Highlights In Today's Reading:
The Spirit of life in Christ has freed us from the old sin nature and death (8:1-17). Nothing that Satan can do can separate us from the love of God (8:31-39). Gentiles also called the children of the Living God (9:23-26,30). Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved (10:9-10,13).
The first man, Adam, was created without sin. But when Adam chose to disobey the Lord, he became a sinner and, thus. his descendants, all mankind, are born dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). That spiritual death passed upon all men (Rom. 5:12). But the One Man Christ — the Second Adam — brings life to all who receive Him as their Savior and Lord. Through the instruction of the Word of God we are convicted by the Holy Spirit of the awfulness of sin and godly sorrow worketh (leads to) repentance (II Cor. 7:10).
Then, if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the Truth) that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Rom. 10:9-10).
But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13). That the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. . . . Because the carnal (fleshly) mind is enmity against God (Rom. 8:4,7).
With no exception, during the history of the Church in the Book of Acts all who received His Word were baptized. . . . And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:41-42).
Let us live so that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk . . . after the Spirit (Rom. 8:4). For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (8:13-14).
The fruit of the Spirit (work which Christ's presence within accomplishes) is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance (Gal. 5:22-23).
Thought for Today:
Unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings (Mal. 4:2).
9:15 compassion =grace, mercy, gentleness, loving-kindness; 10:21 gainsaying =self-willed, disobedient, faultfinding.
For Rom. 8:36: See Ps. 44:22. Rom 9:7: See Gen. 21:12. Rom. 9:9: See Gen. 18:10. Rom. 9:12: See Gen. 25:23. Rom. 9:13: See Mal. 1:2-3. Rom. 9:15: See Ex. 33:19. Rom. 9:17: See Ex. 9:16. Rom. 9:25: See Hos. 2:23. Rom. 9:26: See Hos. 1:10. Rom. 9:27-28: See Is. 10:22-23. Rom. 9:29: See Is. 1:9. Rom. 9:33: See Is. 28:16. Rom. 10:5: See Lev. 18:5. Rom. 10:6-7: See Deut. 30:12-13. Rom. 10:8: See Deut. 30:14. Rom. 10:11: See Is. 49:23. Rom. 10:13: See Joel 2:32. Rom. 10:15: See Is. 52:7. Rom. 10:16: See Is. 53:1. Rom. 10:18: See Ps. 19:4. Rom. 10:19: See Deut. 32:21. Rom. 10:20: See Is. 65:1. Rom. 10:21: See Is. 65:2.
Pray for Government Officials: Gov. Phil Bredesen (TN), Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY), Sen. Richard Durbin (IL), Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA), and Rep. Tom Rooney (FL) • Country: Malawi (10 million) in southeastern Africa • Major languages: English and Chichewa • Religious freedom • 34% Protestant; 23% Roman Catholic; 16% Muslim; 16% animist; 4% cults • Prayer Suggestion: Ask for understanding of the Word of God as you read each day (Ps. 119:34).
Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 16:26