Old Testament Vistas<br />
Judgment is Coming<br />
Judgment Because of Sin<br />722 BC – Destruction of Samaria by Assyria<br />586 BC – Destruction of Judah by Babylonia<br />
Sin #1: Idolatry<br />“If one God is good, aren’t many better?”<br />
Micah 1:7 NIV<br />All her idols will be broken to pieces; all her temple gifts will be burned with fire; I will destroy a...
Micah 5:10-15 NIV<br />"In that day," declares the LORD, "I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your char...
Micah 5:10-15 NIV<br />I will destroy your carved images and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow dow...
Sin #2: Injustice<br />“Because I can, that’s why!”<br />
Micah 2:1-2 NIV<br />Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they carry i...
Amos 4:1-2 NIV<br />Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the need...
Isaiah 10:1-2 NIV<br />Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of th...
Sin #3: Externalism<br />“I want my ‘Get out of Hell Free’ card”<br />
Micah 3:11 NIV<br />Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money...
Matthew 23:25-28 NIV<br />"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup...
Matthew 23:25-28 NIV<br />"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, ...
Matthew 23:25-28 NIV<br />In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full...
People: “God Won’t Judge Us!”<br />Micah 2:6-7 NIV"Do not prophesy," their prophets say. "Do not prophesy about these thin...
God: “Oh, Yes, I Will!”<br />Micah 2:10 NIV Get up, go away! For this is not your resting place, because it is defiled, it...
Jesus is Coming!<br />
Good News for the Remnant<br />Micah 2:12-13 NIV"I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob; I will surely bring together th...
Good News for the Remnant<br />One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go...
Messianic Thread<br />Micah 5:2-5 NIV "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of...
Messianic Thread<br />… He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of th...
Genesis 3:15 NIV<br />And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush ...
2 Samuel 7:13-14 NIV<br />He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom...
Isaiah 11:1-3 NIV<br />A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit o...
What God Requires<br />
Micah 6:6-8 NIV <br />With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him ...
Micah 6:6-8 NIV <br />Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has...
Psalms 51:16-17 NIV<br />You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings...
Isaiah 1:11-17 NIV<br />"The multitude of your sacrifices— what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough o...
Isaiah 1:11-17 NIV<br />Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and con...
Isaiah 1:11-17 NIV<br />They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in pra...
Isaiah 1:11-17 NIV<br />Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage...
The Message of Micah<br />
1. God eventually punishes sin<br />No one gets a free pass<br />
LA Times, April 30, 2011<br />Study links willingness to cheat, viewpoint on God<br />“Mean Gods Make Good People”<br />No...
Paul Addresses this in Romans<br />Romans 6:1 NIV What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increa...
Romans 2:4-5 NIV<br />Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that G...
Romans 2:4-5 NIV<br />But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourse...
2. God always rescues His own<br />How do I become a part of the remnant?<br />
Romans 6:3-4 NIV<br />Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? W...
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Lesson 22 of 26 in a series of Old Testament Vistas. This sermon on Micah was presented May 1, 2011, at Palm Desert Church of Christ, by Dale Wells.

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  • 22. Micah – Contemporary with IsaiahThree sermons of “Bad News &amp;Good News” Three have a combined message of judgment &amp; blessingCombination is essential to the message of Micah:In the face of God’s judgment on his people — woethere is blessing for some in the future — weal
  • The major message of the prophets is pretty common, no matter when they wrote, nor to whom they wrote.The major message is that God judges people for their sins.
  • Because of the sins of Israel and Judah:Coming destruction of Samaria (Israel) — 722-721 B.C. by AssyriaIsraelites deported (Assyrian policy of deporting occupied peoples to weaken resistance)Babylonians resettle (weakens Babylon &amp; dilutes Israel’s bloodline)Result of mix of races &amp; religions leads to Samaritans of NTComing destruction of Judah — become like Israel — 586 B.C. by Babylonia606 BC – Daniel &amp; companions taken to Babylon to be incorporated into Nebuchadnezzar’s regime (Babylonian policy of incorporating occupied peoples into broader empire)596 BC – Ezekiel &amp; wealthy taken to internment camps in Babylon586 BC – Jeremiah &amp; poor witness the devastation of Jerusalem &amp; flee to Egypt
  • Idolatry (first 2 commandments)No other godsNo images
  • Micah 1:7 SRV Y todas sus estatuas serán despedazadas, y todos sus dones serán quemados en fuego, y asolaré todos sus ídolos; porque de dones de rameras los juntó, y á dones de rameras volverán.
  • Micah 5:10-15 SRV Y acontecerá en aquel día, dice Jehová, que haré matar tus caballos de en medio de ti, y haré destruir tus carros. (11) Haré también destruir las ciudades de tu tierra, y arruinaré todas tus fortalezas. (12) Asimismo destruiré de tu mano las hechicerías, y no se hallarán en ti agoreros. (13) Y haré destruir tus esculturas y tus imágenes de en medio de ti, y nunca más te inclinarás á la obra de tus manos; (14) Y arrancaré tus bosques de en medio de ti, y destruiré tus ciudades. (15) Y con ira y con furor haré venganza en las gentes que no escucharon.
  • Social injustice: The rich &amp; powerful taking advantage of the poor &amp; powerless.
  • Micah 2:1-2 SRV AY de los que piensan iniquidad, y de los que fabrican el mal en sus camas! Cuando viene la mañana lo ponen en obra, porque tienen en su mano el poder. (2) Y codiciaron las heredades, y robáronlas: y casas, y las tomaron: oprimieron al hombre y á su casa, al hombre y á su heredad.
  • Amos 4:1-2 SRV OID esta palabra, vacas de Basán, que estáis en el monte de Samaria, que oprimís los pobres, que quebrantáis los menesterosos, que decis á sus señores: Traed, y beberemos. (2) El Señor Jehová juró por su santidad: He aquí, vienen días sobre vosotros en que os llevará en anzuelos, y á vuestros descendientes en barquillos de pescador.
  • Isaiah 10:1-2 SRV AY de los que establecen leyes injustas, y determinando prescriben tiranía, (2) Por apartar del juicio á los pobres, y por quitar el derecho á los afligidos de mi pueblo; por despojar las viudas, y robar los huérfanos!
  • The people against whom Micah is prophesying believe in external religionAll that God requires is periodic, external ritualSabbath, tithe and offeringsTrappings of religiosityRooted in the belief that because they were born Jews they were specialAt all other times I can do whatever I want — oppress poor — idolsModern day equivalentSaid the magic prayer/hand (religious experience)Go to church — Loose change at GodBorn American — Parents (family plan)“Get out of Gehenna free” card — live rest of the week any way wantGod’s patience — not punish immediately — sign that He would never punish
  • Micah 3:11 SRV Sus cabezas juzgan por cohecho, y sus sacerdotes enseñan por precio, y sus profetas adivinan por dinero; y apóyanse en Jehová diciendo: ¿no está Jehová entre nosotros? No vendrá mal sobre nosotros.
  • Matthew 23:25-28 SRV Ay de vosotros, escribas y Fariseos, hipócritas! porque limpiais lo que está de fuera del vaso y del plato; mas de dentro están llenos de robo y de injusticia. (26) Fariseo ciego, limpia primero lo de dentro del vaso y del plato, para que también lo de fuera se haga limpio! (27) Ay de vosotros, escribas y Fariseos, hipócritas! porque sois semejantes á sepulcros blanqueados, que de fuera, á la verdad, se muestran hermosos, mas de dentro están llenos de huesos de muertos y de toda suciedad. (28) Así también vosotros de fuera, á la verdad, os mostráis justos á los hombres; mas de dentro, llenos estáis de hipocresía é iniquidad.
  • Micah 2:6-7 SRV No profeticéis, dicen á los que profetizan; no les profeticen que los ha de comprender vergüenza. (7) La que te dices casa de Jacob, ¿hase acortado el espíritu de Jehová? ¿son éstas sus obras? ¿Mis palabras no hacen bien al que camina derechamente?
  • Micah 2:10 SRV Levantaos, y andad, que no es ésta la holganza; porque está contaminada, corrompióse, y de grande corrupción.
  • Micah 2:12-13 SRV De cierto te reuniré todo, oh Jacob: recogeré ciertamente el resto de Israel: pondrélo junto como ovejas de Bosra, como rebaño en mitad de su majada: harán estruendo por la multitud de los hombres. (13) Subirá rompedor delante de ellos; romperán y pasarán la puerta, y saldrán por ella: y su rey pasará delante de ellos, y á la cabeza de ellos Jehová.
  • Promise of future salvationDespite all their sin, after judgment, is a bright future — but only for a few“Remnant” important and revolutionaryNot all Israelites are part of God’s covenantal communityOnly those who are righteous — “Righteous Remnant”Always was taught that the blessing of the covenant fall only on those who love and trust God — and show it in their daily devotion to HimNow that group of people have a nameCarries into the NT explicitly (Rom 11:1-6) and implicitly — Matt 7:21-23Question: How do I become part of the “Righteous Remnant”?
  • Micah 5:2-5 SRV Mas tú, Beth-lehem Ephrata, pequeña para ser en los millares de Judá, de ti me saldrá el que será Señor en Israel; y sus salidas son desde el principio, desde los días del siglo. (3) Empero los dejará hasta el tiempo que para la que ha de parir; y el resto de sus hermanos se tornará con los hijos de Israel. (4) Y estará, y apacentará con fortaleza de Jehová, con grandeza del nombre de Jehová su Dios: y asentarán; porque ahora será engrandecido hasta los fines de la tierra. (5) Y éste será nuestra paz. Cuando Assur viniere á nuestra tierra, y cuando pisare nuestros palacios, entonces levantaremos contra él siete pastores, y ocho hombres principales;
  • Chapter 5 — thread of salvation I talked about last week
  • Genesis 3:15 SRV Y enemistad pondré entre ti y la mujer, y entre tu simiente y la simiente suya; ésta te herirá en la cabeza, y tú le herirás en el calcañar.
  • 2 Samuel 7:13-14 SRV El edificará casa á mi nombre, y yo afirmaré para siempre el trono de su reino. (14) Yo le seré á él padre, y él me será á mí hijo. Y si él hiciere mal, yo le castigaré con vara de hombres, y con azotes de hijos de hombres;
  • Isaiah 11:1-3 SRV Y SALDRA una vara del tronco de Isaí, y un vástago retoñará de sus raíces. (2) Y reposará sobre él el espíritu de Jehová; espíritu de sabiduría y de inteligencia, espíritu de consejo y de fortaleza, espíritu de conocimiento y de temor de Jehová. (3) Y harále entender diligente en el temor de Jehová. No juzgará según la vista de sus ojos, ni argüirá por lo que oyeren sus oídos;
  • Micah 6:6-8 SRV ¿Con qué prevendré á Jehová, y adoraré al alto Dios? ¿vendré ante él con holocaustos, con becerros de un año? (7) ¿Agradaráse Jehová de millares de carneros, ó de diez mil arroyos de aceite? ¿daré mi primogénito por mi rebelión, el fruto de mi vientre por el pecado de mi alma? (8) Oh hombre, él te ha declarado qué sea lo bueno, y qué pida de ti Jehová: solamente hacer juicio, y amar misericordia, y humillarte para andar con tu Dios.
  • Heart of Micah’s prophetic message in 6:6-8 (Quality and Quantity)Not saying sacrifice is irrelevant — still means of forgiveness in OTExternal religion — sacrifice; church — by itself is worthless“God has no interest in the multiplication of empty religious acts”R. Remnant understand that true religion begins internally with the heart—ShemaFrom the heart flows covenantal obedience — characterized by love, kindness, and humilityI do not believe that the OT was ever a religion of works and external obedience
  • Psalms 51:16-17 SRV Porque no quieres tú sacrificio, que yo daría; No quieres holocausto. (17) Los sacrificios de Dios son el espíritu quebrantado: Al corazón contrito y humillado no despreciarás tú, oh Dios.
  • Isaiah 1:11-17 SRV ¿Para qué á mí, dice Jehová, la multitud de vuestros sacrificios? Harto estoy de holocaustos de carneros, y de sebo de animales gruesos: no quiero sangre de bueyes, ni de ovejas, ni de machos cabríos. (12) ¿Quién demandó esto de vuestras manos, cuando vinieseis á presentaros delante de mí, para hollar mis atrios? (13) No me traigáis más vano presente: el perfume me es abominación: luna nueva y sábado, el convocar asambleas, no las puedo sufrir: son iniquidad vuestras solemnidades. (14) Vuestras lunas nuevas y vuestras solemnidades tiene aborrecidas mi alma: me son gravosas; cansado estoy de llevarlas. (15) Cuando extendiereis vuestras manos, yo esconderé de vosotros mis ojos: asimismo cuando multiplicareis la oración, yo no oiré: llenas están de sangre vuestras manos. (16) Lavad, limpiaos; quitad la iniquidad de vuestras obras de ante mis ojos; dejad de hacer lo malo: (17) Aprended á hacer bien: buscad juicio, restituid al agraviado, oid en derecho al huérfano, amparad á la viuda.
  • Human tendency is to think this applies to the other person—segmented life or fully devoted
  • 1. God will always, eventually, punish sinCannot serve other gods/oppress the poor, without eventually being punishedDoesn’t matter who you are — no exceptions — born American; religious; parentsIf your religion is external,If you place your trust in religious ritual and then live any way you wantGo to church — Go home and verbally abuse your wife and kidsGo to youth group — Go to school and live like the rest of your classmatesIf you think that you can do certain external things to earn God’s favor — and then live any way you want the rest of the weekThen you fall under the condemnation of Micah
  • ***Study: “Mean Gods Make Good People: Different Views of God Predict Cheating Behavior&quot; was peer reviewed and published earlier this month in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. They administered a math test to 100 undergraduates, advising the students that a computer glitch meant the correct answers would pop up after a few seconds unless they quickly pressed the space bar. The test takers also answered a 14-question survey to determine whether they believed in God, and if so, what traits they ascribed to God.*** Test found no difference between the ethical behavior of believers and nonbelievers. *** But those who believed in a loving, compassionate God were more likely to cheat than those who believed in an angry, punitive God.&quot;More wrathful images of God are related to moral absolutism, while people with benevolent, loving images of God tend to be moral relativists&quot; – Paul Froese, Baylor University
  • Verse 1 (present tense) addresses the problem of continuing in sin; Verse 15 (aorist tense) addresses the problem of sinning “just this once”.If God loves to forgive, why not give him more to forgive? If forgiveness is guaranteed, do we have the freedom to sin as much as we want to? Paul&apos;s forceful answer is Of course not!
  • Romans 2:4-5 SRV ¿O menosprecias las riquezas de su benignidad, y fhfifhfi ignorando que su benignidad te guía á arrepentimiento? (5) Mas por tu dureza, y por tu corazón no arrepentido, atesoras para ti mismo ira para el día de la ira y de la manifestación del justo juicio de Dios;
  • 2. Good news of Micah and the GospelAfter judgment comes salvation and restoration for the RemnantHow become part of the Righteous remnant? — work of the Messiah — ABCAdmit your sinBelieve in ChristCommit yourself to him in obedience of faith – Initial obedience in baptism; continued obedience as you “Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”
  • We were completely &quot;buried&quot; in water, symbolizing the death and burial of the old way of life. Coming up out of the water symbolizes resurrection to new life with Christ. If we think of our old, sinful life as dead and buried, we have a powerful motive to resist sin. We can consciously choose to treat the desires and temptations of the old nature as if they were dead. Then we can continue to enjoy our wonderful new life with Jesus.
  • 110501 ot vistas 22 micah the promise of peace

    1. 1. Old Testament Vistas<br />
    2. 2. Judgment is Coming<br />
    3. 3. Judgment Because of Sin<br />722 BC – Destruction of Samaria by Assyria<br />586 BC – Destruction of Judah by Babylonia<br />
    4. 4. Sin #1: Idolatry<br />“If one God is good, aren’t many better?”<br />
    5. 5. Micah 1:7 NIV<br />All her idols will be broken to pieces; all her temple gifts will be burned with fire; I will destroy all her images. Since she gathered her gifts from the wages of prostitutes, as the wages of prostitutes they will again be used."<br />
    6. 6. Micah 5:10-15 NIV<br />"In that day," declares the LORD, "I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots. I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds. I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells. <br />
    7. 7. Micah 5:10-15 NIV<br />I will destroy your carved images and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands. I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles and demolish your cities. I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me." <br />
    8. 8. Sin #2: Injustice<br />“Because I can, that’s why!”<br />
    9. 9. Micah 2:1-2 NIV<br />Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud a man of his home, a fellowman of his inheritance.<br />
    10. 10. Amos 4:1-2 NIV<br />Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, "Bring us some drinks!" The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: "The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks. <br />
    11. 11. Isaiah 10:1-2 NIV<br />Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. <br />
    12. 12. Sin #3: Externalism<br />“I want my ‘Get out of Hell Free’ card”<br />
    13. 13. Micah 3:11 NIV<br />Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us."<br />
    14. 14. Matthew 23:25-28 NIV<br />"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. <br />
    15. 15. Matthew 23:25-28 NIV<br />"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. <br />
    16. 16. Matthew 23:25-28 NIV<br />In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. <br />
    17. 17. People: “God Won’t Judge Us!”<br />Micah 2:6-7 NIV"Do not prophesy," their prophets say. "Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us." Should it be said, O house of Jacob: "Is the Spirit of the LORD angry? Does he do such things?" …<br />
    18. 18. God: “Oh, Yes, I Will!”<br />Micah 2:10 NIV Get up, go away! For this is not your resting place, because it is defiled, it is ruined, beyond all remedy. <br />
    19. 19. Jesus is Coming!<br />
    20. 20. Good News for the Remnant<br />Micah 2:12-13 NIV"I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people. <br />
    21. 21. Good News for the Remnant<br />One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the LORD at their head." <br />
    22. 22. Messianic Thread<br />Micah 5:2-5 NIV "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." …<br />
    23. 23. Messianic Thread<br />… He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace. … <br />
    24. 24. Genesis 3:15 NIV<br />And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." <br />
    25. 25. 2 Samuel 7:13-14 NIV<br />He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. <br />
    26. 26. Isaiah 11:1-3 NIV<br />A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD—and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. …<br />
    27. 27. What God Requires<br />
    28. 28. Micah 6:6-8 NIV <br />With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? <br />
    29. 29. Micah 6:6-8 NIV <br />Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. <br />
    30. 30. Psalms 51:16-17 NIV<br />You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. <br />
    31. 31. Isaiah 1:11-17 NIV<br />"The multitude of your sacrifices— what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? <br />
    32. 32. Isaiah 1:11-17 NIV<br />Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations— I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. <br />
    33. 33. Isaiah 1:11-17 NIV<br />They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. <br />
    34. 34. Isaiah 1:11-17 NIV<br />Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. <br />
    35. 35. The Message of Micah<br />
    36. 36. 1. God eventually punishes sin<br />No one gets a free pass<br />
    37. 37. LA Times, April 30, 2011<br />Study links willingness to cheat, viewpoint on God<br />“Mean Gods Make Good People”<br />No difference between believers & non-believers<br />Those who believe in compassionate God more likely to cheat than those who believe in punitive God<br />
    38. 38. Paul Addresses this in Romans<br />Romans 6:1 NIV What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? <br />Romans 6:15 NIV What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!<br />
    39. 39. Romans 2:4-5 NIV<br />Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance? <br />
    40. 40. Romans 2:4-5 NIV<br />But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. <br />
    41. 41. 2. God always rescues His own<br />How do I become a part of the remnant?<br />
    42. 42. Romans 6:3-4 NIV<br />Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. <br />
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