For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
1 Paul, a
bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the
gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in
the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a
descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son
of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the
Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have
received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith
among all the Gentiles for His name's sake, 6 among whom you also are
the called of Jesus Christ; 7 to all who are beloved of God in Rome,
called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the
Lord Jesus Christ.
We read in this passage about an
obedience the apostle should bring about with the heathens. It was
certainly not the kind of obedience Paul had previously been a slave
under that is obedience towards the law, which he simply rejects
completely as a way to salvation and communion with God. Therefore you
and I must not lend an ear to that kind of speech, as “to go the way
of obedience till the end” – “follow Jesus 100%” and other. To that
Paul says: “This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did
you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing of faith?”
(Gal.3:2). And: “So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and
works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing
of faith?” (Gal.3:5).
There you can see a manifestation of the
obedience the apostle was after in his preaching with the heathens!
Obedience by faith is like this, that you and I start believing what Jesus is, and has done for us, by hearing this gospel that preaches about Him, so that The Holy Spirit can speak to and testify to our heart, by the words we hear. It is actually something God Himself works by the Word – it is by God that you are a Christian. If that’s what you are of course – and not a slave to the law, who seeks to reach heaven by other ways. One who tries to get there by his own righteousness, and therefore is forced to hide his sin, above what distinct the one who is of the truth – in all things! He comes to Jesus with his sin! He lives openly with his Savior in all things - in all maters! He does not hide his sin and evilness for Him!
Called to be an apostle! Chosen to preach the gospel of God! This is how he begins his letter to the congregation in Rome.
Oh, how serious! Am I called to what I’m doing? Am I chosen to do it? Or is it just to sign up for priest studies? – Or climb “the ladder within the organization”, as it's usually called? Good with the guitar, and a tolerable voice! Yes, it doesn’t usually take much more! People do like good singing and music! One may be able to even make people cry, and can tell a few touching stories about lost sons and daughters etc. Yes, that is all good right?
Yes, I think it’s well worth to stop here for a little bit – because something must be the reason why we’re in this situation we’re in today, as Christian people – that are tossed here and there of almost any doctrine, if it only touches our emotional life a little, or we can see one healing here or there or other.
God, by His good deed, He gives you
heaven and the beatitude undeserved by grace! You get it for nothing!
The devil, when he really does something that seems to be like a good
deed – an imitation of God’s deeds, there is a prize to pay – there is a
seduction in it. He leads you by this, which seems so good, away from
Listen now, how good this sounds: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul” – an anchor of the soul, have you ever heard anything that nice! –“a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil.” Sure and steadfast! Do you hear that? It reaches into something that is behind the veil. And this something is Jesus Himself, who has sat down by the Majesties right hand in the high, after He had made purification of our sins. (Hebr.1:3).
As we read here: “where Jesus has entered
as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to
the order of Melchizedek.”
Your settlement with your sin, can never save you – but Jesus settlement with it, is an eternal redemption for you!
Holy Bible, New American