Being Likeminded

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 15:5:
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

God’s Word in Romans 15:5 encourages Christians to be likeminded one toward another, yet at times this may appear to be one of the most difficult requests given by God. The reason this seems so difficult for people is because of misunderstanding God’s true intent in this verse of Scripture. It is so very true that Christians disagree on many secular things and they probably will continue to disagree. The word “according” means a standard, and that standard is “according to Christ Jesus.” What is “according to Christ Jesus” or what is the standard upon which Christ Jesus has stamped his approval? All the things that Christ has done for humanity, and these are revealed to us throughout the Church Epistles.

For example, let us recall some of the blessings we found in previous bytes regarding teaching from the Epistle of Romans: The love of God that is totally inseparable from us, the apostolic grace given to us along with the goodness of God, our minds freed from life-draining condemnation, our God-given righteousness, and the mercies (plural) of God upon our lives. These are some of the things that are according to Christ Jesus, and these are some of the things on which we are encouraged to be likeminded. Being likeminded on God’s Word about what Christ Jesus accomplished for us by his life, death, and resurrection will bring blessings not only to our lives, but will also encourage others into the ways of God’s divine will.

Romans 15:6:
That {purpose} ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The purpose for being likeminded on God’s Word is so that we may, as a body of believers, with one mind and mouth glorify God, for this is His due. This is the spiritual standard that Christ set for the Christian Church and is a major building block on the true foundation upon which all true Christianity rests.

Oh, Mercy-Mercy-Me, Thanks God

“Mercy means the withholding of judgments and/or punishments that are rightfully due us because all men are sinners. Yet God’s mercy can cover us, giving the believers reason to rejoice and be glad. Without God’s mercy upon our souls, life itself could become too stressful, but as we recognize His mercy upon us we can also reciprocate from our innermost beings our heartfelt joy and gladness.” ~LMJ~

We Are Righteous

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Before the coming of Christ, righteousness was something earned by works of the Law and by observing and doing the commandments recorded throughout the Old Testament.

Deuteronomy 6:25:
And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

Righteousness in Old Testament times gave men and women the ability to approach the Temple of God without fear, and to have an overall acknowledgment of peace and serenity with God. Back then, the people’s righteousness was received only by personal sacrifices IF they observed to do all the commandments of God. At best this was temporal for they were forever receiving and losing their righteousness because of the nature of sin itself. Nevertheless, in obeying those laws and commandments they could never receive the permanent inner righteousness that God wanted for them until His Redeemer came and died for the sins of the world.

The Old Testament with most of its directives was written to the children of Israel who were living in the anticipation of the coming Redeemer. Nevertheless, when Christ came, he began to teach men and women that there was something even greater than the temporal righteousness they were receiving. There was a divine righteousness coming that would be an indwelling spiritual right, freely given to every believer, based purely on their believing in their Savior rather than on the works of the Law. Jesus explains:

Matthew 5:6:
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Men and women without works of any kind would be filled with God’s own righteousness, quenching the spiritual thirst for spirituality and the true righteousness before God that man has been searching for – for centuries, because of Jesus Christ’s own sacrifice for the sins of the world. Today we simply need to believe on the Savior, who was and still is the end of the Law, to receive this new and exciting fulfilling righteousness.

Romans 10:4:
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 3:25-26 and Philippians 3:9)

When comparing Deuteronomy 6:25 (above) with Romans 10:4 we can easily discover that the former was earned by works and the latter is received by simply believing in Christ; the first was temporal while the latter is now eternal – the difference is like night and day. The doctrinal Epistle of Romans (given to the believers of today) reveals to men and women the glorious righteousness of God, given by believing in Jesus Christ. Our righteousness gives us the ability to always approach God and walk with Him in perfect peace and serenity without any fear of sin consciousness because as God walks with us today – we are righteous!