Walking Through Romans
“In Need of a Savior”
This post goes along with the free lessons posted at the end of this writing.
What does it mean to boast in something? The definition of boast is as follows: to talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities. It is to brag or glory in something. All of us brag at one time or another; we brag about our kids, our spouses, our homes, our church families… but at the root, the core, of the word boast is PRIDE. I do not know about you but I am sitting here thinking, “Oh, pride not you again.” Pride seems to be involved in everything! At the center of all our sin, I believe anyway, is that self-seeking, self-boasting, pushy, monster PRIDE!
Here is the definition of pride: a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
Having pride in something is not necessarily wrong. It all depends on how it is used and the motive behind it. Todays lesson starts in Romans 2:17-24 and I am going to tie it in with Romans 3:1-2. We are going to look at the many privileges God had given to the Jewish nation and how they responded to receiving them.
What did the Jews do with the privileges or benefits that had been graciously given to them from God?
Let’s go back into chapter 2 of Romans and recap some of what Paul is teaching. I believe it flows right into verses 1&2 of Romans 3.
“But if you bear the name “Jew” and rely upon the Law and boast in God, and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal? You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” just as it is written.”
The Jews had been given the great privilege and responsibility to teach the nations about God, which if the Jews had boasted in the work of God instead of turning it around and boasted in their privileges they would have brought glory and honor to God. But instead the scriptures say, “The name of God was blasphemed among the Gentiles.”
They boasted in their accomplishments and works instead of the God!
The Jews were chosen because God loved them, and kept and oath that He had promised to their forefathers.
” For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you or chose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers , the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the and of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 7:6-8
Gentile, You are Not off the Hook!
Up to this point I have been referencing to the Jew, because in the text Paul is talking to the Jew. As we all know these Scriptures were written for our instruction. We need to look at what Paul is saying to the Jew, and ask ourselves, does this apply to me?
I can say that it most definitely does apply to all of me/us.
God had entrusted His oracles to the jewish nation in the beginning but He has now entrusted us, the Gentile, with some of these same privileges. What are we going to do with them? Are we going to turn these privileges around and boast in our own efforts and forget that all things come from God.
- If we have a job God supplied it.
- If we have a home and transportation God supplied it.
- If we have wisdom and knowledge God supplied it.
- If we have anything at all God supplied it.
If we have salvation, if we are a believer, it is because God supplied it! He bestows His grace on us because He loved us. Not because we are mighty or strong or because we loved Him. The Scriptures teach that we love Him because He first loved us!
What Are We to Boast in?
“He who boasts Is to boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17
” Thus says the LORD, ” Let not the wise man boast of is wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not a rich man boast in his riches; but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:23-24
The only thing any human being can boast in or should boast in is the LORD!
Then what advantage has the Jew?
Paul answers this question by saying, “Great in every respect. First of all you were entrusted with the oracles of God.” There was great advantage for the Jew, they were entrusted with the very oracles, precepts, and teachings of God. God revealed Himself to them! He showed them His love, mercy, and compassion. He saved them from the hand of pharaoh and brought them out into a land flowing with milk and honey! They had a Great advantage!!!
The great advantage is God Himself!
Do you find yourself boasting in yourself? Please, do not run away, because I can do the same.
I pray that God puts in our mouths praise and boasting in Him!
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