Jul. 2, 2022

Paul's Letter To the Church At Rome

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans is a thorough dissertation of God’s vital truths to the believer. If believers obtain a clear understanding and acceptance of Paul’s teachings in this letter, it is easy to walk securely in the glorious light of these principles. The teachings that Paul shares cover and explain doctrines that are essential to our faith. 

In the first eleven chapters of Romans, Paul spreads a delicious and nourishing table of spiritual truths. They are the pillars of our faith. He delights the spiritual senses by describing the character and power of God. He strongly encourages the believer to know who we are in the Lord. Our positioning “in Jesus Christ” gives us an identity that we didn’t earn and can never merit. Paul lays out the rewards of righteous obedience and the penalties of willful disobedience. The Apostle wrote extensively about the differences between Law and Grace and what each “can do” and “not do”  (Romans 4:16; 5:20; 6:14-15). He comforts the hearts of his audience by contrasting the strictness and tightness of the Law against the broad, flowing ease of Faith. Paul edifies the readers and hearers through his scope of Faith coupled with Righteousness. He incites their hope in the eternal future by sharing the importance of Water Baptism and the reality of the Resurrection. Paul paints a glorious picture as he reminds of Abraham’s spiritual journey and lasting legacy. He rouses their expectations by citing the Power and the Work of the Holy Spirit! These truths were left on record for our learning, comfort, instruction and warning.

 

Then in chapter twelve Paul adds a different layer to what he has just presented. He gives very practical instructions on how to live out or demonstrate the truths of God in everyday living. He tells his audience how to live what he has taught in the previous eleven chapters. Why is this important? Because it is useless to know the truth in your head but not embrace it in your heart. Just knowing what God said and wants for and from His people is not enough. The Truth must be implemented. It has to be put into play. It must be lived consistently and honestly. Doing this does not come naturally. We have got to be taught to live out the Truth of God’s Principles. There is no power in “knowing” unless “doing” is woven in with it so the believer’s life looks like one harmonious flow of God’s Goodness. The Word, the Truth, has to be practically practiced in order to yield maximum effectiveness.

 

Romans 12 is an excellent blueprint for how to put the teachings of the prior chapters into practice: let the Truth live through you and in you! Paul tells how to demonstrate daily, the righteousness of God in us. Once we give our lives to Him, we are not our own. We are to live like Jesus lived, talk like Him and love like He did.

 

The next post will offer a brief review of Romans 12 and the practicality of its message. We pray that every believer will “eat the whole roll”. Ezekiel 3:1-3 AMP

 

“He said to me, Son of man, eat what you find [in this book]; eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.

So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat the scroll.

And He said to me, Son of man, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.”