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Romans 15_7-13 Peaceful and Praising

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Secular:

  •  Roman’s Study Recap…
  •  Started with God’s Righteousness… 1:16-1:17
  •  Next Man’s Unrighteousness 1:18-3:20
    • Gentile
    • Jew
    • Universal
  •  Next God’s Righteousness for Justification 3:21-5:21
    • Justification not by works…
    • But by the grace of God through Faith Christ Alone
  • Grace Reigning through God’s Righteousness 6-8
  •  God’s Righteousness demonstrated in Jew and Gentile 9-11
  •  God’s Understood and Demonstrated in His People 12:1-14:1
  • NOW!!
  • After all this understanding who God is…
    • He we are in comparison…
    • What expects of us…
    • Laying out this perfect relationship
  •  He has to tell us how to live together!
  • What should be abundantly obvious by this point…
  • Peaceful and Prasing

 

Biblical:

Romans 15:7 Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. 8 For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, 9 and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, "THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES, AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME." 10 Again he says, "REJOICE, O GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE." 11 And again, "PRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU GENTILES, AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM." 12 Again Isaiah says, "THERE SHALL COME THE ROOT OF JESSE, AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES, IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE." 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Personal:

  • I love how smart God is…
  • It is like the joke… about the young man… who on his 26th birthday looks back and is amazed at how much his parents had learned between his 16th birthday and now…
  •  God is the steady hand who knows our nature…
  • And through his writers warns us.
  • For the fourth time in this text… Ch 14 (and MANY other places in Scripture)… God is reminding us to accept one another…
  • To be intentional, loving, selfless, peaceful and praising as a body.
  •  Does it sound like a reasonable goal?
  •  We look at this text let’s commit to being faithful to God’s Word…. To be intentional, loving, selfless, peaceful and praising as a body.


 

Body:

Basic Instruction:

Romans 15:7 Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

  • Like in verses 5-6…
  • Romans 15:5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  •  Intensified version of the word accept…. Meaning with special concern… special consideration…
  • Opposite… in the negative….  Mark 8:32 And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
    • For a purpose… with intensity….
  •  In the positive…. Intentional
    • Acts 18:26 and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
  • In the positive…. Intentional
    • Philemon 1:17 If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me.
  • Mirroring the acceptance of Christ… Accept as Christ would accept…
    • Romans 14:3 The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.
  • Remember liberty to the others whenever we can give it…
    • Matthew 10:40 "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
    • As Christ accepts we are obliged to accept… to accept Christ…
  •  Admonition is to accept all… not just visitors… newcomers… new believers…
  •  But all deeply and intentionally…
  • I mean if a Sinless God can accept us…
    • Dirty garments
    • Clay pot (commode)
    • Tax collectors
    • Vile….
  • We can extend a deep, loving acceptance of one another…
  • Luke 15:2 Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."
    • Every pre-Christian person is the tax collector… we have all been there!
  • Christ gives us the pattern for Serving and Accepting…
    • Matthew 10:42 "And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."
    • Matthew 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
    • Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
  • 4 Characteristics of Christ acceptance “of genuine believers” we need to model…
  • #1… Joyously… Passionately
    • Apology to a sibling…
  • Luke 15:3 So He told them this parable, saying, 4 "What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 "When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbours, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' 7 "I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
  • And in
    • John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
    • Matthew 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.
    • Luke 23:34 But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
  •  Not easy… but Christ in the very least forgiving of moments… forgives. Intensely… passionately forgives…
  •  First… Joyously… Passionately

  • #2 In Spite of Sin
  • No one could meet the expectation… nobody could be accepted… if we need to be free from sin first…
  • Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    •  We don’t love one another conditionally… you don’t get to pick… you get to do!
    • And in
    • Matthew 9:10 Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?" 12 But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13 "But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
    •  If the sinner is good enough for Jesus…
    • We don’t leave them in Sin… we face sin, challenge it… but we accept the sinner… or else we would all be worshipping in a church of one!
    • Luke 18:9 And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: 10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 "The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 'I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.' 13 "But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' 14 "I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
    •  Jesus accepted the lowly…
    • The repentant sinner is a magnification of the graciousness of God!!
  •  In Spite of Sin

  • #3 Impartial… Unequivocal Acceptance
  • Luke 6:37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.
    • Nature of judgement…
      • Not ours to deal with motive…
      • Not ours to determine condemnation
      • It is our place to forgive and accept
    • And in…
    • Romans 2:11 For there is no partiality with God.
    • Someone asked… “Do only Christian’s go to heaven” the response was…. No Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Muslims can all go to heaven… if they trust in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ…
    • God has not made message exclusive to the rich… or to the poor… to the language… colour, creed or gender of an individual…
    • Acts 10:34 Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.
    • Every one from every background… every preference… that fears him and does what is right!
      • Believers those who live like they do…
    • James 2:1 My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favouritism. 2 For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, 3 and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool," 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?... James 2:8 If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
    •  Impartial… Unequivocal Acceptance
  • #4 To the Glory of God
  • Romans 15:7 Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.
    •  This is a BIG WHY!
    • The one who redeemed your soul… spilt his blood for you… served as the model… to Glorify God…
    • What wouldn’t you do to glorify God?
    • And in
    • Ephesians 1:5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
    •  It is what we are made for… Bring Glory to God…
    • Ever here the Phrase… “I was made for this”
      • Climb a mountain
      • Open your business
      • Living in a loving relationship
      • Eating a great piece of pie
      • This is ACTUALLY what we are made for!
    • Philippians 2:9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    • Bringing glory Christ…
    • Matthew 18:5 "And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;
    •  When we accept one another… we accept Christ purpose amongst us… the value… the grace… to his glory
  •  #4 To the Glory of God
  • I mean if a Sinless God can accept us…
  • He has told us how to live together!
  • What should be abundantly obvious by this point…
  • We are to be Peaceful and Praising

Basic Instruction:

Biblical Back-up

8 For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, 9 and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, "THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES, AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME." 10 Again he says, "REJOICE, O GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE." 11 And again, "PRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU GENTILES, AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM." 12 Again Isaiah says, "THERE SHALL COME THE ROOT OF JESSE, AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES, IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE."

  •  Jesus came… to confirm the OT promises
  • Including to bring in the Gentiles to his plan and promise
  • Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Psalms, 2 Samuel
  • It is a reminder that this acceptance of one another… this idea of the FEWLOWSHIP OF BELIEVERS is anchored in the history of God and Man…. Founded on His Word and not easily dismissed as some new fangled idea!
  • The Jews in the audience knew clearly… the Hear O Israel… (hear and obey the Word!!)
  • The Gentiles would hear the lineage… the history of the promise and know the implications
  • It isn’t new… it is backed up by Scripture…
  •   He has told us how to live together!
  • What should be abundantly obvious by this point…
  • We are to be Peaceful and Praising

Biblical Back-up

Benediction

 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • You are not in it alone
  • “joy and peace in believing”
    • Joy and peace in knowledge in action…
  • It is to the Glory of God
  • The Holy Spirit provides the hope and strength
  • He has told us how to live together!
  • What should be abundantly obvious by this point…
  • We are to be Peaceful and Praising
  • Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion:

Basic Instruction v. 7

Romans 15:7 Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

  •  Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God,
  •  #1 Joyously… Passionately
  • #2 In Spite of Sin
  • #3 Impartial… Unequivocal Acceptance
  • #4 To the Glory of God

Biblical Back-up v. 8-12

  •  Not new…
  • Old promises… old idea…
  •  Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Psalms, 2 Samuel
  • It’s in the book… it is throughout the book….
  • Read the Book… see the truth… live the truth

Benediction v. 13

  •  Living Truth is a benediction in our life…
  • Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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