The Book of Romans is so fascinating and through the words of Paul you can sense his passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for the salvation of everyone who believes, of the Jew first and of the Greek as well) – and then also in the manner how he addresses serious matters such as; that we are all sinners, but we are saved by Grace and it is a gift from God. Nobody can work for it or deserve it.
In Chapter 3: 20 (NLT) he states: “For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are”. We find the clincher on the subject in Chapter 4:5 – “But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners”.
King David also contributed in Psalms (32:1-2) –“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin”.
We are all sinners saved by grace – that is if you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and belief that He died for your sins as well. God also gives us in Chapter 8 a new promise: So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus”. Wow, what a promise. And it does not mean that we can do what we chose. No, especially when you fully understand the concept of grace (and right now the Church does not grasp the full concept of it yet), you will not want to commit sin, but you would rather live a life of righteousness in Christ and Him in you!
The thing is: You have to make the decision to believe and accept the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross – and it is a personal decision. And once you have made the decision – to serve Him with all of your heart and mind and soul – you will also receive the power from God to be free from sin and death. You will also be able and willing just like Paul to write, speak and shout about the goodness and mercy of our Lord and Savior. This is the point in time when life starts to have a meaning and purpose for you, because God has created you with a specific purpose in this life and in this time period.
With this new found power from God, you will be able to write your own new life story wherein you will give all the glory to God. 2Co 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”.
I did not intend to write this today, but I feel there is someone out there who needs to make a personal decision to accept the offer of new life from and through Jesus Christ today. Please do not try to complete the saving grace of Jesus Christ on the cross with all sorts of “petty laws and restrictions” in your life. Trust the Spirit of God to guide you and teach you in all wisdom and truth how to live a life of righteousness and not under condemnation anymore. Grow in the Word of God; grow in Faith and Trust in God; and stop putting yourself down when you have made a mistake. If you don’t make mistakes, then you have not yet started to grow in your faith and trust in God.
I challenge you to make the right decision – and you will not be disappointed because Jesus Christ will never forsake or leave you! If you know of such a person who needs to make the decision, forward this link to them.
Eric Heath is the President of Galilee International Ministries (SA) and he is available to minister on this subject as well as other major subjects concerning our life in Christ. He can be contacted through this website by completing the box as provided below.