Insights on Today's Reading
Romans 8 - This is one of those great chapters in the Bible that needs to be studied over and over again! Paul speaks of the victory that Christians can have in their daily walk by learning to "walk according...to the Spirit" verse 4. He starts off by making clear that a Christian is free from condemnation because they are "in Christ." But to live a joyful life the believer needs to let the Spirit of God control their lives. Paul also makes clear what the purpose of God is that is mentioned in verses 28 and 29. The believer will see everything that God does in their lives is to help "conform them to the image of His Son..."
Romans 9 - Chapters 9-11 are often seen as a kind of parenthesis in Romans. They do bring up subjects that may not seem to fit with what Paul has been saying but I believe the Spirit of God led Paul to record them as he did. Romans 9 speaks of Paul's overwhelming desire to see the Jewish people saved. In verse 3 he speaks of his willingness to be "accursed from Christ for my brethren..." Later, in Galatians 3, Paul would declare that Jesus was made a curse for our salvation! Paul also speaks of God's right to make choices that we might not understand. My advice is that we accept God's perfect knowledge and love that is the basis for His choices and that we don't argue with Him.
Romans 10 - Paul gives us one of the main reasons why missionary work is absolutely essential to reach the lost. In verse 14 Paul asks, "...how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard..." That simply means that a person needs to hear about Jesus if they are to be saved!! Verse 17 also shows that in "hearing the word of God" a person can receive the faith to believe. Thank God that you heard and believed. Now, give someone else the chance to hear this message too.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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