Friday, July 29, 2011

Bible Study for Pre-Trib in the Book of Romans

I felt impressed by the Lord to read a bit in Romans today during my prayer time.  I've read the book many times, but like you do with Scripture, you can read a verse over and over again and not understand it until the Lord opens your eyes.

There is a verse in Romans 5:8-10 that states this (emphasis mine):

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

 A lot of naysayers of the Rapture believe it to be a "cop-out" for Christians not to endure the hardships to come.  It is an "escapist's" way of hoping God will miraculously pull them out of danger, and those who put their hope in it are deluding themselves.

No, it is not a lofty idea or a hope for something that will not happen.

Paul clearly states here that Christ died for us WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS.  Meaning, we were all going to Hell until Christ stepped in.  We were reconciled to Him for eternal life when we were yet enemies of God.  But we are no longer enemies!!  We have been reconciled!

Therefore, BECAUSE of that reconciliation, how much more will we be SAVED from God's wrath through His life (resurrection)??

Remember, God never promised to keep us out of PERSECUTION.  But He has ALWAYS promised to keep us out of His WRATH.  These are two different scenarios.  Persecution is the evil of this world, the hatred and scorn the worldly unbelievers have for Christians.  But the wrath of GOD is a punishment upon all mankind for their sins.

Since WE, being Christians and redeemed through Christ, are set apart for Heaven's Glory, God will therefore NOT send US through His wrath to come.

We were REDEEMED to Christ while we were yet enemies of God through His death on the cross.

And we are SAVED through Christ's resurrection (His life) from the wrath of God.

I think this Bible verse, more than any other that mentions keeping believers out of God's wrath, explains it clearly by using our redemption at the cross while we were still sinners.  Christ's death redeemed us, and His life saves us.  Amen and amen.


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