Scripture Reading: Romans 13
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Lamp—lighted by oil—Holy Spirit? Life on this earth is a path in darkness with drop-offs on both sides! God’s word is a light to guide us.
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
Avoiding sin is the best way to gain spiritual knowledge. It’s nto studying theology,l or finding your inner smarts nor religious motion.
I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
Thought—to compute, count. He did the math. Put 2 and 2 together. He observed the fruit of his action, decided to go God’s way.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
Blessed—happy. Undefiled—complete, perfect, blameless. Walk—manner of life, the trajectory of life. Way—what God says to do.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
Liberty—broad, wide, a large place. No fear when doing the right thing. Happy, courageous obedience without fear or intimidation. People with guilt don’t do this.
Romans 3:15—the walk of the unrighteous
their feet are swift to shed blood
Rather than going God’s way, they follow sin, which always leads to death.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
As Christ lives a new life in heaven after earthly life, so we live a new life now on this earth.
Newness—opposite of the old way of sin. Not just new, but in newness, a constant renewed state, not a passive thing that happened, but a constantly renewed life. Not a solely mystical concept but one that changes the reality of life.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Beautiful—full bloom, maturity. Gospel—good news, which makes the bearer of the good news beautiful.
Ephesians 6:15--And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
Preparation—preparedness, readiness. Walking in the Gospel is our firm ground we tread to avoid the pitfalls of the Devil, our solid footing, our grip! Of peace—as opposed to the raging wild of the world.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Fulfilled—enacted through us, that we would be examples of its fulfillment. Spirit supplies the obedience the law required but could not produce.