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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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1Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (Forgiveness from God is never obtained by keeping the Old Testament law (the law of Moses).) 4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (We receive forgiveness (become right with God) through belief in Christ as the Savior, not by keeping the law of Moses. Acts 13:39 also explains this, "And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." Romans 8:3 adds, "For 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:" For explanations, see chapter 3 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com)
5For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. (If someone was able to keep the law of Moses and never sin, they would be right with God. Although, this is impossible: Romans 3:23 declares, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;") 6But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (The apostle Paul stated two verses on how to obtain salvation that use the title ‘Lord’ in Acts 16:31 and Romans 10:9, and it means “God who rules”. On this topic, Dr. John MacArthur, in his book The Gospel According to Jesus said, “No one who comes for salvation with genuine faith, sincerely believing that Jesus is the eternal, almighty, sovereign God, will willfully reject His authority. True faith is not lip service. Our Lord Himself pronounced condemnation on those who worshiped Him with their lips but not with their lives (Matt. 15:7 – 9). He does not become anyone’s Savior until that person receives Him for who He is – Lord of all (Acts 10:36).” Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved.” And in Romans 10:9 it says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” This doesn’t mean if someone simply says Jesus’ name and believes He arose from the dead, they will be saved. This means someone is consciously or unconsciously (see the 6th point of chapter 6 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com for more explanations) “willing” for Jesus to begin ruling (or taking over) every area of their life and every moment of each day after they pray or make a decision to become a Christian. For an example of what this lifestyle looks like, see chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com. The Greek word for ‘Lord’ is kurios. Dr. John MacArthur, in his book The Gospel According to Jesus, explains this very well. He said, “Proper understanding of any biblical term depends on etymology, context, and history. Etymologically, “kurios” comes from a Greek root that means “rule, dominion, or power.” Contextually, taking Peter’s use of “kurios” in Acts 2:36, it is important to note that verses 34—35 quote from Psalm 110, a messianic psalm of rule and dominion (“Rule in the midst of Thine enemies,” v. 2). Peter was not saying merely that, “God has made Him . . . God,” he was affirming Jesus’ right to rule. Historically, Peter’s sermon addressed the Jews’ role in crucifying their Messiah (v.23). At the trial of Jesus before Pilate and the Jewish mob, the issue was clearly His “kingship,” mentioned at least a dozen times in John 18:33—19:22. Clearly, careful historical-grammatical exegesis of Acts 2:36 can lead to only one conclusion: Jesus is the divine King who rules in the midst of both friends and foes. Having thus identified Christ as Lord of all, Peter makes his gospel appeal. Note that Paul preached Jesus in exactly the same way (2 Cor. 4:3–5): Jesus is our sovereign Lord, and we are His servants.”) 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (If someone believes Jesus is their Savior and are consciously or unconsciously willing for Jesus to become their Lord (see previous note), they need to let God know that they have faith in Jesus in order to become a Christian: If you have never prayed or made a decision to become a Christian, please follow this website - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/howtogotoheaven) 11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (All nationalities are able to become Christians (Romans 10:12). Romans 10:13 doesn't mean that everyone who tells God that they believe in Jesus will go to heaven. See note for Romans 10:9 and chapters 16 and 38 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com)
14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (God's method of letting people know how to become Christians is using Christians to tell them.) 15And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (The most beautiful scenario is a Christian telling other people how they can make heaven their future home.)
16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (As good of news as the gospel is, not everyone accepts it.) 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (If God didn't tell us how to become Christians in the Bible, we wouldn't know what saving message to put our faith in.)
18But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. (This saving message has reached the ends of the world.)
19But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. (This prophecy refers to God giving salvation to other nationalities, and this would provoke Jews to jealousy so they would seek Christ for salvation. If Jews understand this prophecy and witness other nationalities accepted by God, they will know they need to become Christians.)
20But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. (This is a similar prophecy from Isiah.)
21But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. (Jewish people today should consider the previous prophecies and the events referenced in this verse. This is proof, along with many prophecies Jesus fulfilled that proves He is the Messiah, that Jews need to accept Jesus as their Savior if they want to spend eternity in heaven.)
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