Romans 3

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But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?

– Romans 3:5-6

One of the things I love about the Book of Romans is the way in which Paul anticipates and answers the objections and questions of his readers. Take careful note of the ways in which he does this. It is an important reminder that we need to consider how people will hear or perceive the things we are saying or writing. In doing this myself, I have discovered that I have become a much better communicator.

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Romans 2

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Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

— Romans 2:1

Jesus gave a very similar caution in Matthew 7:1-5. There He said, “With what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Many times we have proven ourselves hypocrites by our self-righteous condemnation of others, while not adequately considering ourselves. That does not mean that we are never to weigh or judge the words or actions of others. But it does mean that we need to do so under careful self-examination. And the fact is, when we do carefully examine ourselves, we find that we are guilty and desperately in need of God’s grace and forgiveness.

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Romans 1

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To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

— Romans 1:7

The Book of Romans is considered by some to be one of the greatest books of Scripture. In many respects, that’s probably true. It most certainly is a book that should be read through carefully, prayerfully and repeatedly. If this is your first time reading (or listening) through it, I urge you to spend more time in it in the future than the brief time we will commit to it over the next 16 days.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 28

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Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.

— Acts 28:30-31

Several years prior to this Paul was under threat from a band of assassins that had bound themselves under oath to take his life. Things looked rather bleak, but God’s word to him then was, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.”

When God speaks, He will make good on His word and promise.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 27

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But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss.

— Acts 27:21

You can’t get any better than an Apostolic “I told you so.” That’s exactly what this was. And it was completely warrented. Paul had warned the captain of the ship and the centurion, who had authority over him. But they certainly were not going to listen to a prisoner with little seafaring expereince. And as a result they were now going to reap the consequences.

I wonder how often we have a God given intuition that we overlook or set aside for expediency or out of inconvenience. We may have reaped bitter consequences more than a few times because of it.

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Acts 26

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Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”

— Acts 26:28-29

Never pass up an opportunity to be an ambassador of the Kingdom of God. And when the opporunty comes (and it most certainly will), pray for God’s empowering to speak with boldness, like Pau did here.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 25

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Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he said, “you shall hear him.”

– Acts 25:22

For two years at Caesaria, Paul was given access to some of the most powerful people of the day to bring the good news of God’s gace, through the Gospel. It is absoultely astounding what God can do through those committed to His calling.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 24

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And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.

– Acts 24:24

God makes good on His word. Jesus had said, “You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles” (Matthew 10:18). And most certainly that came to pass for Paul.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 23

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And he called for two centurions, saying, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at the third hour of the night; and provide mounts to set Paul on, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.”

– Acts 23:23-24

I bet Paul never imagined he’d be the center of such an amazing procession. Just to bring him safely to Governor Felix, Paul was surrounded by two hundred soldiers, seventy horsement and two hundred spearmen.

If you’ve ever wondered … yes, God does have quite a sense of humor.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 22

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And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

– Acts 22:25

Paul was not afraid to use his rights as a Roman citizen, so as to be dealt with justly. I think that we also should know and use our rights. Especially our right to free speech and fredom of religion (if you’re a citizen of such a country). As long as the right is afford us under the consitiuation (as it is in the United States), we should use it.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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