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Well, my friend Rachel, I appreciate your question. I will state really quick that there is not a romans 18 in the Bible, but I think what you meant to type, I think you added the eight based on the context of what you’re saying. So I’m going to answer it. Romans one, one through five and verse eight, because I think maybe that was kind of more what you were getting at. And if I’m not answering it correctly, please feel free to contact us again and we’ll clarify or answer it according to the exact verses that you are specifically asking about. But I think based on what you’re asking, I would assume you’re talking about romans one, verses one through five, and verse eight. So romans one, one through five reads it says, paul says, beginning of the book of Romans. Paul, a bond servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God, which he promised before through his prophets and the holy scriptures. So he’s just kind of giving an introduction here to the book concerning his son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh.
And it continues on and declared to be the son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead. And verse five. I think this is the key. Through him, Jesus, we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all the nations for his name. And then in verse eight, he says, first, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. So I’m guessing this is what you’re referring to, because you’re talking about, how can we do this? How can we speak the faith through the whole world and among the nations, considering the state of our country? And so that’s basically why I think those are the verses you’re referring to. And again, if I’m incorrect, you’re referring to something else. Please feel free to let me know what you were referring to instead. But I think when it comes to preaching the gospel to the whole, doing the great commission, it says in the book of Matthew that this gospel of the kingdom should be preached in all the world for witness to all nations, and then shall the end come.
Matthew 20 414. That is a huge task for God’s people to do. Now, we might say, well, our country is supposed to be demonstrating the gospel to the world, especially our specific country, which is supposed, some people call it a christian nation. However, in this country we do have a separation of church and state. And I would say, to be honest, it’s not up to the government, politicians, that sort of thing, to preach the gospel. That’s really not what Christ is calling us to, what God is calling us as individual christians to show Christ to the world. And I think the best demonstration we see of this, and we can’t expect this obviously to happen in a sinful world because like Jesus said, it’s just going to get worse and worse. But the end is not yet. Nation shall rise against nation. All these things are going to happen. And the signs of the times should tell us that things are going to get worse, people are going to be more evil, and because the love of many wax cold, people are going to turn away and sin is just going to get more sinful.
And so we shouldn’t be surprised that even in a country that has a lot of people in it that claim to be christians, that shouldn’t surprise us that it’s not perfect. We’re not as a nation necessarily going to be able to preach the gospel, but it’s up to us as individual christians to do so. And I say this because I think it’s interesting. When I was looking for a verse, the verse that I thought you were looking for, when you said Romans 18, I was looking at Romans chapter 15. And he actually says something really beautiful in verses one through five here as well. And I’ll just kind of go through this really quick. He says, we then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification, leading him to become better. So we individually, as Christians, need know if we’re stronger. Personally, as a Christian, we need to be reaching out to those who are maybe not as strong of christians. To encourage them to be more edified means to be more like Christ.
And in verse three it says, for even Christ did not please himself. As it is written, the reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me. So whatever things were written before were written for our learning, which means obviously we need to learn what’s in the Bible, we need to be studying it, that we, through the patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like minded toward one another. According to. So basically, you know, we need to be the ones taking personal responsibility, not putting the responsibility as a country. But just as the individual, and I think the most beautiful example we see of this know, in the Old Testament, the nation of Israel was supposed to be God’s chosen nation. Our country is a wonderful country. I love our nation. However, we’re not the nation of Israel, which was specifically called by, with, as a theocratic, I think I’m saying that know where basically it was a religious nation. And so even in this religious nation, you see apostasy. You see things not going the way that God intended. And the most clear picture, I think, is in the book of first kings, when Elijah is the prophet and the king Ahab during that time caused all of Israel to apostasize.
And basically he married Jezebel, who was basically a witch, and he brought in idol worship that was completely evil. They had prophets of Baal that know doing all sorts of things. They had hundreds of these prophets of Baal. And if you know anything about baal worship, it was human sacrifice of people’s children. I mean, how more evil can you get? I mean, nothing going on in our country today compares to what was happening in Israel back then. It was absolute evil. But you see Elijah and he stands up for what’s right, and you see them at the mount of Carmel standing up for God. And he demonstrates through his personal relationship with God that God is the Lord and that he calls people to come back to the true God in his personal, individual efforts. Now, does that mean in this country that there’s, there’s nobody good? No. And in Elijah’s time, was there, everybody was bad? No. And I just want to say this to give you hope. In first kings, chapter 19, verse 18, after Elijah gets rid of the prophets of Baal, the queen Jezebel tries to come after him, to get rid of him, and he runs away.
And he’s so scared. And he’s like, God, I’m the last one. I’m the only one left. And in one kings 19, verse 18, God tells Elijah, yet I have reserved 7000 in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to bail, and every mouth that has not kissed him. And so even though you might look around and say, oh, there’s so much evil and wickedness, there’s no good people. There are still good people. There are still christians in our nation and around the world. And we can make that number grow. We can make that group increase as we do our personal efforts to evangelize, to share our testimony and to share the gospel in whatever way or ministry that God has called you to. So I would just encourage you to continue in the faith to pray to the Lord. What would you have me to do? How would you have me to serve you? And I guarantee you God will answer you. That’s a prayer. God will answer. And Jesus says, the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. So by God’s grace, may you be a laborer for Christ, and may you do your part to spread the gospel to every kindred, tongue and people, for witness to all nations, so that the end will come.
So Jesus will come very soon. But may we all play our part in that great commission.
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