The Roman Highway

A condensed walk through the book of Romans

Part 1: Clearing the Way
Part 2: Laying the Foundation Stones
Part 3: Navigating the Highway
Part 4: Travelling Companions

3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

3. Navigating the Highway

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Romans 12

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

If we have by God’s mercy been saved from sin then we must abstain from the lusts of the world and our flesh, surrendering ourselves as a living sacrifice unto the will of God. Our transformation must not only be that of outward submission but of renewing our mind to think purely and keep our thoughts on things that honor God and not feeding the lust of our flesh. Since we live in grace we need to keep ourselves in humility, not living in any arrogant fashion as though we have acquired salvation by any means of our own.

18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

The goal of every Christian should be to live at peace with ALL people, with unbelievers, atheists, homosexuals, tyrants, neighbors, political foes, and so on. Despite our differences we should pursue peace, kindness, and love. In responding to hatred with love, we place conviction upon the enemy that they may be converted to Christ through our acts of kindness and love.


Romans 13

1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

God commands our obedience to government provided the government does not cause us to sin against the LORD. Governments and rulers are established by God. Even Jesus told Pilate that his authority was given by God, so let us respect the authorities that God has permitted to rule. There is no authority that has escaped God’s awareness.

3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

The purpose of government is to enforce righteousness and pass judgment upon those who commit evil. If you do what is right the government should recognize that and if you break the law they should punish you. Since the government is a God ordained authority we have every obligation to take part in its forming and regulation through voting, participating in government, passing laws, writing our authorities, etc. It is altogether fitting for all Christians to be involved in government that they may for fully enforce the will of God on earth and preserve our liberty to worship the LORD freely.

6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Should we pay taxes? Yes! If we want to honor God then we must obey His instruction to pay our taxes to support the government instituted to support and protect us. If you cheat the government on your taxes you are cheating the LORD of His command to you.

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

We are to be in debt to nothing but in love to our fellow human being, because in loving others we keep the law of God.

9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Each day that passes draws us one day closer to our mortal death which translates to the beginning of our everlasting life with Christ if we believe. With this knowledge we should ever be working more diligently to prepare ourselves and others for the coming of Judgment, and its eternal ramifications.

12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Life is short and specifically our time on earth is short; therefore, it is imperative that we use our time efficiently to honor God, share the Gospel with others, and live uprightly. We should not as Christians be adhering to the world engaging in behaviors like lying, sexual immorality, rioting, drunkenness, pleading for handouts, engaged in argument, or desiring the good things that other people have and having discontent with what you already have.


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