Spiritual Rants: July 14 “Are There Heathen In Heaven?” Readings to read through the Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17 Romans 2:1-24 Psalm 10:16-18 Proverbs 19:8-9

Old Testament:  1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17

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1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17   A Sit In

David was disappointed when he heard that Yahweh was not going to allow him to build a temple but that He was going to build a house for David.  The house Yahweh was going to build for David was a dynasty that would never end through Jesus Christ.  When David was given the news, he “sat” before the Lord (1 Chron. 17:16) and humbled himself by referring to himself as a servant at least ten times.

I wrote about the importance of the four covenants Yahweh made with Israel.  The one in this passage is known as the Davidic covenant, that a descendant of David’s would forever reign on the throne of Israel.  Check it out:  A Toi Story.

By the way, King Tou in 18:9 is Toi in 2 Sam. 8:9.

New Testament:  Romans 2:1-24

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Romans 2:1-24  Laying Down The Law

Self-righteousness is a sin.  Paul would know.  He might have been the most self-righteous man who ever lived on the face of the earth.  God had to knock him on his rear to get his attention.  But then Paul becomes the foremost apostle of Christ-righteousness ever.

In this passage, he chides the Jews for believing the universe turned on them.  He said that the universe actually did turn on them (cf. “Jew first” in vv. 9-10) but that was not a cause for self-righteousness.  He told the Jews that having the Law of Moses only served to condemn them.  The self-righteous would only earn the “wrath and indignation” of Yahweh (v. 8).  Paul explained the law did not work righteousness in Jews, it only condemned them.  They were hypocrites if they only knew the law but did not work good (v. 17-24).  Conscience, he said, worked the same thing in non-Jews (v. 12-14).

Paul said that all the pagans and non-believers could tell when a Jew was not acting righteously, they were in essence defaming or blaspheming God in the eyes of the Gentiles.

 

Psalm  10:16-18  Bullies Bullied, Pt. 2    A Lament By David

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Psalm 10:16-18   Bullies Bullied, Pt. 2

We look at the last part of Psalm 10 today.

Note again that David had started this prayer by whining and ends up trusting God and affirming that He is Lord of all (v. 16a, 17a).  He will hear the “humble” (cf. James 4: 6; 1 Pet. 5:5).  He will protect the “orphan and the oppressed” (v. 18).

He is the King over all the nations (v. 16) who will rule over all who have trusted Him (v. 16).  He will subdue “that man who is over the earth” so that they “will no longer cause terror” (v. 18b).

Wiersbe points out that the phrase “man who is of the earth” is similar to the phrase “those who dwell on the earth,” used 11 times in the book of Revelation (Rev. 3:10; 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8, 14; 17:2, 8, e.g.).

We are flooded with garbage through the media: movies, TV, iPods, iPhones, iPads, Xboxes, etc.  A hundred years ago there were just books, radio, and newspapers.  Satan pounds us daily with his way of thinking.  John called all this the world (cf. 1 John 2:15-16).  It is the entire system of the world that he rules right now.  He rules over the men “who dwell on the earth.”  “Men of the earth” have the characteristics of the world.  They are “earth-dwellers.”

In contrast, we are all missionaries in that world (cf. 2 Cor. 5:20).  We are actually citizens of Heaven (cf. Phil. 3:20).  We will be persecuted (cf. 2 Tim. 3:12).

So we may be bullied but we continue to trust the Lord who rule as King (cf. It’ll Just Be HeavenAddendum To The End).

 

Proverbs 19:8-9   Eternally Wise

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Have you noticed there seems to be two kinds of people in the world?  Those who are wise and those who are foolish.  The wise actually care about themselves (v. 8a).  The foolish, aka unbelievers in Proverbs, really don’t care about themselves.  Some believers act like unbelievers and don’t seem to care very much about themselves.

Believers who stay on the right path will have a good life, no matter what.  It might not be the kind of life you had envisioned for yourself.  But it will be the kind of life that will have eternally good consequences (v. 8b).

It’s best to live a consistent, Christian life.  John says, “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God” (John 3:21).  He also said, ” . . . the one who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17).

A consistent Christian is a true witness.  A fool, aka unbeliever, is a false witness (v. 9a).  A person who lives a lie will “perish” in this life.  They will be found out.  Eternally they will also be found out.  They will end up perishing eternally as well.

 

Choose Life: Scripture:  Romans 2:14  NASB    “Are There Heathen In Heaven?”

“For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves . . . ”    Romans 2:14

 

If you’ve tried to tell other people about your faith, you may have heard the objection, “What about the heathen?”  What about the people who have never heard the name of Christ which is necessary for salvation (cf. Acts 4:12)?  This verse may be the answer to that question.  Those who do not have any biblical revelation still have a conscience by which they will be judged (cf. vv. 15-16).  Unfortunately, when they are judged, it will be at the White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11.  No one will be going to Heaven if they are being judged at the Great White Throne.

However, if they respond to revelation they receive through nature (cf. Rom. 1:19-21) and in their conscience, God will provide further revelation for them.  Eventually, He will make sure that they hear of the name of Christ and are presented the gospel (cf. Cornelius in the book of Acts for an example, Acts 10).  Bibles have been known to fall out of the sky, if God deems it necessary for people to hear the gospel.  Of course, they were being distributed by missionaries . . . but nevertheless . . . they fell out of the sky!  God sent Jonah to some horrific pagans in Nineveh.  He sent Philip, Peter, and John to the Samaritans (Acts 8:5, 14) so they could hear the gospel.   Paul was sent to those who only knew of John the Baptist’s message (Acts 19:3-4).  Later, God sent the Apostle Paul as a specialized missionary to the Gentiles (cf. Rom. 11:13).

No one will be able to stand before God and tell Him it wasn’t their fault that they didn’t trust Christ.  Their conscience will be their judge.

Are you prepared to share the good news of Jesus with anyone who asks about the heathen?

 

 

If you can and do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application: 

When I was in seminary and was selling the school’s videotapes, I had the privilege of talking to another seminary student in another part of the country.  He had been saved overseas (I wish I had gotten his nationality and name).  He was a Hindu and had heard about Jesus since He was included in their pantheon of gods.  Despite only being one of many gods that he grew up worshipping, Jesus was the One that stood out and bugged him.  He wanted to know more.  He had heard that there was a bookstore in a far-away town that sold a book that could explain more to him about Jesus.   So he walked miles and miles to that bookstore and bought a New Testament.  He was convicted by what he read and trusted Christ.  When I talked to him, he was preparing himself for ministry to be able to return to his country to share Christ.

Does God give more light to those who act on the light they have?  Yes, He does.

What are you doing specifically to make sure others hear about Jesus?  Do you give to missionaries?  Have you prepared your testimony?  Do you know how to take a New Testament and use it to bring someone to saving faith in Christ?

If not, get on your horse and get going!

 

 

The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:   Laying Down The Law

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