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May 15, 2020 2:00 am
Often our message of eternal life in Jesus is not received with glad faces or open arms by the people we know. In the message "Unashamed!" Skip reminds you that like Paul, you can still express eagerness when sharing the good news of Christ.
This teaching is from the series Heart & Soul: A Study Through Romans.Links:
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What Paul is saying is this the gospel I preached is a nondiscriminatory gospel. It is freely given.
It's good for Greeks. It's good for non-Greeks. It's good for Jews it's good for Gentile. It's good for the high class. It's good for the hit. It's good for those who studies Socrates it's good if you can't even spell the word suffering, it's good for that down in outer it's good for the top and outer because if you're down and out or you're up and out of your out still and you need to get hints of the gospel is good.
It is freely given to everyone who believes, because every human is listed every human needs and save today on connect with skintight Skip shares you can have the same passion and excitement about sharing. As the apostle Paul had. But before we begin to let you know about a resource to teach you some great insight on the book of Genesis and shows why it's the foundation for understanding the rest of Scripture. Never walk into a movie like you may never catch up on one well seems to the Bible is the opening book your questions Genesis is the foundation of the ground floor if we don't understand the book of Genesis stand follows that's divisive reminding density, death and resurrection starts in the book of Genesis, God says to Satan, I will put enmity between between your seed and her seed thought of the rest of the Bible discover the foundation of your faith understand the book of Genesis are gifting you $35 or more today.
Request your copy when you get online securely connected skip.com/offer call 800-9200 92 1888 Romans chapter 1, Skip tickets into today's message. Years ago I got a phone call from a man in Idaho who said he had been one of the apostles of the Mormon church, but that he left the Mormon church recently because he did listen to our radio broadcasts every day driving driving driving one data set on a pullover. He pulled over and he thought I need to just personally encounter God and he asked Jesus the real Jesus to come into his heart.
The life-changing son of God to come into his life and he was born again. That's the power of the gospel. Not only is it power itself.
The gospel message but God promises power to those who speak it. Jesus said to his apostles, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of yourself. Not only do you have this powerful message but once you step forward.
Go speak it. God promises that he'll meet you there and give you the power to powerfully execute that message that is so powerful itself so process. I'm not ashamed of this, it is good news and it is God's power is 1/3 reason why Paul is not ashamed and that is because it's given freely. That gospel is freely given.
Please notice in verse 16 are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for with an expert you can talk here. It's for everyone. He didn't say it's for the chosen people. That's me. It is available for everyone is freely given. For everyone. For everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek or the Gentile.
Now I have to explain that because you can read that phrase throughout the book of Romans Jew first and also the Greek Argenta. Whenever you read that know that Paul is speaking chronologically, not exclusively, chronologically it came to the Jew first, the gospel was promised through Jewish prophets in Jewish Scriptures to a Jewish nation with the Jewish context about a Jewish Messiah but for the whole world. Paul is writing the same thing. Jesus said to the woman at the well of Samaria when they were talking having that little exchange and woman is arguing about. We believe this you Jews believe that Jesus said listen, you even know what you worship.
We know what we worship, and any said this for salvation is of the Jews salvation is of the Jews. He did mean it's only of the Jews solely of the Jews exclusively at the Jews he just met. It came to the Jews first chronologically it came to the Jews. First, the first believers were Jewish. The apostles were Jewish. The first church was Jewish, came to the Jew first and also to the Gentile. Now the Jews divided the whole world up into two groups.
Can you guess what those groups are group on the Jews group to the non-Jews. The Gentiles everybody else. There's a Jew and there's everybody else.
If everybody else you wish you could be a Jew but you can in fact the strip Jews believe God made all those other people just to make hell hotter that was there phrase it did to Kindle the fires of hell God created Gentiles just to make fires of hell stovetop and hotter. Congratulations God made you to make hell hot, so they divided the world by Jew and non-Jew. The Greeks also divided the world up into two groups. Can you guess what those groups were Greeks and non-Greeks, or there were barbarians. Her Greek or your barbarians. Interesting word. The barbarian is a Greek term that is an auto mono poetic word, that is, the word sounds like what it means. The Greeks love their language and culture so much that to their ears. Any other language to them to satellite bar bar bar bar, so hence the name are Marion, you're not culture you're not cool you're not Greek, so that in my look at verse 14. I am a debtor both to the Greeks and to the barbarians, both to the wise and to be unwise. So as much as is in me I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. What Paul is saying is this the gospel I preached is a nondiscriminatory gospel. It is freely given. It's good for Greeks and it's good for non-Greeks. It's good for Jews it's good for Gentiles. It's good for the high class. It's good for the heck it's good for those who study Socrates it's good if you can even spell the word Socrates it's good for that down in outer it's good for the top and outer because if you're down and out or you're up and out you're out still and you need to get in. So the gospel is good. It is freely given to everyone who believes, but don't you think it sounds strange. In verse 14 when Paul says I'm a debtor to both the Greeks and barbarians to the wise and the what could he mean by that. I'm a debtor there's a couple of different ways you can get into debt.
Number one, you can borrow money from somebody when you do that you're in debt to them.
Number two, you can be given money for someone. So for example if I borrow thousand dollars from you. I'm in debt to you until I pay you back. But let's say a friend of yours gives me $1000 to give to you. I'm in debt to you until I deliver that money they gave to me to get to you. When Paul says I'm a debtor he got me and I borrowed a bunch of money from home. I better pay back he means Jesus gave me a treasure and I'm in debt to those people till I deliver to us pretty heavy and it what that must mean, then, is that if the gospel stops with us. It's a crime it's a liability.
We haven't paid the debt on one hand were set free by Jesus. But the moment were set free from sin and death by Jesus were also encumbered with the debt to deliver the message to other people who are bound on how they can be free, debtor both to Jews or to Greeks and the barbarians wise and unwise. So buses are not ashamed this is good news is God's power and its given freely forth reason Paul says I'm not ashamed is because the gospel gets people right with God. It gets people right with God. Verse 17 for in it that is in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith as it is written, the just shall live by faith that this is the theme of the book.
If you remember from our first study, the theme of Romans is the righteousness of God. Or better yet, the theme of Romans is how to get right with God.
How to get right with God. How to make people right with God. Why be ashamed of making the wrong people right with God. I'm not saying that all speak up until that know what this implies and you'll see it in the next few weeks. It implies that were not right with God. Naturally, I know you hear people say, uncool and good God and I were okay no you're not. If you haven't.
If you've just been born and you've lived without without anything you're not right with God, you're not okay with God and and if you think you are. You just want to keep reading Romans because he's talking about the gospel here, but the very next verse, verse 18.
Notice what it says for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven. What up, what up is Paula saying naturally were not okay with God were so bad off and he concludes in Romans three with this thought, for there is none righteous, no not one, not one, not one person is okay with God. But then he comes full circle and he brings this up again the righteousness of God. I wanted to just see it.
I'm kind of reading a habit I want to see it. Take just a second turnover.
Romans three pager two hard Romans chapter 3 verse 21 but now the righteousness of God. Apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe.
For there is no difference. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. In other words, God can make anyone right with himself by conferring on them the status of righteousness.
It's not something you produce something you receive. You can't be right with God on your own there is none righteous, no not one. We've all fallen short of the glory of God by God to the got a deal for you. I will give you a righteousness you can't produce it. You can't manufacture it but I'll give it to. So you just have to receive it.
What you imagine it this way, imagine a little box and that's our world we all live in this little box and life inside the box is defined by two things, time and space. So those are limitations is always a certain hour were always in a certain place we cannot get out of time and space were in this box were confined and it but we have a gnawing feeling while were in it, that there may be or must be something greater than ourselves outside the box trouble as we can get out to see so somebody comes along and says all invent something all invent a story about what's outside the box and throughout time, people of invent all sorts of stories you could call them religions to go by different names. Happy hunting grounds. The great spirit, the Elysian fields crossing the river Styx.
Like the Romans thought Buddha all on a number of different systems that people invent about who and what is outside the box. It's our way of escaping the time and space continuum. However, if I'm ever going to know what's outside that box.
I'm never going to discover it on my own. Whatever or whoever is outside that box has to come into that time, space, box, show himself that's the gospel that's what God did. That's why Jesus was God incarnate. First of all, he wrote us a letter telling us he was coming at the Old Testament in common. I'm coming to the line of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Judah, so he constantly promise it. Then Jesus came and he said now you can look at God in human flesh. I didn't just write you a letter I showed up in flesh.
I am God in human flesh and Jesus that if you see me you have seen the father.
I am the father of one so Jesus came into our box knows what it's like to be human. And while he was here paid a sacrifice on the cross.
So one day we could leave this box and be forever in his presence. Both of them. I'm not. I'm not ashamed to tell people how to get out of this box and get into his presence unashamed that I have a friend who who is in Scotland and he listens to my messages he has for years, but he listens to my messages at least 6 to 20 times each.
He told me on the phone yesterday because he asked me to call me and want to call me if it is too expensive for me. Would you call me so I called them and he's a bricklayer he's this rough-and-tumble guy the big builder guy who had a rough background got all of his teeth checked out in a bar fight before he was saved.
So you he wore dentures from like his late 20s onward came to Christ still evangelize is to this day and he sets I listen to your figure. Whatever's couple different series of Raiders of the snow 22 times each. I think John on the you you need to get out more as a whole lot more like that but he Kehoe quote things back to me that I've said I said Johnny asked a question, because you're always sharing the gospel you been for 36 years. Why are you not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. As I was preparing to this message and he said I've tell you I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ is that I'm not ashamed of Christ because Christ wasn't ashamed to go to the cross for me. I said that's good, to write that down. Suppose that I'm not ashamed. It's good news it's God's power is given freely, and it gets people right now. Here's the fifth and final one as we close. I'm not ashamed of the gospel because it's so simple it's greatly simplified. Verse 17 for in it the righteousness of God is revealed.
I love this work from faith to faith. The idea I think is from faith to faith to faith to faith your faith. My faith faith passed down throughout history just from faith to faith as it is written, but just he's quoting the prophet Habakkuk in the Old Testament the just shall live by faith. So, it's so simple. What you need to be saved to get this power of God beneath faith. Verse 16 are not ashamed of the gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who you can talk here believes aren't you glad he didn't say it's for those who behave a certain way that leave a lot of us out. No, God is not asking people to behave. To be saved.
He's asking people to believe it to be.
Say, if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart. God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. Says the book of Romans now believe will change behavior are not saved by behavior saved by belief. But if it's real believe it will change your behavior.
LC works because of your faith. But here's the deal. It's not the faithfulness of Christians that save them. It's their faith in Christ that saved eternal life is a gift is not an earning it's free. It's not a fee it's it's received, it's not produced is not manufacture. But not everybody will agree with that.
This is just too simple for some folks and that's why religion is such big business as religions that you gotta keep the 10 Commandments. You gotta be baptize and go to confirmation, and holy communion and last rights in a number of other things in order to get to heaven you see people except that they are sinners, but they will not accept that they can't solve the problem themselves to easy believe certainly I gotta do something that's human pride only say really you can do anything you could never do enough and if you did all the good works in the world he would make it up the wrong one ladder one wrong dab so you just say too late. It's been done for me. I'm to believe as we close you need to understand the verse 17 is the verse that changed the life of a guy named Martin Luther. It is what sparked the great Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, at age 21, became an Augustinian monk in Erfurt, Germany. He was 21 years old. He became a monk not to get close to God, but so he wouldn't go to hell. It's what he said he was just so burdened by guilt and sin that he became a monk and he started going to confession so much confession he would spend hours confessing to priests. Literally hours, he would think about five and a Wii magic had another thought about that, he would say every little trivial thing and it drove the priest nuts to one priest finally said going commit a sin worth confessing an OC backer. After that time and during that struggle Martin Luther went to the city of Rome see the great Vatican and while he was there he went to a famous landmark church.
It is still there today and you can see it.
It's called St. John Lateran at the church of St. John Lateran, there is a series of steps the staircase called the Santos style of the sacred stairs, believed to be the very stairway that Jesus ascended when he stood before Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem I would go to Rome as a mystery. So these sacred steps, people would and still do crawl up on their knees in agony.
Sometimes her knees bleeding as a crawl up the steps one step on another and they pray and they crawl and he had gone there and was going up the steps. It is believed that every step you crawl up more years ashamed off purgatory in your eternal sentencing.
So is crawling up the stairs one step at a time is crawling up this phrase keeps coming to his mind. The just shall live by faith. Another staff that just shall live by faith.
Another step, the just shall live by faith he stood up turnaround walked down the stairs walked out the church went back to Germany and thought I'm in a study the book of Romans.
He started studying Romans, and he came to chapter 1 verse 17 the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith as it is written, the just shall live by faith. You need to know what he said he said and I quote I greatly long to understand Paul's epistle to the Romans and nothing stood in the way but that one expression the righteousness of God, because I took it to mean the righteousness whereby God is righteous and deals righteously and punishing the unrighteous night and day. I pondered until I grasped the truth that the righteousness of God is that righteousness whereby through grace and share mercy, he justifies us by faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn into of gone through open doors into paradise. That day Martin Luther was born again and knew that not just live by fear the just shall live by faith, and he rested and not the confession he could may not crawling upstairs and hurt himself, but just by simply trusting Jesus work was enough to just shall live by faith. Special message from his series. Use gift to share how you can help keep this broadcast going strong, connecting more people like you to the good news of Jesus for all the wisdom that the Bible does contain it's worthless if you don't apply it to your life. Our desire is that every single listener like you wouldn't just hear God's word but be transformed by and you can help make that possible. By giving today to keep this program going strong here so you can do that now. Give us a call at 800-922-1888 to give a gift today 800-922-1888 or visit connectwithskip.com/donate your generosity is biblical currently coming your way and help change lives before we close, we invite you to check out the connect with Skip mobile you have access to a treasure trove of scripts messages right at your finger. More information.com/be sure to tune in again next year's white understand and comprehend gospel nature is grace so Skip presentation of connection communication is changing true ever-changing time