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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!

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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.

 

Daily devotional for 10 August 2017 – Romans 10:9-11

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Daily devotional for 10 August 2017 – Romans 10:9-11

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 10:9-11 (NIV):

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Amen! These verses are very powerful and words to life by! God tells us how important both our heart and mouth are in professing our faith in Him. The one does not go without the other. It is not enough to just say that Jesus is Lord. No, you fully have to believe in your heart. If you really do it like this than God will fullfill His promise over your life: that your life is saved! Also make sure that you are very careful what and how you speak, because although you can use your mouth for good, you can also use it for evil. Make sure that you think before you speak. It is so easy to speak out of anger and make things worse so easily. While it is the devil that wants you to react on bad things. But if you let the Holy Spirit control your speach, than you will see how it will make things better and stop worse things from happening. Also, know that other people know that you are a Christian and what kind of example are you being for your faith and for God if you use your mouth to do evil? Let your life be a good example for others!

 

 

Bible study on the Epistle to the Romans – Introduction

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Bible study on the Epistle to the Romans – Introduction

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I am starting the Bible study on the Epistle to the Romans

My introduction

I feel very blessed that God has asked me to go through the Bible book by book and that together we have already come to the book of Romans. I pray that God will truly guide us through this book and teach us all that He wants to teach us.

Background and setting

This epistle was written by Paul. On the internet you will find that there is supposed to be some controversy on the writer of this book, but I see the Bible as the only source on this and the Bible makes it very clear that it was Paul that wrote this book.

He wrote this epistle to the Christians living in city of Rome. At that moment of time Rome was the center of the Roman empire and was very etnically diverse. It was estimated that around 1 million people were living there of which approximately 40-50 thousand were Jews.

It is expected that the Roman church started by Christians/Jews that were present at Pentecost and at some point found their way to Rome.

Audience

The apostle identifies his recipients in 1:7 by saying: To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints. His intent was for the Christians in all of Rome to read the epistle. It also seems that there were multiple churches in the Empire’s capital because there is made mention of an additional church in the home of Priscilla and Aquila (Rom 16:5).

Purpose

Paul wrote this epistle so that they would know the gospel of Christ. He also wanted to inform the church regarding his future plans because those plans would involve them. At the time of writing the epistle, Paul was about to take the offering that he had collected from various churches to the poverty stricken church in Jerusalem. After that, he intended on going to visit the Roman church for a time to preach the Gospel to them.

God bless you all!

Daily devotional for 29 July 2017 – Romans 4:3-5

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Daily devotional for 29 July 2017 – Romans 4:3-5

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 4:3-5 (NIV):

3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

Know that God sees and values your faith in Him!

 

Daily word for 21 June 2016 – Proverbs 10:17

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Daily word for 21 June 2016 – Proverbs 10:17

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Proverbs 10:17 (NIV):

17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

Make sure that you are never to proud to listen to correction or to have discipline. These are not bad things, as the world sometimes wants us to believe. No, there are a part of Gods love for you to show you the way of life and give you blessings!