December 8
The Gift You Can’t Give Yourself
Studies in Romans, Winter, 2013-14
John R. Wible

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The Point . . .
Jesus offers you His gift of a relationship
with God.

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Being Good

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Houston, We Have a Problem

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Houston, We Have a Problem
• In spite of our bent toward sin, most
people want to be good.
• The majority of religions pro...
There is an Answer
• Beginning in Romans 3:21, Paul pointed
us to the solution.
• God’s standard of righteousness was met
...
The Best Gift Ever
• What’s the best gift you’ve ever
unwrapped?”
• An unexpected gift can turn a bad day
into a good one....
Funeral Home Fans
•They Don’t work
so good on a hot
day in South
Alabama
•Trying to “work
our way back to
You, Lord” is ab...
The Supreme Problem of Life
• How can I get into a right relationship
with God?
• How can I feel at peace with God?
• How ...
But God Created Air Conditioners
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•
•
•

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They work really well
Read Romans 3:20,21
Why are the words “but now” ...
But Now . . .
• Paul went on to identify God’s ‘but now’
gift—righteousness through faith in
Christ.
• READ: Romans 3:22-2...
Keys to the Bible
• All of us are sinners.
• All of us need the gift that only Jesus
offers.
• Salvation is through faith ...
Drilling Down
What Does it Mean?
• All of us are sinners
• Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ
alone?
• Salvation i...
The Gift
• Read Romans 3:24 , “They are
justified freely by His grace through
the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
• Q...
Four Words
• Key Word: Righteousness (v. 21)
—
This word refers to being right before
God. People only become righteous as...
Four Words - Grace
• Grace points to God’s free and unmerited favor
by which God has without charge to believers
declared ...
Amazing Grace

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Four Words - Propitiation
• Paul uses this word and the concept behind
it, as a second metaphor from the religious
sacrifi...
The Blood
•
•
•
•

The answer is found in the blood.
To the Hebrews, the Blood was sacred.
It represents life.
The penalty...
Enter Pride
• Satan wants believers to feel
very proud of themselves.
• He wants us to think, surely
God gave me this wond...
Pride
• Is it possible to boast about our religious
practices only to ourselves and maybe
not to others so as not to appea...
Another Word -Scandalon
• “Stone of offense.” Something to over.
• Justification by faith in Christ alone apart
from any w...
What’s the Problem?
• Both rely on work:
– one to receive,
– the other to secure salvation.

• We are not the heroes in th...
The Foolish Galatians
You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched
you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was
publicly portrayed ...
What’s Wrong with Good Works?
• It makes us think we have the capacity to
do anything worthwhile to be approved
of God.
• ...
Boast in Our Weakness &
Christ’s Strength
• On behalf of such a man I will boast;
but on my own behalf I will not boast,
e...
Glorying Properly
• Without Jesus, there is no gift of
salvation, no hope of a relationship with
God.
• Whether we are new...
Question of the Week
Since boasting is excluded, how will you
express your faith this week?

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Let’s Pray About it!

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  1. 1. December 8 The Gift You Can’t Give Yourself Studies in Romans, Winter, 2013-14 John R. Wible 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 1
  2. 2. The Point . . . Jesus offers you His gift of a relationship with God. 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 2
  3. 3. Being Good 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 3
  4. 4. Houston, We Have a Problem 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 4
  5. 5. Houston, We Have a Problem • In spite of our bent toward sin, most people want to be good. • The majority of religions promote this as the way to salvation. When we keep whatever rules are set before us, we feel good about ourselves. • But, none of us can perfectly keep a set of rules, much less God’s perfect law. 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 5
  6. 6. There is an Answer • Beginning in Romans 3:21, Paul pointed us to the solution. • God’s standard of righteousness was met in Jesus Christ. • When we place our faith in Christ, His righteousness is credited to us. • PERIOD! 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 6
  7. 7. The Best Gift Ever • What’s the best gift you’ve ever unwrapped?” • An unexpected gift can turn a bad day into a good one. • Read “The Point,” p. 21. “Jesus offers you His gift of a relationship with God.” • Remember the song, “Give Me 40 Acres and I’ll Turn this Rig Around?” • Only Jesus can “turn THIS rig around. 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 7
  8. 8. Funeral Home Fans •They Don’t work so good on a hot day in South Alabama •Trying to “work our way back to You, Lord” is about as effective. •This is a problem. 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 8
  9. 9. The Supreme Problem of Life • How can I get into a right relationship with God? • How can I feel at peace with God? • How can I escape the feeling of estrangement and fear in the presence of God? – Barclay, William (2010-11-05). The Letter to the Romans (New Daily Study Bible) (p. 66). 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 9
  10. 10. But God Created Air Conditioners • • • • 12/08/13 They work really well Read Romans 3:20,21 Why are the words “but now” significant? Were Paul’s words a “cool breeze” to the Romans and other readers? John R. Wible, 2013 10
  11. 11. But Now . . . • Paul went on to identify God’s ‘but now’ gift—righteousness through faith in Christ. • READ: Romans 3:22-26. • See the math problem on p.p. 25,26. You get to go back and correct errors. • What would the world be like if God had made salvation humanly attainable? 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 11
  12. 12. Keys to the Bible • All of us are sinners. • All of us need the gift that only Jesus offers. • Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone. • Salvation is for all who believe. • Read Romans 3:23 “23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 12
  13. 13. Drilling Down What Does it Mean? • All of us are sinners • Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone? • Salvation is for all who believe? • Who are all? 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 13
  14. 14. The Gift • Read Romans 3:24 , “They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” • Q: What does this mean? • Q: Why is it a challenge for some people to accept the grace God offers us through Christ? 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 14
  15. 15. Four Words • Key Word: Righteousness (v. 21) — This word refers to being right before God. People only become righteous as God declares them so. It is a judicial term. It means being found “not guilty” even though you might, in fact, be very guilty. • Paul draws from the Roman system of Justice here. 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 15
  16. 16. Four Words - Grace • Grace points to God’s free and unmerited favor by which God has without charge to believers declared them to have a right standing in His sight. • Bengel’s ‘supreme paradox of the gospel,’ God is just yet accepts the sinner as being just. The natural thing to say would be: ‘God is just, and, therefore, condemns the sinner as a criminal.’ • But here, the great paradox – God is just, but he accepts the sinner not as a criminal but as a son. • How? . . . 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 16
  17. 17. Amazing Grace 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 17
  18. 18. Four Words - Propitiation • Paul uses this word and the concept behind it, as a second metaphor from the religious sacrificial system. • Q: Did Paul use Propitiation to refer to – an appeasing sacrifice that satisfied God’s wrath; – an atoning sacrifice that removes sin, or, – figuratively speaking, to Jesus as the mercy seat, the place where the blood of the sacrificial lamb was sprinkled and where mercy is found? 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 18
  19. 19. The Blood • • • • The answer is found in the blood. To the Hebrews, the Blood was sacred. It represents life. The penalty of sin is death, the shedding of blood, usually the guilty person, but . . • Christ’s blood is spilt – thus removing not the guilt, but the stain of the guilt • God indulges a fiction that we, though guilty, now appear innocent, thus His wrath is appeased. • Jesus is both the sacrifice and the altar 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 19
  20. 20. Enter Pride • Satan wants believers to feel very proud of themselves. • He wants us to think, surely God gave me this wonderful gift because He saw something good in me. • But READ: 3:27-28. 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 20
  21. 21. Pride • Is it possible to boast about our religious practices only to ourselves and maybe not to others so as not to appear selfrighteous? • Is this any less sin? • Are we fooling ourselves? • Are we fooling God? • How can we avoid even these internal thoughts? 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 21
  22. 22. Another Word -Scandalon • “Stone of offense.” Something to over. • Justification by faith in Christ alone apart from any works can become a stumbling block for people in two significant ways: – Some people cannot accept the truth that salvation is a gift. So, they try to store up good deeds to outweigh the bad. – Others believe in accepting the gift by faith but believe they must secure their salvation by works. 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 22
  23. 23. What’s the Problem? • Both rely on work: – one to receive, – the other to secure salvation. • We are not the heroes in the salvation story. Jesus is. • He deserves all honor and glory for our salvation. 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 23
  24. 24. The Foolish Galatians You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? – Galatians 3:1,2 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 24
  25. 25. What’s Wrong with Good Works? • It makes us think we have the capacity to do anything worthwhile to be approved of God. • This is the sin of pride, to the ancient Egyptians, the sin of hubris seeking to be equal with God. • That’s where Satan went wrong. • So, what do we boast in? 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 25
  26. 26. Boast in Our Weakness & Christ’s Strength • On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. – 2 Corinthians 12:5 • “Boasting” renders kauchēsis which means “the act of boasting, glorying, exultation, exhaulting, glorying or glorifying.” What should happen is not autokauchēsis but christokauchēsis 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 26
  27. 27. Glorying Properly • Without Jesus, there is no gift of salvation, no hope of a relationship with God. • Whether we are new to the faith or received Jesus’ gift many years ago, He is the Hero who, as the hymn says, ‘saved a wretch like me.’ • Q: What helps you to “glory in Christ?” 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 27
  28. 28. Question of the Week Since boasting is excluded, how will you express your faith this week? 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 28
  29. 29. Let’s Pray About it! 12/08/13 John R. Wible, 2013 29

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