For Our Benefit
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
As Paul pens this letter, he wants to remind the church at Rome about the promises of God. He wanted them to know that their hope needs to come from the Word of God. Throughout Paul's ministry, he taught from the Old Testament, and many apostles did as well, and many were saved through it. Today, we have the privilege of having the New Testament in which we have the Roman's Road, many of Peter, John, and Paul's letters, and all of the New Testament to learn from. The Bible says that all scripture is profitable unto us, not just the red letters of Jesus' spoken word, but all of the Bible because the whole Bible is God's written Word penned by men. We have the whole Bible from which we can learn, and we can see the mistakes or successes of others in the Bible and apply it to our life's scenario. Throughout the scriptures, it points us to the fact that God is faithful according to His time, not ours. As we continue to grow in grace, we learn to have patience on God, but in doing so, He gives us comfort through His Word by the promises in it.
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