Do You Understand the Blessing of Not Working For Salvation?

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

DAY-2| WEEK-1| LESSON 11

Paul makes this statement in Romans 3:19-20:

Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may be accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

In  verses 21-26 Paul lays out the work that Christ did on the cross to teach us that justification comes through His work  and not our own attempts of working. For all those who believe, the righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

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God is the just One and He alone is  the justifier of the one who places his gift of  faith (Ephesians 2:8) in His Son Jesus Christ. Our justification comes through the Atoning work of Christ!   Romans 3:25 teaches us that God displayed Christ  publicly as a propitiation. Christ was the perfect Lamb of God that would shed His own blood for the forgiveness of our sin. Praise God, He  was satisfied with the sacrifice of His perfect Son.

Where Then Is Boasting?

Romans 3:27, “Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of Law? Of Works? No, but by the Law of faith.

In this verse God throws out all possibility of boasting in our own works for earning our  salvation. There is no boasting except in the law of faith. This means that the believer by faith believes and trusts in the work of Christ alone for his, redemption, sanctification, and justification.

Blessed is the Man who is Justified by Faith Apart From the Works of the Law.

In Romans 4:1-5 Paul uses Abraham as our example to explain this truth of justification through faith alone in Christ alone.  He pulls out his Old testament scrolls and records this verse, ” Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6.)

In  Romans 4:6-8 Paul uses yet another Old Testament example to prove this same point. In verse 6 Paul says that David speaks as a man who understands that God credits righteousness apart from the works of the Law. You remember David, the adulterer, the murderer, the liar! The man who broke all the Ten Commandments, God’s Law.

We believe that this Psalm was written by David after his affair with Bathsheba.

Words of David in Psalm 32:1-2:

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD will not take into account.

Righteousness is Credited Not Earned!

We learn from the life of David that if righteousness was earned by the works of the law he would be excluded from the grace of God! David and Abraham both understood that salvation comes from God through Christ on the basis of His work and not their own.

Grace is no longer grace when it is earned. Romans 4: 4 says, “to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. After reading the first three chapters of Romans, our works earn us death and condemnation, not grace!

But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.

Do you understand the Blessing of not working for salvation? Oh, I pray you do!

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Jesus in my Daily Struggles

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I would like to say I do not struggle.

Boy, is that a prideful thing to say! I should be honest with myself and most importantly with Christ. If I did not struggle I would not need Him. Oh, do I need Him… because I struggle with many things.

I believe the biggest thing I struggle with is insecurity. (I am even struggling with insecurity as I write this post.)

Maybe that is why I get angry.

Maybe that is why I do not feel joyful.

Maybe that is why I do not feel loved.

Maybe that is why…

God is teaching me,in the middle of my struggles, who I am in Christ. He is showing me and reminding me that He is  there with me every step of the way.

When I show my anger: Jesus shows me patience. He disciplines me.

Love is patient, love is kind… 1 Corinthians 13:4

My son do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when when you are reproved by Him. For those the Lord loves He disciplines. Hebrews 12:5-6

When I do not feel joyful: He reminds me that He is my joy.

The joy of the Lord is my strength.Nehemiah 8:10

When I feel like no one loves me: Jesus says, “I love you. I gave My life for you.”

But in all things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

Christ  loved us and gave Himself up for us. Ephesians 5:2

When I feel like running and hiding: Jesus says, “I Am your strong tower, I Am your shelter.”

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. My God, My rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2

When I struggle with a thought: He reminds me that He was tempted in every way as me.

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but One who has been tempted in  all things as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

I was never promised a perfect walk, or that I would never suffer. I am promised that one day when Christ returns to take me home with Him I will be glorified, and never struggle with anything again. But while I am here on this earth I am going to struggle with insecurities and sin.

There is another promise, He says, “He will never leave us nor forsake us.” While we walk here on this earth, learn from Him, be joined to Him, be yoked to Him. He is gentle and in Him we find rest for our souls.

Matthew 11:29-30: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy and my burden is light. 

Today I struggle, tomorrow I will struggle, but I know that Jesus loves me and that He will see me through each struggle.

When I show my insecurity Jesus says, “You are mine.” My identity is in Him!

Are  you struggling? Do not hide it. Put your struggles in the hands of the one who will carry it for you. Learn from Him. Know that your identity is in Him!

I am praying that God will teach you these things:)

Learning Beside You,

Lisa:) 

 

Learning the Attributes of God “Adorning the Doctrine of God”

 FREE STUDY IN THE BOOK OF TITUS. INFO AT THE END OF THIS POST!

Learning the Attributes of “The Trinity”

I so desire to know God! How about you? Learn what Titus chapter teaches about God.When we study any scripture, any book of the Bible, our main objective is to look at what the text says concerning the Trinity:”Father/God, The Son/Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit” We ask questions of the text such as: What does this verse tell me about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?  What are His characteristics, or His attributes? You will be amazed at what is packed into just a few verses. We have already looked at Paul and His apostleship in Titus 1:1. Today let’s look at Titus 1:1-3 and uncover what they teach about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Jesus is the ONLY Way!

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Jesus said to him, ” I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the corner stone, and there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:11-12

Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sin. Acts 10:43

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Jesus Christ,  Timothy 2:5

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

Do not be deceived by the lies of the world!

*Jesus is the only way to heaven.

*Only Jesus can save us from our sins.

*There is salvation in no one else.

 

Learning Beside You,

Lisa:)

 

 

Christ is Our Security! 365 Days With Christ!

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For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us, by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to te glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:19-20

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

And like a mantle You will roll them up; like a garment they will also be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end. Hebrews 1:12

If we are in Christ Jesus. If we are united with Him in His death, we are secure in Him. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ!

 

Learning Beside you,

Lisa:)