The Message in Romans (55)

Examples of misinterpretation of the Scriptures

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4, NIV. Those who object to the gospel, as presented by the apostle Paul, employ simple and seemingly innocuous words, with a disingenuous sophistication, to misrepresent the Scriptures and thus pervert the gospel as it is in Jesus Christ. They, in an obscured way, introduce a different foundation.

Examples are:

“Jesus made our new standing before God available to those who seek it.”

The truth is: God, on behalf of the world, accomplished in the body of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha, our present irrevocable standing before Him, in Jesus Christ only. It becomes our daily experience by believing it, not by seeking it. A sinner can not ask for what he does not have because he could not come into God’s presence to ask Him.

“Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha, made the salvation of sinners possible, or that He made a “provision” for it. Now, if the sinners repent and live in conformity to the law, they may have a hope of salvation.”

The truth is: Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, John 12:47; and He came to save the sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15. We could not repent unless we are justified by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. The goodness of God leads us to repentance. Romans 2:4.

The truth stated above and more becomes our personal daily experience when we trust or believe in, Jesus Christ. Our own experience, however, could not save us, and it does not contribute anything to our salvation; it testifies to it. We could experience the justification by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ only if we possess it. We were saved by what God accomplished in the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha, and nothing else.  If God did not save us, on the cross at Golgotha, we would not get saved ever.

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Dan Lazich

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