Archive for September, 2007

Romans 8:9-17 – September 30, 2007

BELIEVERS ARE PEOPLE OF THE SPIRIT (verses 9-17)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class

Q1) Read verses 9-11. How does God bring a certainty to our hearts that we are guaranteed resurrection and eternal glory if we belong to Him?

Discussion)    God brings a certainty to our hearts in the fact that Jesus Christ raised from the dead and He dwells in each of those in whom the Holy Spirit dwells.  Due to the fact that Jesus raised from the dead we have the hope and guarantee that we will put on immortal bodies (because of Jesus) after we die.

Q2) According to verses 12 and 13 what are we under obligation to do?

Discussion)    We are under obligation to live according to the Holy Spirit and not the flesh.

Q3) If we are to rely totally on the Holy Spirit to live out our lives as holy, then what does verse 13 say we must do on our own towards that goal?

Discussion)    It says that we mus put to death the deeds of the body.  We talked about there are times where we are not sinning and we do what is good, but if we are not listening to God, we have shortchanged ourselves since we may not be doing what is best, but only what is good.

Q4) Verses 14 and 16 declares we are the sons and daughters of God. According to these verses, what manifests itself in our lives as proof that we belong to the Father?

Discussion)    What manifests in us is the Spirit of God and that is proof enough that we belong to God.  That is more proof than a piece of paper (birth certificate) claiming that we were born to two humans.

Q5) The Spirit of adoption as described in verse 15 means that we can only be adopted by God if we are orphans on the earth in our physical lives. Explain what God means by adoption.

Clues)  This is the trick question.

Discussion)    Every person on this earth can go through the adoption talked about here because it is a spiritual adoption that will then encompass all facets of our being.

Q6) Why does Paul use the words “Abba, Father” in verse 15, when the word Abba means Father in Aramaic? It would read “Father, Father”. Why would He say the word twice?

Discussion)    There was much discussion on this.  It is just like when a child is either excited, frightened, in pain, or any other emotion, they will say papa, papa, papa, or mama, mama, mama over and over.  It is not a one time thing done with religious piety to prove our holiness.  It is something that is said in extreme closeness to an authority figure with love, such as a child would have for their parents.

LIFE APPLICATION: When an earthly child is adopted, they learn to adapt to their new environment. The same occurs with spiritual adoption. Why does it take more time for some believers than others to adapt to their spiritual adoption?

Discussion)    It is based upon the core being of the flesh and what the person has walked through.  A person may have no problem because they have a good relationship with their parents and had no traumas in their lives.  Or they could have extreme problems due to much abuse, distrust, and bad relationships.

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September 24, 2007 at 12:19 am Leave a comment

Romans 8:1-8 – September 23, 2007

IN CHRIST THERE IS NO MORE CONDEMNATION (verses 1-8)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) In verse 1 Paul could have said, “You no longer stand accused” – but we are still accused by that old devil; but it’s thrown out. He could have said there is nothing in you that deserves condemnation, but this wouldn’t have been a true statement because we all do deserve death and hell. What is the one thing he tells believers that is so encouraging to us?

Discussion)    He tells believers that there is no condemnation to those that are in Jesus Christ, if you walk according to the Spirit and not to the flesh.  This is encouraging in that no matter how many times we mess up, we cannot be condemned by Jesus.  We also talked about how we need to be careful about what we hear and see if it is true or not.  If someone says that they heard from the Holy Spirit or God and what they say goes against the Bible then it did not come from God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit since they cannot contradict themselves. 

Q2) Read Philippians 2:7, Hebrews 2:14 and 17 and Hebrews 4:15. Verse 3 states that God sent His own Son – because the law failed – we could not live up to the law. God made another way for us to be reconciled to Himself. God sent Jesus – He was made sin for us. What does it mean that God sent Jesus in the “likeness of sinful flesh”?

Discussion)    Jesus was made like us so that He could understand what it means to be tempted like we were.  This was not done so He could say that He did it, but so that He could have an unending supply of mercy for us.  It was asked whether Jesus had a flesh nature like us.  We discussed this and no he did not.  Even though he was born of woman, He did not come from the lineage of Adam (through the fraternal side) but He came from the lineage of God.

Q3) Verse 3 states that the law is weak. Why?

Clues)    This is the trick question.  It should be that the law is weak through the flesh.

Discussion)    This means that the law is pure and holy, but human kind made the law weak because humans followed their sin natures instead of following God.  We need to be very careful of this since there is a theology that has permeated Christianity that Jesus did away with the law.  No, he fulfilled the law and as we talked about previously the law is holy and points to our need for a Savior that only Jesus can fulfill so the law will always point to Jesus as our Savior.

Q4) Read Galatians 5:19-21 then read Galatians 5:22-25. This is a contrast of a life dominated by the flesh and a life dominated by the Holy Spirit. Why does, as verse 7 says, a mind that is set on the flesh is hostile towards God and doesn’t live by the law of God and couldn’t live by God’s law if he/she wanted to?

Discussion)    This is due to the fact that the flesh is focused upon self whereas God’s law is focused upon God, others then self.  Flesh always puts self first before everything else.  A question came about the prevailing thought that is going around that God will give us the desires of our heart if we just pray about it.  It should be noted if we are truly following Jesus that God will be first in our hearts, others second, and then ourselves last.  If this is true about us then we should only be doing what we see God doing and then our prayers will not be focused upon ourselves.  Another way to put it is in the life of Paul, he never asked for a new horse, new chariot, or some faster way to get to the different areas that he ministered to.  Remember that he had been tortured and beat up many times, so walking at times was very painful for him.  Instead he prayed for the welfare of others spiritually and physically.

Q5) What in verse 4 does Paul tell us can be accomplished in a believer’s life if we walk after the Spirit and gives a believer great encouragement and joy?

Discussion)    What can be accomplished is the righteous requirement of the law (God, others, then self) and what is so comforting about this is that when we pursue God first He will take care of everything in our lives. 

Q6) Read verse 8. Why can’t one please God when we are walking in the flesh?

Discussion)    Because the flesh and the Spirit are diametrically opposed to each other.  It is just like two powerful magnets that are trying to be forced to each other.  There is resistance and then there is a complete repelling so that each magnet goes in a separate direction from the other magnet.

LIFE APPLICATION: Why should we double check our minds and what it is focused on? How long does it take for us to become like-minded to the Lord?

Discussion)    We need to double check our minds because whatever the mind is focused on the rest of the body will eventually go to.  It takes a lifetime for us to have the mind of Christ, it is not an instantaneous thing.

September 16, 2007 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment

Romans 7:13-25 – September 16, 2007

A TERRIBLE INNER CONFLICT (verses 13-25)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) Read Romans 12:3 and then read Philippians 2:3. This explains true humility. How does one attain true humility? Can we do this on our own?

Discussion)    True humility is attained through Jesus Christ and not of ourselves.  We must ask Jesus to help us look at ourselves soberly of what is and is not sin compared to what the Bible and Jesus say is sin.  This is brought up because Paul and John (in question 3) show themselves under a microscope for the world to see that they are battling sin and therefore we need to come before Jesus to confess the sin that we are battling and repent of it.

Q2) In verse 15 Paul begins a personal explanation of his feelings of battling sin, his flesh, and the struggle within himself of always doing things he didn’t want to do. Finally, in verse 18, he tells us why he and other Christians have this constant battle. What is the reason he gives?

Discussion)    This constant battle is due to the sin nature (flesh) that we have to deal with on a constant basis.  We cannot get rid of it though we are to sacrifice it daily to the Lord.

Q3) According to I John 1:8-10, if we deceive ourselves and deny our true condition before a Holy God, what do we remain enslaved to?

Discussion)    We will remained enslaved to sin.

Q4) Paul twice mentions in verses 17 and 20 that it is no longer him that does it, but the sin that dwells in him. What is he talking about and is this an excuse for him or any Christian to sin, or what?

Discussion)    No this is not an excuse nor is he using the bliss is ignorance method.  He realizes the struggle that he is in between his Christian life and the sin of his flesh.  He wants to rid himself of sin, but it is not doable since sin lives in our flesh.

Q5) In verses 15-25 Paul is saying that we can resolve the struggle with sin and the struggle with the flesh ourselves. How?

Clues)    This is the trick question.  We cannot resolve this struggle with sin.

Discussion)    Only Jesus Christ can resolve this struggle with sin in our lives.

Q6) Read Colossians 2:11 and then read verse 24. According to verse 24, how intense do you think the struggle against the flesh was for Paul? Why? Whom could he count on for help?

Discussion)    This is a very intense battle because Paul states that he wants deliverance.  Deliverance brings about the travail and pain that a woman goes through in childbirth and how some woman actually die over childbirth.  This is that type of pain he is feeling.  The reason he is feeling this type of pain is that he wants to be rid of his flesh once and for all.  He wants to do only what Jesus wants him to do and not what his flesh ends up doing.  The only person that can deliver him and us from this is Jesus Christ our Lord!

LIFE APPLICATION: After reading and studying these verses how would you answer the question Paul poses in verse 24? And the question, how can I resolve this struggle within my soul – this waging of war – my mind and my will wanting to glorify God, yet doing things of the flesh I don’t want to do?

Discussion)    Jesus Christ is the only way to deliver us from sin and our flesh.  It is not by self-help books, programs, or methods, it is only through Jesus Christ.  The only way to resolve this struggle is to cast it upon Jesus and do not take it back up again.  We are to cast our cares and burdens upon Him for He cares for us.  We then gladly take the yoke that He has for us.

September 9, 2007 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

Romans 7:1-12 – September 9, 2007

A NEW VIEW OF THE LAW (verses 1-12)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) What example did Paul use to describe how one is bound to the law as long as one lives; whom was he specifically talking to and why?

Discussion)    Paul used the example of marriage and he was talking to the Jewish people.  He did this because all Jews knew what the boundaries were for a marriage and so he describes going from the law to gospel of Jesus Christ as in the confines of marriage.

Q2) According to verse 4 how are we dead to the law?

Discussion)    We are dead to the law in that we are no longer ruled by the law but we are ruled by Jesus Christ and essentially married to Jesus in that through Him is the only way to get to God.

Q3) What is one thing that a lot of Christians get mixed up about the law? (Study verses 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 12 for help).

Discussion)    The one thing is that many believe that the law is dead or has been destroyed.  This is false since Jesus said that He came not to destroy the law but to fulfill it.

Q4) In verse 7, Paul is saying that the sin of covetousness/lust was thrown out of the law because it made the law sinful? How did it make the law sinful?

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    No, instead he uses covetousness as an example of how we still need the law.  We are not under it but instead it gives the believer the ability to see what God considers right and what God considers wrong.

Q5) What do verses 9-11 mean?

Discussion)    At first look these verses may make it seem that the law is no good.  Instead it is a lead in to the next question.  It shows that the law is first to help those without Jesus realize not only in their heads but in their hearts that they need a Savior and that they are sinning.  For those that have Jesus as their Savior the law is to further understand what Truth is and what is right and wrong.  The law is holy and points back to Jesus Christ.

Q6) According to I Timothy 1:8-10, who is the law used for and why?

Discussion)    Answered in the above question.

LIFE APPLICATION: Why do you think God did give us certain commandments to live by?

Discussion)    So we can start to understand who He is and what is in His heart.

September 2, 2007 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment


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