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.
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.
Our last study began with God’s election of Israel as His chosen people. In Chapter 10 we’ll see how they came to be rejected.
In our last installment we completed Law School, and saw the impossible position we’ve been placed in. Now we’re ready for a close look at the unbelievable blessing we call Grace.
Romans 5 and 6
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.
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.
The Rapture is getting closer by the day. The Church’s days on Earth are clearly numbered and whether we’re taken up this year or not it’s certainly not too soon to prepare. With that in mind we’ll begin a study of Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Gospel according to Paul.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
If you follow our “Ask a Bible Teacher” feature, you know how many comments I’ve received lately that question the Doctrine of Eternal Security (aka Once Saved Always Saved or OSAS). Based on their content I’ve concluded that many people neither understand OSAS nor have they considered the alternative.
As we begin another Christmas season, let’s review exactly what the Lord’s arrival on Earth has done for us. It’ll help us remember the reason for the season and rekindle our joy in the midst of all the hustle and bustle.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Haggai served as the Lord’s Prophet to Israel for only four months, beginning on August 29, 520 BC and ending on Dec. 18 of the same year. He spoke to the Israelites who had returned from Babylon in 538 BC to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem and re-establish a Jewish presence there.
The first thing the Lord had Haggai tell them was the reason why their labors over much of the 18 years since their return had not been productive. It was because their priorities were out of order. He promised that as soon as they corrected this mistake, the Lord would begin to bless them, to a degree they couldn’t have imagined. The very day they took action on his instructions things started changing for the better.