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Bible study on Romans – Chapter 14

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 14

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 14th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • The weak and the strong

The weak and the strong

This chapter begins with a stern warning to all of us not to judge each other in our level of faith. When you see someone that is not as far in faith, then you God tells you not to judge Him. The same thing also counts the other way around. Respect each other in faith!

Also, God doesn’t want to waste our times on whole discussions on drinking and eating, because in the Kingdom of God these two things are not a matter. In the Kingdom of God the things that matter are: righteousness, peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.

In this chapter God emphasises that food should never be a reason for divison between Christians.



Bible study on Romans – Chapter 13

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 13

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 13th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • Submission to governing authorities
  • Love fullfills the law
  • The day is near

Submissions to gouerning authorities

How easy is it to complain about any gouverning authority in your life like the government. I will fully agree with you that there are enough reasons to go against them. However, God tells us that this is not allowed. All governing authorities are established by God and rebelling against such an authority will be viewed by God as rebelling against Him. Just like with Saul we asked for a king back in the days of the Bible. Back than He already warned us through Samuel that we did not need it, but we insisted. Therefore is is important that you always pray for all governing bodies that they are blessed and lead by God. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that God wants us to accept any wrongdoing by a government, just like in the time of Hitler. But when it comes to paying your taxes, than you are obliged by God to pay those taxes. Remember you are actually submitting yourself to God in this situation and He will bless you for your obedience.

Love fulfills the Law

If you want to fulfill God’s law than you need to love one another. Love is so powerful and that is also why God’s love is the most powerful thing in our life! Also, God’s wants us to have no debts in our life other than loving one another. So make sure to not to get in a position of having any debt. Ask God to help you out of any debt. We also should not choose to pledge anything to another person, which can cause us to be in debt of honoring that pledge, while we are unable to do so.

What God also makes very clear that the commandments as we know them come down to love your neighbour as yourself. Why? Because loving someone has never hurt anyone. And by doing so you will also fulfill God’s law!

The day is near

This is very important to realize. Yes, we do not know when the end of time is near, but it will be sooner than we can realize. But God emphasizes this, because if we realize that time is near and salvation is also near, than it should make us even more determined to do good. Because e.g. you have a fight with someone. Will you have enough time to make peace with that person? Do you want to run the risk of dying, before you corrected a bad situation in your life? So, please life a life that gives God honor. Because is it not better, than to clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh?

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 12

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 12

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 12th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • A living sacrifice
  • Humble service in the Body of Christ
  • Love in action

A living sacrifice

This first paragraph deals with our own lives. It deals with how God wants us to be, but also how others will look at us. In this paragraph God tells us that we need to offer our own bodies as a living sacrifice. Our life and all that we do needs to be holy and pleasing to God. Therefore we need to change our life and actions and make sure that they are in accordance to God’s wishes. As soon as we (more and more) do so, than it will enable you not only to worship God by living a Godfearing life, but also it will make sure that you are able to test what God’s will is. This paragraph makes it very clear that we should never adjust our way of living to the world. Why not? Because they “will” of the world is contradicting God’s will. You could say that also in this instance you cannot serve to masters: both God and the world. You have to choose, because God leaves you no option!

Humble service in the Body of Christ

In this next paragraph God continues by teaching us more about how God wants us to be. First of all: be humble! It is so easy to think highly of yourself, but if you do than you won’t be pleasing God! Who are you to think more highly of yourself? Know that all your achievements are thanks to God and not thanks to yourself. That is also why God sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross to die for our sins! Because it is only by faith in God that we can achieve success(es). Ask and pray to God every day that He helps you to become and stay humble. Don’t let the world misguide you to think that that achievement was by your own doing!

Secondly, God tells us that we should never think that we can be Christians alone. No, God tells us in this paragraph that we are part of a body. This body has many members and all seperate members of this body have their own talents (from God) and together we function as a whole body. Ask God in prayer to guide you to know your own talents and use that / those talent(s) to honor God! If God gave you the talent to give, than give abundantly. If you have the talent of teaching, than teach!

Love in action

This last paragrah of Romans 12 is about love. First of all, don’t think to lightly about love, because it a very powerful thing. God tells you that your love must be sincere! This also means that you have to hate evil and stay with what is good. So make sure that you truly love others and be devoted in it. Also honor another above yourself. Why? Because you love yourself, so when you honor another person above yourself than you are giving that person real love.

Furthermore, regardless of what you are going through in life, make sure that are joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. You don’t get a day of. No God demands of you to be like this all the time! This paragraph demands a lot of you, but through it you will truly be a blessing to others. If God gives you an opportunity to share with people in need: do so! Always be hospitable and don’t hate but bless the ones that persecute you. Most of all, don’t persecute them back.

Make sure that you life in harmony and don’t be proud. Don’t consider yourself to be too good to hang around people with a lower social status. Remember that Jesus was a carpenter and not a earthly king. God did this for a reason, because He wants to let you know that you should never think low about someone, because you consider yourself better. Would you be willing to run the chance to have lived in the days of Jesus and rejected Him, because you thought that this carpenter son was not worthy of your attention? Although He is not here physically, know that He is still here with us in Spirit and He will judge your actions!

When someone hurts you, don’t retaliate, but leave it to God. Don’t focus yourself on the moment that that person will be served God’s wrath. That is something between God and that person. God will not like it when you are waiting for your enemy to be punished.

This chapter is ended by a very powerful sentence: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”.

If you truly hate evil, than there is but one way to defeat it: by doing good!

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!


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!

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 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!

Daily devotional for 15 September 2017 – Romans 6:23


Daily devotional for 15 September 2017 – Romans 6:23

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 6:23 (NIV):

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Don’t think that with God there is a way in the middle. How much it would suit our easy ways, with God you can either choose for Him or against Him. You can’t choose half-half. So make sure that you choose fully for God and know that the gift from God will be eternal life. If not than your wage will be sin in death.


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!