From Less To Obedient
Monday, May 16, 2016
Hello Summit Faith Family,
The Isthmian Observers (one of our Connections classes) are completing a verse by verse study of the book of Romans. It has proven to be an exciting study so far as we have evaluated how to apply Paul’s exhortations to the Christians in Rome to our postmodern American world. It is amazing how similar social and economic circumstances that existed in Rome during the life of Paul mirror those in our world today. In the second chapter of Romans, Paul draws the reader’s attention to the wrath of God and the fact that God is just and righteous in his judgment.
In a section of chapter two, Paul addresses Jews and their special relationship with God. It seems as though that relationship caused them to have distorted perspective when it came to the judgment of God. He points out eight truths about the Jewish nation. They were part of the nation God had chosen to be His people. They relied on the law. They rejoiced in their relationship with God. They knew His will. It had been shared directly with them through Moses, the judges, and the prophets. They approved of what was superior. They were instructed in the law. They were to be instructors – a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, and an instructor of the foolish. And they had received the embodiment of knowledge and truth in the law. (Romans 2:17-24).
Paul then challenges them to evaluate what they had done with the blessings they had received. The point is that by being recipients of the law, they had a responsibility to live according to the law. It seems as though many of the Jews had developed a superior attitude simply because of the fact they had been born Jewish. Being Jewish did not create a get out of jail free card when it came to the judgment of God.
I couldn’t help but wonder how many Americans have developed a similar superiority complex because of the blessings we have received as a nation. In both cases, reception of the law or the blessing of God should automatically suggest those recipients also had/have a responsibility to be obedient. Reception of the law and obedience to the law were two separate issues as Paul pointed out.
In our world today, we have a responsibility to fulfill the mandate of the gospel as followers of Christ. Do we just know the Word of God, or do we put it into practice? Are we free from the judgment of God because we are a Christian nation? Have we continued to be a Christian nation? In a world where the definition of morality is constantly changing, it seems as though it is time for those of us who have received the word to begin being obedient to the Word. Why? Because we are not going to be exempt from God’s judgment.
Have a great week!