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Bible Study Notes on Romans 10 – 20160323

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Romans 10:3  “…they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”
It was easy to use the law and sacrificial system to appear godly while still doing your own thing.  Before the captivity, the people followed other gods and their practices to do as they pleased.  Afterwards, they replaced false gods with cold religious practice.  All the correct parts are there, but no heart, substance, relationship.  My Bible teacher was right; Jesus came to save us from sin and religion.

10  “…with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”
Belief and action.  We believe in Christ as our savior, and we show the validity of that belief by speaking it.  We know the chair will hold us up so we sit on it.

14  “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?…”
This was a great comfort to me when the enemy questioned my belief.  Points to verse 10, but shows the action had to be a result of previous belief.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Bible Study Notes on Romans 9 – 20160321

WritingThis one came in chunks.  Some of it is difficult as it delves into the deep theology of the sovereignty of God in relation to free will and sin.  Finding the context from which Paul wrote is paramount or his words don’t make sense.  Full text understanding is necessary.

Romans 9:6-13   Paul illustrates that God’s purpose in Israel as the Chosen People deals more with the spiritual aspect than the physical.  It is not enough to just be a physical descendant of Abraham, but one of his faith which was counted as righteousness.

7  “Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children…”
8  “…these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed”
Abraham had many sons, but only Isaac was the son of promise.  Only his descendants were the people of God.  Likewise, just being a physical descendant isn’t enough.  You must be a spiritual one.  This opened the entire world to the redemption of God as He planned.  If anyone, Jew or Gentile, believe in Christ in faith as Abraham did, it will be counted to them as righteousness.  This will be touched on later in the chapter.

14-24   The hard section.
18  “Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth”
Paul then asks the obvious question, why does God find fault, if He is the one making the determination.  Verses 20 and 21 point out that God is God and we are not.  Commentary also mentioned that Paul’s context points to us not as just God’s creation, but as a sinful creation.  We, none of us, deserve any of God’s mercy.  Therefore, He is totally justified to do as He pleases.  It is good here to remember the whole context of scripture to stay on track.
II Peter 3:9  “[The Lord is] not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

22  “…endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction”
I think this is the point of the section.  God in His mercy is still longsuffering even with those who will not come to Him.  Reminds me of the time He gave the Canaanites before He sent Israel into the Promised Land.

25  “…I will call them my people, which were not my people…”
As mentioned earlier, the Gentiles would be included as part of the promise if they show the faith of Abraham.

29  “…Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha”
God made His promise to Abraham through Isaac.  He will fulfill that promise by always having a remnant of the House of Israel.  He did not replace Israel with the family of God, those who believe in Christ, and this points to that.  The remnant is still here so the original promise is intact.  Replacement Theology has no grounds.  The family of God has been grafted into the promise.

30  “…Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith”
Gentiles did not have the law, but can attain righteousness through faith.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

What did you do with Jesus?

The Open BibleRomans 3:23  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
Hebrews 9:27  “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”

I hear much today about the social gospel.  People are concerned with the trouble they see.  War, famine, disease, homelessness, hopelessness.  They want to help ease the suffering they find around them and around the world.  They want the family of God to be compassionate enough to spend resources on meeting the world’s needs.  Many feel that the organized churches have not and do not do enough to combat what they feel is social injustice.

Jesus said the greatest commandment was to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  And the second commandment was like the first, love your neighbor as yourself.  We should be concerned about the physical well-being of our neighbors as well as any other problems they may have.  But, I am concerned that we put too much emphasis on a person’s earthly issues and forget their most pressing need, to know Jesus.  Yes, the old adage is usually true.  When someone has urgent needs, they don’t care what you know until they know that you care.  Jesus Himself provided food for the multitudes when they were hungry.  And as He hung on the cross, He provided for the future care of His earthly mother.  But He always taught the people about God and their need for a relationship with Him.  And although we sometimes don’t think about it, Jesus didn’t heal everyone.

The fact of the matter is that everyone has sinned and is separated from God.  When they eventually die, they will stand before Christ and be judged on the status of their righteousness.  Did they accept the free gift of salvation from Jesus and have His righteousness applied to their account, or did they reject Him and have no way of attaining the righteousness required to enter Heaven?  At that point, their life on this planet will have no bearing.  It will make no difference how rich or poor they were, how ill-fed or well-fed, how sick or healthy, or whether they were considered lucky in life and had all opportunities or could never catch a break.  Make no mistake, this is the single most important aspect of every human being’s life.  What did they do with Jesus?

While there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus, a person can learn about Him in many different ways.  One of the easiest to follow, and therefore easiest to share, is called the Roman Road.  It is a list of verses found in the letter Paul wrote to the church at Rome.  Placed in a particular order, the verses give the basics all will go through to know Christ.

Romans 3:23  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
As already stated, everyone has sinned and therefore doesn’t have the standard of righteousness required by God which is perfection.  This is usually the biggest point of contention a person has to come to terms with, their need for salvation.  Most people like to think of themselves as good.  They admit they aren’t perfect, but they do more good deeds than bad.  They must understand that all of their good works are worthless when it comes to salvation.  They must admit their need for a savior.  This can be especially difficult for those who deny their sin.  Regardless of a person’s feelings, they must agree with God and His word that certain actions are sin and repent of them.  Forgiveness of sin can only come when it is acknowledged and forsaken.  God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin when we confess it, but we must repent of it and not live in it.

Romans 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Sin brings only death, separation from the love of God.  Those who die without their sin forgiven are doomed to the lake of fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.  It is their only remaining option.  However, while we’re still on the earth, God offers a way out through Jesus.  He provides eternal life free of charge.  No one has to experience eternal death if they’ll accept His gift.

Romans 5:8  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
God doesn’t expect us to clean ourselves up before He will love us.  Christ died on the cross for us while we were still sinners.  He loves us so much He is willing to take us just as we are, sin and all.  It doesn’t matter what terrible, horrible sin we have committed, Christ loves us and is waiting to receive us and cleanse us of that sin if we’ll turn to Him.  He has done everything necessary for us to be free of our sin and to be accepted by God.  We must confess our sin and accept His gift of salvation.

Romans 10:9-13  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Verses 9 and 10 spell it out very plainly.  God has taken care of all the work, all you have to do is believe He has done so, then show that you believe it by confessing it.  Once you believe something, you take action to affirm it, in this case by openly repenting of your sins and asking Christ to save you.  Doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done.  Everyone that believes in Christ enough to call to Him for salvation will be saved.  That’s His promise.

Romans 8:1-2  “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Jesus said that those who believe on Him were not condemned, but that those who did not believe in Him were condemned already.  Many people think they haven’t done enough bad things to be judged unworthy, but the truth is, they already have.  It’s like being born in debt.  You didn’t acquire it, you inherited it.  But once you have accepted Christ’s offer, repented of your sins, confessed them, and asked Christ for forgiveness, that condemnation is gone forever.  You never have to worry about sin again.  Yes, you will still sin because of your sin nature, but when you do, you won’t be condemned again.  You just confess the sin to Christ, and He will forgive you and cleanse you of it.

Romans 8:23-25  “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
I don’t know if others include this passage in the Roman Road, but I like to do so to complete the picture.  When God saves us, He frees us from the power of sin, but He doesn’t free us from our sin nature which is tied to our earthly bodies.  That’s why we still have to deal with sin and be sure to confess it to Christ when we do.  We have to wait until either this body dies, as it is appointed for us to do, or have it transformed if we happen to still be here when Christ returns.  We have the promise that one day our bodies will be redeemed from the sin nature, and we will finally be totally free.

The Bible reminds us of two things.  We aren’t promised tomorrow, therefore, today is the day of salvation.  We could die at any moment for a whole list of reasons.  Don’t put off starting a relationship with Jesus Christ for another moment.  Realize that He is Almighty God.  He created everything and knows everything.  You can trust that what He says is true and right.  Admit that you are a sinner, that you are condemned to death, and that nothing you can do on your own can save you.  Accept that Jesus loves you more than you can imagine and that He has already paid the price for your sin by dying on the cross.  Believe that He is the Son of God and can save you.  Confess your sins and ask Him to forgive you.  Surrender your life to Him.  He will save you and begin to mold you into the image of His Son.  Do something with Jesus today.

Please feel free to comment or question.  Thanks for reading!

Bible Study Notes on Romans 8 – 20160320

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Romans 8:1  “…who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”
With Jesus, we live by different rules.  Our soul has been saved and our spirit renewed.  We aren’t enslaved by our sin and can live as Christ desires.  Any sin has been taken care of so we can continue to grow to be like Him.

3  “…weak through the flesh…”
The law could not help us since our flesh could not maintain it.  Christ was able to do it in the flesh and was able to transpose His sacrifice to us.

21  “…the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption…”
The term creature here is better translated creation; that which has been created.  All of creation will someday be freed from the curse of death and decay.

24  “…we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”
This hope is not hope with a question as to the result or with an “if” clause.  We do not hope that Jesus can save us or that He is coming back.  We are assured of both as they are facts.  But we refer to them as our hope simply because we do not yet see the result.  Our faith is the current manifestation of our hope.  Our hope is in Christ which leads us to demonstrate faith.  One day our faith will be replaced by sight and hope will no longer be needed.  Raises the question:  Is hope assured or un-assured or both?

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Bible Study Notes on Romans 6 & 7 – 20160319

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Romans 6:10  “…in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God”

14  “…sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace”
Although we will sin as we still have the sin nature after salvation, we have died to sin and its power through Christ’s death.  Sin no longer has power over us.  We can choose to live for Christ.  We are no longer slaves to sin.

Romans 7:3  “…if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress”
Obviously, Paul was assuming sexual relations in marriage.  Points to my observation that marriage in the mind of early man was based on intercourse.  You were married to the person you had intercourse with.  With such mistaken ideas on sexual promiscuity, it’s no wonder marriage is in such shambles.

23  “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”
Salvation creates a new inner man which is not enslaved to sin and wants to follow the law, the way of Christ.  But we are still attached to this fleshly body with its sin nature and will be until it dies or is directly transformed at Christ’s return.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Bible Study Notes on Romans 5 – 20160311

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Romans 5:10  “…if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” Because Christ lives, He can mold us into His image.  We aren’t just saved from sin, but transformed into what He intended . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Romans 5 – 20160311

Bible Study Notes on Romans 4 – 20160309

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Romans 4:11  “…he received the sign of circumcision…yet being uncircumcised…he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised” Abraham became the father of many nations.  Not just the ancestor of different groups of people, but the one who showed that faith or belief in Christ . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Romans 4 – 20160309

Bible Study Notes on Romans 3 – 20160305

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Romans 3:5-8   God shows His great mercy and glory by saving us through faith in Him.  By man’s convoluted logic, our unrighteousness increases God’s glory by allowing Him to show more grace.  In that case, God would be doing wrong to Himself by judging us.  Apparently some were using that weird . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Romans 3 – 20160305

Bible Study Notes on Romans 2 – 20160304

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Romans 2:1-4  “Therefore…” Paul has been talking about those who leave the truth of God for a lie and receive God’s judgment for it.  Now he speaks of judging others.  Bit difficult to follow his train of thought sometimes. He describes those who blatantly reject God and shows how they receive . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Romans 2 – 20160304

Bible Study Notes on Romans 1 – 20160302

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Romans 1:18  “…who hold the truth in unrighteousness”

Romans 1:19  “…that which may be known of God…God hath shewed it unto them.”

Romans 1:20  “…so that they are without excuse”

Romans 1:28  “…as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Romans 1 – 20160302