October 24, 2018

Romans 15:14-15… I myself am satisfied about you my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God.

            According to Paul, it is not sufficient to know only part of the Truth. He felt it necessary  to remind them regarding some points that they apparently had not held on to. I am reminded of Jesus talking to the churches in Revelation.

Revelation 2:3-4… I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

            When Jesus addressed the church at Ephesus, He praised them for their accomplishments and then rebuked them for forgetting something. I read the Bible every year. Am I really that forgetful? “Yes, I am.” Does it matter? “Yes, it does.” Some churches are strong about baptism, or praise, or missions, or whatever… Listen to Jesus’ words to the church at Ephesus. “You are doing well in this area, but I have this against you.” What have you let go of and drifted away from? Is your salvation experience a distant memory or a current reality?

Paul addressed that very point in his letter to the Galatian church.

Galatians 3:3-4… Are you so foolish, having begun in the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain… if indeed it was in vain?     

            Paul writes here about how the people began and then laments about where they are now. Have you drifted from your first love? Have you faded from earlier commitment? Do you make excuses for lukewarmness? The gospel is the ‘full meal deal’.  I use that phrase to illustrate a point. If you order a full meal deal but don’t eat the fries, you did not eat the full meal deal. You picked and choosed. Some people read the Bible like that. They choose what they like and disregard what they don’t. Don’t do that. You dare not leave out an ingredient for a cake. God is more important, right?