Romans Lesson 11 Day 2
My answers to BSF study questions
It is as if Paul was saying: “In this world there is an eternal battle between sin and God; choose your side.” We are faced with the tremendous alternative of making ourselves weapons in the hand of God or weapons in the hand of sin. (William Barclay)
3. Therefore, “the old man is dead, and there is new life – free from sin – in Jesus.” (Guzik)
- We can’t strive ourselves into being right with God.
- Obeying the law, if it was possible, won’t make anyone right with God.
- God provided the sacrifice for our guilt offering. Jesus paid our debt in full.
- Sin united all people with Adam and grace through faith unites them with Christ.
- We are no longer slaves to sin. We are free.
- We have a new identity.
- God’s free gift of grace replaced the law.
- Union with Jesus the Anointed One ensures our transformation.
- Sin has no power over us unless we allow it, due to laziness. A dead person doesn’t have opinions or feel shame.
- Being one with Christ gives all believers new power to live a holy life.
4. a. Dos and Don’ts
Don’t let evil and destructive desires, lusts, and cravings rule over you.
Don’t let any part of your bodies become tools for wickedness.
The parts of our body are weapons in the battle for right living. When the parts of our body are given over to righteousness, they are weapons for good. When they are given over to sin, they are weapons for evil.
An example of this is how God used David’s hands to slay Goliath in the cause of righteousness. Later, sin used David’s eyes for unrighteousness when he looked upon Bathsheba. (Guzik)
“Offer your body to God as those who are alive from the dead.” (Voice)
“Devote the parts of your body to God as tools for justice and goodness in this world.” (Voice)
To begin a new way of thinking and behaving, we have to stop doing one thing and begin doing another; be renewed in the spirit of our minds.
We move away from our old way of life and into the new one. The old me is dead, and the new me resurrected with Jesus.
b. “You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done.”
By our speech, we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. (James 3:6-7 MSG)
My tongue. It likes to whine. It likes to point out what’s wrong instead of speaking encouragement and edification.
The root is a heart issue. I have “pet” peeves that lead to unwanted comments. Those “pets” need to go!
A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart. (Luke 6:45 Voice)
Procrastination. My mind is lazy and easily distracted by frequent interruptions so it often refuses to focus on Bible study. It thinks the things on earth are more urgent.
The distractions aggravate me and then being aggravated further distracts me.
Some disruptions are unavoidable—like technical problems and family emergencies. Others have potential solutions. I’m praying for wisdom to know the difference and for solutions. And the ability to refocus quickly.
5. Sin is no longer a tyrant that tells me how to live.
I am not under the law but under grace and mercy.
A person can be “officially” set free, yet still imprisoned. If a person lives in prison for years, and then is set free, they often still think and act like a prisoner. The habits of freedom aren’t ingrained in their life yet. Here, Paul shows how to build the habits of freedom in the Christian life. (Guzik)
The gifts of love
. . .We are no longer trying to satisfy the demands of law but are trying to be worthy of the gifts of love. We are no longer regarding God as the stern judge; we are regarding him as the lover of the souls of men. There is no inspiration in all the world like love.
“But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more. . . ” (Romans 5:20 HCSB)
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 11 Day 2 ~ Romans 6:12-14