Do you feel quite sure upon such matters? Whether you have adversity or prosperity, so long as God is against you, you can never truly prosper. After the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. Perhaps we think that we are strong, where we are exceedingly weak. The eternal degrees, if we could read them, would convey to us the same truth as the impulses of the Spirit in our heart. So that it is not enough to be sincerely zealous for God, or sincerely anxious to be saved; but you must seek salvation in God’s revealed way if your search is to be a successful one. In due time, they shall come forth, acknowledged of God, and then shall the whole creation rejoice. To do this, they will undertake any labor, endure any suffering, or perform any self-denial; but, all the while, they despise God’s righteousness, — despise it by the very act of preferring their own, or seeking another way of salvation instead of walking in the one which God has provided. Oh, that none of us might miss the aim and object of this blessed design of God, — that we might find righteousness through believing in Christ. Cling to the old-fashioned gospel, beloved, and never turn away from it. Peter offered to give the man a tour of heaven. Romans 9:14. Romans 8:14 The Leading of the Spirit, the Secret Token of the Sons of God. We must be born again, we must become spiritual by the new birth which is wrought by the Holy Spirit, or else it is impossible for us to please God. If it were possible (which it is not) for you to produce the same virtues in yourself which are produced by the Holy Spirit, yet even those would not suffice, for the text is absolute. Do not be depressed about it. Paul is writing concerning: the Jews — the very people who had driven him from city to city, and who had again and again sought to take his life. He who is called is most assuredly predestinated, and shall, beyond all question, be in due time glorified. Our own spirit — so changed as to be reconciled to God, and led in ways which once it never trod, — our own spirit bears witness that we are the sons of God; and then God’s own Spirit bears witness, too, and so we become doubly sure. They are of him, without any other motive; through him, without any assistance; and to him, without any other end. The slime of the serpent is on all our Edens now. All things work together for thy good. It is our earnest desire, on all occasions whatever hearers are gathered here, that God’s saving power may be manifested to all present. are not under the dominion of law. ", if any confront you with other confidences, still keep to this almighty plea: "Christ has died." Romans 9:1-5 Concern for Other Men's Souls. Then, many of you have heard the preaching, and have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; and, therefore, you are “saved” to all eternity. Sin is the transgression of the law. See the splendor of this divine sovereignty, which shows itself in wondrous, unexpected acts of grace, selecting and taking to itself those who seem to be self-condemned, and even condemned by himself, of whom he had said, “Ye are not my people.”. You are to get out of self-confidence into confidence in him; and as soon as you do so, you are saved. The true man — the newborn man — is struggling after that which is right. They are ready to give up all for lost, when it is not so. The flesh has dragged us down. Paperback. Click the verse number to read commentary, definitions, meanings, and notesfor that particular Romans 14 verse. The Prince of Preachers, Charles H. Spurgeon (19th June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was not only a wonderful orator but also magnificent with his … Agnostics may declare that they know nothing, if they please; but, as for us who do know, because we believe what we are taught of God in this Book, we will speak He who has something to say has s right to say it; we know, and therefore we speak. C.H. Romans 9:33 Unbelievers Stumbling; Believers Rejoicing. In the ninth chapter, we have the doctrine of absolute predestination proclaimed in the sternest and boldest manner, — the doctrine that God will have mercy on whom he will have mercy, and will have compassion on whom he will have compassion. He added them all up, and saw what the total was, he seemed to be about to state a proportion sum, but he gave it up, and said that the sufferings were “not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed.” Did they stand as one to a thousand? Romans 14:5-6.And with respect to days, one man esteemeth one day above another — Thinks that the new moons and Jewish festivals are holier than other days, and ought still to be observed. The difference between Paul’s response to the weakness of Romans 14 and the heresy of Galatians can be best illustrated by his actions with regard to the circumcision of Timothy and Titus. The Spirit knows what we want. It goes deeper and declares, "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Paul, as an undoubted Israelite, found in his own conversion the proof that the Lord had not utterly rejected the seed of Abraham. How often our calamities are our preservatives! Read Introduction to Romans 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Do you ever have in your heart a longing to behold the glory of God? But that same grace delights to save and bless even the perverse and rebellious who will yield to its blessed power. The previous clause informs us, for both relate to the same individuals; “ them that love God” are “ them who are the saved according to his purpose.” We cannot peer into the pages of the Lamb’s book of life, yet we can tell by this simple test whether our names are recorded there,-do we truly love the Lord? Holiness is the mode of the Christian; life, sin is the way of the sinner’s death, Romans 8:13 If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die. I hope you will never have a worse wish for your worst foe. But its time of glorifying is coming. If we cannot do anything else, if we feel that we can pray, times are not so bad with ,us as we might think. It is a kind of hearing of the Word; but a man must know, or he cannot believe. 1. That is another question. 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