“The Law of Life or Death: Romans Study Chapter 9.”

Hey you all! So I need to admit something…I was supposed to have had finished this Romans study series back in the spring…. I got a little side tracked! Yet, here I am! Excited about the words God provided for me to type and for your eyes to read intently. This chapter is a full one, so brace yourselves. It is also a deep root chapter about His deep love for us, and Paul’s prime example of “love thy neighbor more than yourself.” So, let us get started then 🙂

The opening of Romans 9 is a soul jerker for sure. We see instantly Paul’s deep sorrow and grief for the people of Israel. So many (leading up to modern day) have shunned God’s name and have chose to live life according to their beliefs and pleasures. Paul takes his grief, however, to a higher, rarer level. He goes on to say in verse 3, “I would be willing to be forever cursed — cut off from Christ! –if that would save them.” (NLT). Let’s all catch our breath here for a second….Paul stated, with full confidence and integrity, that He would have been WILLING to separate Himself from Heaven and Jesus, in order for someone else to have a chance to be born again. I cannot even fathom those words, it left me speechless. We all know of course that the only one who can truly save in the act of death, or crucifixion, is of course Jesus Christ Himself. However, what we are seeing here is a true lover and believer in Jesus extending His love with the act of selflessness. That leaves us the question for us who are active in The Way: “Are you willing to sacrifice your time, money, effort, and even your own faith to see someone come to know Jesus?”

Now, going deeper into this chapter, we begin to understand our true relationship identity in Christ. The Jews viewed God’s choosing of Israel as adoption.  They (and we) are undeserving of such kindness and mercy, yet God carried through and chose to take us in as His own children. In the Old Testament shows God’s beautiful promises for us through Abraham. His word proved faithful for him and his descendants. After Jesus’ death, His blood ran over that covenant, which was the key to the pathway of God. We are ALL his descendants. (Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.” Galatians 3:7 NLT) The importance in this is, yes God did choose the timeline to Jesus through the lineage of Issac (Sarah’s son) and not Ishmael (Hagar’s son), however, God does not look at good or bad, He looks at those who prove faithful to Him. God has the choice to choose whomever He wills. The doctrine of God’s choosing is based on His mercy and kindness, not of our merit.

The very last part of this chapter exemplifies what is going on today.

“I am placing a stone in Jerusalem that causes people to stumble, and a rock that makes them fall. But anyone who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (Romans 9:33 NLT) 

The “rock’ that is placed here is referring to our stonemason, Jesus Christ. The Jews chose not to believe in Him because they felt like He did not exceed their expectations as the Messiah. This is still going on now… many, including myself at times, stumble again and again over Jesus because let’s all admit, faith does not make logical sense. That’s it though… it is not supposed to. We think we are supposed to be perfectionists and strive to do good deeds, when in spirituality, God does not look at that. He looks at the heart, and what its intentions are to serve Him selflessly and humbly. He loves us for our brokenness and weaknesses. Many will not partake on this calling, but all will fall before the Heavenly Throne when He comes back to take His children home.

 

 

“Freedom From the Worldy Law. Romans Study: Chapter 7.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

Isn’t it hard to follow the rules sometimes? I’m not speaking about rules with traffic or debit cards, I mean the spiritual rules: “thou shalt not speak slander, thou shalt not commit sexual immorality, etc. I broke a certain rule in the past. It comes from 1 Timothy 5:1: “Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers.” ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭

Almost a year ago, as I have mentioned in the past, I was in a serious relationship. I moved in with the person I was with after a year of dating. His family became like my own instantly. I spent an enormous amount of time with this family, and that comes with a lot of quirks. I had to adjust to how his family ran their household compared to mine, which was extremely difficult. His father spent a lot of time pointing out my flaws and helped me analyze them in order for me to grow. At the time, I thought he was being really harsh to me, and also thought he was purposely trying to put me down. I was way wrong. He had me follow certain rules because he wanted the best for his son and for me to succeed. I have taken that as one of my biggest life lessons by accepting constructive criticism and growing from it.

So, how does this relate to our Romans Study? Chapter 7 explains that we are free from the sinful law. It’s very difficult for us to escape the grasp of worldly sin and to live a righteous life. Paul explain this: He corrects us in order to grow us. This world may make you feel like a failure, but God doesn’t. “So this is the point: the “law” no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross.” Romans 7:4. 

Here is something to keep in mind after reading that verse: our flesh is moving, but our spirit is flying. The world may try to own our minds, but God owns our souls. 

It’s so important to put into our hearts that following the law of God is a pathway to righteousness. When we are controlled by the Spirit, our flesh weakens sin and our spirit strengthens us. “When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us. Now, we have been released from the law, for we died with Christ and are no longer captive to its power. Romans 7:5-6

Begin today by making a choice: abide by the spiritual law in order to grow to eternity with Christ. We have the choice of producing good fruit. We have been given this law: spread seeds of the Gospel! Slaves of God are FREE! Our souls belong to heaven! Turn in your chains for crowns! 

“Powerless Sin. Romans Study: Chapter 6.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

Now that we have gotten to gist of God’s plan for us and the sacrifice He sent, it’s time to focus on the next important thing: through Jesus, sin is powerless.” When we died from our old selves, we sacrificed with Jesus. The moment we accept Jesus as the protector of our souls, we become one with Him. We need to acknowledge that our lives are now made new, pure, and whole again. “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.” (Vs. 4) 

There is one important statement I came up with that sums up this whole chapter: we need to understand the disadvantage of sin and the advantage of God. 

Disadvantage: a sin controlled life leads only to death. It has been stated in many stories in the Bible that before Christ came, God watched with heavy eyes, His own people living their lives the way they pleased. Adultery, gambling, drunks, murder, and everything in between. God had enough of this. He saw His own children, his sons and daughters of Heaven, practically drinking their own poison from their sinful desires. 

Advantage: As God grew tired of this treachery, He looked over at His perfect Son and knew what had to be done. Okay, let’s pause here for a second. How many of you would die for someone? I mean go through pain, flogging, mockery, and forced to walk covered in your own blood kind of death? I’m going to be honest my hand is not raised. I don’t know anyone really who would have taken the atonement that Jesus took. His love for us what so great to Him. He looked through throbbing eyes and still saw us as His people. 

 So here is another statement to reflect on: Lust leads to decay (hell). Love leads to salvation (heaven). Jesus’s sacrifice was that he laid down His life for ours, knowing the wrong we did, knowing how much of a drift we created from God. When He died, we died with Him. When He rose from the grave, we rose from our own graves as well. He died once to defeat sin, and now He lives for the Glory of God.”  

You need to know today that you are not a slave to sin. Sin is powerless as long as you accept that Jesus resides in your flesh and makes you whole. You need to know that your life can be controlled by the spirit and you can have a life full of great joy and peace that only God can provided.

Now you’re free from sin, your old master, and have become slaves to your new master, righteousness. Romans 6:18

“Law of Life or Death? Romans Study: Chapter 4.” By Melodie Rose Jordan. 

I am so excited about this Romans Study. Not only about you who is reading this, but that the words I am typing I know come from God alone. I pray with my whole heart that this Study tonight will touch you in such an intimate way, and that the presence of our King will be overwhelming in you right now. 

Romans 4 is a layout of how much Abraham had faith in God. If you don’t know the back story, God revealed Himself to Abraham promising that He would be the “Father of our Nation” and so would his offspring. I put offspring in bold font for a special reason. Abraham and Sarah were trying desperately to have a child, a son. Over and over they failed. They were both on the brink of defeat when God came and spoke differently. It says in Romans 3 that, “God declared him to be righteous because of his faith. Abraham was the founder of the Jewish nation. He had no pride of himself from the good works he did.” 

Can we agree how difficult it is to be like that? I know I struggle with pride. I can get such a entitlement high when I know my works are seen by so many people and I get my praise. While I receive my “whoo hoo’s” I leave God locked in a closet behind me when I know He is the good work I’ve done. I believe Paul uses Abraham as such a strong example of someone with deep faith and humbleness is because our good works become our wages and our wages turn into our salvation through Christ. When we do acts of the gospel, God grants us our blessings. We can only receive them when we acknowledge that we are sinners, but God makes us righteous through His Son. Following God is to know that our new relationship with Him is by “spiritual faith” than by “good deeds”. Abraham’s path of choosing to trust God was not easy at all. The most wonderful news is that “God declares us righteous when we choose to have faith, even in the darkest moments.” 

I don’t know what mountain you’re facing. I don’t know what scars life has inflicted on you. I do know this, we are called to live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7.) Begin today to trust God even through the storm. Trust the God who created the stars you see. That He can change you from deep within. 

“Law of Life or Death? Romans Study: Chapter 3.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

Last chapter’s study was a bit rough…well it’s time that we believers ruffle up some feathers. Learning about God is not something to be taken lightly. Following a narrow path means that we are going to have to be uncomfortable in order to fully change. We are never going to fully grasp the meaning of Christianity if we do not start understand that our lives are now surrendered to the King of Heaven. Let’s dig right in Chapter 3: 

Paul addresses in the first verse that Jews and Gentiles were split. Meaning one side lived their lives according to their own beliefs. As you know today: sex, drugs, pornography, stealing…you get the picture. The pagan Gentiles did not fear God nor His judgement. Jews however, were entrusted with the whole revelation of God (the race that the Messiah came through.) They feared God and lived their lives according to the Scriptures. Paul then addresses that some of the Gentiles slandered God and Paul himself because they believed that their sin brought out the glory of God. Meaning that, the more they sinned, the more God’s powers were glorified. Paul calls this way foolish. I have to agree. That’s like me stealing from the same gas station every week and getting caught by the police because I know they’re doing their job correctly and will get praised for it. Yeah…crazy. 

Continuing, Paul explains that just because there is crack in the road between the Jews and the Gentiles, that doesn’t mean one is better than the other. Verse 10 states: “No one is good, not even one.” No one seeks God or seeks to be good.” Ooh. That hurt. You see, sin is a barrier between God and us. We can do everything that is considered good, but if we do not humble ourselves and admit sin is holding us back, it is all for nothing. God is a just God, He has His judgement already laid out for each of our lives. 

So, you’re probably thinking how is there a way to God and to ever serve Him? Well, He did make a way. Through His son. Through His life, we lose ours. When Jesus sacrificed Himself, God sent forth that we would no longer be guilty. He calls us blameless through Jesus. Through Jesus we have a new path. 

Tonight, understand that you are free. You are set apart for a reason. God wants you to be free from sin. He calls you wanted, loved, His. The balls are in your courts now. 

“Law of Life or Death? Romans Study: Chapter One.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan.

So, it’s been a trial to actually be able to write a series blog on a certain book in the Bible. Lately, in my devotional studies, verses from Romans keep popping up time after time. So, I have taken the challenge to actually create and show my perspective of Romans (and of course backed up by Scripture.) We’re going to start in chapter 1. Let’s begin by saying a prayer: “Dear beautiful Abba, thank you for graciously giving us a day to live and breathe. Thank you for sending us Your love story which is Your Holy Word. I pray God that these words I type will be God breathed. Touch the souls reading this right now and let their minds be unraveled by Your presence. Amen. 

Chapter one of Romans starts by addressing Paul. Paul is considered the ultimate “slave of Christ.” I stated in a previous post that Paul used he know as Saul of Tarsus. He resided in a Pharisee community. He was completely against Christianity. It was one day after Paul had ordered to have letters from the priest Damascus that any woman, man, or child that worships God must be killed. It is said in Acts 9:13-15 that a Heavenly light flew right down in front of Saul and it was Jesus that spoke to him asked why he was condemning Him. Later on in the chapter, Saul was ordered to go back into the city of Damascus and free anyone who was taken prisoner for serving Christ. Take this note: He was blind. I believe Jesus was portraying the biggest message we need: believing is by faith, not by sight. Later on Saul becomes know as the Apostale Paul, (apostle meaning “to be set apart for the gospel” Romans 1:1) 

This first chapter opens up the gateway of our mission: lead others back to the Law of the Spirit not of Man. Paul was stressing on the fact that we are called to follow such a narrow path. A path of persecution and worldly hatred. That may not seem appealing to you…well it isn’t. In a world sense. Now in a Godly sense, the path of righteousness is the path to everlasting life. 

Paul then goes on to explain that he is coming to city to city, ethnicity to ethnicity, to grow and army of faith. To teach and to show others what it is to know Christ and to follow such a surrendered life. To live UNASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL! By Jesus’s sinless sacrifice, He made a way for us again. He freely gave up His throne, His title, His life, so we may breathe another day. We are called to be slaves of Christ: “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.” Romans‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

At the end of this chapter it states this: “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Sin has been and always will be a umbrage of our human existance. And the terrifying thing that is happening is this world is opening its arms to sin and turning its back towards the truth. 

We are called to be set apart! To live a sacrificial life for Christ! We are residing on the earth not for our pleasure, but for the work of the Lord. Jesus has given us the tools. He has given us His love and promise. What a great message to start of this series we will be studying! So, my fellow battle mate. Are you ready to get this job done?