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For Wednesday evening services, the Lord has led me to do a Bible study for practical Bible verses in Romans. Please come back to these Bible lessons in order to review them and learn them. Whenever we have learned the meaning of Bible verses and think about them throughout each day, we will be in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Not only that, but when we are in a situation in our daily lives and are tempted to sin, we can think back to what we have learned from the Bible and say to ourselves, "The Bible says to not do what I am tempted to say, think, do, and/or desire right now, so I am going to refuse to give in to this temptation." This is what Romans 12:2 means, and it says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." This is also the pattern that Jesus used when the devil tempted Him to sin in Matthew 4:1-11.
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1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, (going to heaven) who walk not after the flesh, (They spend their time saying, thinking, and doing what they want to say, think, and do, and those things don't involve Jesus.) but after the Spirit. (They spend their time saying, thinking, and doing what Jesus wants them to say, think, and do. For an example of this lifestyle, see chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) If someone is a Christian, they live the exact opposite from people who aren't Christians more and more over time. (2 Corinthians 3:18)) 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Once someone becomes a Christian, the Holy Spirit enters them, and His power enables them to no longer be helpless when they are tempted to sin. See notes for Romans 7:13;23.) 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: (Obeying the law of Moses in our own effort doesn't grant us a future home in heaven, and it doesn't give us the ability to avoid sinning when we are tempted. Jesus' death on the cross in our place provided us the only way to heaven and victory over sin. Once our hearts are prepared, and we trust Christ's work on the cross to erase our sins, the Holy Spirit enters us and gives us the ability to not sin when we are tempted.) 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, (Jesus, being perfect, was the only person who obeyed God's law without fault. But while on the cross, Jesus gave up this perfect standing and instead took the punishment we sinners deserve and suffered and died for our sins. We achieve His righteousness when we believe He died in our place. See chapter 3 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com for more information.) who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Christians have a different walk. (see chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) Once it was all about themselves; now it's all about Jesus.) 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; (They spend their time each day “thinking” about things that do not involve God.) but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (They spend their time each day “thinking” similar to the way explained in chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) 6For to be carnally minded is death; (go to hell) but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (go to heaven) 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Before someone becomes a Christian, their mind is controlled by their sinful nature. While under its control, they can't please God.)
9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. (Although and thankfully, when they become a Christian and gain a new nature (controlled by the Holy Spirit), they're able to follow His ways and please Him.) Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (See this website - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/acts170) 10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (God's punishment for sin is physical death followed by spiritual death in hell, but when we become Christians, we escape spiritual death and are guaranteed a future home in heaven. God seals this promise by sending the Holy Spirit to live inside our hearts once we become Christians. (2 Corinthians 1:22)) 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Before someone becomes a Christian, they're dead (per-se), and once the Holy Spirit enters them upon them becoming a Christian, they become alive. The Holy Spirit literally gives them new life and changes them into a new person more and more over time and enables them to follow Jesus (live a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of the pdf book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com). They become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).)
12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (If you are a Christian, you should actively, with the Holy Spirit’s help, refuse to live your old, sinful lifestyle and begin to live after the Spirit (a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of the pdf book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com). If you refuse to do this, that is evidence that you aren’t really a Christian.) 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit will help you understand verses in the Bible that you wouldn't have understood if you were still unsaved – This is a crucial result to look for. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit will help you do what the Bible says to do and not do, while you follow Jesus. (For an example of how to follow Jesus, see chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) The Holy Spirit will urge and give you thoughts to do things such as witness to others, and when these people become saved or think about becoming saved, you will know that you were led by the Spirit of God and are a son of God. Some other examples are when the Holy Spirit gives you thoughts and urges you to give money to someone in need, and as a result, they get back on their feet. The Holy Spirit could also lead you to become someone's friend who isn't saved, and they later get saved because they saw how much joy and peace Jesus produced in your life.) 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (If you're a Christian, the Holy Spirit will give you great assurance that you are going to heaven, and this will allow you to pray to God without hesitating or fearing (just like a child can approach their father). If you don’t have this kind of assurance of your salvation, please follow this website - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/howtogotoheaven and be sure.) 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit living inside you will allow you to be able to display the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23) more and more over time (explained in chapter 21 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) and will give you the ability to serve the Lord (live a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com), so people will praise and think good about God and want to become Christians too.) 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer (being verbally or physically mistreated because you follow Jesus) with him, that we may be also glorified together. (If you're a Christian, you should face opposition from others (verbal or physical mistreatment, etc.) who are hostile toward your Christian beliefs and lifestyle some time in your life if you live long enough after you pray or make a decision to become a Christian.)
18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (No matter how bad things become for Christians, it fails in comparison to how perfect heaven will be once they leave this world.) 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (Christians don't immediately go to heaven once they pray or make decisions to become Christians, but Holy Spirit, who enters them, gives them a taste and assurance of heaven until they leave earth. See the explanations for Romans 8:14-16 as to how the Holy Spirit does this.) 24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? (When someone prays or makes a decision to become a Christian, they must believe they'll become a Christian after doing so, but they're unable to see the gates of heaven open for them. So, they must hope (know) that they'll enter heaven one day.) 25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (But, Christians must patiently wait for the day they fully arrive in heaven.)
26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (The Holy Spirit helps Christians with their problems, and the next note explains how He does this.): for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Christians ask God for help, but the Holy Spirit does the successful work of asking God to fix the problems God wants to fix, and He asks Him with the correct words.) 27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (When Christians pray, they obviously should know that their prayers aren't always answered. This happens because it isn't God's will. (That's not what God wants to happen.) Although, the Holy Spirit knows exactly what God wants to happen in Christians' lives, and He asks God to allow these things to happen. As a result and because God knows the Holy Spirit's heart and understands what He prays, God answers His prayers. The final result is that Christians get the help that God wanted to give. Christians only have certain prayers answered, because these are the prayers that God wanted to answer. However, the Holy Spirit takes the prayers that He knows God doesn't want to answer and changes them to prayers He knows God will answer.)
28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (If someone has prayed or made a decision to become a Christian, and they love God by following Mark 12:30-31(see chapter 14 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com beginning at the second paragraph) and are called according to his purpose (The previous note gives an example of this as well.), they not only have a way to gain assurance of their salvation, but everything that happens to them (pleasant and unpleasant) is for their benefit and helps them become more like Jesus.) 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (God grants us salvation so we can live like Jesus lived (a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com).) 30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (There's no greater power than God, and no one can stop His plans. Christians are securely with God forever (Romans 8:30), and He won't let anyone change that or stop the plans He has laid out for them.) 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (See notes for Romans 8:26-28. In addition, God promises everything heaven has in store, because of Jesus' sacrifice for us.) 33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. (No one can theoretically put Christians on trial and say, "You're guilty of these sins and are going to hell." God is Christians' judge and deems them innocent of all sin, which qualifies them to enter heaven. Also, see note for Romans 8:34.) 34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Picture a court room with a Christian being on trial: God is the judge, Jesus is the Chrstian's defendant making intercession for them, and Satan is the accuser. Satan presents the Christian's sins and demands they go to hell for them (Revelation 12:10), but Jesus paid the penalty for their sins by dying on the cross and proved it by rising from the dead. Then, God agrees that the penalty has been paid, and the Christian is proven innocent and wins the case.)
35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (Christians face many problems, but that doesn't mean God has abandoned them. Christians ultimately win over earthly problems, because once they enter heaven, these problems are no more. This victory is possible due to Christ's love for them when He died on the cross to erase their sins and arose from the dead.) 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Because of Christ's death and resurrection, Christians are eternally secure with God and will go to heaven, and nothing can stop this. Romans 14:8 shares, "For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's." John 10:27-30 adds, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.")
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