the chapter goes on to tell us that what happened at the cross was sooo much more than just simply forgiveness! Now don’t accuse me of universalism please, but to put it plainly, the whole world died with Christ that day! And to the whole world, that life through the resurrection is available. Personally, I am offended by the way the gospel is preached today because of the fact that it is mainly focused on behavior modification as proof of salvation, when this book clearly states, that no flesh will be justified by the deeds of the law! It has been so perverted, that all unbelievers hear is ‘BEHAVE, BEHAVE OR PERISH!’ This is simply not the pure gospel, in fact it is the opposite. Oh sure, preachers will say come as you are, but once your in, now it is time to behave or else. The unbelieving world just looks in and screams hypocrite, bigot, unloving…basically blasphemes God behind it. It is because saints are not being preached the pure gospel of peace, reconciliation, and the fact that while we were all yet sinners, Christ died for us. I pray that this blog will peak your interest in looking into all these points, and bring us together in the mutual faith of the divine union we have with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I will end with some beautiful words from God our Father, spoken through our brother Paul:
It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we HAVE peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly.
I leave you with some food for thought. This tribulation; what does it speak of? To me it has spoken of folks trying to continue perverting the pure gospel, and me getting to persevere in it’s purity, which then produces a matter of fact character as to false gospels, and then comes the hope as it did with brother Abraham. Then I am able to see, feel and touch the love that God has poured out into my heart, and He in turn pours that out into others through me and His pure gospel of peace, reconciliation, love and hope, and best of all eternal life!
Blessings of peace and grace through our Lord Jesus Christ…amen!