Get Right With God

Know this: Christ died for his enemies at a time when they were undeserving of his favor and were unable to help themselves (Romans 5:6 by Frank Ball).

Romans 5 by Frank Ball
Romans 5 Da Jesus Book
In your Bible: Romans 5

Paul shows man can change his position of being away from God. They simply must believe Jesus as their Savior. Believers gain salvation and amazing peace that can come from no other source.

The Door Is Open With God

Coming to God by faith, as he always wanted us to do, we gain right standing with him. We throw open our doors to God and discover that he has already thrown open his doors to us (Romans 5:2 The Message). What a delightful discovery had been hidden to mankind for ages.

Look at this part of Romans another way. Natives (in Hawaiia Pidgin) understand it fully. So den, cuz we wen trus God, as why we get um right wit him. Dass why our heart stay clear inside wit God awready, cuz our Boss Jesus, da Spesho guy wit God Wen Send we make um good fo everybody (Romans 5:1 Da Jesus Book).

Reconciliation

Jesus brings reconciliation to our relationship with God. That’s what we need. One transgression (sin) by Adam – resulted in rejection by God – banished Adam from God’s direct presence in the Garden. Jesus’ act of obedience – death on a cross – resulted in believers’ ability to receive from God:

  • Forgiveness
  • Right standing
  • Eternal life

Prayer: Father, I know how much you love me. I’m in awe of you. Thank you.

Questions: How do you know God loves you? How does receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior “make things right” with you and God?

Received By Faith

Scripture tells us Abraham believed God and his faith was recognized as righteousness (Romans 4:3 [from Genesis 15:6] by Frank Ball)

Romans by Frank Ball: Romans 4
Da Jesus Book Romans 4
In Your Bible: Romans 4

Recognized as Righteous

Paul uses Abraham’s experience as a model for faith. Yes, Abraham’s action showed he was righteous before men. But God used a more specific measurement for judgment here – he saw deep, sincere faith. Scripture records this accounting of faith as righteousness, not just for Abraham’s benefit, but for us as well. We also will be judged righteous if we believe God, who raised up Jesus Christ our Lord from the dead (Romans 4:23,24 by Frank Ball.)

How God Thinks

God Word shows he thinks differently than we do. Believers need (and have) the Spirit of Christ to see the simplicity.

Spirit can be known only by spirit — God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:15,16 The Message).

Faith accounts for righteousness in God’s sight. Think as God would think. Paul makes an astounding statement concerning the mind of Christ in the believer. But, believe it, the Bible says you can. Amazing and worth reading that portion of 1 Corinthians 2 again!

Prayer: Father, I have put my faith in you through Jesus Christ. Help me see what you see, hear what you hear, and do what you want me to do.

Questions: We know Abraham was a spiritual man, do you consider yourself as a spiritual person? Why is this so hard if you are believer? Have you considered how helpful the Holy Spirit us in helping us do what God wants? (Ponder this – He is called The Helper).

Get Right With God

Our right standing with God comes through Jesus Christ, who brought God’s pardon of our death sentence by shedding his own blood, if we believe in him (Romans 3:24,25 by Frank Ball).

Romans by Frank Ball: Romans 3
Da Jesus Book: Romans 3
In Your Bible: Romans 3

In Romans, Paul goes to the heart of how all mankind can know Father. Looking at different, unique versions of the Scriptures may define new understanding of familiar verses.

All Have Sinned

It is as the song writer David the Psalmist said:

“God looks down from Heaven to see if people are wise enough to find him on their own. Everyone has made mistakes. In failing to please him, they have made themselves filthy. No one is spotless. No, not one” (Psalm 53:3 in Romans 3:10,11 by Frank Ball).

Paul brings this psalm into his letter to show believers the need for the Law. The written Law ends arguments about what is right or wrong. Laws expose our transgressions. But they don’t reveal the condition of our hearts – the area that truly needs change.

How to Respond to God’s Message

Those who put their faith in Jesus Christ show their faith by their actions or life. True faith doesn’t nullify the Law. It confirms the Law by leading us [believers] to do what God wants (Romans 3:31 by Frank Ball).

True righteousness comes from responding to God’s message and the marvelous work of the Holy Spirit. Belief in Jesus as Savior transforms the believer to righteousness – being right with God.

Da Jesus Book, in Wycliffe’s Translation for the Hawaiian people describes how God makes us right with him: God wen makes us get um right wit him wen we trus Jesus Christ, da Spesho Guy God Wen Send. He do dat fo everybody dat trus him, no mo notting diffren (Romans 3:22 Da Jesus Book).

Prayer: Father, I know I have sinned and have fallen short. Thank you for Jesus the Savior of my soul.

Questions: What makes you realize the state of your imperfection? Describe when and how you became right with God?

Written on Our Hearts

If your heart is to please God continually, you will find honor and glory and eternal life (Romans 2:7 by Frank Ball).

Romans Chapter 2 – by Frank Ball
Romans Chapter 2 – in Da Jesus Book
In Your Bible: Romans Chapter 2

Do not to think God’s kindness is weakness. Sifting through Romans, I want to extract (and spend more time on) the edifying messages Paul has for us, amidst his warnings.

Live to Please God

Paul points out that the believer in Christ needs to continually aim at pleasing God – and not judge or condemn others. God sees all things and makes no mistakes in judging what [all] people do (Romans 2:2b,c by Frank Ball).

Believers need to have the true goal in mind. Yes, affliction, troubles, and pain fall upon everyone. “But, glory, honor, and peace belong to everyone who does well. This is true without regard to nationality or heritage or social class, because God judges all people by the same standard” (Romans 2:10,11 by Frank Ball). Jesus is the standard… What Would Jesus Do?

Written on Our Hearts

The knowledge of right and wrong is written on hearts, not paper, blogs, or eBooks. People’s own conscience either condemn or commend their deeds. One day, through Jesus Christ, God will judge that which has been hidden – our thoughts and motives in secret behavior (Romans 2:15,16 by Frank Ball).

This Bible passage (in Hawaiian Pidgin) reads like this: Da peopo dat not Jews, dey donno dat God’s Rules stay. But if get peope dat by demself do jalike God’s Rules say, but dey dono dat da Rules stay ack jalike dey get um. Dea heart tell dem bout wat dey doing. Wen dey go tink wat say right an wat stay wrong, den dey figga (Romans 2:14,15 Da Jesus Book).

Prayer: Father, guide my heart daily to what you want. Help me please you in all I do.

Questions: What do you feel when you read that a believer must live to please God? Knowing there are different religions, do you think it’s possible that all mankind has the knowledge of right and wrong in their hearts?