Category Bible Studies

Romans Chapter 6

6:1 What then shall we say (declare)? Shall we continue in sin, that grace should increase?

When we consider the immensity of what God has done for us, in completely conquering sin and completely overcoming death, by subjecting both of them to the effect of His grace in granting righteousness to all who believe Him, our response to God should be tremendous gratitude and endearment toward Him. When we consider the immensity of His goodness toward us, and the fact that He has overcome sin, we should be motivated by His goodness toward us to repudiate wickedness in every form and purpose to avoid it at all costs. Yet, some professing Christians declare that it doesn’t matter what they do because they are ‘covered with the blood of Jesus’...

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Romans Chapter 7

1    Or are you ignorant, brothers – for to those knowing law I am speaking – that the law is mastering of the person on as much time as he lives!

1   η αγνοειτε αδελφοι γινωσκουσιν γαρ νομον λαλω οτι ο νομος κυριευει του ανθρωπου εφ οσον χρονον ζη

Paul has continued throughout this explanation, to address those members of his audience who are ‘under the Law’. As we read the comments and arguments he presents, we must read them in the context of what they would necessarily mean to a native Jew. It was the Jew who ‘knew’ the Law, not the Gentile...

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Romans Chapter 8

1    Consequently, now there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to flesh, but according to Spirit.

ουδεν αρα νυν κατακριμα τοις εν χριστω ιησου μη κατα σαρκα περιπατουσιν αλλα κατα πνευμα

“Consequently” – because the man who is in Christ has been released from the Law, he is no longer a law-breaker. And if he is no lawbreaker, he shall not suffer condemnation as a lawbreaker. God knows than men are flesh; He understands that we have an inherent struggle with temptation because the draw of the flesh is intrinsic and strong...

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Romans Chapter 9

CHAPTER 9 – notes not complete

1    I say truth in Christ; I am not lying; my conscience testifying to me in (lit: “in spirit holy”) Holy Spirit,

αληθειαν λεγω εν χριστω ου ψευδομαι συμμαρτυρουσης μοι της συνειδησεως μου εν πνευματι αγιω

It is important to note that Paul speaks as a man led by the Holy Spirit. Where he tells us that he is speaking his own words, we are to believe that he means what he says, and they are not God’s word to him. But where he speaks as from God or says he is telling us what God says, we must accept his words as the word of God, and engage what he says accordingly.

2    that sorrow to me is great and unceasing pain to (in) my heart,

οτι λυπη μοι εστιν μεγαλη και αδιαλειπτος ...

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Romans Chapter 10

1   Brethren, indeed the delight of my heart and the prayer to God over Israel is into salvation!

αδελφοι η μεν ευδοκια της εμης καρδιας και η δεησις η προς τον θεον υπερ του ισραηλ εστιν εις σωτηριαν

Paul was not at all interested in seeing Israel abandoned to her faithlessness. If Paul had understood the prophets and Christ’s words regarding Israel, to mean that God had finished all dealings with that people, and had replaced them in His plan with the church, as some believe, Paul would not have wasted his prayers...

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Romans 4:23 -25

“Now it was not written for him only, that it was reckoned to him, but also for us to whom it is being reckoned, who believe on Him Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, Who was given up because of our offences and was raised for our justification.”

The essence of the gospel: God’s righteousness shall be imputed to us also if we trust Him Who raised Jesus Christ from the dead, Who was delivered to death for our offences and raised that we may be justified. We must trust the Lord Jesus Christ – Who He is, What He says, What He has done on our behalf. How very simple. How very plain.

Christ died for our sins, He rose again and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will return to judge the living and the dead...

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Romans 4:9-22

“Is this blessedness then upon the circumcision, or also upon the uncircumcision? For we are saying that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.  How then was it reckoned: in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all who believe, though uncircumcised, that righteousness might be accounted to them also; and the father of circumcision to those, not of the circumcision only, but also to those who walk in the footsteps of the faith of our father Abraham while yet uncircumcised...

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Romans 4:5-8

But to him who is not working, but trusting in the Justifier of the ungodly, his faith is reckoned to him for righteousness, even as also David says the man is blessed to whom God accounts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose transgressions were pardoned, and whose sins were covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not be reckoning sin.”

The person who works to justify himself to God is spinning his wheels in sand, digging a progressively deeper pit in which he will become inextricably buried...

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Romans 4:4-5

Now to him who works the wage is not accounted according to grace, but according to debt; yet to him who is not working, yet believes upon Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted to righteousness”

When someone works, he earns his reward; his reward is deserved. Grace is the extension of some benefit which is not deserved. There is no grace in paying someone what they have earned; the wages are owed; they must be paid.

When someone does not work, he earns nothing. Any benefit he receives is undeserved, and imparted through the grace of the one who gives. A man who does not work to earn God’s benefits, but trusts God, has acknowledged God as God when he believes what God has said...

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Romans 4:1-5

What then shall we say Abraham our father found, according to flesh?

If Abraham was justified by his actions, he had a boast — but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? ‘Now Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness;’

Now to him who works, the wage is not accounted according to grace, but according to debt; but to the one not working, but believing upon Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted to righteousness” 

When Abraham encountered the Sovereign LORD YHWH, he had not known Him, nor had he lived as a man who did. Abraham had nothing to offer God to compel His kindness nor to turn aside the outcome of justice; Abraham was not a holy man. 

If in fact Abraham had been declared righteous by God on the basis of his deeds – a ...

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