Paul’s Letter to the Romans Part 15

This entry is part 15 of 35 in the series Paul's Letter to the Romans

Has God set limits on His love towards us? What lengths has He gone to prove His love? Should we respond to His love with our love towards Him? Instead we insult Him. We have turned aside from Him when He calls us and draws us to Him, He has run Himself unto us, and held us back, when fleeing, and we have shaken Him off and leaped away to the Devil. This is everyone’s story. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Even with such a horrible response toward Him, He has sent numberless messengers to call us to Him again, Prophets, Angels, Patriarchs. After all this we killed the Prophets, we stoned them, we did them other cruel wrongs without number. What then? In their place He sent no longer Prophets, no longer Angels, no longer Patriarchs, but the Son Himself. He too was killed when He had come, but even this act did not quench His love, but kindled it even more. He never ceases loving us. We however, are not impressed by His love, we value money above Him, and man’s friendship, and ease of body, and power, and fame, before Him who values nothing more than us. What can we have to say for ourselves, if even Satan’s commands we value more than the Laws of Christ, and are thoughtless of our own salvation choosing wickedness, before Him who suffered all things for us? And what pardon do these things deserve?

“Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law” (Romans 2:17-20). During the captivity and thereafter “Jew” became the common name of all the people. They were proud of the name “Jew” and of what, in their estimation, the name stood for. And they gloried in God and not in idols. They were confident that they were able to teach all who foolishly worshiped idols. There privilege’s, their belief in the one God, and their knowledge of his will, should have made them humble and ashamed that they had made such poor use of their privileges and blessings; but, instead of that, they were boastful, and they maintained an air of superiority over all other people. Therefore, every blessing has its corresponding danger. Is there no danger when we fall into a similar state of mind? We have the bible, abhor creeds, glory in the name we wear, and feel able to teach the whole world. Are we not inclined to be proud and arrogant? Should we not rather feel humble and ashamed that we have not made better use of what we have?“Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?” (vs. 21-23) These are probing questions. Any man is a poor teacher if he does not teach himself while he is teaching others. He is a poor preacher that cannot preach better than he can practice, but he is a poorer preacher if he does not try hard to live up to his preaching…

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