Bible Reading and Commentary January 18-23, 2016

Bible Reading and Commentary
January 18-23, 2016
Monday, January 18, Romans 12:1-8
Vv. 6-8 — Here are listed gifts that God gives to all Christians. We have them in varying degrees. Whichever gift or gifts God gives us, He expects us to develop them and to use them to glorify Him. The gift of prophesying here is being able to speak God’s Word to others.

Tuesday, January 19, Romans 12:9-21
v. 12 — A beautiful motto for every Christian home.

Vv. 17-21 — Instead of repaying our enemy with evil, we are to do this: We are to heap burning coals on his head. We do this when we cause him to blush with shame by our outpouring of love helping him in his need.
Wednesday, January 20, Romans 13
v. 4 — God expects us to obey our government because its authority has been established by Him (vv. 1 & 6). The good that government does for us is to protect us. Government also has the God-given right to punish the evildoer even with death.

v. 14 — To live as God has outlined in vv. 9, 10 and 13, we need to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. (“Debauchery” is living wildly.) Look up Col. 3:16 where we are told how to find the strength to live as God wants.

Thursday, January 21 Romans 14
Vv. 20, 21, 23 — To update this, suppose you invited someone to your house who just joined our congregation from a church body that considered drinking alcoholic beverages sinful. If that person was still unsure, even though drinking wine is not sinful (John 2:1-11; I Tim. 5:23), should that weak Christian drink wine because you drank some, you’d have caused that person to sin (v. 23). Let’s never tempt the weak Christian. When the person is sure it’s not sinful, then you can serve him an alcoholic beverage.

Friday, January 22, Romans 15
v. 12 –In Paul’s day and even in the Old Testament, when you study the book of Jonah, the Jews had problems with sharing the Gospel with the Gentiles. Paul points out to them from the words of the great prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament, that the Gospel also was for the Gentiles. This is something we today also need to learn. The Gospel is for all Gentiles, no matter what the color of their skin is.
Saturday, January 23, Romans 16
v. 17 — For many religions, this is not a popular verse. They, therefore, ignore it. God, however, warns us in this verse not to participate in worship and Bible study with churches that teach contrary to God’s Word. The reason is that their false teaching may infect us and rob us of eternal life. Read also Matt. 7:15; Gal. 5:7-9; Titus 3:10.

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