Sunday, October 6, 2013

Two Minutes With The Bible ~ Paul's Three I Am's

Paul's Three I Am's

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Three times in Romans 1:14-16, the Apostle Paul uses the phrase “I am”, and each one carries an important message for every true believer in Christ.

First, he says in verse 14: “I am debtor” — debtor to all men, to tell them about the saving work of Christ. But why was he indebted to people he had never even seen? For several reasons:

First, he had in his hand what they needed to be saved from the penalty and power of sin. If I see a drunkard lying across the railroad track and I do nothing about it, am I not a murderer if he is killed by the train? If I see a man drowning and I have a life buoy in my hand but do not throw it to him, am I not a murderer if he goes down for the last time? If I see millions of lost souls about me and, knowing the message of salvation, do not tell them, am I not guilty if they die without Christ?

Further, Paul felt himself a debtor to others, because the Christ who had died for his sins had also died for the sins of others. As he says in II Corinthians 5:14,15: “Christ died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again.”

Finally, the Christ who had died for Paul’s sins, had commissioned him to tell others of His saving grace. Thus he says in I Corinthians 9:16,17:
“Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For…a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me” (ICor.9:16,17).
Paul could say further what every true believer should be able to say: Not “I am debtor, but“, but rather, “I am debtor…SO, as much as in me is, I AM READY…” (Rom.1:15). He was ready to discharge his debt because he had that with which to discharge it — the wonderful “gospel of the grace of God”. And he did indeed make this the message known to others with all that was in him.

And now the third “I am”: “I am debtor…So I am ready… For I AM NOT ASHAMED of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” (Ver. 16). Paul was always proud to own Christ as the mighty Saviour from sin. Do you know Christ as your Saviour? Do you tell others of His saving grace?

To the Reader:
Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:
"It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles."
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linda eller said...

I pray I will NEVER be ashamed of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day my friend. (even if Georgia did beat Tennessee! lol)

Simply Linda said...

Good Morning Sparky Spark! BTW, the Boy was being bullied cause he was praying before he ate his lunch at the Student Union and it escalated from there. So, no, were not afraid. Blessings

Sparky said...

@Linda Eller ~ It's wonderful to know that so many are unashamed of the gospel (good news of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ). I post these messages here for those who have yet to believe and need just that one more seed of truth to give their hearts to Him. I feel encouraged when I know so many already are strong in loving Him.

@Simply Linda ~ I told you before the people up north for the most part hate God. You can see it in their politics, their language, and their actions. I know because some of my former family are are yankees. They hate Him so much that even praying in public upsets them. The north needs evangelizing BADLY. Prayers for Boy Wonder to stay the course for His name's sake.

God bless you all dear sisters in Christ. Have a blessed day. ~:)

Blackberry Lane said...

Thank you for sharing these messages, Sparky.

I hope all is well in your home this afternoon. Hot tea and a good book sound good to me.

It was very windy mid morning but it is calm now.

Had a long overdue visit from my beloved older brother today.

You guys take care.