Wow! Are you ready to fill your mind with the awe-inspiring, light-giving love and accuracy of the Word of God? I am! I’ve been looking forward to this blog since yesterday! Ha! Why?
Let’s say a letter came to your mail box, physical mail box, and it had the crest of your family dating back to the 1800’s. And you knew because of legends and family history that you descended from a long line of aristocrats that you hadn’t heard from your whole life. Rich aristocrats. The letter was large, and made of the finest spun paper ever invented. In the middle of that letter your full family name lie imbedded with gold ink. With what kind of curiosity and care would you open that letter? It could hold the keys to your inheritance. As you stand there you may be a pauper or a middle class citizen, but this letter is about to pronounce you as one of the richest heirs in history.
Use the same care when reading these next few paragraphs, because, my friend, your Father is the richest of all mankind. He thought and the world came into being, He breathed and man had a soul. You are now the richest heir in all of mankind’s humble existence!
I asked you yesterday to breeze through the first few verses of each book from Romans to Thessalonians. Did you see the it? Did you see that each one is addressed TO you?
Let’s take a closer look. I know some will say wait Terri what about Acts? You haven’t mentioned Acts. Acts is a transitional book between the Gospels and the 7 Church Epistles. It tells how the gift of Holy Spirit in operation led to the rise and expansion of the church of God. This is amazing yes, but it is an historical account to all Jew, Gentiles and the Church of God.
Let’s start in Romans, and remember from yesterday Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written afore time (before the day of Pentecost) were written for our learning…”
Here is the Greeting in Romans.
“1. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
2. (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4. And declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5. By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6. Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
7. To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:1-7
Did you catch the list? You are one of the called of Jesus Christ.” In Ephesians it says you were called from before the foundation of the world! Wow! God knew you’d believe that long ago! Gives me goose-bumps!
Here are some of the things God put in this letter just for you.
- Romans 1: 16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” How did it come to the Jew first? Through Jesus Christ sent as a minister to Israel. Did they accept his gospel? (sorry that’s a blog for another day.) 🙂
- We learn in Romans 2: 11, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Wow, anyone can come to the throne of God and stand without the sense of sin, condemnation or judgement as long as we fulfill the conditions of Romans 10:9
- Romans 3:23-24, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” Do you see how this book taught the correct doctrine for believing? Wow!
- Romans 4:21, “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” This tells that God is equally as able as He is Willing to do for His Kids. And we’re just to the fourth chapter written to us. Are you excited yet? I am!
- Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Wow, again this situation with Jesus dying for us. Read through these beginning chapters and you’ll see the long argument God uses to let the Jews and Gentiles know there is a new covenant. The new covenant is the law of love.
- I’ll do two more that are out of order but read through Romans, it is addressed to YOU.
- Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” This chapter really ramps up to the coming verses in chapter 10. There is no condemnation. The Old Testament lived under the strictest condemnation there is, the law. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law and set it aside combining all the law and the prophets into two of the greatest laws. Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.
- Romans 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” And there is the epicenter of all believing doctrine. We must be saved. Why? Because we were dead in sin, we lived under condemnation we lived under the wrath. Now we are free!
God, as the Author of Romans, put simple truths and the beginning of His contract for your inheritance. Now, I realize that I got so excited about Romans I didn’t even get to Corinthians today. I think it’s worth doing tomorrow and if we have to take all week into next, I’ll do that too. These are gold embossed letters from the richest most loving Father of all time. We’ll want to take our time when exploring and understanding them.
God bless you today!