This week we looked at a couple of topics revolving around the promises of God. Refuting those who would defend sin becomes easier when you gain understanding in this fourth chapter of Romans.
Many attempt to turn the imputed righteousness of Christ into a fairy tale where God is okay with whatever we from now on. God only sees the righteousness of Christ etc. While this is true historically, we all have sinned and in this we need Jesus. That said by the righteousness of Christ in our lives we overcome temptation, as righteousness means simply right-doing.
We must take a look at two covenants: one given first to Noah, another to Abraham. Both had symbolism of the atonement attached to them.
This was before the priesthood was fully established and before the works of the law were put in place (see October 2018 a study on Galatians). The moral law has always been in effect, so this cannot be what was spoken of in Galatians or here in Romans 4.
When given the covenant Noah was obedient to God in carrying out the offerings on the altar, as was Abraham. The idea that we can be disobedient to God and still have a claim to follow Him and love Him would have been repulsive to these men. For that matter, it would have have also repulsed the early church and therefore it should repulse as a professor of Christ.
Still in their obedience did they have right to boast in themselves?
Was it not just reasonable service?
Is it possible to have faith in God and live in disobedience to Him? Do we live rebellious to the things we know clearly of Him?
Law cannot bring mercy, true enough but can continual lawlessness bring glory to God?
We have been given many promises by God; ask and receive etc. If we ask would He not gladly give us the power to overcome temptation?
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"-Luke 11:13
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Gn. 6:8-9; 8:20; 12:1-3; 15:6-18; 17:11: Ps. 27:13; Mt. 6:34; 21:22; Mk. 9:23; 11:22; 15:28;
I Co. 1:29-30; 5:20-24; 15:19-26, 35, 45; II Co. 5:19; I Pt. 2:21; Hb. 11:3-6; 17-19;
May God bless you and have a wonderful week!
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