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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/ …

Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Feb 10-16.

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  • 1. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • In this week’s reading we see God giving many laws and commandments to Moses for His people to obey.
  • 2. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • My thought today is, “Thank God, Christ freed us from having to remember and obey them.”
  • 3. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Let’s take a look at how we have been freed and what law we live under now.
  • 4. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Romans 6:14 NET For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.
    • By grace you are saved through faith.
  • 5. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Ephesians 2:4 NET But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,
  • 6. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • 5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you are saved!
  • 7. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • 6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
  • 8. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • 7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
  • 9. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • 8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
  • 10. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • What is Grace?
    • Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him. (Webster)
    • Has man ever merited salvation? No!
  • 11. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Notice Peter's statement concerning Paul.
    • 2 Peter 3:15 NET And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation,
  • 12. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, 16 speaking of these things in all his letters.
  • 13. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.
  • 14. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Peter’s statement verifies the Apostle Paul’s writings are included with the rest of Scriptures, hence, they are from God, God breathed.
  • 15. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • I wanted to make sure we’re all clear on this because some of what we read today is from letters written by Paul
  • 16. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Colossians 2:13 NET And even though you were dead in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh,
  • 17. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • he nevertheless made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions. 14 He has destroyed what was against us,
  • 18. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • a certificate of indebtedness expressed in decrees opposed to us. He has taken it away by nailing it to the cross.
  • 19. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Blotting out (KJV) Greek, “Having wiped out”; coincident in time with “having forgiven you” ( Col 2:13 ) hereby having cancelled the law’s indictment against you. The law (including especially the moral law, wherein lay the chief difficulty in obeying) is abrogated to the believer,
  • 20. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • as far as it was a compulsory, accusing code, and as far as “righteousness” (justification) and “life” were sought for by it. It can only produce outward works, not inward obedience of the will, which in the believer flows from the Holy Spirit in Him.
  • 21. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • the handwriting of ordinances (KJV) rather, “IN ordinances”; “the law of commandments contained in ordinances.” “The handwriting” (alluding to the Decalogue, the representative of the law, written by the hand of God) is the whole law, the obligatory bond, under which all lay;
  • 22. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • the Jews primarily were under the bond, but they in this respect were the representative people of the world; and in their inability to keep the law was involved the inability of the Gentiles also, in whose hearts “the work of the law was written”; and as they did not keep this, they were condemned by it.
  • 23. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • that was against us ... contrary to us (KJV) Greek “ adversary to us,” “Not only was the law against us by its demands, but also an adversary to us by its accusations.” [Bengel]
  • 24. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Tittmann explains the Greek, “having a latent contrariety to us”; not open designed hostility, but virtual unintentional opposition through our frailty; not through any opposition in the law itself to our good. The “WRITING” is part of “that which was contrary to us”; for “the letter killeth”.
  • 25. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • and took it (KJV) Greek, and hath taken it out of the way” (so as to be no longer a hindrance to us), by “ nailing it to the cross .” Christ, by bearing the curse of the broken law, has redeemed us from its curse. In His person nailed to the cross, the law itself was nailed to it.
  • 26. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • One ancient mode of canceling bonds was by striking a nail through the writing: this seems at that time to have existed in Asia. [Grotius] The bond cancelled in the present case was the obligation lying against the Jews as representatives of the world, and attested by their amen, to keep the whole law under penalty of the curse. (JFB)
  • 27. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • 15 Disarming the rulers and authorities, he has made a public disgrace of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
  • 28. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Christ overcame and disarmed the spirits of darkness, the evil angels. He triumphed over Satan and all his powers. Put them to an open shame by triumphing over them in his resurrection and ascension. (PNT)
  • 29. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • 16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you with respect to food or drink, or in the matter of a feast, new moon, or Sabbath days —
  • 30. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • the sabbath (KJV) Omit “THE,” which is not in the Greek . “SABBATHS” (not “the sabbaths”) of the day of atonement and feast of tabernacles have come to an end with the Jewish services to which they belonged.
  • 31. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • The weekly sabbath rests on a more permanent foundation, having been instituted in Paradise to commemorate the completion of creation in six days.
  • 32. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • A positive precept is right because it is commanded, and ceases to be obligatory when abrogated; a moral precept is commanded eternally, because it is eternally right. If we could keep a perpetual sabbath, as we shall hereafter, the positive precept of the sabbath, one in each week, would not be needed. “rests,” Greek, “keeping of sabbath”
  • 33. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • But we cannot, since even Adam, in innocence, needed one amidst his earthly employments; therefore the sabbath is still needed and is therefore still linked with the other nine commandments, as obligatory in the spirit, though the letter of the law has been superseded by that higher spirit of love which is the essence of law and Gospel alike. (JFB)
  • 34. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • 17 these are only the shadow of the things to come, but the reality is Christ!
  • 35. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • The body, or substance, which casts the shadow is Christ. We are to pay no attention to the shadows since Christ has come, but to observe what we find in him and the gospel. (PNT)
  • 36. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • He speaks now more generally against the whole service of the Law, and shows by two reasons, that it is abolished. First, to what purpose would he that has obtained remission of all his sins in Christ, require those helps of the Law?
  • 37. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Secondly, because if a man rightly considers those rites, he will find that they were so many testimonies of our guiltiness, by which we manifestly witnessed as it were by our own handwritings, that we deserved damnation.
  • 38. Not Under The Law - Under Grace
    • Therefore Christ put out that handwriting by his coming, and fastening it to the cross, triumphed over all our enemies, were they ever so mighty. Therefore to what end and purpose should we now use those ceremonies, as though we were still guilty of sin, and subject to the tyranny of our enemies? (Geneva)
  • 39. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • First off let’s talk about the many sacrifices God commands.
    • David has much to say regarding this topic.
  • 40. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • Psalms 51:16 NET Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; you do not desire a burnt sacrifice .
  • 41. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • 17 The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit — O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject.
  • 42. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • Hebrews 10:1 NET
    • For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable,
  • 43. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship.
  • 44. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • 2 For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin?
  • 45. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year . 4 For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.
  • 46. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • 5 So when he came into the world, he said,
    • " Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me.
  • 47. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • 6 " Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you took no delight in. 7 “ Then I said, 'Here I am: I have come
  • 48. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • it is written of me in the scroll of the book — to do your will, O God. ' “ ( Ps 40:6-8 ) 8 When he says above, " Sacrifices and offerings and
  • 49. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you did not desire nor did you take delight in them" (which are offered according to the law),
  • 50. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • 9 then he says, " Here I am: I have come to do your will ." He does away with the first to establish the second.
  • 51. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • 10 By his will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
  • 52. Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted
    • Of course there is no need of offering blood sacrifices now…The perfect sacrifice Jesus has been offered.
  • 53. The Decalogue
    • Exodus 20:1 NET God spoke all these words: 2 "I the LORD, am your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me .
  • 54. The Decalogue
    • 4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below.
  • 55. The Decalogue
    • 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God,
  • 56. The Decalogue
    • responding to the transgression of fathers by dealing with children to the third and fourth generations of those who reject me,
  • 57. The Decalogue
    • 6 and showing covenant faithfulness to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
  • 58. The Decalogue
    • 7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold guiltless anyone who takes his name in vain.
  • 59. The Decalogue
    • 8 “Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart as holy . 9 For six days you may labor and do all your work,
  • 60. The Decalogue
    • 10a,b but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; on it you shall not do any work …..
  • 61. The Decalogue
    • 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that you may live a long time in the land the LORD your God is giving to you.
  • 62. The Decalogue
    • 13 “You shall not murder.
    • 14 “You shall not commit adultery .
    • 15 "You shall not steal.
  • 63. The Decalogue
    • 16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
    • 17a “You shall not covet …
  • 64. The Decalogue
    • Dare I say we no longer need The Ten Commandments, The Decalogue?
    • The reason…
  • 65. The Decalogue
    • Because all of them have either been re-issued or have been broadened to not only including the act, but even seemingly harmless thoughts.
  • 66. The Decalogue
    • In regard to the commands dealing with our relationship to God, ie,
    • You shall have no other gods before me ,
    • You shall not make for yourself a carved image,
  • 67. The Decalogue
    • You shall not bow down to them or serve them,
    • You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
    • Here is the New Testament command.
  • 68. The Decalogue
    • Mark 12:30 NET Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength .'
  • 69. The Decalogue
    • What about this command; Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart as holy … six days you may labor… the seventh day…on it you shall not do any work.
  • 70. God’s Promised Rest
    • Hebrews 4:1 NET Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it.
  • 71. God’s Promised Rest
    • 2 For we had good news proclaimed to us just as they did. But the message they heard did them no good, since they did not join in with those who heard it in faith.
  • 72. God’s Promised Rest
    • 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, " As I swore in my anger, 'They will never enter my rest! ' " ( Ps 95:11 )
  • 73. God’s Promised Rest
    • And yet God's works were accomplished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this way:
  • 74. God’s Promised Rest
    • " And God rested on the seventh day from all his works ," ( Gen 2:2 ) 5 but to repeat the text cited earlier: " They will never enter my rest! " ( Ps 95:11 )
  • 75. God’s Promised Rest
    • 6 Therefore it remains for some to enter it, yet those to whom it was previously proclaimed did not enter because of disobedience.
  • 76. God’s Promised Rest
    • 7 So God again ordains a certain day, "Today," speaking through David after so long a time, as in the words quoted before,
  • 77. God’s Promised Rest
    • " O, that today you would listen as he speaks! Do not harden your hearts .“ 8 For if Joshua had given them rest,
  • 78. God’s Promised Rest
    • God would not have spoken afterward about another day. 9 Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God.
  • 79. God’s Promised Rest
    • 10 For the one who enters God's rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works.
  • 80. God’s Promised Rest
    • 11 Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience.
  • 81. God’s Promised Rest
    • I understand from these verses our Sabbath, time of rest, is yet to come when we rest eternally in Heaven.
  • 82. The Decalogue
    • Honor your father and your mother. This command seems to be re-issued then followed by a reminder.
  • 83. The Decalogue
    • Ephesians 6:1 NET Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.
    • 2 " Honor your father and mother, "
  • 84. The Decalogue
    • which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 3 " that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth. "
  • 85. The Decalogue
    • “ Do not murder” is one command that is increased to even include thoughts and words.
    • Matthew 5:21 NET
    • "You have heard that it was said to an older generation,
  • 86. The Decalogue
    • ' Do not murder ,' and 'whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.' 22 But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother
  • 87. The Decalogue
    • will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults a brother will be brought before the council, and whoever says 'Fool' will be sent to fiery hell.
  • 88. The Decalogue
    • ' Do not commit adultery .‘
    • This command has been broadened to include what we see, think, and desire in our heart.
  • 89. The Decalogue
    • Matthew 5:27 NET
    • "You have heard that it was said, ' Do not commit adultery .' 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • 90.
    • The commands dealing in our interactions with others are reduced one word, but it is a powerful word…
    The Decalogue
  • 91. God is Love
    • Romans 13:8 NET
    • Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
  • 92. God is Love
    • 9 For the commandments, " Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet, "
  • 93. God is Love
    • (and if there is any other commandment) are summed up in this, " Love your neighbor as yourself ."
  • 94. God is Love
    • 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
  • 95. God is Love
    • LOVE!!!
    • That is what it all boils down to. 1 st our LOVE for God, 2 nd our LOVE for each other.
  • 96. God is Love
    • 1 John 4:7 NET
    • Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God.
  • 97. God is Love
    • 8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 By this the love of God is revealed in us:
  • 98. God is Love
    • that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him.
    • 10 In this is love:
  • 99. God is Love
    • not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
  • 100. God is Love
    • Missionary Ron Elerick said it this way,
    • “Don’t lead them to Christ, Love them to Christ.”
  • 101. God is Love
    • How are we at showing our Love for God in loving others?
    • God Loves Us!
    • Do we reciprocate?