{Why Your Daughters Need to be in Your Bible Study!}

I am over at Satisfaction Through Christ today talking about having our daughters in our “Women’s Bible Study classes!”

Bible Study Satisfaction through ChristI grew up going to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night! All of that time spent except for the worship service I was in a group with other kids. I know some church’s today even separate the littles and the youth from the worship service? More on that another time! Today some churches have small groups that meet in different homes at different times during the week for Bible Study.  I am not saying there is anything wrong with all of these different classes. But what I am saying is that maybe we need to rethink some things.

Have you ever thought about having your daughters in your “Women’s Bible Study Class?’ Me either? Not until God gave me two lovely girls and a desire to train them up to know and fear the One true God. It is so easy to get caught up in tradition and what has always been that we do not think,  maybe somethings need to change. I hope this post gives all of us something to think and pray about. Continue reading

{It Is The Time to Say Give Me The Word of God}

I am over at Satisfaction Through Christ today sharing an encouraging word to the people of God.

Do you feel like you are going in the wrong direction? Held captive to your own desires? It is time to ask for the Word of GodWe live in a time like Israel where we think “we got this.” The sad thing is we do not “got this” and never will without the direction of God.I am praying for a generation to hear and like Israel:

ASK FOR THE BOOK!

Are you hungry for the book? I have to ask myself the same thing, “am I hungry for the book?” I am not talking about any book. I am talking about the word of God, our  guide book. The book that gives us hope, encouragement, teaching, training and correction. The only book we have that truly teaches who God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are! Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:2, “like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” Continue reading

What Are The Foundation Stones of the Gospel?

Romans Bible Study Part 2

“In Need of a Savior”

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Paul moves back and forth in his teaching, with the corruption of man, the love of God, the work of Jesus Christ; the corruption of man, the love and justice of God, the work of Jesus Christ. Each time giving us a better understanding of where we were as lost sinners and the need for the grace of God through the perfect sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Paul taught in the first three chapters of Romans the corruption, the depravity of man. He taught in the first chapter of Romans God’s wrath on mankind because of their corruption and their irreverent fear of Him. We move to chapter 5 of Romans and again we see Paul teaching on the corruption of man and the Love and Grace of God. Each time these teachings bring a greater manifestation of the love and grace of God and the means He went to, to save a lost and dying people. This time, in Romans 5 he is going to go back to the fall and show us where this corruption and our need of grace originated. At the same time showing us His provision of salvation through His Son, His One and only Son.

The section of scripture is the foundation stones of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have spent much time in the first 5 and a half chapters  of Romans looking into the depravity of man. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Paul has called all men into account. All men are guilty and in need of a Savior. Today we are going to divide Romans 5:12-21  into two parts. The one man Adam and the One Man Jesus Christ. To help us understand what Paul has been teaching so far in this book we are going to contrast and compare Adam and Christ. I am going to bounce back and forth in the remaining section of Romans 5. This is on purpose. I think by listing what took place at the fall of Adam and then listing what was accomplished by the one work of Christ, we will have a better picture of the gospel.

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The one Man Adam

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, ” From any tree of the garden you mat eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned_ for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offence of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. Romans 5:12-14

Through the one man Adam:
  • Sin entered into the world.
  • Death entered through sin.
  • Death spread to all men BECAUSE ALL sinned!

We cannot blame Adam and Eve for our sin. Two verses in this passage shut us all up under sin. Romans 5:12, ” Death spread to all men because all sinned.  And  Romans 5:14, ” Death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.”  We know that physical death still reigns. The fall included three deaths, spiritual, physical, and eternal. In this verse, Paul is speaking of physical death to show that all men had sinned.

Through the one man Adam:
  • The many died: Romans 5:15
  • Judgement arose from one transgression: Romans 5:16
  • Resulting in Condemnation: Romans 5:16
  • By the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one: Romans 5:17
  • Through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men: Romans 5:18
  • Through the disobedience of the one, the many were made sinners. Romans 5:19

The one Man Jesus Christ

Paul is comparing the transgression of the one man Adam with the Righteous Act of the One Man Jesus Christ! Adam was the federal head or the head of the human race. When Adam fell all mankind fell with him in his first transgression.  Jesus Christ  is the head of the church. Through His one act of obedience all who believe in Him and His work of redemption on the cross are saved and secure in Him. 1 Corinthians teach that God is the head of Christ and Christ is the head of the church. The church being the believers that Christ has come to save. Christ overcomes the transgressions of the many by bringing the free gift of grace through His life, death, burial, and resurrection.

But the free gift is not like the transgression.

and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed: He will bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him in the heel. Genesis 3:15 ( The first prohecy of Jesus Christ)

Much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. Romans 5:16

Through the One Man Jesus Christ
  • The free gift arose from many transgressions: Romans 5:16
  • Resulting in justification: Roman 5:16
  • By the righteousness of the One, those who receive the abundance of grace and of the righteousness will reign in life through Jesus Christ: 50mans 5:17
  • Through the act of righteousness, there resulted justification of life to all men: Romans 5:18
  • Through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous: Romans 5:19

The gospel message

This section of Scripture has summed up the gospel in 10 verses. There is, however, a lot of doctrine and theology in these passages, but these verses are the foundation of the Gospel message!

Adams transgression resulted in condemnation.

But through Christ, the free gift of grace arose resulting in justification.

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Do You Know Scripture Is Written for Encouragement?

I am so humbled by God’s Word!

  • He has not left us wandering in the dark.
  • He has not left us without answers.
  • He has not left us without His amazing grace.

Romans 4:23-24  teaches us that His words have been written for the sake of Abraham and for our sake as well. Before we move on I want to give a little reminder about the context. These passages are teaching that our righteousness comes through faith, not by works,  This dear ones is the main point of the Gospel. Over, and over, and over, God,  through the Holy Spirit is prompting Paul to teach and remind this truth.  Our salvation is completely  the work of the Trinity. We need only to believe!  Let’s read Romans 4:23-24 together:

Therefore it was credited to him as righteousness. Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, but for our sakes also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

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God wrote the book of Genesis and the book of Romans to be a benefit for all believers  down through the ages. Look at what the Spirit teaches in these passages:

 

Romans 15: 4: For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the  encouragement of the Scriptures  we might have hope.

2 Timothy 3:16-17: All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

SCRIPTURE WAS WRITTEN TO:

  1. Encourage
  2. Give Hope
  3. Teach
  4. Train
  5. Correct
  6. Equip
  7. Instruct

So That

The man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work and that we may have hope!

Notice that in each of these verses  Paul uses the words “So That.” Whenever we see these words used in Scripture the writer is drawing a conclusion. These two small words also answer the question “WHY” for us. When you are reading and studying be on the look out for these words. They help us with the understanding of what is taught.

In the Romans passage, Paul writes, ” For whatever was written in earlier times was written,

SO THATWhy was it written? So that through perseverance and the encouragement of scripture we might have hope. Our hope is steadfast and sure! Hebrews 6:19

In the 2 timothy passage, Paul writes, ” All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

SO THATWhy was it written? That the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

In this Romans passage what was specifically written for our sake? First let’s read Romans 4:22:

Therefore it was also credited to him as righteousness.

We need to ask a few more questions of this text to come to a proper conclusion.

  • What was credited to Abraham as righteousness?
  • What does credited to Abraham mean?

We must go back up into Romans 4:18-21 for the answers to these questions. We know from the Genesis 17 passage that God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. But we also know that at the time of this promise Abraham and Sarah did not have any children. If we back up just two chapters in Genesis we find an account of a conversation between God and Abraham.

Genesis 15:1-6: 

God tells Abraham to not be afraid, He will be a shield to him and that his reward would be great.

Abraham responds to God and says, “O, Lord, God what will you give me, since I am childless.

God takes Abraham outside and says to him, ” Look toward the heavens and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” So shall your descendants be.

Genesis 15:6 tells us, ” Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.”  We can parallel this passage with Romans 4:20-22.

Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah;s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. Hebrews 11:1

Faith is what Abraham exercised and it was credited to him as righteousness.

Credited means that the work of Christ on the cross paid for our sin debt. God took the righteousness and the work of His  Son  and credited it to our account. Our account was empty, we had no way of paying our own debt. But God being rich in mercy in which He loved us applied Christ’s  work to us. Our account is paid in full.

Abraham believed God. Do you believe God?

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The Promise of Grace is Realized Through Faith!

ROMANS BIBLE STUDY PART 2 “IN NEED OF A SAVIOR”

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We will walk through this next section of Romans answering a very important question that Paul asks in Romans 4:9:

Is this blessing then on the circumcised, or on the uncircumcised also?

To further tear down the idea that one must work to earn their salvation, or that those who were under the Mosaic Law were counted as righteous,  Paul turns our attention back to the Old Testament using Abraham, again, as the example. To refresh our memory to what blessing  Paul is referring  in verse 9,  we will need to go back up into what was  previously written. Verse 6 teaches that David speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works. Having broken the Law of God David understood in His heart that his works of keeping the Law condemned him. For he did not, nor could he keep the Law.

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The Blessings apart from works

  1. Our lawless deeds have been forgiven
  2. Our sins have been covered
  3. God does not take into account our sin

These blessings are on those who through grace, by faith, believe in Him who raised Jesus from the dead. They are not through the Law. Now Paul goes on to pull out Old Testament scriptures that teach this truth.

When Did God Credit Righteousness to Abraham?

How then was it credited? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised.

We learn from Genesis 17:1-10 that God established a covenant with Abraham. The covenant was initiated by God not on the basis of the works of Abraham but by Him who calls. What were the covenant promises? ( Remember at this point Abraham was 99 years old and he and Sara had no children) Genesis 16:1|Genesis 17:1

  • God would multiply him exceedingly
  • God would make Abraham the father of many nations
  • God will make Abraham exceedingly fruitful.
  • Kings would come through the line of Abraham.

We learn from the Genesis passage, that was also used by Paul in Romans,  that righteousness was credited to Abraham before circumcision. You may find yourself asking this question. Why circumcision then? Paul answers that question as well in Romans 4:11-12. Again Paul is referring to Genesis 17:10-14.

The sign and seal of Circumcision

He received the sign and seal of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness which he had while uncircumcised, Romans 4:11

This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. Genesis 17:10

Looking at these passages together, we learn that God credited righteousness to Abraham before circumcision. Circumcision was a sign and a seal for Abraham and His descendants after him, that God would indeed keep His covenant promises. Circumcision was not a work to be done to earn righteousness. Paul has already taught in Romans 2: 29, that circumcision is that which is of the heart not by the letter.

Romans 4:11-12 answers yet another question. We already know that grace is through faith and not through works but for what other reason would Abraham receive the sign and seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised.

So that he would be father of all who believe without being circumcised, that the righteousness might be credited to them, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of circumcision, but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.

Abraham would be the father of the uncircumcised as well as the circumcised. The Jew and the Gentile. What a blessing that God has bestowed. His grace would come to every nation and tribe of people who through faith believe!

For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified. For the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there is no violation.

If those who are of the Law, (those who were legalistic in their thinking, believing that by doing good and  keeping the law, and even being circumcised) are heirs, then the promise of God would be nullified or made void. The Mosaic Law was not given until after Abraham. Paul tells us in this verse the purpose of the law was to bring about wrath. condemnation and destruction not salvation.

The Promise is Guaranteed

For this reason: by the works of the Law no man will be justified. The Law brings about wrath, not righteousness. Righteousness is through faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace! For by grace, you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

So that the promise would be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

Paul used the phrase, “of the Law” two different times. In the later usage, he is using it to refer to the believing Jew. The ones who by faith believes in the coming messiah.

I am praising God today for His grace not only to the believing Jew but also to the believing Gentile. Those of all tongues and nations!

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