The CJCN Daily Worship.
By Pastor Don’t Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen…………
The Gospel according to….
Romans 1. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle and separated unto the Gospel of God,
2 which He had promised before by His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh,
4 and was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead,
5 by whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,
6 among whom ye also are the called of Jesus Christ.
7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the Gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,
10 making request that now at length and by any means I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift to the end that ye may be established:
12 that is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith of both you and me.
13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I have purposed to come unto you (but was prevented hitherto), that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
14 I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the barbarians, both to the wise and to the unwise;
15 so, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you also who are at Rome.
16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written: “The just shall live by faith.”
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath shown it unto them.
20 For from the creation of the world the invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood through the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
21 For when they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God, nor were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and to birds and fourfooted beasts and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves.
25 They changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature.
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men, working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense for their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not fitting,
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity. They are whisperers,
30 backbiters, haters of God, spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affections, implacable, unmerciful.
32 And knowing the judgement of God, that those who commit such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but have pleasure in those who do them.
O Lord God, we thank you that in our times we may feel and see that you are at work. This is a joy and comfort to us and we take heart, although the misery on earth sometimes brings us to tears. We find joy again because you are at work. You are carrying out your will, which includes your plan for our life and salvation. Grant that fruits may appear in our times, for our times are in your hands. Grant that many people from all nations may come to you. May they turn to you in their need and know the happiness of receiving your help. May your name be honoured, your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.
The Daily Lesson.
(28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
Romans 1 provides a brief overview of the horrific effects of mankind turning its collective back on the Creator God. Verse 28 from the Revised English Bible reads, “Thus, because they have not seen fit to acknowledge God, he has given them up to their own depraved way of thinking [reprobate mind, King James Version] and this leads them to break all rules of conduct.” The term “reprobate mind” indicates a mind devoid of proper judgement. When God’s judgement against Adam and Eve went into effect, mankind’s choices in daily life became based almost entirely upon human experience.
This passage shows specifically what happens when people leave the Source of true values out of their lives. They become like a pinball, wandering aimlessly and bouncing from one jolting experience to another. Perhaps humanity can be described as a bull in a china shop, breaking things at every turn and causing an incredible amount of destruction and pain without ever being able to compose itself to create a lasting, peaceful lifestyle. Put another way, people become like animals in a jungle, competing viciously to survive and to eat before they are eaten.
Paul exposes the consequences of a purely secular mind. When God is removed or removes Himself, mankind not only loses godliness, but also true humanity. This degeneration occurs because man is not seeking God. Christ, however, did not seek His own will: “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him” (John 8:29). This is what made the difference between Christ and the rest of mankind, resulting in His judgement being completely unclouded.
This leaves us with the question, “How can a person discern truth in moral and spiritual areas if he already has the wrong source and is not consistently seeking the right One?” He cannot! John 7:15-17, 24 offers a biblical example of this truth:
And the Jews marvelled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?” Jesus answered them, and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. . . . Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgement.”
The people could not perceive their murderous intentions. It is hoped that this confrontation helps us see the vast gap in understanding between the people, whose main source for values was human experience, and Jesus, whose source was God. Those confronting Jesus did not realise that they were being misled by their idolatry, as Paul reveals in Romans 1.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
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