Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28 NIV

These words are as challenging as they are comforting.  I mean it’s good to know that God is working for good, but it’s torturous to try to see how anything “good” could come from the death of a child or the end of a marriage.  I’m really glad God is ultimately in charge of working things for good because so many times I’ve made choices that I thought would work out for “good” and they didn’t.  God knows what’s good even if I don’t.  The ultimate good is that you spend eternity with Him in heaven.  Does God use both triumphant and tragic times in our lives to draw us closer to Him?  Does He allow times of sorrow so that we’ll be reminded where our true joy lies.  Does God allow things to pass away so that we’ll be reminded of what IS permanent.  In the end, this is a matter of faith.  Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who live Him.”  We know.  WE KNOW that in all things God is working for good whether we understand it or not.  The ultimate good is certain.  Christ’s death and resurrection made sure of that.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 10:13-14

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Romans 10:13–14 NIV

Our current sermon series is titled “8 Objections to Christianity and How to Respond”.  This weeks objection: “What about those who never hear about Jesus?”  The apostle Paul deals with this question in the verse above.  Some have used this verse to argue that those who haven’t heard get a free pass, but Paul seems to be arguing instead for the critical importance of making sure all people DO hear about their Savior, Jesus.  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  It would sit better with me to believe that those who are ignorant of the gospel will be pardoned, but if that’s true wouldn’t we be better off keeping our faith to ourselves?  If they get a free pass why would we want to mess with it by telling them about Jesus?  Then they might reject Him and be damned for sure.  But that approach doesn’t line up with Christ’s command to, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19 NIV).  It’s not an easy question, but rather than go with our gut, we have to go with God’s Word.  The Bible makes it clear that God loves all people (John 3:16) and wants all people to be saved.  (1 Timothy 2:4)  We also know that our task it to spread the Good News about Jesus to everyone, (Matthew 28:19) because Jesus is the way to the Father.  (John 14:6)  And last, but not least we know that God will do what is right.  “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV).  My response to this objection is that God makes it clear that my job is to share Jesus and His love with others because Jesus is the way to the Father, and God will always do what is right.