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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!

Daily word for 8 March 2017 – Mark 1:9-11

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Daily word for 8 March 2017 – Mark 1:9-11

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Mark 1:9-11 (NIV):

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus

9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

These verse show the significance and importance of baptizing. Even Jesus couldn’t start His ministry (and He is the Son of God!), before He was baptized in both water and by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, as soon as you accept the Lord as your savior it also time to prepare yourself to be baptized in both water and by the Holy Spirit, so God can start using you for His work!

Daily word for 4 March 2017 – 1 John 4:11

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Daily word for 4 March 2017 – 1 John 4:11

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from 1 John 4:11 (NIV):

11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Let God be the only example in your life. Know how much God loves you, so use this love you receive to give it also to others. This is also how God let His blessings to come into all our life’s!

Bible study on Acts of the Apostles- Chapter 5

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Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 5

Dear brothers and sisters,

In the Bible study on the 5th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:

  • Ananias and Sapphira
  • The apostles heal many
  • The apostles persecuted

Ananias and Sapphira

In Acts 4 we read that people that followed God together with the apostles decided to sell their properties and use the whole amount to help each other out. Now we read about Ananias and his wife Sapphira. They also decide to sell their home, but instead of giving the whole amount to God, they decide to keep a piece of it for themselves. As a consequence God takes their life. This might seem a very hard punishment for this, because they might need some money for themselves. However, I feel that God was right to do so. If we decide to trust on God and give something to Him, then we need to do it fully. If we do this, then you can rest on the fact that God will bless you for it. However, if we can’t give fully, then we sin towards God and we are still in the world and therefore our life is not fully dedicated to God. I pray that we can all give all to God and learn to trust Him to bless us, as God will use our time, money and such to bless others.

The apostles heal many

It is very good to see that even when Jesus left earth to be with God, that the ministry of Jesus did not stop. He gave us the ability to continue His work and heal many. And also never let yourself be scared by this world not to do work for God, because the devil will try and stop you from doing the work of God. I pray that God leads us through the Holy Spirit to be courageous in carrying out His work!

The apostles persecuted

Even with Jesus no longer on earth, we see that the persecution continues. The devil will even use people that call themselves believers. Know that when you decide to do the work of God, than it is possible that you will come into a situation of persecution, but trust on the Lord to guide you in those situations, but also be prepared to give your life if it comes to it, because the Lord will bless you for it.

See the apostles as role models as they experienced persecution and were given the opportunity to stop, but they refused. And see how they were put in prison, but God got them out of it. And instead of fleeing, they decided to continue their work for God! Wow!

 

Amen!

Daily word for 24 December 2016 – Matthew 1:20-21

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Daily word for 24 December 2016 – Matthew 1:20-21

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Matthew 1:20-21 (NIV):

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Know that when something happens in your life that has been directed by God, that God will make sure that He will guide you through. He will not leave you in the dark. He will make sure that you know why things are happening and what to do. Allow the Holy Spirit to work through your life!

Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 20

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Welcome back to the Bible study on the Gospel of John. I pray that God will also bless us while we are on this journey through the fourth and last of the Gospels. It has already been a great journey so far with doing the Bible studies over the first three Gospels and I ask God to also bless this Bible study on the Gospel of John. That He will guide us and show us all that we need to learn and know!

Thank you also for blessing this blog for this coming year!

In the 20th chapter of the Gospel of John we will discuss the following chapters:

  • The empty tomb
  • Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
  • Jesus appears to His disciples
  • Jesus appears to Thomas
  • The purpose of John’s gospel

The empty tomb

On the first day of the week while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene was already going to the tomb where Jesus was placed. This shows how loyal she was to follow Jesus. Even when He was no longer on this earth in human form, she found it very important to go to His tomb to honor Him.

But when she came she saw that the heavy stone before the tomb was removed and that Jesus body was no longer there. She immediately to Simon Peter and the other disciple to inform them and they also checked and saw that Jesus was no longer there.

The other disciple immediately understood and believed what had happened, but Simon Peter and Mary Magdalene still did not understand. This shows how important it is to fully understand God’s word (The Bible) because God has already foretold us what was going to happen. And by the resurrection of Jesus again a prophecy had come to pass!

Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene

Mary was still at the tomb and was crying because of the disappearance of Jesus’ body. At that moment two angels were seated at the tomb and asked Mary why she was crying. This shows that we should not cry but celebrate what had happened: Jesus died and came back! All happened and happens in accordance with God’s plan. She still did not understand and asked a gardener (although she thought it was a gardener and asked him to tell her where he had placed the body of Jesus. At that moment Jesus made Himself known to her and told her that He had not yet gone to heaven and that she shouldn’t cry but inform the disciples of what had happened. The crucifixion of Jesus was part of God’s plan for us and we should not cry for it, because He did it out of love for us.

Jesus appears to His disciples

In the evening of that same day He went to the house were all the disciples were gathered and said “Peace be with you”! and showed them his hands to show to them He was in fact Jesus. The disciples were filled with joy and God told them that peace was with them and that God had sent Him to sent them out into the world to do His work. Next he breathed on them and let them receive the Holy Spirit, which came on earth to replace Jesus in our life on earth. Therefore follow the Holy Spirit in everything that He guides you in. Also He made it very clear that our sins can only be forgiven, if we forgive the sins of others. So never allow yourself to not forgive others how difficult it may sometimes be.

Jesus appears to Thomas

One of the disciples (called Thomas) was not there and was later informed about the resurrection of Jesus. And although it was prophesied and his fellow disciples even told him, he wouldn’t believe that Jesus was back again. A week later the disciples were back in the same house and the door was closed. And all of a sudden Jesus was there and again He said: Peace be with you. He asked Thomas to take his hand and touch His hands. It was not until now that He truly believed that it was really Jesus. At that moment Jesus told Him and us that the one that believes without seeing is truly blessed. In this world were are taught to first get prove before we believe something to be true, but with God this doesn’t work like that. God asks of us to fully trust Him and believe in Him and His wonders/power without seeing. So no matter what situation you are in, you have to trust God that He will take care of it without you seeing prove of it first.

The purpose of John’s gospel

John finishes his gospel by stating that Jesus did many wonders that are not even mentioned in his gospel. The purpose of this book is to start believing in God without seeing prove first.

Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 19

Gospel of John

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Welcome back to the Bible study on the Gospel of John. I pray that God will also bless us while we are on this journey through the fourth and last of the Gospels. It has already been a great journey so far with doing the Bible studies over the first three Gospels and I ask God to also bless this Bible study on the Gospel of John. That He will guide us and show us all that we need to learn and know!

Thank you also for blessing this blog for this coming year!

In the 19th chapter of the Gospel of John we will discuss the following chapters:

  • Jesus sentenced to be crucified
  • The crucifixion of Jesus
  • The death of Jesus
  • The burial of Jesus

Jesus sentenced to be crucified

It always hurts me to read this part of the Bible, because even though Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent, he still did not have the courage to set him free. Even worse he pleaded for Jesus that He was innocent, but because the Pharisees were really pushing for Jesus to be crucified, he still gave in. Why? Because his own position was more important. For us it is important to even risk losing our position, if that means that we are helping an innocent person. A very powerful statement from Jesus is when He lets Pilate know that he only got his position and power from what he received from God, not by his own doing. We also need to know that our position and power in this world is only because of God, not because of our own actions. Thank God for every blessing you have received!

The crucifixion of Jesus

After the sentence of Pilate, Jesus was sent to Golgotha to be crucified together with two other men. During this time they took his clothes and divided it, and unknowingly they let a prophesy come through. This shows that nothing happens by coincidence, but fully to God’s plan!

Jesus’ mother had to witness this terrible and horrific view of her own son being crucified. When Jesus saw her, He told her and the apostle John that John was now her son. And from that moment on John took Mary in her home and took care of her like his mother.

The death of Jesus

Knowing that the prophesy would be fulfilled He asked for some drink and received it and afterwards stated: It is finished. And at that moment His life left his earthly body. Because of the Sabbath the next day the Pharisees wanted to make sure He was death before this special Sabbath. On their order started to break the legs of the first prisoner. And when they came to Jesus, they noticed that He was already death. For this reason they did not break his legs, but pierced Him. And again unknowingly they let a prophesy be fulfilled. Even though a person does not believe in God, He will still use them if that is to help Him to fulfill a plan in our life’s.

The burial of Jesus

After His death God made sure that Jesus received a proper burial. He sent Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Joseph gave Him is own tomb to be laid in. And Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes. They wrapped Him in linen together with these spices.

God will always make sure that He takes care of us even after our death!

 

Daily word for 16 May 2016 – 1 John 4:4

Daily word for 16 May 2016 – 1 John 4:4

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Yesterday I had a wonderful evening with my wife (while the children were at their grandmother). God really blessed us with this time together. And God will bless us with these smaller things in life, but also with the bigger things. Just trust on the Lord to bless you continuously!

Today I want to bless you with the words from 1 John 4:4 (NIV):

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

If we want to overcome obstacles in our life, than you need to trust fully on God (and not on this world). God is the only one that can help you overcome and bring you all the blessings in your life. Please don’t try to overcome obstacles on your own, because God knows what He is doing (because He can oversee everything).

God bless you all!