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Bible study on Romans – Chapter 11

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 11

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 11th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • The remnant of Israel
  • Ingrafted branches
  • All Israel will be saved
  • Doxology

The remnant of Israel

Paul starts this chapter by asking the question if God has rejected His people? The answer: No. Although even His own people have wronged Him and sinned against Him, He did not reject them. Even more so, God confirms to Paul that although His own people were responsible for killing His prophets, He tells Paul that He has reserved for Himself 7,000 of His people that did not bow down to Baal. And they have been chosen based on grace and not on works. For us it is very important to make the destinction that we will not get in Heaven through our works (how good they might be), but it will always be through grace.

See also how God also hardened the hearts of the ones that did not want to see and listen. Don’t think that you can just turn your eyes away for sin. God will see.

Ingrafted branches

Paul continues to ask and now: did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. Paul’s ministry was focused on reaching on the Gentiles, but also with the hope to reach Jews. It is important to not limit to whom we share the gospel with.

We are all branches of the same tree, therefore don’t consider yourself better than anybody else. Because we are all part of the same tree and have the same roots: Jesus.

All Israel will be saved

There is but only one way that Israel and we can be saved, through the mercy of God!

Doxology

This chapter ends by Paul describing how amazing and big Jesus is. Never think you can even come close to fully understanding Him. This alone, should give you more than enough reasons to honor Him everyday!

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Bible study on Romans – Chapter 10

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 10

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 10th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

Paul starts this chapter by praying to God (out of his hearts desire) prays for the Israelites to be saved. Why? Because they were still under the law and not trusting on faith. They were still trusting on their own understanding and works. In this chapter Paul shows that through Jesus Christ we will be saved through faith and not through our own works. Also you should and need to be willing to learn of God and to be open for all that He is.

 

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 9

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 9

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 9th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through the following:

  • Paul’s anguish over Israel
  • God’s sovereign choice
  • Israel’s unbelief

Paul’s anguish over Israel

Paul starts this chapter by confirming that the nation of Israel, was not just a nation. No, there are in fact that lineage from which Jesus would eventually come. Paul knew the importance of this nation and the love he had for this nation, that he was even willing to die for its sins to ensure that this nation would not perish. To me this shows it is possible for a person to really dedicate his or her life for God and faith.

God’s sovereign choice

In this part it is made clear that sonship as a child from Israel  and God is not determined based on the your heritage, but based on your faith in God. Furthemore, this part of the chapter deals with God. We should not think that we are on the same level of God, because we are defintely not! I do believe we can talk with God and talk with about things we don’t understand, but we cannot talk to God and talk to Him and put His works into doubt. He is our potter and it is up to Him what He does. But if you really believe in God and love Him, than you will know that all He will do in your life is to bless you and make it better. I think that God will even use moments of hardships to better your life and to help you grow.

Israel’s unbelief

Paul talks about the unbelief of Israel. A lot of children of Israel did not enter heaven, because they depended on their works and not on their faith to come into Heaven. Don’t think that calling yourself a Christian and depending on your works will make you able to go to Heaven. No, only by your faith in God you can enter Heaven. This means that we need to change our way of thinking: God is the center of our world and not we ourselves.

 

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 8

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 8

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 8th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through the following:

  • Life through the spirit
  • Present suffering and future glory
  • More than conquerors

Life through the spirit

Know that there is no condemnation for those that are in Jesus Christ, because through Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life  has set us free from the law of sin and death. God sent Jesus to do what the law couldn’t do (because the law was weakened by the flesh). Know that that mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. As long as we are in the real of the flesh, we can never satisfy God. So you need the Spirit of Christ to belong to Christ. You cannot serve to masters, so choose!

If you accept the Christ (and also the Spirit) than you will be child of God and no longer bound by sin. But know you are not forced in anyway and need to make that choice yourself.

Present suffering and future glory

God tells us that how hard our present suffering may be, we must be patient and know that all future blessings will far outway anything that we go through. I pray that we all have the strength throught the Holy Spirit to stay strong and patient and keep our trust and eyes on God.

More than conquerors

Know that if God is for you, than no one can be against you. Because through Him we are more than conquerors. Please keep your trust fully on Him!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 7

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 7

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 7th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through the following parts:

  • Release from the law, bound to Christ
  • The law and sin

Release from the law, bound to Christ

In this chapter God makes it known that we are only bound by the law during our life. This means that if a married person dies, then the surviving partner is no longer bound by this marriage and he/she is not an adultress if he/she would remarry. Know that the same things counts for Jesus dying on the cross for us and us giving our hearts to Him. From that moment we were no longer bound by sin!

The law and sin

Never think that the law was sinful, because of Jesus dying at the cross brought us God’s grace. Without the law we would not have known about sin? Why because in the law it is said that we shall not covet. Although sin tried to covet, besides the law it was already dead.

We should not think that there is no sin, because there is and the Law alone was not enough for us to overcome it, that is way God gave us His grace! Although our sinful nature might think we are a slave to sin, when through Jesus we were actually a slave to to God’s law.

 

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 6

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 6

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 6th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through the following parts:

  • Dead to sin, alive in Christ
  • Slaves to righteousness

Dead to sin, alive in Christ

When you are baptized, than you have died to sin. That God will forgive us for our sins, does not mean that we have a “wild card” to sin, whenever we want. If we do sin, than it is an insult to God if we decide to sin again. Know that your baptism is very important and should never be taken lightly. From the moment you were baptized, you have been set free from sin, so do your best to life without sin!

I love God very much and I thank Him, that He freed us from sin and that sin is no longer our master!

Slaves to righteousness

Paul continues onthe subject of sin. He asks us, if we can continue to sin, because we are no longer under the law, but under grace? He is very clear on this subject: NO!

What happens when you sin? Then you choose to let sin be your master again. And the master called sin will lead to one thing: dead!

But now Paul lets us know that we should not be in despair, because through God we became slaves to righteousness! As long as you are a slave to sin, then the only benefit will be death! But from the moment that you become a slave to righteousness, then you will be reaping the benefit which lead to holiness and the result of that will be eternal life!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 5

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 5

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 5th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through the following parts:

  • Peace and hope
  • Death through Adam, life through Christ

Peace and hope

This chapter begins with one of the most important lessons of the Bible: it is through faith that we are justified. And therefore we are also not justified by anything else. And it is only through Jesus Christ that we have peace. So, if you seek peace in your life, than know it is only to be received by accepting Jesus Christ as your savior.

Paul even tells us that we should glorify in our suffering, as it builds/brings perserverance, character, and character will bring hope. And don’t think you will be ashamed by having hope, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit!

Furhtermore, know that God shows us so much love for us, because although we were sinners Jesus Christ died for us. Never take this mildly, because dying (in an earthly body), and the way that He had do die, must have been so horrible to comprehend. So never take Jesus Christs dying for our sins lightly!

Death through Adam, life through Christ

Death entered into the world by one man (Adam), and death through sin, and in that way death came to all people, because all sinned! This means that no matter who you are, you have also sinned! So everyone needs Jesus Christ and faith to come before God!

But luckily we have not despair, because although sin and death came to us through one man, it was by one man, Jesus Christ, that it was by God’s grace came over all of us! And this gift is much bigger than sin! So have full faith in Jesus Christ!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 4

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 4

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 4rd chapter on the book of Romans we will go through the following parts:

  • Abraham justified by faith

Abraham justified by faith

This chapters shows that even the likes of Abraham could not come before God and boast on their works. No, even Abraham only come before God based on his faith. This shows that we also can only expect to get into heaven by our faith and not our works. Not even if we have the best of the works. This should make us very humble before God and make us know that no matter what we do, we can only come in heaven through our faith.

Furthermore, our works should never been seen as a gift to God, but as an obligation to God. Although it is by faith that we can enter heaven, God still expects us to fullfill our obligations towards Him. Therefore, it is very clear that just faith is not good enough. No, God makes it very clear that we also need to obey His commandments, also the ones that are in the Old Testament. How much we love the New Testament, there can be no discussion if the Old Testament is still applicable for us. It is very clear that even after Jesus died on the cross for us, we are still to obey the Old Testament as well!

Next, Paul mentions David (another great man of God). David stated that:

Blessed are the those whose transgressions are forgiven, who sins are forgiven. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord never count against them.

This shows that we need forgiveness, which we can receive by faith due to the fact that Jesus died for our sins on the cross.

It is mentioned that it was not by Abraham’s circumcission that he received the promise for him and his offspring. No, the circumcission was done after he received this promise. I believe that God wants to show us in this chapter that if even the great men of God needed faith to receive forgivenes and be granted acces to heaven, that we also need our faith to receive the same.

 

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 3

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 3

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 3rd chapter on the book of Romans we will go through the following parts:

  • God’s faithfulness
  • No one is righteous
  • Righteousness through faith

God’s faithfulness

Paul starts this chapter in discussion with the Jews in Rome. Based on chapter 2 you could indeed raise the question if it then is any advantage in being a Jew or Christian, when we still have the chance not to get into heaven even if we believe in God. Paul immediatelly lets them know that there are much advantages. Why? First of all, if we practice our faith, than we are also raised continiously with His word. And I have found out that I need His word in every situation. I used to think that I knew so much (maybe knew it all, I did not say, but I certainly acted like it), but without God I know nothing. For this reason God gave us the Bible to make sure that He teaches everything we need to know. But that He makes is available doesn’t make it automatically that we take the Bible and life by it. I wish that I had done so my whole life and lived my life accordingly, I believe that it would have saved me so much trouble. But I think that is one of the weaknesses we have as humans.

This discussion is ended by the conclusion that we should never think that because our unrighteousness shows God righteousness, that we can do evil and that good will result from it. Know in that case that your condemnation is just!

No one is righteous

Paul continious to ask them if then there is actually any advantage to being a Jew (or Christian). To me it is a bit confusing, because no he tells them not at all. I think it is both true. We already determined that there is not difference between Jews (and Christians ) and gentiles under the power of sin. Something we might want to think otherwise, but there is NO ONE under is that is righteous! When we go to heaven it only due to the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross dying for our sins.

God is determining my attention that they way that Paul is talking about the current time in which he lives, does resemble our current time as well:

10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”“The poison of vipers is on their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Does this description sound (even remotely) familiar over our current time. Don’t think that 2,000 years later we are doing it even better. Why not? Because we life in a sinful world. Even in my own life I can pinpoint enough moments that I really insult God by sinning. But the beautiful thing about God is that if we truly repent, we can always come to Him and ask (and receive) forgiveness.

Paul ends this part of the chapter with a very important conclusion: no ONE will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law, rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Righteousness through faith

This chapter is concluded by explaining that righteousness will never come through our works, but is only given through faith and only to the ones that believe. It is beautiful to see how God makes not difference between Jews and gentiles in this matter. God is there for all of us.

But that we can only be rescued by faith does not mean that works are no longer needed or nullified. God showed us that our works will never be good enough by itself, but God truly needs us to do the works of the law, but we need to know that it requires faith to do them. God makes it very clear that being saved by faith did not and will never nullify  the law by this faith. Not at all , rather we are expected to uphold the law. So, I pray that we all study the Bible to really understand the works as well and start also doing our best to keep most of the law, because I know God already know that we will be unable that we are able to keep them all.

God bless you all!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 2

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 2

Dear brothers and sisters,

We will go through the 2nd chapter of the book of Romans. I pray that God will guide us through this chapter and this Bible study. As I mentioned before, first read the chapter in its entiriety (if possible more than 1), before starting to study it. Also ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, also through this bible study.

In this chapter Paul speaks on the following:

  • God’s righteous judgment
  • The Jews and the law

God’s righteous judgment

The more I study on the books written by the apostle Paul, I notice how he was truly blessed by God to teach us all to really get deep into the Gospel. I believe God wants us personally, but also in our churches to be really deeply involved and fully committed in our faith. We are not just going to church or to read the Bible to hear to beautiful stories and sermons. No, God wants us not only to read, but also understand, feel and do His word.

This part already made me very ashamed, because it showed me how easy it is to by judgmental. Through Paul, God tells us that we have NO excuse to pass judgment on someone else (I will do a more in-depth study in to this subject, because I feel I am just hitting the service here). Why not? Because we are condemning ourselves, because at that moment that you are passing judgment you are also committing (the same sin). For example I was judging that they were following a prosperity preacher (and I still believe that these are the false teachers that the Bible speaks of). But is it not up to God to use the Holy Spirit to show these people this, if it is indeed correct. And who am I to judge them? Is my own spiritual life perfect? Am I a role model? I wish I could say yes, but the fact is that I am not. As mentioned in my devoitional of the 8th of August 2017 I explained how God is really humbling me (still). I think part of this is that God doesn’t want me (or you) to spent our time to judge others, but to do some soul searching and see how our relationship with God is. Are we living a life that we would not be ashamed of, if we would be standing before God at this moment? I know my life is not at that point. I know God is working in my life and I thank Him with all my heart. Also, for having so much patience with me 🙂

So, please do not spent your time judging other, because God makes it very clear that for this He will also judge you! And don’t think you can escape his judgment, please don’t show Him that kind of contempt! Know that God is very patience and loving and is giving you continious opportunities for repentance. So, make sure that you take one of those opportunities fast!

God has told us in this chapter that He will repay each according to what they have done. To those who by persistence in doing good, seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But those who are self-seeking, and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. And don’t blame God, because God gave and is still giving you enough chanches to change and make the right choices. So please do what is good!

Next Paul also tells us that both Jews and gentiles there will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, than the gentile. But glory, honor and peace for everyone that does good: first for Jew and than for gentile. God does not do any favoritsm. If you are not under the law you will perish, if you are than you will be judged. So don’t think just being a good person is enough. Or accepting God is enough. No, God demands both.

The Jews and the law

I believe that with Jew, he refers to everyone that has accepted God and is living his / her life according to God’s will. If you are so sure (by learning from God, the Bible) what God is all about and what His law is, than you should also ask yourself if you are obeying all His laws. Before you tell someone not to steal, are you sure that there is nothing in your life that is also considered stealing. It could even be stomething very little, but for God there is no difference between stealing paper clips from work or money from the bank (did you have approval for taking these paper clips? Or did you take in secret? Of course, most companies won’t mind if you take some for your own use, but if you constantly taking things home without them knowing, are you also not stealing?).

It may be very harsh to hear, but we can call ourself Christians and even do some actions/rituals, but it is our heart that determines our real relationship with God.

God, I pray that you please forgive us for all our sins. For being so easy to condemn others, while not even having a perfect life ourselfs. You know me and my sins, faults. I ask you not only for forgiveness, but also that you help me to grow in my faith. To be focused on you and not on others. To learn from you, to life like you, to really let go of things that are blocking my growth in faith.

I pray the same for all of you!

Amen!