Showing posts with label Sin. Show all posts
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16 November 2019

1 Year Through the Bible Series—Romans Part B

B3 Teaching about sin 1:18-3:20
C1 The remainder of chapter 1 deals with the downhill course of humanity.
D1 All people know of God’s existence at some point in their life.
D2 The downhill course begins with rejection and suppression of truth.
E1 Truth is reality.
E2 All know truth at some point, but most suppress it.
E3 The Greek word for suppress is κατέχω katéchō. It means
F1 Restrain, hold down, hinder, keep secure, etc.
F2 Truth is something in the open, not secret, not hidden.
F3 Truth is being suppressed.
F4 Robertson’s Word Pictures on this word in our passage writes: ...but wicked men, so to speak, put it in a box and sit on the lid and “hold it down in unrighteousness.” Their evil deeds conceal the open truth of God from men.
F5 John 3:20-21 NLT All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.
E4 God cannot lie. It is not a trait of His character. He cannot lie. Hebrews 6:18 NET so that we who have found refuge in him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie
D3 Rejecting and suppressing truth has a consequence
E1 Imagination, that is thoughts not based on reality, becomes reality.
E2 People who reject and suppress truth then worship a different god, an idol, or perhaps only themselves.
E3 Romans 1:21-23 NLT Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
E4 If truth is rejected, deception is the result. In the first days of the Tribulation, it is prophesied that the Lawless One (anti-Christ) will easily deceive people because they have rejected truth. Rejection of truth finally leads to being easily deceived. People become easily deceived, because they want to hear something that agrees with their desires. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 WEL This [Lawless] one is coming according to the energy of Satan with all lying miracles, signs, and wonders. 10 [He comes] with all unrighteous power to deceive those who perish, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. 11 For this reason God will send them strong delusion, so that they would believe a lie, 12 And that they might all be judged, who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
D4 They keep rejecting and suppressing truth, so it gets worse, for God punishes sin with allowing their desire for sin. Sinful desires are their first love.
D5 All of God’s categories of law are broken (10 Commandments). Sin comes from our hearts. Mark 7:21-23 NLT For from within, out of a person's heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.
D6 Finally, many end here: Romans 1:28-32 NLT Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God's justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.
D7 Then they die: Hebrew 9:27 PickNT Also, inasmuch as men are destined to die but once, after which the judgment
D8 Please, do not come to the end of your life in this predicament.
C2 Chapter 2 deals with
D1 God’s judgment against sin.
E1 If I break the law, I must be punished.
E2 If I break God’s law, I must be punished. God is King of the Universe.
E3 Romans 2:6-8 NLT He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.
D2 The Jews felt they were special and in the Kingdom of God, but they are sinners, too. They need a savior. They need to believe and trust in Jesus. Romans 2:28-29 NLT For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. 29 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God's Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.
C3 Chapter 3
D1 God is faithful.
E1 The Jews knew God’s law because they had God’s message, thus their sins are worse than the ignorant heathen.
E2 Obeying the law outwardly is not enough to please God.
E3 The Jews need to believe in their Messiah, just as all people must.
D2 All people are sinners. All people are hopelessly addicted to sin. 2 Peter 2:19 NLT They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
D3 No one seeks for God. No one is able to seek for God. If God did not initiate salvation, no one would ever be forgiven. Romans 3:21-22 NLT But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Romans 3:23-26, 28 NLT For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. ... 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

31 October 2019

Examples of failure and God’s disapproval are what we are NOT to do

I have often stated that the rules in the New Testament have been given by Jesus directly or through the early church Apostles and prophets.

We learn God’s will for many situations by
B1 What we must do
B2 What we must NOT do
B3 Principles on what we we must do
B4 Principles on what we must NOT do
B5 Examples of success and God’s blessing are what we are to do
B6 Examples of failure and God’s disapproval are what we are NOT to do

Some examples of failure and God’s disapproval are what we are NOT to do
B1 People influenced by money
C1 Balaam
D1 His story Numbers 22-24
D2 The result: Joshua 13:22 NIV In addition to those slain in battle, the Israelites had put to the sword Balaam son of Beor, who practiced divination.
D3 The warning
E1 2 Peter 2:15 NIV They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness.
E2 Revelation 2:14 NIV Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.
D4 A comment. God told Balaam not to go, not to curse them, and not to take money from them, but Balaam did anyway. God refused to let Balaam curse Israel. Balaam, evidently, so covetous for money, instructed Balac to entice Israel with forbidden food and sex. He was slain in battle and is given as an example of what not to do.
C2 Judas
D1 His story is in the Gospels. He spent 3+ years following the Lord Jesus, seeing what Jesus did, and hearing what Jesus taught.
D2 Influenced by money. John 12:3-6 NIV Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages." 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
D3 The result: Acts 1:16-19 NIV and said, "Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry." 18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
C3 Ananias and Sapphira
D1 Their story and greed: Acts 5:1-2 NIV Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife's full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles' feet.
D2 The result: Acts 5:5, 9-10 NIV When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. ... 9 Peter said to her, "How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also." 10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
D3 The warning: Acts 5:3-4 NIV Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.
D4 A comment. They coveted, they lied, and they stole (they had promised to give all the money). The motive evidently was to gain admiration.
C4 Simon the Great
D1 His story is in Acts 8.
D2 His sin: Acts 8:17-19 NIV Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money 19 and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.
D3 The result: Acts 8:20-24 NIV Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin." 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.
B2 People influenced by sex
C1 Solomon
D1 The start of his reign:
E1 His story begins with his love for God: 1 Kings 3:3 NIV Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
E2 What he should have continued in: 1 Kings 3:5, 9-12 NIV At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." ... 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?" 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, "Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.
D2 The towards the end of his reign:
E1 His love for sex and women: 1 Kings 11:1-2 NIV King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter--Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, "You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods." Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.
E2 1 Kings 11:4-6, 9 NIV As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done. ... 9 The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.
C2 David
D1 His general character:
E1 1 Samuel 13:14 NIV But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD's command."
E2 Acts 13:22 NIV After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'
D2 His sin:
E1 His lust arises. He knows she is married: 2 Samuel 11:2-3 WEB And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
E2 He rapes Bathsheba: 2 Samuel 11:4 WEB And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in to him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned to her house.
E3 Sin has many consequences:
F1 She becomes pregnant: 2 Samuel 11:5 NLT Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, "I'm pregnant."
F2 He tries to cover up his sin by ordering her husband murdered: 2 Samuel 11:15, 17 NLT The letter instructed Joab, "Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed." ... 17 And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.
F3 God knows and sends a prophet to confront David: 2 Samuel 12:7-9 NLT Then Nathan said to David, "You are that man! The LORD, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. 8 I gave you your master's house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. 9 Why, then, have you despised the word of the LORD and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.
F4 God punishes: 2 Samuel 12:10-12, 14 NLT From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah's wife to be your own. 11 "This is what the LORD says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. 12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel." ... 14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the LORD by doing this, your child will die."
D3 Today we know the principle: James 1:14-15 NLT Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
D4 Thankfully, David repented, that is, confessed his sin and never did anything like this again. Psalm 51 and 2 Samuel 12:13 NLT Then David confessed to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "Yes, but the LORD has forgiven you, and you won't die for this sin.
C3 Jezebel (the New Testament person)
D1 Her position is prophetess.
D2 Her sin was in her teaching and action: Revelation 2:20 NLT But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols.
D3 Her punishment and the consequences of sin: Revelation 2:21-23 NLT I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality. 22 "Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve.

We have principles of what we must not do. We must not let money and physical pleasures influence our actions and cause us to sin.

Jude 1:24-25 NLT Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

19 October 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Part 8

Titus 3:3-8 What We Were, and How God Changed Us


What We Were and How God Changed Us

3 We ourselves were also at one time foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various evil desires and pleasures, passing our time being spiteful, envious, obnoxious, and hating one another.
4 But as soon as the kindness and love of God our Savior toward mankind appeared,
5 He saved us, not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
6 Which he abundantly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 That having been justified by means of his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on them, so that those who believe in God might be conscientious to keep up good works. These things are right and beneficial to people.

Notes
B1 Before we believed the Gospel
C1 Sin is defined as
D1 Transgressing God’s law 1 John 3:4 NIV Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
D2 Unrighteousness 1 John 5:17 NIV All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
D3 Knowing what is right, but refusing to do: James 4:17 NIV If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them.
D4 Anything not of faith (believing God): Romans 14:23 GNB But if they have doubts about what they eat, God condemns them when they eat it, because their action is not based on faith. And anything that is not based on faith is sin.
D5 Foolish plans as here: Proverbs 24:9 GNB Any scheme a fool thinks up is sinful. People hate a person who has nothing but scorn for others.
C2 Penalty and punishment are necessary
C3 All humans are addicted to sin. We are enslaved. John 8:34, Romans 6:12-20, Titus 3:3
C4 The characteristics of the human addicted to sin
D1 Pride
D2 The lie of believing ourselves to be good
D3 The lie that we can overcome sin on our own strength
D4 Blind and in darkness to truth and the reality of our condition
D5 The free will is hindered because of our addiction to sin
D6 We are addicted to what is pleasurable to us
D7 We do the opposite of the Ten Commandments
E1 We have other gods, namely ourselves
E2 We have idols of some type of material or imagination
E3 We blaspheme God’s character
E4 We don’t rest from anything to worship the creator, the King of the Universe (and beyond).
E5 We don’t honor our parents
E6 We commit sexual sins
E7 We steal
E8 We murder
E9 We lie
E10 We covet
D8 If we sin 10 times a day, then in one year, we break God’s law 3,650 times every year. Each sin will receive the death penalty. Some protest that it is not fair to suffer for eternity for committing one lie, but they forget or are ignorant that God, the King of the Universe, warns them that one sin will receive this penalty. James 2:10 NLT For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws.
D9 The penalty (and God warns us) is death. Death is spiritual and physical. The spiritual death of the unconverted is spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical resulting in physical death and eventually eternal death of torment in fire.
E1 Genesis 2:17 CSB but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.
E2 We earn something for what we work for. The wages of sin in death. Romans 6:23 CSB For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
E3 Works count, but all have sinned. Punishment is eternal: Revelation 20:12, 14-15 CSB I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. ... 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
E4 Matthew 25:46 NLT And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.
D10 All these sins are done in thoughts, desires, words, and/or deeds. Matthew 5:28 NLT But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
D11 People have different levels of how evil they are. Some are more evil than others.
D12 We show our sin by actions. People live the way they believe. What they say is not necessarily what anyone really believes. Some of these actions are shown in our passage. ... foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various evil desires and pleasures, passing our time being spiteful, envious, obnoxious, and hating one another.
D13 We do not and we can not seek God. We are enslaved to our sins.
E1 Romans 3:11 WEL There is no one who is understanding, there is no one seeking for God. (See Romans 3:10-18).
E2 John 8:34 NLT Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
D14 All are sinning.
D15 All will be judged.
D16 All will be found guilty.
D17 All will die.
D18 All will be sentenced to eternity suffering as our punishment.
D19 The salvation that is offered is because God is kind and loves us enough to genuinely offer it.
B2 After we believed the Gospel
C1 What God does
D1 God initiates salvation. If God does not, then no one will be saved. John 16:8 and John 6:44
D2 God in His sovereign power frees the will from darkness, blindness, ignorance, etc. to understand our sin and God’s punishment. Acts 16:14
D3 Having a freed will, God presents the Gospel through the preaching of it. 1 Corinthians 1:21
D4 One can then believe or not believe, resist or not resist, comply or refuse the Holy Spirit of God. God has freed our will, that is, given us the ability to make a choice or contrary choice. Acts 7:51, Isaiah 63:10, Isaiah 1:20
D5 If one believes, then God gives new life (regeneration), the earnest of the Holy Spirit, forgiveness of sins, eternal life, etc. 2 Corinthians 5:17
D6 All sin must be punished. Romans 6:23 and Romans 1:18
D7 Either I can be punished or someone else.
D8 If someone else is chosen, they must be sinless. Otherwise, they are being punished for their own sin.
D9 Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man, is sinless. 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Hebrews 4:15
D10 Jesus is the Passover Lamb. He did this only one time. 1 Corinthians 5:7 and Hebrews 9:28
D11 The blood of Jesus paid penalty. 1 Peter 1:2, Hebrews 12:24, Ephesians 1:7
D12 Jesus suffered for our sins bearing the wrath of God. 1 Peter 2:24 and 1 Peter 3:18
D12 Salvation is not something earned. Our passage shows this. Faith is not a work.
D13 Jesus raised from the dead proving He is God, He is sinless, and He has paid that penalty successfully. Romans 1:3-4
D14 Jesus lives forever to make intercession for believers. Hebrews 7:25
D15 If we drift and finally and forever deny Jesus Christ, we will be apostate and go to eternal punishment. It is rare but does happen. When it happens? Only God knows. Let us stay in the grace of God. Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:26-31
C2 Characteristics of the regenerated
D1 Fruit of the Spirit. These are not something is ourselves but a fruit of the Holy Spirit working in our life. Galatians 5:22-23
D2 We are sanctified. We are separated from addiction and slavery to sin to be separated to God for serving Him, His kingdom, and His will.
E1 Instant and completed sanctification when believing is justification. Acts 26:18, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Hebrews 10:26
E2 The Holy Spirit's continuous teaching and convicting is a ongoing work of sanctification. This is progressive sanctification. 2 Corinthians 7:1 and 1 Thessalonians 4:3
E3 Instant and completed sanctification after physical death is glorification. Romans 8:30, Philippians 3:20-21
D3 God frees us from our sins. Romans 6:7
D4 His grace gives us the grace and power to know His will and do it. Philippians 2:13
D5 The gift of the Holy Spirit who works in our lives Romans 8:7-9
B3 Verse 5 He saved us, not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
C1 Works of righteousness do not save us from God’s wrath. Isaiah 64:6
C2 Faith is not works. The Scripture states it so: Romans 4:2-4 LEB For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the scripture say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness." 4 Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited according to grace, but according to his due.
C3 Mercy is receiving what we do not deserve. We deserve the wrath of God, but the Lord Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, received God’s wrath for us.
C4 Washing of regeneration and renewal
D1 These are the work of the Holy Spirit John 1:12-13, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Romans 6:3-9 (baptism does not make one saved, it is the result of being saved and then identified with Jesus Christ).
D2 Renewal. What was dead in now alive. Colossians 3:10, Psalm 51:10, Ephesians 2:4-7
B4 Verse 6 Which he abundantly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our Savior,
C1 Not just a little but much
C2 Done in love, wisdom, and holiness
B5 Verse 7 That having been justified by means of his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
C1 Justification is instant sanctification accomplished entirely by God for those who believe in His son Jesus Christ.
C2 It is God’s grace, not our work
C3 God made us heirs of a heavenly kingdom Romans 8:17, Galatians 3:29, Ephesians 3:6
B6 Verse 8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on them, so that those who believe in God might be conscientious to keep up good works. These things are right and beneficial to people.
C1 Good works glorify God. So the works we do must be works that are approved by Go. Stealing to help the poor would not qualify as a good work.
C2 The good works we do are first for our family, then for our local brothers and sisters, then for our other brothers and sisters worldwide, and finally as a witness to those who do not believe.
C3 It must be a work that we can do. Some can give money, food, clothes, necessities. Some can give in labor as cleaning, repairing, running errands, etc. All can pray, but for some that is all they are able to do.
B7 Philippians 1:9-11 GNB I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, together with true knowledge and perfect judgment, 10 so that you will be able to choose what is best. Then you will be free from all impurity and blame on the Day of Christ. 11 Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God.

30 July 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of James—James 1:13-15

D4 Believers Should Know That Temptation Is Not From God James 1:13-15

James 1:13-15 WEL Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither does he tempt anyone. 14 Everyone is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then, when lust has conceived, it produces sin, and when sin is matured, it brings forth death.
Tempted=
  • This is the word πειράζω peirázō. We discussed the noun in James 1:2. The verb is similar and means a test to determine quality and an attempt to do something (Acts (9:26). Another meaning is to get someone to do something illegal, as our passage here and in Matthew 22:18, for instance.
  • The context tells us.
    • There is temptation that comes from our evil desires and lusts, as here.
    • There is temptation that comes from testing how a person will respond to God’s teaching, as Abraham, for instance. Hebrews 11:17 NLT It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God's promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.
  • God does not tempt us, that is, seduce, to sin, that is, break His laws.
Everyone=
  • The Lord Jesus was tempted to sin, but He never had the desire or lust to sin (Hebrews 4:15).
  • We are tempted to break God’s laws, too, but it is from our inward desire. Two example:
    • It is not wrong to eat, yet gluttony is sin (Philippians 3:19-20, Proverbs 23:2).
    • Sex is not wrong, yet sex outside of marriage is wrong.
      • Hebrews 13:4 NRSV Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.
      • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NLT Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people--none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
Drawn away=
  • The Greek word is ἐξέλκω exélkō. It means to lure as a hunter does game.
    • A thought planted Genesis 3:2-3
    • An advantage promised Genesis 3:4-5
    • Attraction Genesis 3:6
    • Persistence on the part of the seducer Matthew 4:8-9 See also Genesis 19:9
    • Yielding Genesis 3:6
  • Sin brings death
    • Physical (sometimes immediately (Genesis 38:2-10) yet most of the time eventually (Romans 6:23, Hebrews 9:27)
    • Spiritual (Ephesians 2:1, 1 Timothy 5:6)
    • Eternal (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 21:8)
Questions
  • Does God tempt us to sin? Defend your answer.
  • Why do we sin?
  • What is the process from temptation to death?
  • Why does sin bring death?

05 June 2019

A Few Thoughts About Covering Up Sin


It is a must reading how religious leaders cover up their sins and the sins of other leaders, pastors, missionaries, teachers, and members. It is a disgrace to God, to Christianity, and to the leaders and members who are godly.
These fake Christians need to be exposed.
Covering up sin is dealt with in the Scriptures.
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  • Great victories had come to Israel. The army approached Ai, a small town. “Surely,” they thought, “we will easily win this battle.” They lost. They grieved. Joshua and the people wept, prayed to God, and complained, but God was angry and explained that Israel had sinned.
  • God had commanded that whatever was in Jericho was God’s, not any individual’s. This had not been obeyed. It was covered up.
  • A few of the verses:
Joshua 7:1, 3-4, 6-7, 10-11, 13-15, 20-22, 26 NLT But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the LORD. A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the LORD was very angry with the Israelites. Achan was the son of Carmi, a descendant of Zimri son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah. ... When they returned, they told Joshua, "There's no need for all of us to go up there; it won't take more than two or three thousand men to attack Ai. Since there are so few of them, don't make all our people struggle to go up there." So approximately 3,000 warriors were sent, but they were soundly defeated. The men of Ai ... Joshua and the elders of Israel tore their clothing in dismay, threw dust on their heads, and bowed face down to the ground before the Ark of the LORD until evening. Then Joshua cried out, "Oh, Sovereign LORD, why did you bring us across the Jordan River if you are going to let the Amorites kill us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side! ... But the LORD said to Joshua, "Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this? Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their own belongings. ... "Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the LORD. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you. "In the morning you must present yourselves by tribes, and the LORD will point out the tribe to which the guilty man belongs. That tribe must come forward with its clans, and the LORD will point out the guilty clan. That clan will then come forward, and the LORD will point out the guilty family. Finally, each member of the guilty family must come forward one by one. The one who has stolen what was set apart for destruction will himself be burned with fire, along with everything he has, for he has broken the covenant of the LORD and has done a horrible thing in Israel." ... Achan replied, "It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. Among the plunder I saw a beautiful robe from Babylon, 200 silver coins, and a bar of gold weighing more than a pound. I wanted them so much that I took them. They are hidden in the ground beneath my tent, with the silver buried deeper than the rest." So Joshua sent some men to make a search. They ran to the tent and found the stolen goods hidden there, just as Achan had said, with the silver buried beneath the rest. ... They piled a great heap of stones over Achan, which remains to this day. That is why the place has been called the Valley of Trouble ever since. So the LORD was no longer angry.
Covering up a crime discussed: Genesis 37:26 NLT Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain by killing our brother? We'd have to cover up the crime.
False prophets (and pastors and other religious workers today) cover up sins:
B1 Ezekiel 22:28 NLT And your prophets cover up for them by announcing false visions and making lying predictions. They say, 'My message is from the Sovereign LORD,' when the LORD hasn't spoken a single word to them.
B2 Another translation: Ezekiel 22:28 GNB The prophets have hidden these sins like workers covering a wall with whitewash. They see false visions and make false predictions. They claim to speak the word of the Sovereign LORD, but I, the LORD, have not spoken to them.
We are not to cover up but to expose.
Proverbs 28:13 NLT People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
We are to hate evil, not cover it up: Romans 12:9 WEL Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil. Stick tightly to what is good.
The Lord Jesus exposed sin:
B1 John 3:20 NLT All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.
B2 John 7:7 NLT The world can't hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil.
The prophets exposed sin: Amos 5:10-11 NLT How you hate honest judges! How you despise people who tell the truth! You trample the poor, stealing their grain through taxes and unfair rent. Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses, you will never live in them. Though you plant lush vineyards, you will never drink wine from them.
The purpose of exposing sin is to bring conviction and repentance. Consider King David after he had raped Bathsheba and ordered her husband to be murdered.
B1 He acknowledges his sin: Psalms 51:3 NRSV For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
B2 He acknowledges his sin is against God: Psalms 51:4 NRSV Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.
B3 He acknowledges original sin (the sin nature that all humans have except for the Lord Jesus): Psalms 51:5 NRSV Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
B4 He acknowledges God’s value placed on truth. God knows everything, so we might as well agree with God’s opinion. Psalms 51:6 NRSV You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
B5 He acknowledges that only God can forgive sin: Psalms 51:7 NRSV Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
B6 He acknowledges that only God can fix what is broken in a person’s soul: Psalms 51:10 NRSV Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
B7 David doesn’t ask for happiness; he pleads for joy in his soul that only God can give: Psalms 51:12 NRSV Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
B8 He acknowledges that God doesn’t want penance, instead God wants a broken (that is not proud) attitude: Psalms 51:17 NRSV The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.