October 31st

WHAT’S IN YOU?

Romans 1:15, “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.”

Paul is speaking to all those who live in Rome, though some were not Romans, but God is speaking to each of us. Paul had a ready mind to take the opportunities before him according to his ability. He was prepared to preach and show the power of the Gospel. He was under the power of God, so that fear did not stop him. He was not afraid of danger, as he was willing to come right under the palace walls of Caesar. He was ready to make the Gospel known among the heathen just as he had done at Antioch, Ephesus, Athens, and Corinth. “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.”

He feels a heavy obligation to preach the Gospel to all. 1 Corinthians 9:16, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”

This is where all classes of people, Greeks and barbarians, wise and unwise, were found, and Paul felt he owed a debt. As with Christians today, Paul faced three great challenges in his life:

Stay right with God.
Stay on the right track.
Stay stirred about his salvation and service.
Often people ask me how I manage to stay excited about my salvation and the ministry. My answer is always very much the same. There is something in me that helps me to keep doing what I have been doing since the day I was saved. I realize that there is much more to it than that; however, this is the way to keep the fire, and the way Paul kept on going for Jesus. Here is an important question for each of us to ponder: What was in Paul, and is it in us?

Daily Assignments

Read Ecclesiastes 3-4. What are some ways you can keep God in your life?

October 30th

Why Jesus Christ Is Worthy!

Revelation 5:12, “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

Abraham faithfully worshipped God by offering sacrifices to Him, and God taught him that the ultimate sacrifice would not be one of Adam’s descendents, but only the Son provided by God Himself. In the Old Testament law, sacrifice had three main ideas: consecration, covering (of sin), and propitiation – satisfaction.

There was no consecration (commitment) to God apart from the covering. Man could not approach God and be right with Him without the shedding of blood. Sacrifice always referred to things placed on the altar to be accepted by God; there was no sacrifice apart from the altar. It was not up to man to decide what was acceptable to God. If man were to determine what pleases God, it would put him in the place of God. God determines what pleases Him. Whatever was offered had to be clean and acceptable; but not everything designated clean was to be offered as a sacrifice. Of the clean animals, only oxen, sheep, goats, and pigeons were acceptable offerings. Likewise, of the clean vegetables, only corn, wine, and oil were acceptable to God.

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament confirm that sacrifices were presented as symbolic gestures. Man was obligated, because of his sin, to present offerings by which he gave another life in place of his own. Now here is the point of the whole matter before us: These substitutes pointed to the ultimate Substitute – the vicarious suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

Why is Jesus Christ worthy? Our salvation is complete in Christ because God is satisfied with the Last Lamb’s sacrifice.

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 125-127. Spend five minutes praying for God’s power on the services this week.

October 29th

Why Jesus Christ Is Worthy!

Revelation 5:12, “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

The coverings of animal skins were acceptable to God because of the shedding of the blood of an animal. The promise of a redeemer in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel,” came between man’s attempt to cover his own sin in verse 7, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons,” and God’s sufficient covering in verse 21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Man’s reaction to God’s provision was faith and hope in the Lord. Verse 20, “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” God’s provision for Adam and Eve symbolized that man could come before the very presence of God.

When Noah came out of the ark, his first act was to build an altar upon which he sacrificed animals to God. This pleased God not because God wanted a sacrifice, but because Noah’s act showed that he understood his sinfulness, its penalty, and the need for a blood sacrifice. Noah recognized God’s gracious provision and His promise that he would never again destroy the earth by flood. God blessed Noah because of his faith. Later Abraham re- joiced in anticipation of the appearance of a promised Redeemer. We should rejoice, as well. To be concluded tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read 2 Chronicles 29-32. Complete Why is Christ worthy?