Did You Know You Needed Peace with God?

Have you ever had a conflict with someone that you didn’t know about?  They were not at peace with you when you thought that everything was fine between the two of you?  I think we’ve all experienced that.  I think these kinds of situations usually arise over poor communication and/or misunderstandings.  I think this is true in the spiritual world.  Because of bad teaching/communication and spiritual misunderstanding, I think many people think that they are at peace with God when in fact, they are not.  Having talked about justification by faith, Paul writes this in verses 1-2 of Romans 5:  […]

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Raised and Delivered

Paul concludes this section of Romans chapter 4 with the following verses:  “23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.  Why did Jesus die on the cross?  Was it because of His political activity or His desire to change the social order of the day?   I don’t think so.  Jesus died on the cross to offer the human race forgiveness […]

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Human Hope and Divine Hope

Abraham continues to take’s center stage in Romans chapter 4.  Here are verses 18-22:  “18 who (Abraham),contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted […]

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Can You Call the Future?

In the midst of this prolonged section on righteousness and faith we read the following verses:  “16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;”  The last phrase caught my eye […]

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Why No Other Resurrections?

The resurrection of Jesus is the central idea of Christianity.  Everything revolves around this.  There are other resurrection “stories” in mythology but they are so obviously ridiculous that it is impossible to take them seriously.  Since the resurrection of Jesus “works” for Christianity, why do Islam, Hinduism, etc… not attempt to portray a resurrection story?  I think they do not do this because they realize that there is no evidence to support such a story.  They don’t attempt a resurrection story because there is no way to make up a story that could be verified or validated.  But Christianity doesn’t […]

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The Promise is Through Righteousness

God made a promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations.  This promise was not made to Abraham because Abraham was good at keeping rules or the “law”.  In fact, there was no God given “law” at that time.  Genesis records that “Abraham believed God and God accounted it to him as righteousness”.  God made a promise to Abraham and Abraham believed God, by faith.  Here is how Paul writes about this in verses 13-15:  “13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but […]

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Does Circumcision Matter?

No, this is not a medical post; it’s a spiritual post.  As I’m sure most of you know, circumcision was given by God to the Jewish race as a sign of God’s covenant with the Jewish people.  All Jewish boys were to be circumcised as a sign of their identification with God.  In the first century, as the gospel began to spread to non-Jewish people there arose a controversy over the need for circumcision.  Did non-Jewish males who began to follow Jesus need to have circumcision?  Paul puts this question in the context of justification.  Here is what he writes […]

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David’s Confession

Paul continues with his discussion on faith and righteousness with a quote from the Old Testament king, David.  Here are verses 5-8:  “5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:  7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,  And whose sins are covered;  8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”  Verses 7-8 are quotations from Psalm 32, a psalm that seems to indicate how David felt before he confessed his sin with Bathsheba.  The […]

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Abraham’s Faith

As Paul continues to develop his theology of salvation, he continues to remind the reader that justification is by faith and not by works.  Paul’s example is the Old Testament patriarch, Abraham.  Here are the first four verses:  “What then shall we say that Abraham our fatherhas found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.”  Abraham was given many promises by God; not because he was […]

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You Gotta Have Faith

The concluding paragraph of Romans chapter 3 is all about faith.  Here it is:  “27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.”  No one is justified or […]

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