Listen to the Holy Bible – LETTER TO ROMANS – READ BY ALEXANDER SCOURBY
Judging the conduct of other Christians is a subject of such universal concern within the church that the collateral scriptures applicable to this question should be remembered here.
It cannot be doubted that this very fact led to the fantastic emphasis in this epistle to the effect that nobody, but nobody, ever deserved salvation.
The Holy Spirit is the blessed Spirit, a member of the GODHEAD, who takes up residence in Christian hearts in consequence of their being sons of God (Galatians 4:6), and in fulfillment of the apostolic promise of such an indwelling to all believers who will repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38f), and is thus identifiable as the “Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13).
The verbal prophecies, numbering some 333, foretold the coming of the Messiah in such detail and clarity that hardly any phase of our Lord’s life and character was omitted.
Paul mentions, in Romans 13, a spiritual condition called “SLEEP,” and his call for people to AWAKEN out of it provides strong emphasis upon the dangers of such stupor.
Christ was tried six times, three times before the Romans and three times before the Jewish tribunals.
The supreme majesty and glory of the ineffable God, Creator and upholder of all things, whose existence is from everlasting to everlasting – let people contemplate such as this, and all of their petty misgivings and doubts will disappear.
The world, the flesh, and Satan. These powers must be overcome in salvation; nothing short of God’s power can do this; but the gospel does it, hence the propriety of calling it God’s power for salvation.
In everything. The text before us stresses the need of prayer in all of life’s conditions and circumstances. Any list, therefore, of things we should pray for must be partial and incomplete. “Everything” certainly covers a lot of territory.
This marvelous peace is exactly the blessing which troubled man most needs and so incessantly seeks, even if his seeking is but an unfulfilled subconscious longing after it.
The person in view, therefore, is the policeman, the legally constituted arm of human government, making the law-enforcement men of cities, states, and nations to be every where as much “ordained of God” as any minister of the gospel.
The apostles of Jesus Christ constituted the most interesting group of men ever to live upon earth. For nearly two thousand years already, children have learned with eagerness the names of the Twelve Apostles, and gray-headed men and women have gone down to the grave repeating the blessed words these men delivered to the human race.
With reference to this metaphor itself, a stone is among the most interesting things on earth; and every stone has a life story, the mystery of which encompasses the most fantastic dimensions of time and space.
The wicked man does not change his plans but with relentless determination moves toward his carnal goals in which, he seems to prosper in all of them.
Such is the darkness of the epic tragedy of mankind, lost in sin, without God, and without hope in the world, until they shall turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the cry of every man who is not saved. In the large view, it is the agonizing cry of all the world, especially of the benighted populations of the pre-Christian ages.
Christians are sometimes called “bondslaves” to Christ; but here their status is compared to that of children adopted by a loving father.
It is the “buy now, pay later” aspect of the penalty of sin which commends it as an attractive employment for many; but this verse is a warning that payment is certain, and that “death” is the quid pro quo of sin. “This for that!”
“All things” includes all sufferings, sorrows, infirmities, and everything else of a discouraging and calamitous nature which might befall God’s child on earth.