KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Saturday, December 08, 2018
Chapters: Romans 1-4
Message: The Just Shall Live By Faith
Hello My Friend,
I am so excited about how much God has blessed me these past couple of weeks that I cannot contain myself, I am literally bouncing around from one thing to the next, unfocused, inattentive, and no matter what I do to try and keep focused. I want to shout out how awesome Jesus is everywhere I go, but I must focus, get some time in His Word, and get this done. So, as I start reading the chapters more excitement comes to me as I am reminded, the just, that is, all saved, born again souls who put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour, Shall Live, that is, life everlasting, By Faith, that is, we believe in Him alone for our salvation. Praise God! How can we not be excited about that every day? I remember when I first dedicated my life to Christ, I was so excited that the thought of breaking one command horrified me, but life tends to lessen your zeal over time, and then you find yourself begging Jesus to forgive you for barely speaking to Him. God reminded me of something else, and of course, it all lines up with today’s reading, of where I was before I dedicated my life to Christ and where I am now. Praise God! And this is what tribulation does to us, it reminds us that the just shall live by faith. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” – Romans 3:24-26.
The Book of Romans contains sixteen chapters and was written by Paul from Corinth during his third visit to that city, the time he wrote it is about 60AD. The purpose of the book, also known as Romans road, was to show that Christ replaced the law of Moses with the law of grace by faith in the Gospel of Christ. As I was praying, I could not help, but make the statement to God that so many people reject Him because they do not want to believe that Jesus alone is the only one who can save them, and how sorry I feel for them. Paul had a great desire to go to Rome and speak to believers as well as preach the Gospel.
“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” – Romans 1:7-10,15,18-21.
“but became vain in their imaginations,” Put an animal in a cage with no interaction, when they get out they run around like crazy, getting drawn into the first thing that grabs their attention. People are the same way, if we are in a cage, left to our own imaginations, we are going to run around like crazy and jump at the first thing that grabs our attention. And since the devil is all too willing to go after God’s most valuable creation he will do whatever he can to pull them away from God and into lusts of their vain imaginations. Do you see the way people are behaving today? Animals in heat. They sure know nothing about the Bible, but are the first to tell you not to judge them and that you are a horrible, hypocritical Christian if you tell them they are sinners. However, they are the first to point out your faults. There was this division in Rome, the Jews thought the Gospel of Christ was only for them, while the Gentiles (Romans) thought the Gospel was only for them. Paul sets the record straight, we are all sinners and need to be saved.
“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 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? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.” – Romans 2:1-4,12-13,21-24.
“for thou that judgest doest the same things.” What Paul is saying here is that we are all sinners, no one is good, meaning, no one is complete and perfect before God, who is our Creator by the way. Not everyone commits adultery, not everyone is a thief, not everyone is an idolater, but we are all guilty of something, and if we break one law, we are guilty of breaking all of them. Paul explains this further, also reinforcing that whether we believe this or not that does not change the fact that it is true.
“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” – Romans 3:3-4,9-12,20,22.
My goodness, there is so much here, we, who are just by faith know that Christ is the only way, but human minds have a hard time comprehending that. The world, down right rejects the fact that one man died to save them from their sins, if they can even acknowledge that they are sinners, and He alone is the only way to salvation. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6.
The next question that often comes about salvation through Christ alone is wondering what happened to those who were here before the Gospel of Christ. Paul explains through Abraham’s faith that salvation has always been about their faith in God, and not necessarily their works, the works came as a result or their faith.
“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” – Romans 4:1-3,11,20-22.
“And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” Impute; To charge; to attribute; to set to the account of. God has determined that it is not what we do for Him or anyone else that shows us just before Him, it is our faith in His promises, and naturally, if we love God and want Him in our lives we are going to obey His commands. Everyone from Adam to John the Baptist had faith in His promises, they were by far good (perfect and complete), and knew they were sinners, but they were faithful, trusting in His promises. Today, that promise is eternal life through His Son, it is only by the grace of God that our faith and trust in the Lord, Jesus Christ keeps us from being cast into a fiery burning hell when we die as punishment for our sins. In fact, our faith and trust in Jesus Chris alone is imputed for our righteousness. Praise God! “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” – Romans 3:24-25.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” – Romans 3:24-25.
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, You deserve all the glory, honor, and power for redeeming my soul when I received You as my Saviour years ago when I asked You to come into my heart. Back then I did not know what that really meant, and spent several years, having escaped into the world, and fell right into the trap of my vain imagination. It was only when I truly felt pain that I understood that my salvation was only made possible by Your death, burial, and resurrection, and it was time to dedicate my life to You. Today, I am just by my faith, and am not ashamed to proclaim You as mine, and definitely not too proud to admit that I am who I am today because of You, I am no good in my flesh, but through You I am complete, perfect, and justified. Your wondrous love is truly amazing and we can only respond by becoming living sacrifices for You, not under the Law or good works, but as gratitude for what You have done for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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