Christians are not bound by man made rules and regulations. We are bound by the love of God to love others. We should neither judge others for not following our rules nor deliberately offend others by our actions. We are God’s people. We need to act like it.
As long as the government isn’t telling us to disobey God’s commands, Paul says do what is right. But when the government or anyone else in authority tells us to disobey God’s commands, we must obey God rather than the authorities. That is what Peter and John said. A faithful life is a good witness for the Lord. When we can elect government officials, we should vote for those who will do what is right in God’s eyes. That is how the kings of Israel and Judah were evaluated in the Old Testament.
God’s love transforms our lives. He not only forgives us, but he also works in so that we become more like Him. We shouldn’t think we are better than we are, but we should use ours gifts and abilities to the glory of God and for the good of others. With God’s help we strive to love our enemies instead of hating them. We make service our proirity instead of wanting others to serve us.
Both Jews and Gentiles remain in God’s family when they are rooted in Christ. Jesus said he is the vine and that His followers must remain attached to him. Faith connects us to God in Christ. So faith is the key. Neither ancestry nor membership can save us. We are restored to God’s family by faith, by believing and trusting the Lord.
Sometimes Paul isn’t the easiest writer to understand because of his training as a Rabbi. I don’t always follow his reasoning very well. But I do get the point that people need to hear the Gospel message before they believe it. Paul mourns for his fellow Jews who hear but won’t believe. But he also rejoices for the Gentiles who hear and believe. Our job is to tell people about Jesus so that they can hear and believe.
Equal Justice under the Law says everyone breaks God’s law and deserves to die. Equal Justice under the Gospel says all who believe in Jesus and call on His name will receive life. God does what we can’t do: keep the Law perfectly and pay the price for sin. God gives us what we can’t earn: forgiveness and life.
26 – Romans 9:22-10:13
27 – 10:14-11:12
28 – 11:13- 36
29 – 12:1-21
30 – 13:1-14
31 – 14:1-23
How is an important question. How are people saved from sin and become part of God’s family. Paul makes it clear. We are saved by faith, not by ancestry or by church membership. Paul mourns for the people who turn their backs on Jesus and refuse to believe. Faith is a relationship with God. He invites us into His family. How are you answering that invitation?
Wow. That’s my reaction to God’s promises in these verses. God can work everything out for our good because He loves us. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. Wow! When life gets tough we can hold onto these promises.
There are times when we just don’t feel like we have any more energy. We say we run out of gas. But there is never an energy shortage for Christians when the Holy Spirit lives in us. He is ready to help us and empower the Christian life. We may need rest at times for our bodies. We can find rest for our souls in God’s Spirit.