Romans: The Gospel According To Paul … Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Romans

Note: Welcome to our first multi-part study of 2017! This is Jack’s verse by verse study of Romans, and it’s one of my favorites. Jack started this series 10 years ago this month. He wrote and published one part each week and it is 12 parts. I’ll feature one part each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The parts are all linked together, so feel free to read ahead, or catch up on weekends. As always, please let me know how this works for you and if you have any suggestions or advice for the site! God bless you, Samantha

[here’s the link to read this on the new beta site: Romans: The Gospel According To Paul … Part 1 ]

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The Rapture of the Church is getting closer by the day. There aren’t any events that must precede it, and the Church’s days on Earth are clearly numbered. Whether we’re taken up this year or not it’s certainly not too soon to prepare. Continue reading…

The Gospel According To Paul … Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Romans

Romans 2:1- 3:20

Paul continues his view of the world’s spiritual condition. Remember, he’s not writing about believers here. His intent in this introductory survey is to show that everyone needs the Gospel, whether Jew or Gentile. But I’m going to treat some of this as if it applies to us as well, because we all still commit the sins he’ll mention, and although we’re forgiven, we need to be reminded that that’s not our way anymore. We won’t have to pay the penalty for doing these things like unbelievers will because the Lord has already done that for us, but it does grieve the Holy Spirit when we sin, and it will interrupt our fellowship with Him. And after all, the intent of this study is to help prepare us for the Lord’s return. Continue reading…

The Gospel According To Paul … Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Romans

[you can also read this on our new beta site]

Romans 3:21-4:25

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26) Continue reading…

The Gospel According To Paul … Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Romans

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Paul spent the better part of three chapters showing us man’s desperate need for a savior. Any righteousness we can earn on our own is clearly inadequate to meet God’s standards. We need to acquire a righteousness equal to His in order to dwell in His presence. Thankfully such a righteousness is available. It was made so by the Lord Himself, and is imputed to us by faith in His completed work on the cross.

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Romans

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Romans 7:1 to 8:21

Having had a righteousness from God imputed to us by faith apart from the Law, we now have the choice to live a life of holiness. No longer enslaved to our sin nature, we can rise above any self-destructive behavior that has caused us, and those around us, sorrow in the past. We’ve been given an eternal perspective, knowing that the best is yet to come. (2 Cor. 4:18) Free from the compulsive need to grab all we can, however we can, as long as we can, we can begin to live lives of peace and experience the joy of giving, in gratitude for all we’ve received.

Remember, our most important goal now is to prepare for the soon coming kingdom. (Phil 3:13-14) It’s time to start storing up our treasure there because that’s where we’re headed. (Matt. 6:19-21) Because we’ve been freed from bondage, all we need to do is decide to adopt an eternal perspective and start making the choices that accompany it. From then on every day brings us one day closer. To help us prepare, Paul will now take us through “Law School” as Romans 7 is sometimes called.

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 6

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Romans

 

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In our last installment we completed Law School, and saw the impossible position we’ve been placed in. Because of the sin nature we’ve inherited, our own bodies will betray us no matter how hard we try to live up to God’s standard. In fact the harder we try, the more certain our failure becomes. As far as effecting our own salvation is concerned, we’re hopeless, helpless, worthless and useless. The Lord’s remedy for our situation was to offer us an unmerited pardon purchased with His own blood. Now we’re ready for a close look at the unbelievable blessing we call Grace.

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 7

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Romans

 

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

We turn now from a study of doctrine to one of prophecy. A prophecy involving both Jews and Gentiles that unlocks a secret hidden from the foundation of the world. From among both, God would create a new race of man, neither Jew nor Gentile, called the Church. As Paul would write to the Ephesians, “His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two” (Ephesians 2:15) and to the Galatians, “You are all sons of God through Christ Jesus … There is neither Jew nor Gentile” (Galatians 3:26,28) and to the Corinthians, “Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks (Gentiles) or the Church of God.” (1 Cor. 10:32). It’s the Church who would inherit the Kingdom. Here’s how it happens. Continue reading…

The Gospel According To Paul … Part 9

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Romans

Romans 9 spoke of God’s sovereign election of Israel as His chosen. In chapter 10 we saw how in the obsessive pursuit of a righteousness of their own, they rejected the righteousness that comes from God. But the rejection was clearly temporary, its duration dependent upon their response.

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 10

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Romans

We began this series from the perspective that our time is short and we should make sure we’re ordering what’s left of it around the Lord’s priorities for us. It won’t be long before the life we’ve worked so hard to build for ourselves here will be left behind. All that will remain is the treasure we’ve stored up in Heaven.

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