by Terry J. Hallock

Knowing a Doing What's Right - Every Time, All the Time!
T. J. Hallock
Romans 12:1-2
September 15, 2002

In an age of growing uncertainty Romans 12:1-2 makes a promise of unchanging certainty. We can know and do what's right every time all the time because we can know and do what God wants every time all the time.

There is an eternal standard of right and wrong despite what the world tells us and the sovereign and holy God of Israel sets that standard. Because He is sovereign [that is, because there is no one above or beside Him; no one to whom He must answer] He has the authority to set the standard just as He had the authority to create us exactly as He willed. As Romans 9:21 puts it, "Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?" If He can shape our existence just as He wills He can also determine how to measure the quality of that existence.

Because of His holiness the standard of right and wrong the sovereign God of Israel sets is always perfect. Psalm 19:7-10 declares, "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple, the precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward."

God's will is the eternal standard of right and wrong because it is good, pleasing, and perfect. God's will is good, pleasing, and perfect because God Himself is the sum of all that is good, pleasing, and perfect. First John 4:16 captures the character of God's will in a simple three word sentence. "God is love." He is the highest form of love. He is "agape love. He i ...

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