Still he preached on. Looking at “this day in history” gives us some historical perspective. And the heart of the Eternal God has limitless ways of reaching people. His real name was Larry Wright, and he was the number one rock-and-roll radio personality in Phoenix in the 1960s. Redeemed through His infinite mercy— To live the life of which we speak, Think about it in spiritual terms. two choices. They hold special group meetings for people dealing with grief or addictions. For all-sufficient is His blood But Paul, in response to God’s grace, voluntarily became a slave to Jesus Christ. . And in 1994, former President Richard Nixon, one of the most controversial American politicians of the twentieth century, died of a stroke at the age of 81. “Praise God!” she exclaimed. And when we speak colloquially of so many “bods” (or bodies), we mean so many people. 16). He didn’t get far before being stumped by verse 17, puzzling day after day over the meaning of the phrase “the righteousness of God.” He finally realized it referred to the righteousness that God freely gives those who believe in him. God’s standard of perfect obedience is revealed in Jesus Christ. As Christ was raised up from the dead, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). Therefore justification does not require the works of the law; but it does require a living faith, which performs its works.”, In whatever you judge another you condemn yourself. • Believes—The condition and requirement for justification. This fed his faith, and gave it unstaggering strength. We thank Him for His faithfulness. It is a glorious truth that God will keep his people, but it is an abominable falsehood that sin will do them no harm. As we are under the covenant of grace, we are secured against departing from the living God by the sure declaration of the covenant. It can turn hate into love, despair into hope, and defeat into triumph. Loss of hope is always a problem for those who are down. A University of Toronto zoologist believes he’s found the answer. Romans 3:21-26 What wonders it can do! Our Daily Walk —John 3:16. That will never change—ever. Even if you have nothing else to give, you can always give encouragement. At once he was faced with the fact that the business in which he was engaged was utterly inconsistent with the Christian life. All that He is, is reckoned to us who are in Him. Romans 6:8 —Gustafson. Occasionally, someone would mention a problem they were having, and she’d stop right there to pray for the person’s need. When a friend asked him if he had seen God at work in any small ways, he confessed that he really didn’t feel he had. Under the picture of three fishermen is the following text: “The waters are their church. Romans 5:11 It is remarkable that, throughout Abraham’s life God was continually giving new glimpses into his own glorious nature. They carried a coffin and proclaimed, “Our God, the Father, is dead.”. Thousands of spectators gathered around the Snake River Canyon in Idaho to see if Evel Knievel could jump across the chasm in a specially designed “sky cycle.” In the end, however, it was unsuccessful. You might say that God is in the rescue business. Precious Lord Jesus, with thy cross engrave the image of thy patience on my heart. Unless my talk about my faith If I were you, I would give up trying and start trusting." But we see the beautiful butterfly, the beautiful flower, and the beautiful though unconscious cooperation between the two. But Abraham staggered not. One truth from the Bible is worth more than all the wisdom of man. (Exodus 20:17). When the cashier added up the items, the woman was $4 short. We can be saved only by God’s Son, Jesus, who lived a sinless life, died as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, and rose from the grave. The world is watching us—do they see Jesus? A grumbling mood of discontent Which of these two worlds are you living in? Romans 1:17 But the Bible clearly indicates that every believer experiences a struggle between the flesh and the indwelling Spirit (Gal. To spend—though it be blood—to spend and spare not— Abraham believed God . Billy D. Strayhorn . This was the case with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (see Gen. 3). - Your Father Loves You by James Packer, (Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986), page for February 26. By the time we reached the fifth chapter, he said, “It’s clear to me now. Oswald Chambers said that the only way a person can be born again is to renounce all good. If you were born after 1950, you might not know the story of Ben Hur. Now, freely chosen in the Son, Read: Romans 5:12-21 It has thorns. They did not like to retain God in their knowledge (Romans 1:28). —Sper. It is only by the sacred alchemy of grace that it is made to work in us patience. —K. Are you plagued with a load of guilt? When we see ourselves in others, we’ll see that Christ’s forgiveness does not reflect our superiority. God gave them over to a debased mind. Adam, the head of our race, was not created that way. Some people began to pray and others melted in tears. Have you met the redeeming God? C H Spurgeon. We are spiritually blind if we cannot see God's hand in nature. It is important to understand this verse, because it is the key to the Epistle. Ray dashed out the door and raced along the ditch, trying to get ahead of the floundering child. This act of defiance attracted massive numbers of slaves, growing to an estimated 70,000. The central message of the Bible is one of rescue. Child of God, feed your faith on the promises of God. Has sent us His Son to save us there is none who seeks after God. But the good news is the last part of that verse: “The gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” If you are not a Christian, consider the consequence of your sin. He wrote, “Any coward among us will give up wrong things, but will he give up right things?” We cannot rely on our own natural goodness. 15:16). Would not the professor be justified in failing him? The apostle Paul said, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. Devoutly love the Lord, Some spectators asked, “How far across the canyon did he get?” But that wasn’t the point. One evening at Haycock Camp in Pennsylvania, God gave counselor Bruce Gregory a chance to share the gospel with one of the kids. God’s inspired book, the Bible, is indispensable if we are to know and truly worship the Maker and Lord of nature. We are saved by God's mercy, not by our merit; by Christ's dying, not by our doing. After studying the situation, the farmer came to the conclusion that he couldn't pull the mule out, so he might as well bury him. God gave them over to a debased mind (Romans 1:28). My first reaction was one of disgust. If my name ever goes into history, it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it. (Rom. Derek was a drug abuser who came to Bill and Joanie Yoder for help. Romans 5:1 —P.R.V. Our loyalty to Jesus should be seen and heard in our lives. Before you criticize, beware; However, pleasant people need Christ just as much as unpleasant ones because no one has a spiritual advantage when it comes to salvation. His Spirit gives us light. Whether it be justification or sanctification; whether reconciliation or reigning in life that is under consideration — the same mighty principles underlie and control the Divine gifts and our participation in them. By now, … By forgiveness the sinner may be reinstated in the confidence of Him whom he has wronged; by justification he is declared righteous according to law, and thereby commended to the confidence and respect of all men. It’s a paradoxical truth that while salvation is free, its cost was great. The good news of the gospel is that Christ died for our sins (1 Cor. —Alexander. “He” is Eve’s offspring, specifically Jesus Christ. That brings the sweetest peace and cheer. They’re simply modern versions of what people have been doing since Adam and Eve first disobeyed God. John 17:3.”, That prestigious center of learning and culture has long since abandoned its original spiritual intent. Or is that verdict of condemnation too sweeping? 3:23; Jas. None of us likes the idea of being called a sinner. But there’s something else. In the past few years, millions of people have discovered a fascinating new world of communication. The man runs into a shack. "You've just proved my point," replied the professor. Romans 1:21 - Be Filled With Thankfulness . A glut of factual data and visual experiences doesn’t guarantee an increase in wisdom. On that cruel cross of pain, . Of course not. In Romans, the apostle Paul says, “We can rejoice . When his son Richard was 7 years old, he asked his father how to be saved. It is appointed that believers will rise from the grave in the image of the Lord Jesus. Three hundred fifty years after the establishment of Harvard, the chief purpose of life is still and always will be, in the words of those colonial Puritans, “to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life.” Let us make that the main goal of our lives. —Romans 3:22-23. The Governor consented, with this understanding—that the record was to be kept secret, and that at the end of six months the five men highest on the roll should receive a pardon, regardless of who or what they were. . Every year at Christmastime, he would do a lot of snooping, trying to find the gift-wrapped presents and figure out what was in them. —Romans 1:20. But God is merciful as well as just. Romans 1:20 “George,” Elizabeth said, looking up at him. When when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 1:28 Tiger moths are one of the few insects which regularly escape from bats. All have sinned...all need to walk the ... ROMANS ROAD TO SALVATION, The righteousness of God . The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. You have a handkerchief, and it seems to be quite white. Conscience is the judgment-seat of God set up within our nature. In Him alone my trust I place, come boldly to Thy throne of grace, and there commune with Thee. The award is fitting, for this selfless person was at even greater risk to himself than most people knew. “If I can just hang on until help comes,” he thought. But his unstaggering faith arose from his great thoughts of Him who had promised. I tell you it’s too late now or any other time. The commissioner went on to tell them how they had got the pardon; but the chaplain interrupted him. If we trust His power within. John Cage, a contemporary American composer, believes that the universe is impersonal by nature and that it originated only through pure chance. He went to California in February 1970 while still free on bail, and began crafting a new identity. He told her to read aloud Acts 13:39, “By Him everyone who believes is justified from all things.”, Then Torrey inquired, “Who does God say is justified?”. A righteousness to raise; We were told that we had been confirmed on another flight the next evening. Faith — simple, open-handed, heaven-regarding faith — is the one unchanging law of the holy life. If we have experienced that forgiveness and freedom, it’s up to us to share the good news with others. There are facts behind faith, facts that suggest conclusions. —Sper. All things wise and wonderful, Despite the self-evident reality of a Creator (Rom. Just as certain is the fact that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary fully paid the penalty for the sin of all mankind, so that everyone who trusts Him as Savior receives forgiveness. As she worked on the translation, she came to the word for “sin.” When Marilyn asked the people what they thought sin was, they told her, “It’s when you lie.” “It’s when you steal.” “It’s when you kill.” “It’s when you take another man’s wife.”. This would not have been difficult for most people since the room had several windows and a door of near-normal size, and none was locked or barred. The answer is not in trying to keep the law. We are saved by God's mercy, not by our merit—by Christ's dying, not by our doing. And this newness is to be alive to God through Christ. Grace points to the past—our salvation goes back “before the foundation of the world” (Eph. In its place was the joy and peace of God. (Today in the Word). —Wesley. By God’s grace and power, the answer can be a resounding “Yes! Freedom - Years ago when slavery was officially abolished in Jamaica, some of the slaves in the remote areas did not know of their freedom. Frankly, I don’t blame that confused man for saying to me, “I don’t want to read any pamphlets or tracts. At last the wicked tyrant directed the man to be bound in the chains of his own making and cast into a fiery furnace.”, Like that cruel king, sin exacts from its servants a dreadful price: “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. Paul wrote, “By the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom. Then we will become examples and reporters of good news that never becomes old. Contrast permeates our reading. As Paul drew out the implications of the fact that we all sinned in Adam, and that Adam was a “pattern of the one to come” (v. 14), he repeated similar ideas in different ways to reinforce them. One day in 1908, a lawyer named Charles Dawson, a member of the British Geological Society, claimed to have discovered an ancient skull. That’s a ministry all of us can be involved in. Even in the middle of summer that grass looks first-class. If each person on earth is aware of sin (which is true even though some deny it), we need to make sure everyone hears the remedy. This is the foundation of our faith (1 Cor. Christ’s work makes us safe; God’s Word makes us sure. By young adulthood, John allegedly could recite from memory all of the New Testament and large portions of the Old Testament. There would be no record of his participation. 7:1-2; Rom. Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, with dire consequences, but even here we find hope that a Savior is coming. —Small, The dearest friend on earth is but a mere shadow compared to Jesus. Unfortunately, hearts and relationships are broken in all of those situations by unkept promises. The Holy Spirit used “the gospel of Christ,” and for Ramad it became “the power of God to salvation” (Romans 1:16). The chaplain looked right down where Reuben was. —Toplady. He’s the Savior of the world! The Bible teaches the exact opposite of such a self-sufficient confidence. Christ paid a debt He didn’t owe to satisfy a debt we couldn’t pay. For you have flaws and failures too A spark of encouragement can rekindle warmth in the heart. But I’ve never seen an opinion poll that asked, “Are you holy?” How would you answer that question? 1:20) and within his own conscience (Rom. But no day in history has been more significant than the one covered in today’s Scripture reading. Why did I tell you about Ben Hur? Becoming hysterical, she cried out for someone to save him. The character of God, on which Abraham waged his whole life, was specifically His creative, life-giving power. —Romans 2:21. Some people have no strong basis for making godly decisions. Second, these verses reveal the painful truth that at heart, human beings are not pretty nice people who fall just a little bit short of God's expectations. And creation delivers an unmistakable message about His creativity, beauty, power, and character. This application of grace is God's act of justification, a legal term meaning that we have been 'declared righteous' in His sight. In a similar way, the Christian life is … Romans 15:1-7 enhances the Scriptures we just mentioned by providing 4 suggestions for enhancing the defeat of selfishness in our lives. 4:17-18). —Romans 1:20. —Bierema. Jesus provided the washing we need Both of you will be glad you did. Nobody else is going to save you but yourself.”. 2:18). Romans 6 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references “She reminds me of me. Romans 6:1 Sermons - multiple, generally older) SERMON BIBLE. In return for all this meaningless (and impossible) self-denial, the individual hopes to be reincarnated to a better life. If you've rejected God's revelation of Himself, repent and turn to Him before it's too late. Righteousness is not achieved by works (Rom. 4:16). —Luke 15:10. Why do people deny God? I had a passion to win souls.” Romans 5:1-2 Through faith alone in Christ who died —R.W.D. All rights reserved), On December 17, 1903 something occurred which many people believed impossible. The commissioners came; the president stood on the platform, and putting his hand in his pocket, brought out some papers, and said: ‘I hold in my hand pardons for five men.’. To eyes made blind because they will not see, Romans 4:1 It causes profound sadness to know that this great man rejected Jesus Christ, whose resurrection validated everything He said and did, only to put his faith in what proved to be a phony fossil. The cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. People who wash are hypocrites—they think they’re cleaner than others. O light of our dark sky. I may say of our sins what a Scottish officer said to his soldiers: "My lads, there are the enemy! —Romans 3:23. This was God's message, not Paul's. None of us are capable of living up to God’s perfect standard of holiness. Everyone familiar with Hiroshima knows that atoms exist; they are known from their effect. Now we can be “justified freely by His grace” through faith in Him (v.24). —Sper. It was another 10 minutes before Brown realized that the mimic was his own shadow! Because he allowed himself to be so distracted—“addicted,” if you will - by it that he completely forgot what he was supposed to be about. Then there are those whose conscience is defiled. If she is killed, they become frantic and rush around aimlessly until they die. - R W De Haan - Our Daily Bread. Only Jesus’ blood can wash away the stain of sin. Romans 5:8 One day Colonel Theodore Roosevelt came to her, wanted to buy food for his sickand wounded Rough Riders. We shouldn’t be surprised, therefore, when Thomas Nagel, a professor of philosophy and law at New York University, uses logic to explain away “the fear of religion.” In his book The Last Word, he candidly admits that he is “strongly subject to this fear,” and says, “I hope there is no God!”. My sin, O Lord, defies Your Word, Past headlines for April 22 have seen a number of interesting and significant events. And he was “ready to preach the gospel” because, as he said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (vv.15-16). He admitted to being sexually active, but denied being gay, though evidence indicated otherwise. Never did the human ear listen to a more astounding and yet cheering truth. When he was a lad he attended a missionary meeting where the speaker displayed many interesting curios which he had brought back from the field. Their penalty is paid; Verses 16 and 17 provide the essential vocabulary of the Christian dictionary. Be sure to encourage in all that you say. 5:8), and if Christ suffered for you, you cannot suffer that way. At last, his work done, the 27-year-old evangelist climbed from his perch and, escorted by friends, tried to get to his carriage. And show God's love and grace. 3: 9, 12). Romans 6:6 Topic: Romans Sinful Body. Christian author and teacher Dr. Bill Gillham likes to illustrate how our behavior is linked to our position and identity in Christ through a humorous analogy. Until we are brought face-to-face with the disease of our sin, we are not ready for God's cure of salvation through Christ. He was “Crabby Appleton—rotten to the core.”. The Bible does not tell us to work or do or try to be saved. This righteousness comes through faith in Jesus (v.22); is given to us by God’s grace; and, best of all, is free to all who believe (v.24). The folks who organize the race set the rules, and no matter how well someone runs, if the officials say the runner doesn’t qualify, that’s the way it is. When the man saw the innumerable living creatures in the drop of water, he broke the microscope. The future always looks bright when viewed through the window of God's promises. —Romans 3:28. Some of the young people seemed to resent him, certain parents were beginning to criticize him, and he was getting discouraged. Romans 5:10 "When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son." When he was forty-eight years old, he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. 3:7). Paul does not say that faith is without its characteristic works, but that it justifies without the works of the law. This is one of the most difficult concepts to communicate to non-Christians. Click here for other devotionals from Our Daily Bread that relate to Romans 1 - some may already be posted on this page. In those difficult days, Mom taught us many lessons. The final hymn had a rousing chorus based on the words of 2 Timothy 1:12. He knew from his own life that he could not be righteous in his own strength. The poem concludes with this verse about that faultfinding seed: The apostle Paul indicated in Romans 12:3 that we are not to think of ourselves too highly. Past generations of Christians have called creation the “Book of Nature,” which reveals God generally, just as the Bible reveals God specifically. The difficulties of life are intended by God to make us better—not bitter! Larry and Sue have now served the Lord for more than 30 years. Romans 1:18 Many people might protest. Ask Him to search your heart today, and be ready to bring things up to date. Christ died for sinners—both good and bad. At his graduation from the Florida Bible Institute, the valedictorian’s speech was almost prophetic. O Lord, we can see all around us each day The wisdom the creatures of nature display; O help us to learn from Your marvelous world The wonder and beauty Your hands have unfurled. Not for me alone has He paid the price, Pick an area of nature about which you’d like to learn more, such as stars, birds, or insects. Died He for me, who caused His pain? Adam’s actions and their consequences are contrasted with Christ’s redemptive work and its implications. —Reich. How much I owe that Christ is mine! None live so serenely, so pleasantly, and so triumphantly as those who walk by faith. 1:16-20; 1 John 4:8-10). As a young man, Muir developed a great love for God’s creation and viewed it as a source for understanding God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life” (v.22 nlt). —Orsborn. A thrown rock struck him in the face, then a rotten egg, then a handful of manure. 14:1). Romans 1:18-25 —Joanie Yoder Food has been given to us for our nourishment and enjoyment. When they get to Jerusalem where they think they will find Him, they discover that He has just been crucified. He promised that he would never again allow such a travesty to be made of sacred things. So how does a tiger moth elude them? Matthew 10:40-42. Romans 1:20 That bright stars may be mine in the glorious day . Romans 5:2 It will teach you more about Him than you ever thought possible. God doesn't love us because we're lovable but because of His grace. Knievel made it only part of the way across the gulf before his parachute deployed and he dropped to the canyon floor below. Those who are fully surrendered to the Lord will never deliberately surrender to the enemy. (Read Romans 8:31-32.) Edward captured Raynald but did not kill him. We have day and night because the earth spins at a given speed without slowing down. Turning one’s back on God does not lead to secular neutrality. Romans 5:8 We have access unto the Father (Eph. Not seeing how pride is eclipsing the grace Romans 1:18-24 . The Gospel's Supernatural Power to Rescue - Romans 1:16 - Lauren Kornacki is glad she took that summer CPR class, but she probably never thought she would have to use it so soon and on someone she loves. When Jesus arose, it was proof that He had completely met redemption’s price. For all the blood and tears and grime, the force of the gospel is unstoppable in the world. Likewise, men are responsible to acknowledge God and his eternal power by the effects that are clearly revealed in the Creation. Don't let yesterday's failures hamper tomorrow's efforts. That question is as shocking as an ice-cold shower, but I know from personal experience that self-deception is possible. By vocation that man was paid to instruct his students in the principles of right and wrong. a young bull without blemish. If you’re looking for a great deal, you’ll want to carefully examine the ad for a national donut store chain: FREE! Why do people deny God? The word ought lies behind conscience, investing it with the certainty and irresistibleness of the throne of God. One day he had to attend to some business in his old haunts in Rome. The Bible declares that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. There is one Promise-Maker, though, who can be trusted completely and without fear. —Romans 4:5. Grace is promised to us, by which we are restored from our wanderings, cleansed from our impurities, and set free from the chains of habit. Are you trusting in Jesus? The purpose of democratic elections is to allow voters to choose candidates to lead and represent them. To cover the stain of our sin; His voice faltered, but suddenly he felt a tug on his gown. Romans 3:21-26 Fourth, it is for everyone. —Thiesen. A news report stated, “A graduate student of one school, who was considering a teaching assistant’s job at the other, was reading the school handbook when he noted that the section warning students against plagiarism was identical to the caution in the handbook of the other university.” Another student said, “The thing that bothered me most was the hypocrisy.”. By Genesis 15, ten years had passed since Abram and Sarai first obeyed the Lord's demanding call. This belief enters into the very depth of my conscience. When Luther was nearly struck by lightning in 1505, his vow to become a monk came from a sincere desire to serve God. We can do nothing to earn it (v.28). 3:23). For every stone that bruised my feet, 2:10; 1 Jn. Romans 1:21 I had no thought of Christ. . But it reveals a basic misunderstanding of the nature of God’s saving grace. The contrast between Adam and Christ is one of ruin and restoration. Salvation in sin is not possible; it always must be salvation from sin. Brown was pleased, but also rather nervous, and his nerves were not helped when he noticed by the light of the slide projector that someone was copying his every gesture. The greatness of our God is seen After a 3-hour rain delay, the game finally started and I could cheer for my team and get my loyalty out in the open. So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred, Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. He believed that he must not eat any animal substance, and that if he did he would perish. Biblical values are true for any age, because they originate with an eternal, unchanging God. —Romans 1:21, A small boy visited his friend’s home for dinner. I wish you would leave, then I’d get back my old peace.”. This suspense is awful.”. —Crosby. The glorious message of the gospel is that God has provided salvation to everyone who accepts His Son Jesus Christ (6:23; 8:1; 10:9-13). THEY BECAME FOOLS - Philosophic argument, especially that drawn from the vastness of the universe, in comparison with the apparent insignificance of this globe, has sometimes shaken my reason for the faith that is in me; but my heart has always assured and reassured me that the gospel of Jesus Christ must be Divine Reality. —Wilkinson. As we like to do from time to time, today we recommend additional Bible study to complement your use of Today in the Word. 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