Do Saints Struggle With Sin? | May 9, 2017
As we come to today's chapter, we see the classic struggle of the desire over action. This struggle is one that we all face, even as children of God who are set apart with Him. Yet, while the struggle is real, the victory is sure.
For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
Romans 7:19-20 (NASB)
Power Over Sin | May 10, 2017
As we come to today's chapter, we continue our discussion regarding our struggle with sin and how to be set free. Yesterday we saw that there are at least three elements that work against us. The power of the law, the power of the self, and the power of sin.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
Romans 8:1-2 (NASB)
God's Stumbling Block | May 11, 2017
The next portion of this letter addresses the question of "What happens to the Jews?" Since Christianity grew from Judaism, how is it that most followers of Judaism don't also follow Christ? In this chapter, Paul tells us that everyone who truly comes to the Father comes through one singular way... by faith.
What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, just as it is written,
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
Romans 9:30-33 (NASB)
Never Disappointed | May 12, 2017
We come to the end of the week with a repeated statement from Paul in this next chapter. "Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed." This is a cornerstone promise to all who trust in Jesus.
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:11-13 (NASB)