The Book of Romans and it’s Healing Heart Ministry
Up Close and Personal with the Apostle Paul Series
Romans 16:17-18 (KJB) Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Though the book of Romans is placed first in order of his books in the canon of scripture, chronologically speaking it was likely recorded later when he was visiting Corinth. It is also important to note that Paul had not visited Rome at this time but wrote this letter to the Roman church with the intention of visiting later.
The Apostle Paul did not preach what came to his mind. Or give his own opinion concerning matters at work in this world. He did not teach what soothed and appeased the ears and hearts of the people who were wounded and hurt around him. Paul’s words were inspired by God, separated unto God, and Truth gave in love. It is not possible to be aligned in alliance with evil and darkness naturally at work in this world and to preach the healing heart ministry given of God.
While it is true that hearing truth can seem quite cutting, and hard to swallow, giving a person unfiltered truth is necessary. Not only that but it is quite a loving gesture when done with the right heart attitude by a person who has been called to preach, serve and savor truths of God. Sadly, many confused people will choose to wag their finger and state “Do not judge me…” taking the teachings of Matthew chapter seven out of context when poked in the heart by truths of God. Often, these same misdirected people choose to copiously apply liberty of grace, using Romans chapter 14 as an appealing cover for their inclination to remain in sin and to profess a relationship with Christ.
The spiritual bottom line is SEPARATION unto God.
It is true, each regenerated heart naturally desires to identify with God and not be aligned with the god of this world. Sometimes doing so will include pointing out and dealing with the presence of sin as is clearly presented in this book of Romans.
A sincere child of God does enjoy God’s unmerited mercy and grace, though he does not stretch it to fit his desires but exclusively for his living and abiding inside God’s will for his life. It grieves a child of God to see sin at work in others, whether they be spiritually lost individuals or lackluster Christians serving sin. It is true, God has particular desires, and expectations for the state of every regenerate heart though He will not horse collar any heart into walking worthy with Him. God desires bountiful fruit production rather than hearts sitting idly on the sidelines of life and nursing personal sin.
As God’s Word teaches, truths of God’s Word are profitable in the lives of every sincere child of God:
2 Timothy 3:16 (KJB) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
Yes, there is a right way and wrong way to present these formidable doctrines of truth found in the book of Romans and throughout the entire canon of scripture, to hurting hearts. Please understand that the Apostle Paul did not promote or practice blurting out the truth to cut a person down. Or for a person to fall into great depths of misery and despair. Or as an opportunity to swing at a person using a wide swath with a spiritual battering ram of truth for assaulting them and likely placing formidable roadblocks between them a personal relationship with God.
No, at the divine direction and with the doctrine of God, the Apostle Paul spoke with them, rather than at them or about them, giving them the truth of God in love, as is presented in Ephesians 4:15 and in the ‘love chapter” found in 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 (KJB) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Major doctrine penned by Paul in this epistle includes the indictment of sin against the dark heart condition of natural man in 1:17-3:20. Justification by faith in 3:21-5:11. Regenerated hearts, sin, the problem, and the eternal solution, what Jesus Christ did about it in 5:12-8:13, The great blessing of being sons, or heirs of God. Being justified in 8:14-39. Speaking of the Jewish people, God’s people, and explaining their relationship to God (all humanity must be saved by faith) in the New Testament in 9:1-11:36. The position and disposition, or application of righteousness, in Christian living in 12:1-15:33; and finally, greetings and personal comments to brethren in 16:1-27.
All doctrine is vital for our understanding, profitable, and useful in our walk with God and to be given in love.
**In the next devotion in this series Up Close and Personal with the Apostle Paul, the next devotion in this series will be titled 1ST CORINTHIANS- An Emphasis on Conduct and Carnality in the Church
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