Romans "Those Who Are Led by the Spirit of God"
Each book in the Bible gently guides God's people into a more intimate relationship with their Creator, as He knows must occur, for His people to receive Him in the depth of the relationship that He purchased for them. Each day we are covering, in sequential order, one of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament and expecting people’s lives to change through the revelation of His leading in this way.
Today is the sixth day of the series, and the book is, Romans the sixth book in the New Testament as it appears in our Bible. Romans is the first book placed in our Bible that Paul wrote, and it takes us from, the amazing way God came to, in, and through His people in the Book of Acts into a practical way of understanding God, the impossibility of man’s efforts to please the Holy God, and God’s love, mercy, and grace that equips His people to live a life unfathomable to the human mind.
Paul starts his letter to the believers in Rome by creating a case against all people who have ever lived and made a statement that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. A lot of people say this statement covers the future of all people until they are in the grave, but it only says they have come short; not that they always will come short of the glory of God. This may seem to be “splitting hairs” but it will be explained in another blog coming later in this series, and I want to make sure we just touch on it today.
Paul then continues by asking a seemingly ridiculous question to most knowers of God, “Should we just go on sinning?” The reason it might seem ridiculous to most people is the fact it is impossible to overcome sin with man’s ability. Others think it is ridiculous because we must fight the good fight of faith and they try to fight the fight of faith through their own strength and become very legalistic like the religious people who Jesus gave His life through on the cross. Neither of these two answers is biblical, and if they are not biblical, then I’d suggest very strongly not getting into this trap of distracting deception. This might seem like a real troubling situation, but God has already given the answer, and it is coming in the next few chapters that He has written for His people.
Paul gives us the answer to the troubling situation and sums it up by saying, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”, and “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Just like Jesus instructed and gave the Spirit to His people, Paul is explaining to them what must be done to live a life of freedom from sin that is well pleasing to God in the liberty that He has purchased for His people, but the intimacy does not end here, even though many people stop before they ever get to this point of intimacy. The depth of the relationship that God purchased for His people is worth seeking, and His truth is past human understanding but is received through spiritual maturity.
The very next section of scripture in Romans chapter eight tells us the plan of God for His people, “Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Paul then shows concern for the Jews and tells why the non-Jews were blessed to see and receive God’s truth while the Jews were not able to receive it, and gives instruction on how Christians should behave themselves in a godly way toward Him. Paul is simply saying everyone who turns to God and lives in the way that is pleasing to Him is only doing it by the plan of God for their life, and thereby they have done nothing worthy of anything in or of their own ability.
Romans is simply concluded the plan of God for His people in a practical way of understanding the wonderful Gift that He has given to everyone who will believe the truth because He has given them the ability to possess it and thereby live it throughout their lives.
The examples in this blog are only a limited sample of the deepening relational revelation described through book of Romans which display God’s leading and guiding His people through their lives by the Holy Ghost which He places in them.
The intent of the blog is to demonstrate the difference in the revelation that God gives to His people as they intently follow Him and focus on what He has told them through their individual lives and the revelation they’ve received through the Holy Spirit and His Holy Bible.