What does it mean to conform to this world?
What is a living sacrifice?
Are you living in God's perfect will for your life?
These questions were briefly explored as we try to understand just how we can overcome evil with good. It is the author's firm belief that the first three verses of this chapter are some the most important doctrine of Christian living. We need to understand this so the rest will fit together.
Lv. 19:18; 32:30-36; Ps. 94:20; Mt. 6:22; A.A. 15: 30-33; I Co. 3:17; 10:21-24 II Co. 1:3-4; Ep. 4:22-24;
Co. 2:11; 3:9-10; Hb. 10:28-29; 12:25; Ti. 3: 5-6; I Jn. 2:15
This week we spoke of the mind of Christ.
"Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out."
" For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted."-Psalm 47:7-9
I Ki. 19:10-18; Jb. 36:22-26; Pr. 13:15; Is. 40:3-4; Jr. 31:37; Mt. 5:20-21; 18:15-17; Lk. 15:32;
Co. 1:16-19; Ph. 2:5-8; II Th. 2:9-11; I Ti. 5:20-21; Hb. 8:10-13; 11:6;
"And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise."-I Chronicles 16:35
"Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness."
-II Chronicles 6:41
"Salvation belongeth to the Lord."-Psalm 3:8
"All flesh shall see the salvation of God."-Luke 3:6
Paul, being sent to the Gentiles to preach the Gospel, longed deeply for his people to be saved. We should be able to relate as saints in this very dark world. Many are lost to religious systems that keep them from true salvation. Some are even zealous without true knowledge of the nature and character of God.
The Gospel is simple to understand, but it must be lived out. Jesus said if any man follow me , let him deny himself, pick up his cross and follow. The Gospel is a path to obedience to God's holy Word. It is not a license to sin. It is about much more than mercy for past sins it is also about deliverance from temptation that we may not continue in sin. The sin defenders of this day like to use Romans 10:9-10 as a license to sin. They say they believe and that is enough. Still, the same verse names Christ as Lord. Jesus said, "Why do you call me Lord and do not the things I say?"
Dt. 27:26; 30:11-16; 32:21-22; Ps. 36:1; 37:39; 38:15; 39:8; 53:1; Is. 28:6-16; 49:6, 22-24; 52:1-7; 65:1-2;
Jr. 21:8; Jl. 2:32; Mt. 5:8; 23: 37-39; Mk.16:16; Lk. 6:46; I Co. 1:30; 12:13; Ga. 3:19-22, 28;
This week we looked at some controversial passages in Romans 9. This chapter has been used to build many cults and is the basis for false teachings. What does it teach consistently? Well it was written primarily to the Jews. It is important to remember this in order to understand what is being taught. It seems many want to call themselves God's people, but few are found doing God's will.
Israel was to be a light to the Gentiles but somewhere along the line they forgot this important detail. They became hardened with national pride and they began to look at 'the nations' with contempt rather than hope. We need to be careful in our walk today that we don't do the same.
Esau was not chosen to carry on the line of the Messiah, God instead chose Jacob. They both had their faults so had little to do with character. In the same way, when Moses (after seeing his people fallen to idolatry) sought God to replace the tablets which he had broken. God reassured Him that He would have mercy on who He would have mercy. This was done to continue the line by which Christ would eventually come.
This chapter has been taken out of context and blown out of proportion to often, producing many false teachings. Peter said Paul wrote things hard to understand and this is certainly one of them.
There was a problem with the audio recorder this week so I have uploaded the live facebook feed. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your prayer and support!
Gn. 25:5-6, 21-23;Ex. 4:22; 16:7, 10; 24:16-17 33:18-23; Nm. 14: 10; 20-21; 16:19; 17:42; Dt. 14:1-2; 32:18; Is. 1:9; 8:13-14; 10: 22-23; 49:6; Ho. 2:23; Mt. 21:43; 24:21-22; Lk. 20:16; Ga. 3:10-11; II Pt. 3:9-17;
This chapter we raised some important questions regarding the Character and nature of God. Did Jesus merely resembling a man? Or was He not fully man? Was He or was He not tempted on all points as Hebrews 4:15 tells us? This leads to deeper question: does God not sin because it would be impossible for Him to do so? Or is it not a matter that to do so would go against His perfect character? Is not the moral law a reflection of that character?
Jn. 12:32; ; II Co. 2:14; Ga. 5:16-19; I Ti. !:19; 3:14-16; Ph. 2:9-10; I Th. 4:7; Hb. 4:15; Ja. 4:4; I Pt. 3:10-14
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