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Zeal for God

Zeal is a wonderful thing to have. This excitement and enthusiasm can be illustrated by one of its meanings: to be heated to the point of boiling. Many people are on fire about religion. The Apostle Paul said that for zeal to be of any value there are some things that must accompany it. What must we have with our zeal? What does the Bible say?

Zeal Is Essential. Paul indicates Zeal is a good thing when speaking of some people of his day. “For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God…” (Romans 10:2). Zeal was a quality attributed to Jesus when He cast the moneychangers out of the temple: “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up” (John 2:17).

Zeal Must Have Knowledge. When Paul speaks of the zeal of Israel, he follows up by saying, “…but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness…” (Romans 10:2-3). Just being excited was not enough. They needed to know the truth. Zeal alone would not save.

Zeal Must Be Accompanied By Righteousness. Being enthusiastic, and knowing what is right, are still not enough. We must do those things. In Roman 10:3, we read of those zealous people who were “seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.” Submission to the will of God is another essential.

We encourage you to have zeal that has both the knowledge of God’s word and obedience to the truth. That is a saving combination.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2.11-14)

How Can I Be Saved?
Hear - Romans 10:17
Believe - Hebrews 11:6
Repent - Acts 2:38
Confess - Romans 10:9
Be Baptized - 1 Peter 3:21
Live Faithfully - Revelation 2:10

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