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Romans, lesson 26 and 27

Lesson 26

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omans 12: 1, present your body as a living sacrifice.

V 1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Therefore, connects Romans 12:1 back to everything before this. Romans 1-11 is the doctrinal teachings. Romans 12-14 is the practical teachings. Greek for beseech is “parakaleleo” which means exhort or encourage. Paul exhorts his audience, and us, to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God in view of His mercy and grace for us. We are to surrender our bodies as living sacrifices for God as our spiritual act of worship. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are to use our body to serve God and not satan.

1 Cor 6: 19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?’

1 Cor 6: 15-17, Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, in response to Your mercy and grace to save us out from the darkness of the world into the light of Christ, we surrender our bodies to You as living sacrifices, to serve You in the kingdom, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Lesson 27

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omans 12:2, do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind

V 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

V 2 a, And do not be conformed to this world.

We are not to do everything that people of the world do. We are not follow the world view of the world. We are not to adopt the world’s standards as our standards. We are to do everything that pleased God, adopt God’s standard, and God’s world view,

1 John 2:15, ”Do not love the things of the world”.

V 2 b, but be transformed by renewing your mind.

Our hearts are to be transformed and our minds renewed. Greek for transform is “metamorphose” which means a total makeover. Our hearts need a total make over and our minds need a total rewiring. We are not to think like non-Christians. We are to think according to God’s world view. Heart transformation and mind renewal comes by reading, studying, meditating, memorizing, and applying scriptures.

2 Timothy 3:16, “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

V 2 c, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Greek for prove is ”dokimazo” which means to discern. We are to discern the good, acceptable and perfect will of God for our lives. Greek for acceptable is ”dektos”, which means pleasing. When we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, He transforms our heart, renews our mind, and reveals to us, His good, acceptable, and perfect will.

Romans 8:28, “for we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, help us not to conform to world view of the world which is contrary and incompatible to Your world view. We pray for transformation of hearts, renewal of mind, and discernment of Your will, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Romans, Lesson 24

Lesson 24

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omans 10: 1-21, God’s plan for the Jews, Part 2.

VV 1-8, 1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):

Paul’s desire and prayer was for the salvation of Israel. The Jews were zealous of God but ignorant and self righteousness. The coming of Christ brought an end to the dispensation of the Mosaic law. Moses preached righteousness by law keeping. Christ preached righteousness by faith.

VV 9-14, 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘’How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?

Salvation is through confession of Christ with the mouth and believing that God raised Him from the dead with the heart. Salvation is universal to the Jews and to the Gentiles on the same condition. Whoever calls on the name of Christ will be saved. To call requires believe, to believe requires hearing, to hear requires a preacher. To preach requires God sending preachers to the mission field. Preaching the Gospel is a beautiful profession. The preacher needs to go out and preach the gospel. The listeners need to confess, believe, call and invite Jesus into the heart.

Romans 10:17. “Faith comes by hearing the word of God”.

Ephesians 2:8-9, ”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast”.

John 3:16, ”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

Revelation 3:20, ”Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me”.

VV 16-21, 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: ‘’Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.” 19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: ‘’I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.” 20 But Isaiah is very bold and says: ‘’I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” 21 But to Israel he says: ‘’All day long I have stretched out My hands, To a disobedient and contrary people.”

V 17, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. The gospel had been preached by Paul and the other apostles. The news had heard the gospel but they did not obey and did not believe.

V 19, Did Israel not know (the gospel)?

Israel knew the gospel but they were stubborn and their hearts were hardened. God saved the Gentiles, who were not a nation, who did not seek after God, and who were foolish, to provoke the Jews to jealousy and anger. God continued to stretched His hands out patiently to the Jews waiting for them to repent.

Isaiah 53:1, ”Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

Deut 32:21, ”They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation”.

Isaiah 65:1-2, ”I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name. All-day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for explaining to us the practical steps of evangelism and we can win souls for the kingdom through preaching the word. Help us fulfil Your great commission by preaching the gospel of peace to all nations, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Romans, Lesson 23

Lesson 23

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omans 9: 1-26, God’s plan for Israel, Part 1.

VV 1-5, 1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.

Paul felt sorry in his conscience for the unbelieving Jews, his country men in the flesh. The Jews had the adoption of sonship, God’s glory, God’s covenant, God’s laws, God’s temple service, the Patriarchs, and from them the Christ came, yet they the majority of them were not saved due to unbelief. Messianic Jews in the world today are few in numbers.

VV 6-12, 6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

The problem is not the word of God. Physical and biological descendants of Abraham are not his true descendants. The true spiritual descendants of Abraham are those who are justified by faith in Christ. God is sovereign in his choice. He chose Israel over Ishmael, He chose Jacob over Esau, He chose the Gentiles over the Jews.

Paul quoted Genesis 21:12b, ”for in Isaac your seed shall be called”, Genesis 25: 23, “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body, one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger”, and Malachi 1: 2-3, ”Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated”. God chose Jacob over Esau.

VV 14-18, 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

V 14, Is there unrighteousness with God?

No, because God’s choice is sovereign. Paul quoted Exodus 33: 19 b, ”I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”. Paul quoted Exodus 9:35, ”So the heart of Pharaoh was hard, neither would he let the children of Israel go, as the Lord had spoken by Moses”.

VV 19-24, 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

V 19, Why does He still find fault (with own people, the Jews)?

God’s choice is sovereign because He is the creator. A creature cannot argue with his creator who created him and formed him. God’s sovereign choice is based on grace and divine election. We cannot argue with God over His plan and His purpose.

VV 25-29, 25 As He says also in Hosea: ‘’I will call them My people, who were not My people, And her beloved, who was not beloved.” 26 ‘’And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.”27 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: ‘’Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, The remnant will be saved. 28 For, He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.” 29 And as Isaiah said before: ‘’Unless the Lord of Sabbath had left us a seed, we would have become like Sodom, And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”

Paul quoted Hosea 2:23b, ”Then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ” Paul quoted Isaiah 10:22, ”For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, A remnant of them will return; The destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness”. Paul quoted Isaiah 1: 9, ”Unless the LORD of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah”.

God chose the Gentiles who are not His covenant people to be His people, who are not His beloved, to be His beloved, and to be called sons of the living God. But God had not given up on the Jews. He has a plan to save a remnant of the Jews during the tribulation.

VV 30-33, 30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written: ‘’Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Why are the Gentiles saved but not the Jews?

The Gentiles are saved because they pursue righteousness by faith in Christ. The Jews are not saved because they pursue righteousness by the law and did not believe in Jesus Christ.

Paul quoted Isaiah 28:16, ”Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we claim the promise that You have a plan for Israel. We claim the promise that You will preserve and save a remnant of the Israelites during the tribulation, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Romans, lesson 23

Lesson 23

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omans 9: 1-26, God’s plan for Israel, Part 1.

VV 1-5, 1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.

Paul felt sorry in his conscience for the unbelieving Jews, his country men in the flesh. The Jews had the adoption of sonship, God’s glory, God’s covenant, God’s laws, God’s temple service, the Patriarchs, and from them the Christ came, yet they the majority of them were not saved due to unbelief. Messianic Jews in the world today are few in numbers.

VV 6-12, 6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

The problem is not the word of God. Physical and biological descendants of Abraham are not his true descendants. The true spiritual descendants of Abraham are those who are justified by faith in Christ. God is sovereign in his choice. He chose Israel over Ishmael, He chose Jacob over Esau, He chose the Gentiles over the Jews.

Paul quoted Genesis 21:12b, ”for in Isaac your seed shall be called”, Genesis 25: 23, “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body, one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger”, and Malachi 1: 2-3, ”Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated”. God chose Jacob over Esau.

VV 14-18, 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

V 14, Is there unrighteousness with God?

No, because God’s choice is sovereign. Paul quoted Exodus 33: 19 b, ”I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”. Paul quoted Exodus 9:35, ”So the heart of Pharaoh was hard, neither would he let the children of Israel go, as the Lord had spoken by Moses”.

VV 19-24, 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

V 19, Why does He still find fault (with own people, the Jews)?

God’s choice is sovereign because He is the creator. A creature cannot argue with his creator who created him and formed him. God’s sovereign choice is based on grace and divine election. We cannot argue with God over His plan and His purpose.

VV 25-29, 25 As He says also in Hosea: ‘’I will call them My people, who were not My people, And her beloved, who was not beloved.” 26 ‘’And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.”27 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: ‘’Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, The remnant will be saved. 28 For, He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.” 29 And as Isaiah said before: ‘’Unless the Lord of Sabbath had left us a seed, we would have become like Sodom, And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”

Paul quoted Hosea 2:23b, ”Then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ” Paul quoted Isaiah 10:22, ”For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, A remnant of them will return; The destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness”. Paul quoted Isaiah 1: 9, ”Unless the LORD of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah”.

God chose the Gentiles who are not His covenant people to be His people, who are not His beloved, to be His beloved, and to be called sons of the living God. But God had not given up on the Jews. He has a plan to save a remnant of the Jews during the tribulation.

VV 30-33, 30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written: ‘’Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Why are the Gentiles saved but not the Jews?

The Gentiles are saved because they pursue righteousness by faith in Christ. The Jews are not saved because they pursue righteousness by the law and did not believe in Jesus Christ.

Paul quoted Isaiah 28:16, ”Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we claim the promise that You have a plan for Israel. We claim the promise that You will preserve and save a remnant of the Israelites during the tribulation, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Romans , Lesson 22

Lesson 22

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omans 8: 35-39, I have loved you with an everlasting Love

VV 35-39, 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: ‘’For Your sake, we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

V 35, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Nothing! Tribulations, distress, persecutions, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, death, or life, angels, principalities, powers, present life events, future life events, heights, depths, or any other created things shall not be able to separate us from the love of God and Christ Jesus. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. He loved us into eternity with an everlasting love.

Jeremiah 31:3, ”I have loved you with an everlasting love”.

Paul quoted Psalm 44:22, ”Yet for Your sake, we are killed all day long, we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter”.

V 37, Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Greek for more than a conqueror is “Huper-Nikao” which means a super conqueror. We can overcome all these things only if we surrender them to Jesus Christ, our super conqueror.

2 Cor 4:17, ”For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we claim the promise that You loved us with an everlasting love. We claim the promise that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Romans, Lesson 20

Lesson 20

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omans 8: 28-30, the pinnacle of Romans

The climax, highest point, or pinnacle of the Book of Romans is Romans 8:28.

V 28, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

We know for certain that God will make everything work together in unison for the good of a Christian according to His purpose. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. He arranges and rearranges all of life’s events behind the scenes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure a good final outcome for us. When we looked back at life’s events after many years, we will see God’s hands of providence at work. All coincidences are God’s incidences. This is a memory verse and a conditional promise to claim. The recipients of this promise are Christians, who are called by God according to His purpose

2 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”.

Romans 8:38, ”in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”.

Proverbs 3:5, ”trust in the Lord your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.

Genesis 50:20, ”But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive

VV 29-30, 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

God foreknew, predestined, and conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. He predestined, called, justified, and glorified us. He had us covered from eternity past to eternity future. In eternity past, he foreknew and predestined us. At the present time, He called and justified us. In eternity future He will resurrect and glorify us.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we claim the promise of Romans 8:28, that all things work together for good to those who loved you and are called according to Your purpose. If You are working for us, then we have absolutely nothing to fear, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Romans, Lesson 19

Lesson 19

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omans 8: 19-27, Groans, Faith, and Hope.

VV 19-22, 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Creation awaits for Christians to be revealed. Creation had been subjected to corruption and decay after the sin of Adam. She is waiting for God to rescue her from corruption by groans of labour pains.

Genesis 3:17, ”Then to Adam He said, Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’, ”Cursed is the ground for your sake, In toil, you shall eat of it, all the days of your life”.

Colossians 3:4, ”When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”.

V23, Not only that but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Not only creation groans, even spirit filled Christians groans in anguish awaiting adoption, redemption, resurrection, glorification, and the second coming of Christ.

2 Cor 5:5, ”Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee”.

VV 24-27, 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Hope that is seen is not hope. We hope for what we do not see and wait patiently for it to be fulfilled. Hope produces faith, character, and perseverance. The Holy Spirit helps strengthen our weaknesses during prayer when we do not know what to pray. He searches our heart to pray in the will of God.

Romans 5:3-4, “and not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character, and character, hope”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for sanctification through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for all that You have done for us in our lives. Help us to walk worthy of our calling, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Romans, Lesson 18

Lesson 18

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omans 8: 12-18, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creation

Becoming a Christian is a total transformation.

2 Cor 5: 17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”.

VV 12-18, 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”.

Addressing his audience, as us, Paul said, we are not indebted to the flesh but to the Holy Spirit. The flesh is death, the Spirit is life. We are sons of God by adoption, led by the Holy Spirit, to call Him Abba Father. We are not only children of God, but heirs of God and co-heirs of God with Christ. The sufferings of this world at present will be compensated by the future glory of heaven.

Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”.

Ephesians 1:5, “having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will”.

2 Cor 4:17, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”.

1 Peter 4:14, “but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for transforming and conforming us to the image of Your Son Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for the promise of heaven and eternal life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Romans, Lesson 17

Lesson 17

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omans 8: 1-11, no condemnation

V1, there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

There is now no more condemnation to those who are in Christ because He had conquered sin and death on the cross and had condemned sin in the flesh. To be in Christ is to be a born again believer who had surrendered his/her life to Jesus Christ. Greek for condemnation is “katakrima” which means penalty or punishment. When Christ died on Good Friday, He said, it is finished. Greek for it is finished is “tetelastai’ which means paid in full. Christ paid our sin debt in full on Good Friday to purchase our salvation.

John 5: 24, NIV, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life’’.

VV 2-4, 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

The law of the Holy Spirit sets us free from the law of sin and death. God did what the law could could not do, by sending Christ to die in the cross as a substitutionary atonement for our sin.

2 Cor 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”.

V 5 , For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Those who lived and walked in the flesh are dead and un-regenerated. Those who lived and walked in the Holy Spirit are born again and made alive in Christ.

VV 6-11, 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

To be carnally minded is death, to be spiritually minded is life and peace. To be carnally minded is to be in enmity with God. To spiritually minded and in Christ is to have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead and gave us eternal life. A person who is not filled by the Holy Spirit is not a Christian.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we claim the promise of the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit to sanctify and empower us to live and walk in the Spirit filled life in Christ, in Jesus’ name, Amen.