Insights on Today's Reading
Romans 11 - Paul speaks of a "remnant according to the election of grace" in Israel. God has put His hand of grace on people, Jew or Gentile, to bring them to Himself. Paul gladly wants to see his own brothers and sisters in Israel be saved. But then he brings up the subject of the Gentiles being "grafted in among them" verse 17. The clear implication is that God is giving Gentiles the chance to be saved too! But, Paul warns the Gentiles that they are not to assume their position with God is their own merit, 20-22. Being drawn to God is wholly of Him! And Paul looks forward to the day in the future when "all Israel will be saved" verse 26. This plan of God leads Paul to give one of the grandest ways of looking at God's sovereignty in verses 33-36.
Romans 12 - Here Paul begins the practical teaching that is the natural outflow of good doctrine. The "therefore" in verse 1 is to draw attention to all he said before and to bring the Christians to the natural conclusion that they should "present their bodies a living sacrifice" to the Lord. God wants us to surrender our bodies, along with our minds and hearts, to Him. He will show us his "good, acceptable, and perfect will" verse 2. Paul speaks of us using our spiritual gifts for service to Christ and His Church. Paul gives a beautiful description of the love of God in verses 9-16. He also warns against retaliation and speaks of how a believer is to love his/her enemies, verses 17-21.
Romans 13 - The Christian is to honor those in government as those who are "appointed of God" verse 1. God has put His approval on those who carry a weapon to enforce the law, verse 4 "...he does not bear the sword in vain." By this I believe God gives the police the right to use deadly force if necessary to protect himself and others. God expects believers to pay taxes, verse 6, to support these officials. Paul then touches on the subject of debt: don't have any except the debt to "love one another" verse 8. In verse 11 he speaks about Christians to wake up to their responsibility to live with expectation of the ultimate fulfillment of their salvation when they will be taken to glory, verse 11.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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