If you have the privilege of finishing the journey through this great book of Romans, you will be changed.<br />An Introduction To The Book Of Romans<br />This is going to be a renewing of your mind. This could be a life changing adventure!<br />John Calvin: “If a man understands this book, he has a sure road of understanding of the whole of Scripture.” William Tyndale: “Romans is deep, profound, divine, yet it is in the grasp of all of us.<br />In this book you have Paul giving the essences of the last word of the Christian faith. It says all Paul intends to sum up and say about the gospel of Jesus Christ. This book will guard you against, guard you from heresy<br />IMPORTANT WORDS IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS:<br />God (153), Law (72), Christ 65 Sin 48 Lord 43 Faith 40. Romans is about those terms.<br />THE TEACHING OF THIS BOOK IS BREATH TAKING. It answers all the important questions.<br /><ul><li>_________________________________________________________
How do we deal with neutral things</li></ul>Study Notes by Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church,<br />ROMANS CHAPTER ONE<br />RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH, MINFORD OHIO<br />BAD NEWS to GOOD NEWS<br />Romans 1:1-7 Paul and the Good News:<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher (August 31, 2009)<br />Why people love doing bad things more than right? Multiple killings in Brunswick, Georgia Newspaper: Up to 7 dead in mobile home; 2 critically injured August 20 2009<br />The news is filled with BAD NEWS. On a daily basis we read of the sad state of mankind. We are getting worse and worse in America and around the world. What is happening on a massive scale is only the multiplication of what is happening on an individual basis. BAD NEWS.<br /> <br />Has America become numb to tragedy? Recent mass shootings have left 43 dead and many asking why?<br />PITTSBURGH - Does the name Byran Uyesugi ring a bell? Odds are not. What about Robert A. Hawkins? Or Mark Barton? Terry Ratzmann? Robert Stewart?<br />Each entered the national consciousness when he picked up a gun and ended multiple lives. Uyesugi, 1999, Hawaii office building, seven dead. Hawkins, 2007, Nebraska shopping mall, nine dead. Barton, Ratzmann and Stewart — 24 dead among them in 1999 (Atlanta brokerage offices), 2005 (Wisconsin church service) and last week (North Carolina rehab center).<br />Each has been largely forgotten as the parade of multiple killings in America melts into an indistinguishable blur. We bemoan, we mourn, we move on. ANALYSIS<br />By Ted Anthony<br /> Sun., April 5, 2009Men and women are in the clutch of a horrifying power, and that power clutches them deep inside their own being and it pulls them to self destruction. That power is SIN, and SIN makes for BAD NEWS.<br />FOUR MAJOR AREAS THAT SIN PRODUCES BAD NEWS FOR THE HUMAN RACE.<br />1Aself-centeredness Acquired Self-centered Syndrome<br />Acquired Self-centered Syndrome (ASS) is not a new "
it's been plaguing humanity ever since Eve bit into the forbidden fruit. Eve ate the fruit because, well, she wanted to be like God. In a "
pride goeth before the fall moment"
Lucifer boasted, "
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High"
(Isaiah 14:14). God promptly booted him out of heaven on his hinny. Adam followed Eve's lead and ate of the forbidden fruit. They both received a rude awakening. The First Couple was driven from their garden retreat forthwith.<br />It’s bad news in human existence that every one of us is bent on fulfilling our own selfish desires at any rate.<br />Satan was the first angel who had this self-centeredness syndrome <br />Society has lost its moral compass and our children have paid a big price. Divorce is rampant, even in the Church. The excuse Christians give is, "
God wants me to be happy."
Wrong. God wants kids to be happy! He wants adults to be responsible. And in the case of Christians, His desire is for them to be obedient.<br />We live in a world where people are demanding their rights. “What are you going to do for me now”. And if they don’t get their wish, they rebel, get angry and SIN and cause harm to anyone who is not willing to give it to them.<br />The ultimate goal of people today is to achieve self-satisfaction. Because of this selfishness for gain, fame, dominates, popularity, money, physical fulfillment. <br />WE SHOULD LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS INSTEAD OF USING PEOPLE AND LOVING THINGS.<br />So what is the result of self-centeredness? <br /><ul><li>Unable to sustain a meaningful relationship.
Despair </li></ul>2aguilty. On the wrong side of the law<br />Why do we have guilt?<br /><ul><li>Because God has designed man to feel something when he sins. Other wise man could never prevent himself from going to Hell.
Because guilt tells us we are on the wrong road, and something has to change.
Money, possession, alcohol, drugs, sex, travel, horoscope</li></ul> People will blame their guilt on:<br /><ul><li>Society, some old outdated Biblical tradition being imposed upon them, on God, on Christians, on the church, on parents, on childhood days.</li></ul>3ano feeling of significance. Meaninglessness <br /><ul><li>“Is this what life is all about?” Better would it be if I had never been born.
Where there is no fulfillment all the basic questions are, Is this all there is? Why am I alive? What is truth? How do I find out what is truth?</li></ul>And mankind is fed a steady line of lies by the liar Satan, who runs the world’s system. And the devil’s lies never answer the question of meaning. So he never gets the answer. The news is always bad. “Life ever goes on, I just forget why.”<br />4athe feeling of hopelessness. Despondency & Depression occurs,<br /><ul><li>The law of diminishing returns. When all is said and done, life has no where to go. There is nothing here in this life and nothing after this life. ALL IS BAD NEWS.
Resulting in going deeper in the dilemma caused by being pushed by the lies of the devil who keeps pumping lies through the system we live.</li></ul>Is there any good news anywhere? For goodness sake?<br />Yes? The good newsabout sin is that it can be dealt with. <br />Self-centeredness can be dealt with.<br />Guilt and anxiety can come to an end<br />Meaning of life can be dealt with.<br />Life after death can be good news<br />I submit to you today there is good news! Romans 1:1 Paul says there is good news, and that is the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, The good news of salvation, The good news of the grace of God.<br /><ul><li>Sin can be forgiven
The future has a reality</li></ul>WE PREACH THE GOOD NEWS, BUT THE WORLD SEES IT AS BAD NEWS.<br />Romans has the Good News. The entire 16 chapters are thrust in the first seven verses of chapter one. <br />Paul summarizes the good news and then unfolds it in the chapters remaining.<br />Romans 1:1 THE GOSPEL OF GOD.<br /><ul><li>Good, merry, glad, joyful, tidings that make a man’s heart rejoice, make him sing, leap for joy.
Note where the good news comes from: ‘FROM GOD” that is important to say that. The good news is not coming from Rome, from Caesar, but from God.
Why should God give me good news? I don’t desire it. RIGHT.</li></ul>1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. <br />Do You Live Like the Gospel is Actually Good News?<br />separated unto the -- preaching of the<br /> <br />gospel -- neither so late as when "
the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul"
(Ac 13:2), nor so early as when "
separated from his mother's womb"
(see on Ga 1:15). He was called at one and the same time to the faith and the apostleship of Christ (Ac 26:16-18).<br /> <br />of God -- that is, the Gospel of which God is the glorious Author. (So Ro 15:16 1Th 2:2, 8, 9 1Pe 4:17).<br />A Bond-Slave Of Jesus, an Apostle, set Apart<br />Romans 1:1<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher<br />Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, September 06, 2009<br />THE APOSTLE PAUL CALLED TO BE AN APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST SEPARATED UNTO THE GOSPEL OF GOD.<br />SEVEN UNFOLDINGS OF THE GOSPEL, THE GOOD NEWS<br /><ul><li>THE PREACHER OF THE GOOD NEWS </li></ul>The question has always been asked, “How do you know you have been called by God to preach or teach. Does God set apart men, does God separate men unto the work of the Gospel?<br />God called a unique man to be the major spokesman of the Good news. Paul was God’s keynote speaker for the heralding of the Good news.<br />Paul was in training for this position before he was even saved<br />Greek Education<br />Roman Citizenship<br />Great Ability to lead<br />A fighter<br />Highly motivated<br />Determined<br />Articulate<br />Brilliant<br />Specially called & converted<br /> St Paul, by El Greco <br />Saint Paul Writing His Epistles, 16th century (Blaffer Foundation Collection, Houston, Texas). Most scholars think Paul actually dictated his letters to a secretary.<br />And may I say, every preacher who has ever preached the gospel has depended on Paul’s sermons for his material.<br />Paul tells us three things about him in verse one <br /><ul><li>Paul 3972 a servant1401 of Jesus Christ5547</li></ul>a servant of Jesus Christ -- The word here rendered "
or one subject to the will and wholly at the disposal of another. In this sense it is applied to the disciples of Christ at large (1 Corin. 7:21-23) as in the Old Testament to all the people of God ( Isa 66:14)). But as, in addition to this, the prophets and kings of Israel were officially "
the servants of the Lord"
( Josh 1:1, Ps. 18:1 title), the apostles call themselves, in the same official sense, "
the servants of Christ"
(as here, and Php. 1:1, Jam 1:1, 2 Peter 1:1, Jude 1:1), expressing such absolute subjection and devotion to the Lord Jesus as they would never have yielded to a mere creature. (See on Rom 1:7, John 5:22,23)).—Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary<br />1401 Doulos. Slave, that is. Exodus 21:5-6, I Corin 7:21-23, 2 Corin 4:5, Gal 1:10, 3:28, Eph 6:5 Phil 1:1 Col. 3:11, 1 Tim 6:1. In subjection , bond servant.<br />5547"
= our Lord's Messianic name with a view to His diety.<br />Christos comes from a Greek word “chrio”) meaning contact, to smear, to rub, and seems to be used in the context as of anoint with oil. Luke 4:18. Yet christos means “anoint, i.e. the Messiah” which tells us that the meaning CHRIST is an assigned usage meaning. Several other words in the N.T. also were given a spiritual christian meaning that was not the original Greek meaning. So it is not uncommon for a word to be used in a slightly new and different way to express a spiritual concept by the N.T. writers. Only twice in the N.T. is “Messias” 3323 used. John 1:41 & 4:25. Interestingly it is in John 4:25 that both messias and christos are used. There are several other Greek words translated anoint, anointing, or anointed in the N.T. <br />“I don’t serve because I have to, or force to, or paid to, or afraid not to, I serve because I love my master, therefore, I shall never go free. He became known as a bond slave. <br /> Facial composite of Paul the Apostle by experts of the LKA NRW, Germany<br />A Slave of Dignity or Humility?<br /><ul><li>The Jewish sense versus the Hebrew sense.
Yes, there is a certain incomprehensible dignity in being called a servant of Jesus Christ And at the same time an object of slavery – a term of humility.
1 Corinthians 3:5 Ministers as table waiters.
1 Corinthians 4:1 Ministers of Christ “under row.” Paul was saying he was a third-level galley slave for Christ.
A person in a state of slavery; one whose person and liberty are subjected to the authority of a master.</li></ul>FROM A PERSONAL NOTE:<br /><ul><li>To be a preacher/teacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ is sometimes overwhelming. There is no higher calling in life than to proclaim the Word of the Pulpit and to be able to teach the Word of God under the Power of the Holy Spirit, what a high calling. There is a sense of honor and dignity in the calling. The Scripture says, “Respect them,” “Obey them.” “Submit to them.” “Set your life to follow their example.”
To be a preacher/teacher of the gospel also in a sense is the humblest kind of service. You realize you have absolutely no right to think you deserve it, because of who you are.</li></ul>2.He was a preacher of the gospel<br /><ul><li>He was a called2822 “apostle652”. He didn’t decide on his own. God decided. He was not appointed by man.
Acts 9:15, 22:14-15, 26:16-17, 1 Corin. 9:16, Gal. 1:1</li></ul>When first he "
saw the Lord"
; the indispensable qualification for apostleship. ( Acts 9:5, 22:14, I Corin 9:1).<br /> “Apostle” means “sent one”. Commissioned one, dispatched one, a messenger, ambassador.<br />One must know he has been sent and not that he is just going.<br />The official sense and general sense of the word. All Christians are apostles ‘sent ones, to present the gospel. There are Apostles who were specially called by God.<br />3 Separated873unto the gospel2089of God. Set Apart<br />You can not serve God unless you are separated. Separation has the idea of setting apart. Numbers 15:20, Numbers 8:11, Lev. 20:26<br />separated unto the -- preaching of the<br /> <br />gospel -- neither so late as when "
the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul"
( Acts 13:2), nor so early as when "
separated from his mother's womb"
(Gal 1:15). He was called at one and the same time to the faith and the apostleship of Christ (Acts 26:16-18).<br /> <br />of God -- that is, the Gospel of which God is the glorious Author. (Rom 15:16, 1 Thess. 2:2, 8, 9, 1Peter 4:17).<br />Once Paul knew he was called, he knew he was disconnected from the past. <br />THE SECRET OF PAUL’S SERVICE<br />1AHe was a bond Slave.<br />2A Utterly surrendered to the Lord.<br />3A Sent to carry the Message of the Cross.<br />4AHe cut the cord with the world.<br />TIMOTHY’S LACK OF CONSTANCY AND PERSEVERANCE 2 Timothy chapter 2<br />1A `Getting lazy in the ministry<br />2A `Becoming shy and not bold<br />3AHe was ashamed of the Gospel<br />4AHe was not doing his job with the Word of God<br />5AHe was getting entangled in youthful lust<br />4AHe was getting involved with speculative philosophy.<br />5AHe was being influenced by the world’s system.<br />“OH THAT SOMEONE WOULD ARISE AND SHOW US GOD”<br />First the Bad News, then the Good News<br />ROMANS 1<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor and Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio<br />September 13, 2009 growbylearning.com<br /><ul><li>In every man there is a God shade vacuum, man’s eternal soul is so made that it knows no rest until it finds its rest in God.</li></ul>It is never a question if man will to worship, it is only a question of what he will worship.<br /><ul><li>It is not a question whether a man will be religious; it’s a question of how he will define that religion.</li></ul>For man’s eternal soul seeks for God, but in the bent of his perverse nature, inevitable man rejects the true God and forms gods of his own thinking.<br /><ul><li>And the worship of theses gods, there is no solutions to his sinful confusion but only an intensifying of the emptiness.</li></ul>There is a basic problem, man has sinfulness. How can he escape from his condition?<br />Illustration: Man in side a box cube.<br /><ul><li>There is this longing to comprehend what is outside the box, so he invents gods that he thinks are on the outside. So we have religious themes abounding. And all the religions of the world tell him he can.
“No man can go into a phone booth, take off his clothes and become superman.”
By nature no man can get outside the box. But God can invade the box. God has entered in to tell us what is out there, and tell us how too. How we can dwell out there in His presence for ever. And that is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. </li></ul>MAN IS A PRISONERAND CAPTIVE<br /><ul><li>And at the end of his captivity, death, unless he escapes. The nature can not ascend to the supernatural. But the supernatural can come down to to the natural.</li></ul>THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS OF ROMANS 1:1. With all the Bad News, there is Good News. God has bursted through the boxd and desires to commuicate with man. <br />Paul keeps telling us about the Good News of God<br />I Timothy 1:11 <br />Romans 15:29<br />Acts 20:24<br />Romans 10:15<br />Ephesians 1:13<br />Romans 1:1<br />Romans 1:9<br />Romans 1:16<br /> <br />Paul states the good news of God, then shows it’s His good news, He came in to possession of the good news by faith in Christ and that it was His Gospel to preach. <br /><ul><li>Romans 16:25 “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,”
I Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
I Corinthians 9:22-23 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”</li></ul>JESUS CHRIST is the good news that invaded the box to reveal God to man. He is the most incomparable personality of all human history. All people recognized Christ’s greatness. The difference for the unbeliever is that he does not surrender to Him as Lord.<br />"
Jesus There's Something About That Name"
By Gloria Gaither · http://cwhisna.blogspot.com/<br />“The name JESUS, not that so much is written, as it is plowed in to the soil of the history of the world.”<br />Socrates taught 40 years, Plato taught 50 years, Aristotle taught 40 years. Jesus public ministry lasted 3 years. Yet His influence of His life far outweigh the combined 130 years of those.<br /><ul><li>Jesus never a picture He painted, yet inspired Michelangelo, Raphael, daVinci
Jesus never wrote poetry, but world’s greatest poets have been inspired. Dante, Milton, Emerson.
Jesus never wrote a note of music but inspired Haydon, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, Johnny Edwards
Jesus has affected our society like no other. The incomparable Christ is the Good News. And what makes it such Good News is that we are not deserving of such good news, which makes it the more true that God is gracious.</li></ul>1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,<br />Paul takes 16 chapters to unfold these six verses. The infinite mind of God, who in a few words condenses the essence of the unfathomable gospel, and covering everything from the incarnation of Christ to living the Christian life.<br />Watchman Nee: “One thought of God takes 1000’s of words to dispense in human though language<br />297 English words are required to sum up all of God’s oral law in the Ten Commandments<br />41 words in Matthew 27:37-40<br />65 words to definitive teaching on prayer. Matthew 6:9-13<br />One governmental study on regulating the price of cabbage a few years back took 26,000 words. <br />THE PROMISE OF THE GOSPEL<br />Why the word “holy” is in front of bible on our bibles<br />Romans 1:2<br />Rivers of Joy Baptist Church<br />Charles E. Whisnant<br />Pastor and Teacher<br />September 20 2009<br />"
...Which He Promised Beforehand Through His Prophets in the Holy Scriptures..."
<br />(which he had promised afore 4279 by his prophets 4396 in the holy Scriptures. 1124.<br />This Gospel is not something new. This message of the Gospel is not a change of God’s strategy. It was something that was promised long ago. It wasn’t a revolutionary new message. It was an Old Testament promise.<br />Paul was being accused of being Anti-Jewish. That he was preaching a new message. Paul is saying this is not the new good news but the old good news. <br />1B The gospel of God is the fulfillment of Old Testament promises. (Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ.)<br />God's purpose of salvation for men was centered around Jesus Christ. The promises which He made to Eve, Abraham and David all spoke of Jesus as their literal descendant. Indeed, the whole of the Old Testament points forward to, and prophesies about, Christ. The Law of Moses, which Israel had to obey before the time of Christ, constantly pointed forward to Jesus: "
The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ"
(Gal. 3:24). Thus, at the feast of Passover, a lamb in perfect condition had to be killed (Ex. 12:3-6); this represented the sacrifice of Jesus, "
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world"
(John 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:7). The spotless condition which was required for all the animal sacrifices pointed forward to the perfect character of Jesus (Ex. 12:5 cp. 1 Peter 1:19).<br />Prophecy: Seed of a woman Old Testament Reference: Genesis 3:14-15New Testament Fulfillment: Galatians 4:4"
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put hostility between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall damage thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
(Genesis 3:13-15) "
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, . . . "
(Galatians 4:4) <br />It is not a new religion. It is the fulfillment of an old religion. The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. What he was preparing and promising then, he fulfilled in the coming of Jesus. As a matter of fact there are 330 prophecies in the OT that are fulfilled in Christ’s first coming.<br />The Old Testament was completed hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was born. A large number of prophecies were made in astonishing detail by many people throughout these books. In fact, fulfilled prophecy is one of the distinguishing marks of the Bible, authenticating its claim to be the inspired Word of God. <br />For example, the Old Testament indicated Jesus would be betrayed by someone he trusted. "
Even my close friend whom I trusted, he who has shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me"
(Psalm 41:9). The New Testament, which records Jesus' life and resurrection, reveals that one of the 12 people Jesus chose to be part of his inner circle betrayed him: "
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them"
(Mark 14:10). <br />More than 300 Messianic prophecies like this were made in the Old Testament and then fulfilled through Jesus' life, death and resurrection. The chances of one person fulfilling a mere eight of these prophecies are one-in-100,000,000,000,000,000. For one person to fulfill 48 of these prophecies, the number becomes staggering – one chance in 10-to-the-157th power. Add to that the 250 other prophecies, and it becomes impossible for any other person except Jesus to ever fit that particular sequence of time and event<br />The Old Testament laid the foundation for the coming of the New Testament Gospel.<br />Not only was Paul accused, but Jesus also faced the same accusation. <br />“He (Jesus) doesn’t do what we do, He doesn’t belong in the same establishment as we do.”<br />He doesn’t teach what we learned.”<br />The Question thenwas: did Jesus come with a new revelation. No. Matthew 5:17. It’s your teaching that is a perversion of Scripture. Pharisee tradition, not scriptures.<br />The New Testament is completely consistent with the New Testament.<br />“So you are saying:””I can’t become a Christian because I am Jewish? That would be denying my heritage.” Truth is you are denying your heritage when you haven’t become a Christian.<br />Cf. Jeremiah 31:27-40, Ezekiel 26:26-38 <br />The Jewish people of that day, lost the continuity between the Old and the New.<br />THE MODE: Hebrews 1:1-2 By Prophets God would tell the people about the good news.<br />THE METHOD: I Peter 1:10-11 Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, Hosea, Ezekiel. Deut. 18:15<br />In summary, the message of Isaiah is that salvation comes from God—not man. Jesus alone is Savior.<br /> John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "
Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Next."
He committed no sin; no guile was found on his lips. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he trusted to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls."
1 Peter 2:21-25<br />The lamb was the major animal of sacrifice among the Jewish people at the evening and morning sacrifice (Ex. 29:38-42; Num. 38:3-8), and specials days (Num. 28:11), the Passover (28:16-19), Pentecost (28:26f), Feast of the Trumpets (29:1, 2), the Day of Atonement (29:7, 8), and the Tabernacle (29:12-16). Other personal sacrifices included lambs (Lev. 12:6; 14:10-18,), such as the sin offerings (Lev. 4:32-35). Moreover, the Pascal sacrifice is basic to the whole sacrificial system (Ex. 12:13). Thus the figures in Isaiah 53:7 and Exodus 12:13 come together in the designation of the “Lamb of God.” They compliment each other.<br />THE OLD TESTAMENT SPEAKS OF THE MESSIAH: <br />2B GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES. <br />Hundreds of years go by. The Jews wonder if the Messiah will ever come. They go through horrendous suffering. Then God acts and the promise is fulfilled. This means that God can be trusted. It may look as if he has forgotten his promises. But he does not forget. So verse 2 is not only a statement about the content of the gospel, but is also a reason for believing it. If we can see that God promised Christ centuries before he came and that in many details he fulfils these promises, our faith is strengthened<br />3BTHESE ARE HOLY, INSPIRED, WRITING WE SHOULD REVERANCE AND BELIEVE (will finish in the next message)<br /> Papyrus fragment from Nahal Hever scroll including Habakkuk 2:19, 20 Fortunately, textual critics and paleographers have a large number of ancient manuscripts at their disposal, many of which have been found within the last century. Nearly the entire New Testament exists in manuscripts dated to before 300 AD. Other important manuscripts date to the fourth and fifth centuries.<br />Paul wants to make clear that Scripture was holy, set apart, divine, righteous and Godly.<br />John 5:39, Luke 24:25-27, and Hebrews10:7<br />FROM GENESIS TO MALACHI YOU WILL SEE THE REVELATION OF CHRIST<br />Holy Scriptures: the origin of scripture is divine. Rom 7:12 2Peter 1:20-21<br />Notice the tremendously important implications of verse two for our doctrine of Scripture. First there is God; then there is a promise that God wills to make; then there are prophets "
whom (note well: not by whom, but "
whom, God himself remaining the speaker) he speaks his promise; then there are writings; and these writings are called holy. Why are they holy - set apart from all other writings and one of a kind and precious? Because it is God who speaks in them. Read the verse carefully: He [God] promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures."
God promised in the Scriptures. God is speaking in the Scriptures. That is what makes them holy. This is Paul's understanding of Scripture and should be ours. If you have ever wondered why our Bibles say "
on the front, Romans 1:2 is the answer.<br />Holy Men of God, moved along by the Holy Spirit, wrote the Scriptures, to produce a holy scripture... the pure work of God. Special thanks to my wife Charity for her proofreading. Stop.<br />THE PERSON of the GOSPEL<br />Why the word “holy” is in front of bible on our bibles<br />Jesus Christ is the person of the GOOD NEWS<br />Romans 1:3-4<br />Rivers of Joy Baptist Church<br />Charles E. Whisnant<br />Pastor and Teacher<br />September 27, 2009<br />Note the notes from September 20, 2009 beginning with <br />3BTHESE ARE HOLY, INSPIRED, WRITINGS WE SHOULD REVERANCE AND BELIEVE.<br />TODAY: THE PREACHER, THE PROMISE, NOW THE PERSON OF THE GOOD NEWS<br />Romans 1:3-4 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: <br />Verses 3. <br />Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord -- the grand burden of this "
Gospel of God."
<br /> <br />made of the seed of David -- as, according to "
the holy scriptures,"
He behooved to be. (Mt 1:1)<br /> <br />according to the flesh -- that is, in His human nature (compare Rom 9:5, John 1:14)); implying, of course, that He had another nature, of which the apostle immediately proceeds to speak.<br />Jesus: i.e. Savior<br />Christ: i.e. Anointed One<br />Lord: i.e. Sovereign Ruler<br />Romans 9:5, Philippians 2:6, Colossians 2:9<br />"
This is life eternal, that (mankind) might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent"
(John 17:3). Clearly, if we are to have any hope of life to come, we need to know the truth about the person and the significance of Jesus Christ. <br />HIS (GOD) SON JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.<br />Our Wednesday night study on Creation has given us a little insight into this Trinity of the Godhead. We have learned that the Trinity has been since before the foundation of the Universe. God has always been as well as the Son and the Holy Spirit. For they made plans for all eternity before there was time. <br />Since the plan of God was from before the foundation of the world, I would say that that the Son existed at the same time. The role in which the Son played is up for discussion.<br />“Who was made of the seed of David.” Vs 3<br />The inspired Paul makes remarkable use of the Old Testament to show that the gospel was something which David, the man who slew Goliath, knew about.<br /><ul><li>In 1 Chronicles 17:26 David says the following to God: 26 And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: </li></ul>Christ did not come into existence when He was born. He always existed. In the incarnation, He simply took the role of a SON.<br />Jesus wasn’t created. He became, or made of the SEED of David according to the flesh. He made the transition from His superior position with GOD to the humiliation position of dwelling with sinful man as a man Himself in the ROLE of the SON<br /><ul><li>Hebrews 1:5a “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”
There was a day in which the second person of the trinity assumed the role of a Son.
“I will be”, it said, There will be a day that the 1st person of the Trinity will act as the Father, and the 2nd person of the Trinity will be in the role of a SON.
2 Samuel 7:14b “ I will be his father, and he shall be my son “
Philippians 2 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross </li></ul>Here is my understanding:<br /><ul><li>God has given us adequate revelation and we are morally bound to teach and preach what God has revealed. We need to teach the doctrine of the Trinity.
In Heaven eternal, the relationship of the Trinity was?
Has the relationship with the Trinity always been the same in all eternity?</li></ul>Here is what I will say now: At the incarnation, God was born man, took on the title of Christ, and took on the role or function as a http://www.slideshare.net/cewhisnant Son, in the flesh.<br /><ul><li>John 17: 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
It is very important to preserve in the translation the past tense, used in the original, otherwise it might be thought that the work already "finished" was only what He had done before uttering that prayer; In other words the work that God wanted to be accomplished in as Son as man, in flesh was finished.
John 1:1,14 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
“In fact, many aspects of these truths may remain forever inscrutable, but this basic understanding of the eternal relationships within the Trinity nonetheless represents the best consensus of Christian understanding over many centuries of Church history. I therefore affirm the doctrine of Christ's eternal sonship while acknowledging it as a mystery into which we should not expect to pry too deeply.” </li></ul> <br />The Old Testament picture of the lineage from David to Christ is by no means complete. This deficiency is more than met by the New Testament genealogies. Of particular interest are the dual lines of Joseph and Mary which connect with David. The genealogies are best explained by referring the genealogy of Matthew to Joseph and the genealogy of Luke to Mary. Thus interpreted, Joseph is seen to descend from David through Solomon and the line of the kings of Judah. Mary is found in the line from David through David’s son Nathan. This detail is a striking fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. To David God had promised both the continuance of his seed and his throne forever (2 Sam 7:12-16).<br /> To Solomon, David’s son, God promised that his throne and kingdom would continue forever, but the record is silent in the prediction concerning Solomon’s seed. This is given further light in the apostasy of the kings of Judah. Jehoiakim, king of Judah, is solemnly cursed because of his sin and the Scriptures declare: “He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David; and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost. And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity…” (Jer 36:30-31). Coniah, his son (also known as Jehoiachin and Jeconiah), was carried off captive when Jerusalem fell and the line of the kings of Judah ends in him (cf. Jer 22:30). <br />The problem is immediately apparent: How can God fulfill His promise to Davild if this line is cut off? The answer is that the kingly line of the Messiah is preserved through Nathan rather than through Solomon and his descendants. Hence, in the New Testament the legal right to the throne of David is passed through Solomon and Jehoiakim to Joseph and to Joseph’s legal son Christ. The physical seed, however, is passed through Nathan and Mary to Christ. Thus the promises to both David and Solomon are literally fulfilled in and through Jesus Christ. It is at once a striking illustration of the accuracy of the prophetic Word, God anticipating the defection of the kings of Judah and their curse, and at the same time a confirmation of the virgin birth. If Jesus had been the physical son of Joseph, He would have been disqualified by the curse upon Jehoiakim.<br />The records of Scripture provide, then, an accurate and indisputable record of the qualifications of Christ as the inheritor of the promises to David. All conservative scholars are agreed that Christ fulfills the anticipation of these prophecies, anid even unbelieving Jews anticipate that the coming Messiah will fulfill these prophecies. The genealogies of the Jews were, of course, destroyed in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The New Testament records are the only ones extant which provide authentic genealogies to identify the Messiah.<br />THE PERSON OF THE GOOD NEWS: JESUS CHRIST<br />God's Good News Concerning His Son<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher October 04, 2009 Rivers of Joy Baptist Church<br />Romans 1:1-4<br /><ul><li>Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord...</li></ul>"
...Was Declared the Son of God with Power by the Resurrection from the Dead, According to the Spirit of Holiness….”<br />Notes for Verse 4—<br /> And declared <3724>-- literally, "
that is, "
To distinguish.” “To mark out the boundary, to decree, to appoint.” LKGNT. “And (as to His divine nature) according to the Spirit of holiness was openly designated the Son of God in power (in a striking, triumphant and miraculous manner) by His resurrection from the dead, even Jesus Christ our Lord (the Messiah, the Anointed One) or “And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised Him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Then Wuest points out: “who was demonstrated in the sphere of power as Son of God so far as His divine essence was concerned by the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. “Horizon.” To mark out definitely. <br /> <br />to be the Son of God -- Observe how studiously the language changes here. He "
was MADE [says the apostle] of the seed of David, according to the flesh"
(Rom 1:3); but He was not made, He was only "
declared [or proved] to BE the Son of God."
So John 1:1, 14, , "
In the beginning WAS the Word . . . and the Word was MADE flesh"
; and Isa 9:6, "
Unto us a Child is BORN, unto us a Son is GIVEN."
Thus the Sonship of Christ is in no proper sense a born relationship to the Father, as some, otherwise sound divines, conceive of it. By His birth in the flesh, that Sonship, which was essential and uncreated, merely effloresced into palpable manifestation. (See on Luke 1:35; Acts 13:32,33).<br /> <br />with power – <1411> dunamis. (love that word) to be able, to have power, to achieve power. It refers to intrinsic or built-in power or inherent ability. Capacity to perform. The idea of effective, productive energy. Divine energy. <br />according to the spirit of holiness the Holy Spirit,"
the reader would have thought he meant "
the Holy Ghost"
; and it seems to have been just to avoid this misapprehension that he used the rare expression, "
the spirit of holiness."
(1 Peter 1:11, 2 Peter 1:21, 2 Samuel 23:2, Rev. 19:10). It was the Holy Spirit working in CHRIST Who accomplished Jesus’ resurrection and every other miracle performed by Him or associated with Him. Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.<br />BY THE RESURRECTION <386> FROM THE DEAD- A standing again. (Anastasis Gr.) One who has come back to life after having died. The indisputable manifestation that Jesus is the Son of God. It’s God’s “exclamation point” to the good news of resurrection life available in Christ Jesus through the Gospel. The most conclusive and irrefutable evidence of Jesus’ divine Sonship. Conquered death, a power belonging only to God Himself, the giver of life. Jesus was indeed God, the Son.<br />Jesus Christ our Lord (lesou Christou tou kuriou hemon) JESUS: He will save. Jehovah saves. The Lord Jesus Christ His full name. Used 61 times in the New Testament. CHRIST: to anoint, rub with oil or consecrate to an office. “The anointed.” Old Testament: Messiah or the Anointed One. LORD: <2962> might, power. Give authority, confirm. Describes one who has absolute ownership and uncontrolled power, signifies sovereign power and authority. Jesus is referred ten times as SAVIOR, and some 700 times as Lord. OUR: Your Lord? Particularly, could someone tell that the Lord Jesus Christ “owns” you by watching the way you live?<br />Preaching which does NOT do the following is going to be bankrupt. For anything less than an exaltation of God in His glory, or the Son of God in His mercy, or the Spirit of God in His heavenly motions–anything less is the promotion of the earthly agenda of the preacher<br />This Gospel of God is the good news that Jesus Christ is Lord that Paul is speaking about has seven fundamentals that are part of his statement here in Romans 1:1-7. <br />The Preacher is Paul. Paul is used by God as the human means to transport the Gospel. The Promise we see in the O.T. of the goodness of God. The Person who will bring salvation is Jesus Christ the Lord. The Provision that comes with the good news is Christ’s riches. And we see the result of those who love the Son. Then the Proclamation, if you love the Son, you will tell others about the Son. And we will see three Privileges believers have as a result of the good news and the Purpose of the Good News of salvation<br />Videos of this message on growbylearning.com. Outline cwhisna1947.spaces.live.com<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor & Teacher, Rivers of Joy Baptist Church<br />October 11, 2009<br />Romans 1:5-6<br />THE PRINCIPLES OF THE GOOD NEWS<br />THE PROVISION AND THE PROCLAMATION AND PURPOSE<br />Notes for Verse 5<br />By whom -- as the ordained channel<br /> <br />We have received grace -- the whole "
grace that bringeth salvation"
(Titus 2:11).<br /> <br />and apostleship -- for the publication of that "
and the organization of as many as receive it into churches of visible discipleship. (We prefer taking them as two distinct things, and not, with some good interpreters, as one -- "
the grace of apostleship"
).<br /> <br />for obedience to the faith -- rather, "
for the obedience of faith"
-- that is, in order for men's yielding themselves to the belief of God's saving message, which is the highest of all obedience.<br /> <br />for his name -- that He might be glorified.<br />Notes for Verse 6<br />Among whom are ye also -- that is, along with others; for the apostle ascribes nothing special to the Church of Rome (compare 1 Corin 14:36).<br /> <br />the called -- (Romans 8:30).<br /> <br />of Christ Jesus -- that is, either called "
(John 5:25), or the called "
belonging to Him"
Christ's called ones."
Perhaps this latter sense is best supported, but one hardly knows which to prefer.<br />THE PROVISION OF THE GOOD NEWS<br />What is it that the good news gives us?<br />1AFirst: GRACE which is CONVERSION that is to be called.<br />2ASecond: APOSTLESHIP which is VOCATION that is to be sent.<br />The good news is that salvation is by grace. 5 By whom we have received grace Romans 1:5<br /><ul><li>Ephesians 2:8-9 Romans 3:24,27-28
Salvation does not come by confirmation, communion, baptism, church membership, church attendance, trying to keep the Ten Commandments. Living good, having religious belief, or even believing in God and serving Him.</li></ul>When a person places his trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God sovereignty breathes into that person His <br />own divine life. Christians are alive spiritually because they have been born from above, created a difference with the very life of God Himself.<br />Romans 5:20-21, cf Romans 3:20.<br />GRACE.5485 The means whereby God will apply the Good News of salvation. God has stooped down as it were, to give man grace, even though we don’t deserve it.<br />The Good News of salvation brings us into a new vocation<br />5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship.<br /><ul><li>“Apostle” means sent one. As saved saints sent to tell others about Christ.
We have the holy privilege of serving Jesus Christ.
The Lord never provides conversion without commission. Ephesians 2:8-10.</li></ul>THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL<br />“for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:” Romans 1:6<br /><ul><li>Someone who believes in Christ and puts their faith in Christ will be obedient to Christ.
James 2:14-26, Ephesians 2:10</li></ul>“the obedience to the faith.” That term is used as a synonym for salvation.<br />“faith.”4102 “obedience.” 5218 <br /><ul><li>In other words true genuine salvation, the truth that you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, is that you have obedient faith. Romans 1:18.19</li></ul>A BELIEVER RECOGNIZES THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST IN HIS LIFE<br />“Among all nations, for His name 5b “among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ” vs 6 Philippians 2:10-11, 2 Corinthian 4:15 <br />This message will be on video. Growbylearing. Com <br />To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Vs 7<br />Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant<br />Roman Series <br />Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, October 25, 2009<br />THE PRIVILEGES OF THE GOSPEL: 1:7<br />THREE PRIVILEGES BELIEVERS HAVE AS A RESULT OF THE GOSPEL<br />BELOVED OF GOD<br />CALLED TO BE SAINTS<br />SAINTS OF GOD<br />1BBELOVED OF GOD:<br />Ephesians 2:4-5<br />I John 3:1<br />Ephesians 1:6<br />Romans 5:5<br />Romans 8:35<br />2BCALLED OF GOD. CALLED TO BE SAINTS.<br />This is an effectual call to salvation. <br />This is not a general call to salvation<br />Isaiah 45:22<br />Isaiah 55<br />Ezekiel 33:11<br />Matthew 11:28<br />John 7:37<br />Revelation 22:17<br />Romans 10:17<br />Here the “called” is the effectual call to redemption. That comes by the sovereign will of God. (Ephesians 1:4.)<br />3BSAINTS OF GOD<br />If you are a Christian, you are a saint. Saint: means holy one.<br />By virtue of being beloved of God & called to salvation, believers have been set apart from the world in obedience to God.<br />Holy things in the Bible were set apart for God. Holy of Holies, Tithe, Priest, Israel.<br />In the New Testament the only idea of being set apart are Christians.<br />Acts 26:18 and Hebrews 2:11. From sin to God.<br />“GRACE TO YOU, AND PEACE”<br />Believers are the only ones who could receive His grace and experience His peace.<br />THE PURPOSE OF THE GOSPEL 5C<br />“For His name.” Every thing focuses on the glory of God.<br />The main reason you were saved was to keep you out of Hell? Secondary!<br />To experience the love of God? Secondary!<br />For God to lead your life? Secondary!<br />The main reason people are saved is the GLORY OF GOD.<br />His glory is the issue. <br />3 John 7<br />Philippians 2:9-11<br />2 Corinthians 4:15<br />God is glorified when:<br />Someone believes His Gospel.<br />When men love His Son.<br />When men accept His diagnosis of their greatest need, which is forgiveness of sin.<br />THE GOSPEL COMES FROM GOD. IT IS PROMISED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. IT IS PERSONIFIED IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. IT PROVIDES GRACE AND SERVICE. IT IS PREACHED BY THOSE WHO RECEIVE ETERNAL PRIVILEGES. AND ULTIMATELY IT IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF GLORIFYING GOD.<br /> <br /> <br />THE RIGHT CHARACTER AND MOTIVE TO BE IN SPIRITUAL SERVICE (worship) TO CHRIST<br />Romans 1:8-10<br />Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant<br />November 01 2009, Rivers of Joy Baptist Church<br />Are you serving the Lord, and if so, what is your reason for serving Him?<br />1ASome wrong ways of serving the Lord:<br /><ul><li>Panic
Profit</li></ul>2AWe all have struggled from time to time with having the purest of motives. <br /><ul><li>Tempted to be accepted, pressured, position, money, etc.</li></ul>3ASome right motives of spiritual service.<br /><ul><li>Paul would be a good example for us to learn some right perspective on true spiritual service.
What was Paul’s real motive for writing the book of Romans, and even preaching?
Romans 1:9. He cares for the people and their spiritual maturity. “Whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son.
A heart motivated to accomplish the will of God.
In spirit, in soul, in heart, in mind was involved in the service rendered to the Lord.</li></ul>Vs. 8-9<br />First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; <br /> <br /> “I SERVE,” Translated as “Worship.” To worship the Lord is to serve the Lord.<br />Romans 12:1-2, Philippians 3:3, Acts 27:22-23, 2 Timothy 1:3, 2 Timothy 2:2.<br />How can you look at someone and tell if they are serving with their spirit?<br /><ul><li>A Grateful Spirit vs 8
A Courageous Spiritvs 16</li></ul>One: a grateful spirit vs. Romans 1:8<br />Vs 8 “FIRST, I THANK MY GOD.” Paul always tried to see something good that he could be thankful for.<br />Paul received as much joy from someone else’s success as he did from his own.<br />So what was Paul so thankful for? That God had given the Romans a testimony of faith that extended throughout the whole world. <br /><ul><li>PAUL WAS THANKFUL FOR GOD. Philippians 1:3. Paul was in tune with God’s purposes that they became the source of his thanksgiving. God’s end became Paul’s end.
Paul’s thankful heart had nothing to do with his present circumstances.</li></ul>Vs 8 “I THANK MY LORD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.” 1 Timothy 2:5, John 14:6, Hebrews 4:16<br />Vs. 8c ‘FOR YOU ALL.” Paul was so thankful for their faith, genuineness of their salvation.<br />What is Rivers of Joy Baptist Church famous for throughout the world? Just what kind of church do you want to attend? <br />1BA church known for its dome top and pipe organ?<br />2BA church where pastor and people really believe God and take Him at His word?<br />Without gratitude in your heart for what He has done for you, you are serving in the flesh with improper motives.<br />Don’t let the devil steal your joy that Christ and the Spirit has brought you through the trials.<br />Two: concerned spirit vs. 9 “<br /> “… that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers.” <br /> Yes, Paul was thankful, grateful, but he had his apprehension as well. So he prayed. He never took for granted their spiritual lives. He never forgot their labor of love and continued to pray for them.<br /><ul><li>Acts 6:4
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12</li></ul>OH WHAT WAS PAUL’S CONCERN ABOUT IN HIS PRAYER FOR THE SAINTS?<br />1BA new chariot, a new addition to the building!<br />2BHe prayed that God would endeavor to line up the saints to His will.<br />Paul shows his real motives for serving the Lord Jesus Christ.<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher, November 08, 2009 Romans 1:10-12<br />Paul had a heart to see people grow spiritually. Spiritual growth of believers was the key to his ministry.<br />Examples of those who show us best how and why we engage in the service (work done for) of Jesus Christ.<br />FOR GOD WHOM I SERVE IN MY SPIRIT: (John 4:23,24, Acts 19:21; Php 3:3 Romans 1:9}<br />Serve: the term is used in reference to the worship and service of the true God. The greatest worship a believer can offer to God is devoted, pure, heart-felt ministry. Godly service calls for total, unreserved commitment. Paul served God with everything he had, beginning with his spirit that is, flowing out of a deep desire in his soul.<br />Service that is not shallow, not external, not formal, not legalist but deep in the heart of the soul. John 4:23, Ephesians 6:6-7. It’s a work that is done because you desire to, more than anything else. It’s the Romans 12:1-2 kind of service.<br />Paul didn’t serve Christ on three missionary journeys for money, rewards, fame, out of pressure or that it was just for fun.<br />Paul’s worship and service were inner related. His worship was an act of service, and his service was an act of worship. It was not that of a duty of drudge, going through endless trips and travel and teaching. It was service immersed in zealous, believing prayers. It was willing, devoted, tireless service, fired by a spirit that loved the Lord Jesus completely. It was a flaming passion to make known the good news about God’s Son.<br />The Right Motives for Service:<br /><ul><li>Paul is saying that his service to God is completely sincere and internally motivated. Though he served from a deep sense of duty (“I am debtor,” Romans 1; 12), his ministry was not just a job, not just an obligation. His heart was in it.</li></ul>1AA Thankful Spirit. 8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. <br />Romans 1:8 First, I thank (1SPAI) my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed (3SPPI) throughout the whole world. (NASB: <br /><ul><li>Paul is saying I love this work. Paul’s thankfulness was in the gratefulness that he could serve the Lord. A thankful spirit even when things were not going so well in Ephesus, or Philippi, or Corinth.</li></ul>2AA Concerned Spirit.9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; <br />Romans 1:9 For God, Whom I serve (1SPAI) in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention (1SPMI) of you, <br /><ul><li>Paul must have had a long "prayer list" for it seems he is always mentioning someone he is praying for in one of his epistles. Could there be any relation between his unceasing prayer and his incredible power in ministry?</li></ul>3AA willing of God in His Spirit . 10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. <br />Romans 1:10 always in my prayers making request , if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed) in coming to you. (NASB: <br /><ul><li>Paul’s worship and service were inner related. His worship was an act of service, and his service was an act of worship. It was not that of a duty of drudge, going through endless trips and travel and teaching. It was service immersed in fervent, believing prayers. It was willing, devoted, tireless service, fired by a spirit that loved the Lord Jesus supremely. It was a flaming passion to make known the good news about God’s Son.</li></ul>4AAn obedient or submissive spirit. Vs 10b<br /> By the Will of God (2307) means what one wishes or has determined shall be done or that which is desired or wished for. It refers to a desire which proceeds from one’s heart or emotions. This term expresses the result of one’s purpose or desire. <br /><ul><li>Paul prayed himself right into it. He prayed for the Romans and Paul said, I would like to be used in the answer to my prayer. God made Paul the tool for the answer to his prayer.
Paul was regulated by a commitment to the will of God.
James 4:13-15 God is to be involved in everything we do.
There is a limited factor in Paul’s decision. God’s will. Which says Paul had a high level of confidence of knowing that God has the best plan for his life.</li></ul>5AA loving spirit. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established <br />Romans 1:11 For I long(present active indicative) to have affection for to see (aorist (effective action) Paul performs action) He wanted to see them you so that I may impart (aorist active subjunctive) which expresses Paul’s purposes for coming some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established (APN) <br /><ul><li>Paul could not wait to come to Rome; he agonized over the spiritual condition. Paul wanted to give them something of spiritual value. He wanted to share himself with them that which was spiritual “grace”. John 7:38-39. As a gracious gift from God to Paul, by the operation of the Spirit of God upon his spirit, he wanted to give to them that which God had given him.
Paul’s desire was to share, not the physical but to impact them spiritually. Ephesians 4:12</li></ul>Romans 1:12-13<br />Charles E. Whisnant, November 15, 2009<br />Romans 1:12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with (APN) you while among you each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine. (NASB]: Amplified: That is, that we may be mutually strengthened and encouraged and comforted by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (Amplified Bible )NLT: I'm eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other. (NLT)Wuest: that is, moreover, that I may be strengthened by you through the mutual faith which is both yours and mine. Young's Literal: and that is, that I may be comforted together among you, through the faith in one another, both yours and mine.<br />HOW DO I SERVE THE LORD? HOW CAN I HAVE A TRUE SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY AND ATTITUDE TOWARD MY WORSHIP OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?<br />6AA HUMBLE SPIRIT vs 12<br />Paul was not coming in to the church as the spiritual expert to dispense information. <br />THAT IS, THAT I MAY BE COMFORTED TOGETHER 4837 BY THE MUTUAL FAITH BOTH OF YOU AND ME.<br />THAT IS, THAT I MAY BE ENCOURAGED TOGETHER WITH YOU WHILE AMONG YOU: touto de estin (3SPAI) sumparaklethenai (APN) en humin: (Ro 15:24 ,32 Acts 11:23; 2Cor 7:4-7,13; 1Th 2:17- 20; 3:7-10; 2Ti 1:4; 2Jn 1:4; 3Jn 3,4) <br /><ul><li>Paul endeavored to impart depth into their lives and it’s a difficult task. Romans 1-11. Comforted together - encouraged together with: from sun = together, speaks of an intimate association + to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort, to strengthen) means to call upon or invite or exhort at the same time or together. To be encouraged at the same time with someone else.
Each member of the church body should have some measure of spiritual knowledge to share with one another.
Pride will keep you from really seeking to learn from others. Humbleness is you can allow someone else to feel important enough to talk to you about what you know more. It’s the attitude “I appreciate you talking to me.” I have received a great deal from talking to you.
"be encouraged together with" means...“My being comforted in you together with you,” a mutual blessing to each party (you and me).
By the mutual … There is an overwhelming comfort in knowing that we can mutually share together in this ministry. This mutuality is always one of the grand underlying motivations for ministry. When you experience it, you long for more. Paul could not get enough! (Romans 15:32)
Although Paul was a highly-gifted and greatly-used apostle, having received revealed truth directly from God, Paul never thought that he was above being spiritually edified by other believers. The truly thankful, concerned, willing, submissive, and loving spirit is also a humble spirit. The person with such a spirit never has a feeling of spiritual superiority and never lords it over those he serves in Christ’s name.
"The evidence of faith in another believer is a means of comfort to the one who witnesses it." Vine.
In other words, Paul would communicate something, but the believers in Rome would also communicate something to him. They would be mutually blessed in the Word. (McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary: Nashville: Thomas Nelson)
Paul was excited to be spiritually helped by all the believers in the Roman church, young as well as old, mature as well as immature. IS THAT YOUR ATTITUDE?</li></ul>7a A FRUITFUL MINISTRY<br />“Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren that oftentimes I purposed to come to you also, even as among the Gentiles.<br />Romans 1:13 I do not want (1SPAI) you to be unaware,(PAN) brethren, that often I have planned (1SAMI) to come (AAN) to you (and have been prevented (1SAPI) so far) so that I may obtain (2SAAS) some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles Amplified: I want you to know, brethren, that many times I have planned and intended to come to you, though thus far I have been hindered and prevented, in order that I might have some fruit (some result of my labors) among you, as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. Wuest: Moreover, I do not desire you to be ignorant, brethren, that often I proposed to myself to come to you, but I was prevented up to this time, in order that I might procure some fruit also among you even as also among the rest of the GentilesYoung's Literal: And I do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, that many times I did purpose to come unto you -- and was hindered till the present time -- that some fruit I might have also among you, even as also among the other nations.<br />1BTHE PURPOSE OF MINISTRY:<br />1CSPIRITUAL FRUIT. = CHRISTIAN MATURITY <br />Fruit (2590) is the product or outcome of something as in a physical sense in which a tree bears literal fruit. In a figurative sense it is the result of procreation and thus the fruit of the womb. Also in a figurative sense, it describes the result of one's words or actions and would be reflected in the consequences. <br />1DThe reason for preaching, teaching, music, singing, ministry is for spiritual fruit, results. It’s not the money, or acceptance, or even prestige.<br />2DCharles E. Whisnant is not contented to simply be taken care of or appreciated or with just maintenance of the people who are in Rivers of Joy Baptist Church.<br />3DAnything less than seeing the preaching, and teaching, and the weekly study notes, and the videos, and websites, and blogs, produce fruit in the lives of people is not success. I am in this place at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church for the fruit, to see God’s seed go forth and do its work.<br />4DWHAT IS SPIRITUAL FRUIT?<br />1E Attitude Fruit: Galatians 5:22-23 Right Attitudes<br />2EAction Fruit: Romans 6:22Right Holiness.<br />3EConducting oneself Fruit: Philippians 4:17Holy Life Style<br />4EConverts Fruit – Added to the Body of Christ in the Local Church Fruit. 1 Corinthians 9:22<br />2Cnot have you ignorant<br />1DTo be unaware (50) (meaning: perceive, understand) means to be unaware of or to be ignorant of. It also conveys the sense to refuse to think about or pay attention to and so to ignore. Men knew of God’s Being through natural revelation (Romans 1:19-21, 28), but did not know the purpose of His kindness. Why are people ignorant of God’s intention to be kind?<br />2DIGNORANT as a means of calling attention to something of great importance he was about to say. Paul didn’t come with the idea of taking photos with the people.<br />He used it to introduce his teaching about such things as the mystery of God’s calling Gentiles to salvation (Rom.11:25), spiritual gifts (1 Corin 12:1), and the second coming (1 Thess 4:13). Here he uses it to introduce his determined plan to visit the saints at Rome. <br />Philippians 1:9<br />Charles E. Whisnant<br />Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, November 22, 2009<br />What was the name that is above every name? Hebrews 1:4 says it’s a name more excellent than the angels have. It’s a name that goes beyond merely distinguishing one person from another.<br />This name will describe Christ’s nature. One that would set Christ above and beyond comparison.<br />CHANGE OF NAMES IN SCRIPTURE:<br />1BAbram to Abraham2BJacob to Israel3BSimon to Peter<br />4BChristians will have a new name:<br />Charles: I had thought the name was Jesus, but that is not a new name, He had that name at birth.<br />Note verse 11 “Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.<br />LET US LOOK AT THAT WORD “LORD”.<br />1BIn the O.T. the word was YAHWEH. Word for God.<br />2BIt’s a name that implies rulership based on power and authority.<br />3BThomas said in John 20:28: “My Lord, and my God.”<br />4BThe name “JESUS” is the name of His incarnation. <br />5BIsaiah 45:21-23 says Romans 1:10-11.<br />6BNames of Jesus:<br />1CMessiah: the anointed One.2CSon of Man: Daniel 7:13-14.<br />3CSon of God. His divinity. I John 4:15.<br />4CProphet, Priest, King, the Alpha and Omega, the Door, the Beloved.<br />7BAt the name of LORD every knee will bow.<br />8BLISTEN CAREFULLY: <br />9BWe cannot know Christ in any other way than as LORD.<br />1BWe cannot make Jesus Lord, for God has already done that.<br />2BIf you receive Christ, as Savior, you must take Him as LORD.<br />10BVERSES OF HIS NEW NAME:<br />Luke 2:11John 13:13Acts 2:36Acts 10:36Romans 10:9-13Romans 14:11I Corin 8:6I Corin 12:3I Corin 15:572 Corin 4:5Revelation 17:14Rev. 19:11<br />11BHe is referred to as LORD 92 times in Acts, twice as Savior.<br />12BSalvation comes to the person who takes Jesus as Savior and as LORD. <br />13BActs 2:21.Acts 16:31<br />14BGreek word for LORD 2962 is kurios , 748 times.<br />1Che to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord, the possessor and disposer of a thing the owner; one who has control of the person, the master in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor. Is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master. This title is given to: God, the Messiah <br />15BHebrew word for Lord:<br />1CJewish practice of substituting the spoken Hebrew word 'Adonai' (translated as 'Lord') for YHWH when read aloud.<br />2C“Master, Lord, LORD” Adonai is the plural of Adon. Exodus 34:23, Deut. 10:17<br />3BNo Jew would pronounce the word “Jehovah” Instead he would say “Adonai.<br />4BAdonai Yahweh<br />When used individually, both terms are translated as “Lord,” but to avoid the awkward appellation “Lord Lord,” the KJV and NRSV render the expression as “Lord God.” (Here too, small capital letters are used to indicate that the base word is Yahweh.) “Lord Yahweh” is also used. The combination Adonai Yahweh appears 310 times in the Bible, mostly in the prophetic literature, where the prophets often begin their speeches by saying, “Thus says Adonai Yahweh.”<br />16ACAN YOU SAY YOU KNOW JESUS AS GOD? IS HE YOUR LORD?<br />Romans 1:16-17<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher: November 29, 2009<br />Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio<br />Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed (1SPMI) of the gospel, for it is (3SPAI) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (PAPMSD), to the Jew first & also to the Greek. <br />Romans 1:16-7 is the most life-transforming truth ever put into men’s hands. If we really understand and act in response to these truths in these two verses time and eternity is totally changed.<br />Romans 1:1-15Paul talks about his Message and him being the Messenger of the Gospel <br />Romans 1:16-17Paul will make this message of the Gospel fixed or definite in our minds<br />Romans 1:18 --The rest of the book of Romans is a growth of what we see in Vs. 16 -17<br />1APAUL SAYS: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” <br />1BPaul’s life experience should have caused him to retreat from preaching the gospel.<br />2BToo often while we would like to have Paul’s boldness in preaching, we retreat.<br />2AWhy was Paul so bold? <br />1B“because it is the power of god unto salvation. Romans 1:16<br />1CHe was bold to preach because of what the gospel is, because of what the gospel does.<br />2CThe reason why Paul proclaimed the good news so gladly? <br />1DBecause the Gospel is powerful, and it changes lives.<br />3CAs a result of this personal conviction he didn’t care about himself personally.<br />3AWhat is it about the gospel that gave Paul his boldness to speak, teach and preach? <br /><ul><li>There are FOUR words that will tell us.
If you understand the meaning and connection and transition of those four terms you understand the gospel.</li></ul>The first key word in the divine vocabulary of the gospel of Christ is:<br />1apower <br />FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD: dunamis gar theou estin (3SPAI): (Ro 10:17 Ps 110:2 Is 53:1 Jer 23:29 1Co 1:18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2:4, 14:24,25 1Co 15:2 2Co 2:14, 15, 16; 10:4,5 Col 1:5,6 1Th 1:5,6; 2:13 Heb 4:12)<br />For (gar) explains why Paul is not ashamed of the gospel. <br />13 occurrences of the phrase "
power of God"
in NT. - Mt 22:29; Mk 12:24; Lk 22:69; Acts 8:10; Ro 1:16; 1Cor 1:18, 24; 2:5; 2Cor 6:7; 13:4; 2Ti 1:8; 1Pet 1:5<br />Power (1411) (dunamis [word study] - words derived from the stem duna- or dyna- all have the basic meaning of “being able,” of “capacity” in virtue of an ability) is a key word in the NT being found some 121 times in the NASB most often in the Gospels. (often translated as miracles or mighty works)<br />Here are the NT uses -- Mt 7:22; 11:20, 21, 23; 13:54, 58; 14:2; 22:29; 24:29, 30; 25:15; 26:64; Mark 5:30; 6:2, 5, 14; 9:1, 39; 12:24; 13:25, 26; 14:62; Lk 1:17, 35; 4:14, 36; 5:17; 6:19; 8:46; 9:1; 10:13, 19; 19:37; 21:26, 27; 22:69; 24:49; Ac 1:8; 2:22; 3:12; 4:7, 33; 6:8; 8:10, 13; 10:38; 19:11; Ro 1:4, 16, 20; 8:38; 9:17; 15:13, 19; 1Co 1:18, 24; 2:4, 5; 4:19, 20; 5:4; 6:14; 12:10, 28, 29; 14:11; 15:24, 43, 56; 2Co 1:8; 4:7; 6:7; 8:3; 12:9, 12; 13:4; Ga 3:5; Ep 1:19, 21; 3:7, 16, 20; Php 3:10; Col 1:11, 29; 1Th 1:5; 2Th 1:7, 11; 2:9; 2Ti 1:7, 8; 3:5; Heb 1:3; 2:4; 6:5; 7:16; 11:11, 34; 1Pe 1:5; 3:22; 2Pe 1:3, 16; 2:11; Re 1:16; 3:8; 4:11; 5:12; 7:12; 11:17; 12:10; 13:2; 15:8; 17:13; 18:3; 19:1<br />(next week’s message will be in more detail)<br />1BWhat Paul has in mind is the fact that the gospel of Christ carries with it the omnipotence of God. The all powerful God is behind it, operative in regenerating a person.<br />2BMankind would like to change. All the advertising in the world is based on one presupposition, and that is people want things different than they are. <br />3BYet mankind has this inability to change what he is in his nature.<br /><ul><li>Jeremiah 13:23Matthew 22:29</li></ul>4BMankind tries other things to change them.<br /><ul><li>Fleshly things.Church life.Keeping the Law.</li></ul>5BBUT MAN CAN NOT CHANGE HIS NATURE.<br /><ul><li>Romans 5:6Romans 8:3James 1:18I Peter 1:23</li></ul>SO IT IS IN THIS POWER IN THE SENSE THAT GOD IS THE SOURCE OF AN INCREDIBLE POWER, A LIMITLESS POWER THAT CAN TRANSFORM LIVES. GOD POWER OF SALVATION CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.<br />Charles e. whisnant, pastor/teacher, rivers of joy Baptist church<br />December 06, 2009<br />Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed) of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first & also to the Greek. <br />There is a shocking lack of confidence in the Gospel of Jesus Christ today. We don’t have to be “ashamed” of the Gospel. We don’t need to be doubtful as to whether it is indeed the “power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” We really don’t need to supplement or replace it. Nor do we need to doubt the Gospel and therefore expect no conversions. God is still working. God can and does inflame the hearts of people. God will put a growing desire to exalt the name of Jesus Christ and to live lives of holiness.<br />FIRST: PAUL WAS NOT ASHAMED.<br /><ul><li>Paul was not afraid, he didn’t feel shame, he was not reluctant to say that the Gospel would save. He was not afraid of humiliation, he did not experience a lack of courage to stand up and teach the Word of God. He did not feel shame because of what has been done, for he knew the power of the Gospel.
Paul was not ashamed even though he had been imprisoned, chased out, smuggled out, laughed at, considered a fool and declared a blasphemer and a lawbreaker.</li></ul>WE DO NOT NEED TO BE AFRAID OF THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST FOR SALVATION.<br />SECOND: PAUL PREACHED THE GOSPEL:<br /><ul><li>“Have you any good news for me today?” would have been a common question.
Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 summarized for us his definition of the gospel.
Paul considered himself first as a servant of Christ with his call to proclaim the Gospel: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25.</li></ul>THE GOOD NEWS THAT IS THE GOSPEL:<br />William Tyndale (1494-1536)<br /><ul><li>“Euaggelion (which we call the gospel) is a Greek word , and signifies good, merry, glad, and joyful things, that make a man’s heart glad, and makes him sing, dance, and leap for joy.”</li></ul>Alexander Maclaren describes the gospel:<br /><ul><li>“The Gospel of Jesus Christ presents itself not as merely a new stimulus and motive to do what is right, but as an actual communication to men of a new power to work in them. It is a new gift of a life which will unfold itself after its own nature.”</li></ul>FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD: Romans 1:16<br /><ul><li>Matthew 22:29, Mark 12:24, Luke 22:69, Acts 8:10, Romans 1:16, I Corin. 1:18,24, 2:5; 2 Corin 6:7; 13:4; 2 Tim 1:8 and I Peter 1:5</li></ul>Charles Spurgeon said: “Let us put ourselves under its power.”<br />The Gospel is not advice to people, suggesting that they lift themselves. It is power. It lifts them up. Paul does not say that the gospel brings power, but that it is (present tense = continually) power, and God’s (omnipotent) power at that.<br />POWER 1411 “BEING ABLE.” “CAPACITY”. Used 121 times. <br /><ul><li>Root word which we get our word “dynamic”. Energetic, functioning, live, operative, working. This describes that which is marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change.
The word dynamic is characterized by energy or forces that produce motion, as opposed to that which is static.
Dunamis does not refer to explosive power, as if the gospel will blow men to bits but it refers to intrinsic i.e. built in power. Jeremiah 23:29.
The gospel is dynamic. God is dynamic, and so is powerful and able to effect radical regeneration of spiritually dead men and women. The gospel makes Dunamis power available to all believers.
I Corinthians 4:20. The kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.
It was not Greek Logic, not Roman Law, not Hebrew Thought, but the Gospel of God.</li></ul>Augustine said:<br /><ul><li>That every individual is created with a spiritual “God shaped vacuum” and it will be filled by something, either divine spiritual truth or demonic spiritual lies. Everyone has an innate desire to be changed especially in a way that will make them feel less guilty and more content. They seek to fill this need by immersing themselves in a variety of programs, philosophies, and religions that promise to meet their felt need.
Sadly, all these “methods” may seemingly succeed in making people feel better about themselves, but they have no ability to liberate them from their enslavement to the power of SIN which stimulates sinful behavior and the resultant feeling of guilt and discontent (ultimately an uneasiness that they are not “right” with God, because they’re NOT.</li></ul>So, let me ask you, have you experienced this wonderful working power of God in your life? Have you been freed from the guilt of sin? Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing from sin? <br />Charles E. Whisnant<br />December 13, 2009<br />Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written "
BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."
<br /> 17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’<br />"
For the gospel reveals how God puts people right with himself: it is through faith from beginning to end. As the Scripture says, 'The person who is put right with God through faith shall live.'"
<br />Verse 17 provides us with yet another reason for Paul’s eagerness to preach the gospel: the gospel is not only that through which God works so as to save men; the gospel is that through which God’s righteousness is revealed to men. The gospel reveals not only God’s power to save, but His righteousness in saving men. As Romans 1:18-3:20 will show, God is shown to be righteous in His condemnation of all men as sinners. As Romans 3:21-26 indicates, God is likewise shown to be righteous in the way He has provided a righteousness for men, a righteousness that is obtained not by works but by faith.<br />The gospel, then, is the ultimate expression of God's commitment and power to reclaim the world. What happened in the Fall of Genesis, and Satan believes he had won over humanity through Adam and Eve. God in Genesis 3:15 states that He would bring defeat to Satan’s idea, and bring about redemption to the human race through Jesus Christ who is the Gospel. Which was our lesson Wednesday night.<br />FOR [because] IN IT <br /><ul><li>The question is "In what?" and the obvious answer is the gospel.</li></ul>REMOVING THE VAIL OF THE RIGHTESOUSNESS OF CHRIST<br />DECEMBER 20, 2009<br />PASTOR/TEACHER CHARLES E. WHISNANT<br />THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD:<br />Charles E. Whisnant<br />Message 45 minutes<br />On Vimeo in four 11 minutes videos<br /><ul><li>In short, the righteousness of God is all that God is, all that He commands, all that He demands, all that He approves and all that He provides (through the gospel).
A major theme of the book, appearing over 30 times in one form or another, righteousness is the state or condition of perfectly conforming to God’s perfect law and holy character.
The only people who think they are good enough to go to heaven are the people who don't know how bad they really are! Righteousness is what we need but do not have. Therefore God, knowing that we could never be righteous on our own, has provided a righteousness which comes down to us from heaven above. It's not earned or deserved, but is given to us by God as a free gift."
"The gospel makes known a righteousness. (Paul's desire was that he might "be found in Him [Christ], not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith," Php 3:9)
"The righteousness for which we are justified is neither anything done by us or wrought in us, but something done for us and imputed to us.
The righteousness by which, for the sake of Jesus Christ, God made sinners righteous (that is, active righteousness) through the forgiveness of sins in justification."</li></ul>IS REVEALED:<br /><ul><li>More literally "is being (continually) revealed”.
Means literally to remove the veil or covering exposing to open view what was before hidden.
This righteousness made available through the gospel is hidden from every natural (in Adam) man, including the wisest and most prudent, and is even hidden from God's elect until conversion at which time it is revealed.
That is fully known, disclosed, exposed to open view though previously hidden. </li></ul>FAITH <br /><ul><li>Is one and the same with trust or belief and is the conviction of the truth of anything, but in Scripture usually speaks of belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it
Saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God.
"To believe through" (dia) indicates the way by which a person comes to faith (John 1:7; 1 Peter 1:21).
"Faith in" indicates the realm in which faith operates (Ephesians 1:15; Colossians 1:14; 2 Timothy 3:15.)
"Faith, for John, is an activity which takes men right out of themselves and makes them one with Christ" indicating that NT faith is not just intellectual assent but includes a "moral element of personal trust.")
Why? The reason is clearly expressed by Jesus himself: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). God the Father has revealed himself in the Son. The Father has set Jesus before us as the one to whom we must entrust ourselves for salvation. It is Jesus who is the focus of Christian faith.
Faith is relying on what God has done rather than on one's own efforts. </li></ul>From faith to faith<br /><ul><li>This new life in Christ begins out of faith and is lived out daily by faith (sanctification as described in Romans 6-8) and that faith holds on firm to the end when faith becomes sight being consummated in glory in the glorious presence of God. Faith then is pictured as one's all in all, both in the beginning and in the progress of one's Christian life. </li></ul>As <br /><ul><li>Meaning “just as,” and the use here emphasizes sameness and the formula “it is written” reminds the reader that Paul is quoting authoritative Scripture.</li></ul>Written (1125)<br /><ul><li>Primarily means to scratch on or engrave as on an ornament, reports, letters, etc; English = graph, graphic,
Means to engrave or inscribe with a pen or stylus characters or letters on a surface which can be wood, wax, metal, leather, stone, parchment, dirt, paper, etc.)
The verb is perfect tense signifying that God's Word has been written down at a point of time in the past (cf Lev 11:44, 19:2, 20:7 were originally inscribed with a stylus by Moses probably on clay tablets under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit circa 1500BC) and remains on record as the eternal, unchanging Word of God.
This sobering thought should motivate us to obey this injunction.</li></ul> <br />Where is it written? The Old Testament, Habakkuk 2:4. “But the righteous will live by his faith.”<br />So what is Paul's point? <br /><ul><li>The news he is explaining in Romans is not new news but good news "promised beforehand through the prophets" (Romans 1:2).
The gospel is not a "novel upstart" doctrine. In a sense the righteousness from faith to faith could be from Old Testament faith in a Messiah Who was promised to come to New Testament faith in a Christ already come
In Romans 1, Paul introduces the theme of righteousness, on which the entire book focuses.
The gospel is about a righteousness that comes from God and is appropriated "by faith from first to last" (Romans 1:17).
The NT shifts emphasis from a righteousness linked with human behavior to a righteousness that God provides in Christ.
The NT explains the truth first clearly seen in Genesis 15:6 that "Abraham believed God and He reckoned it to him as righteousness." God's righteousness was placed on the account of those who had faith.</li></ul> But the Righteous man<br /><ul><li>Defines that which is in accordance with high standards of correctness. It is that which is in right relation to another and so in reference to persons defines the one who is morally and ethically righteous, upright or just.
In the NT it denotes righteous, a state of being right, or right conduct, judged whether by the Divine standard, or according to human standards, of what is right.
Said of God, it designates the perfect agreement between His nature and His acts (in which He is the standard for all men)
The one who practices (present tense = habitually, as a lifestyle, speaking of direction not perfection) righteousness is righteous (dikaios), just as He (Jesus, the perfectly Righteous One Jeremiah 23:5-6, and Jeremiah 33:16) is righteous
The one who habitually (not perfectly - think "direction not perfection") does what is right is righteous
Righteous character expresses itself in righteous conduct.
If a man knows God, he will obey God, not perfectly but as the general "tenor" of his life.
A man cannot claim genuine salvation if he is habitually living in sin.
You will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16).
An individual’s conduct is certain evidence of his or her nature. The one who practices righteousness does so because he or she has been granted the righteousness of God and has the indwelling power to live righteously. </li></ul>Shall live (2198) in this context means “shall be saved”. <br /><ul><li>It is consistent with the salvation mentioned in the previous verse.
Remember that salvation past (justification), present (sanctification) and future (glorification) are all the result of faith.
Salvation results in life that can be lived as God meant it to be lived -- lived to the full, lived for His glory, lived in light of eternity.
And it is the Gospel which opens the door to real life, yea, even abundant life
John 10:10, Matt 4:4, 2 Corin 5:5, 13:4, Gal 2:19-20, 3:11-12, 5:25, Phil 1:21, 1 Thess 3:8 5:10, 2 Timothy 3:12, Titus 2:12, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 4:9
</li></ul>BY FAITH<br /><ul><li>Paul intends to prove that it has always been God’s way to justify sinners by grace on the basis of faith alone. There is emphasis here on the continuity of faith. It is not a one-time act, but a way of life. The true believer made righteous will live in faith all his life. This expression emphasizes that true faith is not a single event, but a way of life—it endures. Theologians have called this “the perseverance of the saints”, not that their perseverance saves them but that it proves or shows them to be saved.</li></ul>So have you prepared yourself to listen to this message? Will you take the responsibility this day and this week, to study this message? Don’t let Satan blow out the light you have received today.<br />THE EVIDENTS OF GOD IS WIDELY KNOWN BUT HAS BEEN REJECTED<br />Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio December 27 2009<br />BECAUSE THAT WHICH IS KNOWN ABOUT GOD IS EVIDENT (widely known) WITHIN THEM: dioti to gnoston tou theou phaneron estin (3SPAI) en autois: Romans 1;20; Psa 19:1-6; Isaiah 40:26; Jeremiah 10:10-13; Acts 14:16; Acts 17:23-30<br />Paul explains that all men have been provided visible evidence of God, and what their physical senses can perceive of Him their inner senses can understand to some extent. In short, all men know something and understand something of the reality and the truth of God and are responsible for a proper response to that revelation. Any wrong response is without excuse.<br />God sovereignly plants evidence of His existence in the very nature of man by reason and moral law, independent of exposure to "
of the Scriptures. No person, therefore, can plead ignorance of God, because, entirely apart from Scripture, God has always revealed Himself and continues to reveal Himself to man. The naive, false notion that those who have never explicitly heard the gospel are not under God's condemnation is corrected by this passage<br />That which may be intuitively known about God has been placed in the minds (heart, conscience) of all men by God and thus no man can claim ignorance of God, and no person can claim that God’s wrath against him is unjust. Every person is accountable for the revelation of God that may lead one to salvation<br />The cosmos itself is a witness, David testifying that <br />The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. (Psalm 19:1-2). <br />Similarly Luke records that...<br />in the generations gone by (God) permitted all the nations to go their own ways and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness."
Acts 14:16-17<br />In Isaiah God tells men to...<br />Lift up your eyes on high and see Who has created these stars. The One Who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)<br />Jeremiah records some "
of God writing that... Jeremiah 10:10-13 <br />FOR GOD MADE IT EVIDENT TO THEM: <br />Noah’s father, Lamech, was for over fifty years a contemporary of Adam. Knowledge of God was held and imparted by tradition from the beginning. The fact that the “world that then was” became so corrupt as to necessitate destruction (Hebrew, “blotting out,” Ge 6:7, margin), only supports the awful account. Not only was the world bad unto judgment at the time of the Flood; but the world after Noah became such that God called out His own (from Abraham on) to a separate, pilgrim life (Ge 12:1, Acts 7:2, 3, 4, Heb 11:8, 9, 10). Sodom, and later the Canaanites, again filled up iniquity’s measure (Ge 15:16, Mt 23:32, 33) and were “sent away from off the face of the earth” (Jer 28:16). <br />Utter uncompromising, abandonment of hope in man is the first pre