Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Salvation - of God; through Christ

Probably one of the most important works on the book of Romans. Opening up one of the greatest chapters of the book.

Romans 8:1-4 "Life in the Spirit" - 6/7/2018

Great as always...

The Body of Christ and Communion by Francis Chan

This is the reason why reformation teaching is so important. It is not surprising that Chan has come to this but it is still appalling. It is sad to see him trying to reverse 500 hundred years of blood, sweat, toil and tears. How deeply our father suffered to bring us out of this ignorance and fear. The pure Word of God must be central to worship not a superstitious ritual. I am sorry if this is offensive to some but we are to "...speak the truth in love. "

Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 

Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Romans 7:21-25

Romans 7:21-25
I Thank God Through Jesus Christ

Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23  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.
Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
  1. Paul is Made Aware of the Fact that When He Wants to Do Good He There is an Evil Crouching in the Corner of His Heart Waiting to Destroy His New Found Desire to Live a Life of Morality. – vs. 21*
    1. The presence of evil in the heart of man is a terrifying concept that paralyzes the believer in fear.
                                                              i.      Genesis 4:5-8 
  1. In Paul’s Mind he is Aware of His Need for Reformation or Transformation – vs. 22*
    1. Our logic or mind tells us that there is a difference between our lifestyle and God’s moral code. This makes us long to change and use our will power to reform ourselves.
                                                              i.      1 Corinthians 15:33 
  1. In Utter Horror Paul Realizes that There is a Monster in His Heart. – vs. 23 *
    1. The monster is a ravenous beast of fleshly desires that longs to come and devour up any will power that Paul can muster to fight it
                                                              i.      James 1:13-15 
  1. Paul Crumbles Under the Weight of His Own Guilt. – vs. 24*
    1. Broken because of his lack of hope, Paul call out for deliverance as if caught in an eternal nightmare. It is in this moment of despair that Paul realizes this is all just a bad dream. If the believer was left to follow the law without help, there would be no hope and we would be caught in a nightmare of dualism.
                                                              i.      James 1:5-8 
  1. The Reality of Hope Begins to Dawn on Paul: “I Thank God Through Jesus Christ My Lord.” – vs. 25a*
    1. There is no hope in my double minded nature. I must, through surrender, receive the grace and mercy of God that is provided to me in the gift of the Holy Spirit.
                                                              i.      James 4:5-6 
                                                            ii.      2 Corinthians 3
  1. There Is No Hope in Dualism We Must Believe in the Victory Given to Us by Christ.  – vs. 25b*
    1. Without the Holy Spirit’s help, it appears that the believer is caught in this struggle between his will and his lust. This can be pictured by the legalist and the antinomian or the devil on one shoulder and angel on the other. This struggle is not ours to fight on our own. There is hope!
                                                              i.      Zechariah 4:6

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Wretched Man Identity (1)

The other perspective in opposition to what Steven Lawson is saying. I think there is some merit to both views. The reality is that we truly are more than conquers through Christ even when we don't feel like it.

Romans 7:21-25 "The Ongoing Struggle" - 5/24/2018

Very good...

Thursday, January 16, 2020

H. B. Charles | The Woman at the Well

Wonderful exposition of this story...