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052117 - Romans 10c - The Remnant
May 22, 2017 08:53 AM PDT
Romans 10:16 through 11:6, Pastor Scott Keller
Last week we covered the concept of how a person is given the ________________________________ to be saved.
We fulfill our divine commission when we actively _______________ to the Holy Spirit ministering to others through us…
ROMANS 10:16&17 ~ 16However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
In verse 17, he concludes that salvific faith comes from a personal embrace of the Message ________________ specifically about Jesus as the Christ.
ROMANS 10:18-21 ~ 18But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; “Their voice has gone out into all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.” 19But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous by that which is not a nation, By a nation without understanding will I anger you.” 20And Isaiah is very bold and says, “I was found by those who did not seek Me, I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” 21But as for Israel He says, “All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”
The reasoning in the first rhetorical question is since so many Jews refused to believe – it must be because they didn’t ________________.
Paul adamantly rejects that idea and then quotes Psalm 19. 1) The Gospel had been preached enough for any Jew to find it if they _______________. 2) The Gospel had already been preached to them through the _________.
The second question essentially states, since the Jews heard, but did not accept, they must not have _______________________.
1) Through Torah they knew their propensity to pride and stubbornness and they knew the key was to _________________ seek God’s mercy and _____________________ accept God’s forgiveness.
2) Once the Gentiles started accepting Jesus as the Jewish Messiah and becoming transformed Christians… The Jews should have ____________.
In verse 20&21, Paul quotes Isaiah 65:1&2 respectively. Paul applies verse 1, to the Gentiles and in answer, applies verse 2, the Jews. The effect of all these questions and quotations is that the Jewish people were without any ___________________.
ROMANS 11:1-6 ~ 1I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 3“Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.” 4But what is the divine response to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. 6But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
To prove that God has not rejected the Jews. Paul starts by pointing out that he is a Jew. The Bible is constantly telling us that God will never reject His people and that God is, by His very nature, faithful.
Psalm 94:14, I Samuel 12:22
Elijah discovered that appearances count for nothing when it comes to the plans of God. Verse 6, shows that the remnant was maintained, not because certain Jews were perfect, but because God was gracious. Salvation has only ever been through His ______________________.
Exodus 33:19, Romans 9:15 & Joel 2:32, Romans 10:13051417 - Romans 10b - Preachers
May 15, 2017 07:05 AM PDT
Romans 10:14&15, Pastor Scott Keller
JOEL 2:30-32 NLT ~ 30And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth— blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives. 32But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape, just as the Lord has said. These will be among the survivors whom the Lord has called.
Can you see the sovereignty of God and simultaneously the responsibility of man?
ROMANS 10:14&15 ~ 14How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
2) We cannot call in that way without believing to our core… Trust enables ____________________________ and _________________________.
3) We cannot believe in what we are _________________________ exists.
4) We cannot become aware of Jesus the Lord and Savior unless someone, somehow, ___________________ the content of the Gospel.
What this means is that general revelation is ________________ and purely divine intervention is ______________________.
LUKE 10:16 ~ The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.
When speaking as a preacher… those people who listen to me and accept my message, WILL be saved… Those people who reject me and my message WILL perish.
I Corinthians 15:10
Every Christian is a _________________________________.
5) No one can preach the Gospel, unless they have been sent by _______. The word sent is the verb ἀποστέλλω (ä-pŏs-tĕl-lō), in the passive voice.
MATTHEW 28:19&20 ~ 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
MARK 16:15&16 ~ 15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.”
ACTS 1:8 ~ “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
LUKE 24:48 ~ “You are witnesses of these things.”
JOHN 20:21b ~ “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
“Go therefore” – Because you are _________________________, go!
“And make disciples” – What are disciples? μαθητής (mä-thā-tās). ____________________________ is what this is all about.
“Of all the nations” – there are no __________________________.
“Baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” 1st this is not a _________________________ requirement for salvation –
GALATIANS 3:26-28 ~ “26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
1 - The Believer’s side of the equation and the local church’s side.
2 - Every Christian is a Christian… period.
“Teach them to observe all that I commanded you” – This is the teaching of those who are ___________________ members.
“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” – It’s Him through us.
JOHN 20:23 ~ “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”050717 - Romans 10a - One Lord
May 08, 2017 05:46 PM PDT
Romans 10:1-13, Pastor Scott Keller
ROMANS 10:1-4 ~ 1Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Verse 3, gives a two-tiered answer. First, they misunderstood the _____________________ of God and the ________________ of the Law.
That misunderstanding resulted in a failure to humbly ______________ to God and His mercy.
Verse 4, tells us the “Christ is the end of the Law,” meaning the Law ___________________ to Him.
Everyone who believes is righteous apart from any willing and any working… It is ___________ who saves… Just as it has always been. That’s what the Jews forgot.
ROMANS 10:5-7 ~ 5For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. 6But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), 7or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”
Paul bolsters his argument by quoting a few Old Testament passages. He uses the passages in a way that is unusual to us…
The gist of Leviticus 18:5, is that obeying the statutes and decrees of God will provide life. Yet, in 18:2, God said, “I am the LORD your God.”
What God was saying to the Israelites was I am your God – I have accepted you as My _________________… You have nothing to earn, I have done it all. Now, as my ________________, this is how we do things.
Verse 6… Paul is NOT saying there are two ways to get to heaven. He is contrasting a legalistic interpretation of the Law with the righteousness that has always come by ____________________.
A small quote from Deuteronomy 9:4, that serves to apply the larger principle there, followed by tying in Deuteronomy 30:11-14.
ROMANS 10:8-13 ~ 8But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Verses 9&10, give us a chiastic structure explaining what it takes to be eternally saved. One must “Confess with their mouth Jesus as LORD.” “Confess” is the aorist, active, subjunctive, of ὁμολογέω (hŏ-mŏ-lŏ-gĕ-ō).
Aorist, means it is an event… Active, means you must do it… Subjunctive, means it is a choice (IF).
So, we outwardly proclaim what we hold to be real and that specifically is declaring that Jesus is the LORD.
The Trinity has to be True, or we are blasphemers. John 12:42, 8:59, 10:30, Mark 14:61-64, etc.
“Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.” God would never raise a person from the dead, who had repeatedly claimed to be God themselves, thus validating their claim, IF it wasn’t true.
Two more Scripture references sandwich a new concept… “There is no distinction between Jew and Greek,” because there is only One God.043017 - Romans 9b - Vessels
May 01, 2017 09:25 PM PDT
Romans 9:14-33, Pastor Scott Keller
ROMANS 9:14-18 ~ 14What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” 18So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
The idea that God __________________ ________________ who He will bless, and who He will curse, regardless of their actions or character…
Strict 5-point Calvinism (T.U.L.I.P.), otherwise known as _______________ Theology, simply accepts it as stated.
Arminianists, come up with all kinds of ways to mitigate and minimize the plain meaning of the passage.
What’s the answer? The problem is, we ask the Bible text the _____________ questions. This passage has nothing to do with human free will and therefore, has nothing to do with the argument over determinism, compatibilism and indeterminism.
In this passage, the Bible is approaching things from _______________ perspective. In other places, where a different point is made, our human perspective is discussed and emphasized.
The way it really works is to recognize that God’s talking about different _________________________ of the same thing.
Verse 14, essentially asks, isn’t that arbitrary and unjust? Paul responds with his famous, μὴ γένοιτο (mā gĕ-nɔ֑ɪ-tŏ)!
God’s forgiveness and acceptance of a person, does not ______________ on them – it ________________ upon God, who chooses to forgive.
God is far more complex than we can grasp and that is summed up in verse 18, “So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”
ROMANS 9:19 ~ You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”
Another rhetorical question that flows from the previous point…
ROMANS 9:20-23 ~
That wasn’t the answer I was looking for… We get a potter analogy that simply means, God owes us no ______________________.
ROMANS 9:24-26 ~ 24even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. 25As He says also in Hosea, “I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’ And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’ ” 26“And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
ROMANS 9:27-29 ~ 27Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved; 28for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, thoroughly and quickly.” 29And just as Isaiah foretold, “Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left to us a posterity, We would have become like Sodom, and would have resembled Gomorrah.”
ROMANS 9:30-33 ~ 30What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33just as it is written, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”042317 - Romans 9a - What About the Jews?
April 24, 2017 12:09 PM PDT
Romans 9:1-13, Pastor Scott Keller
ROMANS 9:1-5 ~ 1I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, 4who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, 5whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
It seems like we are launching into an entirely new subject…
The second half of chapter 8, went to the greatest lengths possible to _________________________ the Christian.
Since God and Jesus did such unbelievable things to save you what would they not do to ___________________ you?
Romans 8:32, John 10:27&28, Romans 5:10
Chapter 8, finished with a crescendo that nothing could ever possibly ______________________ you from eternal life with God… What would cause me to leave God, other than some, “Tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Romans 8:35, I Corinthians 10:13
The entire point of chapter 8, is you can trust God no matter what life throws at you. If that’s true, what happened to the Jews?
If God had cast them away… Why would Christians think they __________ be next?
Paul starts off with a dramatic opening, but keep in mind his primary point is Christian assurance…
Do you see the subtle reality in verse 3? “I could wish that…”
The three couplets…
1A) The Jews received “Adoption as sons.”
1B) They were given the “Law.”
2A) the “Glory.”
2B) The “Temple service,” or better “Official Worship.”
3A) “The Covenants.”
3B) the “Promises.”
Verse 5… The Illustrious ______________________________ of old, all belong to the lineage of the ______________________. Culminating with the ___________________________ Himself!
Paul’s entire argument in chapter 8, is meaningless, if the unfaithfulness of the Jews caused God to ______________ them.
In verse 5, the KJV, NRSV and NASB have, Christ over all, and as such, blessed by God forever. The NIV, HCSB, ESV, NET, MSG and NLT have, Christ is God, and that as God, He is over all forever.
ROMANS 9:6-13 ~ 6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.” 8That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. 9For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, 12it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” 13Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
April 20, 2017 09:51 AM PDT
Romans 8:28-37, Pastor Scott Keller brought the Resurrection of Easter together with the end of Romans chapter 8 in showing our "Certain Hope."
Last time we left Jesus in the tomb… How could anything good possibly come from that Friday 2,000 years ago?
In our Romans study, we saw, “That God causes all things to work together for good” (8:28). It’s sure difficult to see that at times.
Two angels appeared to the women on Sunday morning and asked them…
Jesus was called according to the Father’s purpose and even though it was impossible to understand at the time… we now recognize this as the __________________________________ event ever.
Jesus was bodily raised from the dead to never taste death again… It proves that Jesus is the _________ and _________ Savior for humankind.
John 14:6, ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ὁδὸς καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια καὶ ἡ ζωή· “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;” οὐδεὶς ἔρχεται πρὸς τὸν πατέρα εἰ μὴ διʼ ἐμοῦ. “No one comes to the Father but through Me,”
The plan since before creation was that the “Called” would “Become conformed to the image of Jesus.”
Romans 12:2a, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
“Conformed” is συσχηματίζω (süs-ĉā-mä-tē-dzō)…
“Transformed,” is μεταμορφόω (mĕ-tä-mŏȑ-fŏ-ō)…
In chapter 8, the word “Conformed,” is actually σύμμορφος (süm-mŏȑ-fŏs). The root of “Transformed,” with a prefix meaning, together…
2) We are __________ to be formed into Christ, but to be formed into His _______________________.
The result is that Jesus becomes the first, BUT not the ________________ to conquer death forever…
ROMANS 8:31 ~ What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Every problem in this life, no matter how painful and difficult ____________ in _________________________ to what we have in Christ…
ROMANS 8:32-37 ~ 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
We have to trust. The single greatest event in human history took place when Jesus voluntarily gave up His life in order to save us. Yet, on that day, no one could have ever guessed it was all working together for Good.
Likewise, we encounter things we cannot understand. Yet, we believe that God is still “Working all things together for Good.”
ROMANS 8:38&39 ~ 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.041417 - Good Friday
April 15, 2017 11:35 AM PDT
This is a short and subdued Good Friday Message by Pastor Scott Keller.040917 - Romans 8f - His Purpose
April 10, 2017 09:21 AM PDT
Romans 8:29&30, Pastor Scott Keller
The thesis statement, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
The corrective to “It’s all good” in verse 28, is it is for those people “Who love God and are called according to His purpose.” What does mean?
The second half of verse 28, wasn’t telling us what we must do, it was telling us who we _____________.
ROMANS 8:29&30 ~ 28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Discover the plain meaning of the text the average Christian can discern and you have the ______________________ meaning of the passage.
In digging deeper watch for:
2) Avoiding the _________________________ of the passage to yourself.
3) Focusing on the different interpretations that ______________ the Body.
This is one of the main passages supporting the doctrine of absolute determinism. This is not about that at all… This is about ______________.
“Called” is κλητός (klā-tŏs), an adjective meaning a person who has been called…
The Chosen or Elect is ἐκλεκτός (ĕk-lĕk-tŏs) (Matthew 22:14, etc.)
This usage of “Called” does not require an ___________________ calling.
You accepted the Call and became a Christian for God’s purposes, not for your own. Your entire existence then, is for His _____________________.
What if, to accomplish His purposes, God requires you to _____________?
“Foreknew” in verse 29, is προγινώσκω (pȑŏ-gē-nōs-kō), meaning to “Know beforehand.” (Isaiah 46:9&10, etc.)
He knows the _________________ from the ________ – He is omniscient.
He could have made us mindless – He could have made us purely instinctual. We have, what we call, ___________ __________ to choose.
Just because it is an illusion from God’s perspective…
“Predestination,” προορίζω (pȑŏ-ŏ-ȑēdz-ō), means to determine beforehand.
For the Christian, God’s purpose in creating the universe and in providing salvation was that humans would be ______________________ to the ____________________ of Jesus. That’s God’s purpose.
Did Jesus suffer and through His suffering prove His faithfulness?
Will you suffer and through your suffering prove your faithfulness?040217 - Romans 8d - God’s Perfect Will
April 03, 2017 10:41 AM PDT
Romans 8:23-28, Pastor Scott Keller
Last week we saw that we are guaranteed complete legitimacy as full-fledged members of God’s own family IF… IF we ___________ with Christ.
1) We are going to encounter difficult things…
2) We represent God to the physical and metaphysical realms…
3) We will be persecuted for our bold witness…
You may lose what is most precious to you… Will you turn _________ God or will you turn _________ Him?
The true Christian __________ persevere through all the suffering that comes… and why?
In Romans 8:19-22, “Creation was subjected to futility.” It means that it is not “living” in accordance with its _________________________ design.
ROMANS 8:23-25 ~ 23And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
We have the Holy Spirit given to us as ἀπαρχή (äp-äȑ-ĉḥā). It is the technical term for a birth certificate and always has at its core the idea of what ________________________________ the whole or the remainder.
Let today, be the day, we fully enter in to what God has guaranteed. Yet, let us rejoice that, “The patience of our Lord,” is due to His desire that, “None should perish…” Pray for the “Kingdom to come.” Yet, “Your will be done.”
II Peter 3ff & Matthew 6:10
The “Perseverance” we are to have as we wait eagerly ὑπομονή (hü-pŏ-mŏ-nā).
Hope is inextricably tied to belief, trust and faith… none of those words have any __________________________ at all, after a thing is obtained.
ROMANS 8:26&27 ~ 26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Remember the primary point is the assurance of hope Christians have in receiving the balance of what God has promised.
Our weakness here, is that we do not know “HOW to pray.” What is truly the best outcome? How can mere mortals have any idea at all?
_______________________ is praying for God’s will to be done on earth… _________________________ is praying for my will to be done in heaven.
The actual intent of ending our prayers with “In Jesus name,” is asking for God’s ________________ (Mark 14:33-36, etc.)
ROMANS 8:28 ~ And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
God will absolutely cause everything we experience in this life to work together for good. ________ good, not necessarily what seems good to us.
There is nothing to fear… God is actively working to accomplish His perfect will in you, His beloved child. Embrace that fact with complete __________ in Him and your future with Him.032617 - Romans 8d - Suffer, Really?
March 26, 2017 04:28 PM PDT
Romans 8:10-17a review and Romans 8:17b-22, Pastor Scott Keller
Good Friday Service April 14. Resurrection Sunday, 1st Service at 8:00, Brunch & Scroll Hunt at 9:00, 2nd Service at 10:30.
Please pray for Kerri, Rose, Melinda & Dana.
Do you have enough _____________ to live like you have ____________?
Verse 10, brings up the fact, that even though, “Christ is in you,” your physical body is _____________________.
The first half of verse 13, is a statement of fact. Such a person is eternally __________________ already.
Four highlights of the second half of verse 13…
2) Body, σῶμα (sō-mä), not flesh, σάρξ (säȑx).
3) Continuously BE
4) By the Spirit
We are children of God and therefore fellow heirs with Christ. The term heir in the Bible is focused on the absolute certainty _____________________
ROMANS 8:16&17 ~ 16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
To be eternally saved we need to be saved AND suffer?
This is a recognition of the suffering this life still holds for the Christian.
I know you’ve suffered, but have you suffered specifically because you’re a devout follower of Jesus Christ?
This, again, is a statement that those who are the Spirit-led children of God, do stand firm for Him regardless.
Christians are not Stoics, Buddhists, Ascetics or Masochists.
ROMANS 8:18-22 ~ 18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
The Greek word γὰρ (gäȑ), occurs 4 times in these 5 verses.
A goofy analogy… Winning the lottery…
Verse 18, “I consider,” isn’t Paul rendering his personal opinion.
Why does hope not disappoint? “Because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Ro. 5:5).
God subjected His own creation to futility, not because of anything it did, but because of human sin (Genesis 3:17)… But God did it in ___________.
Creation anxiously waits for the day when the Glory of God will be revealed. Specifically, His glory revealed as He fulfills His promises.
Isaiah 65:17, Create there is the same word, בָּרָ֣א (bä-ȑä), seen in Genesis 1:1.
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