Romans Lesson 6 Day 5
My answers to BSF study questions
11. “We now are free to uphold the law as God intended.” (Rom 3:31 Voice)
“We confirm and establish and uphold the law.” (AMP)
Paul Ellis writes—
“How do we establish or uphold the law? By trusting in Jesus who kept the law perfectly and by whose perfect sacrifice we are made righteous:
So the law was put in charge of us until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. (Gal 3:24-25, TNIV)
12. Jude 4 refers to false teachers who had crept in unnoticed.
2 Peter 2:1 describes the same people:
They professed to teach the Christian religion, when in fact they denied some of its fundamental doctrines; they professed to be holy, when in fact they were living most scandalous lives. In all ages there have been men who were willing to do this for base purposes. (Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament)
. . . the apostle immediately produces several examples, viz., the disobedient Israelites, the unfaithful angels, and the impure inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrha. This is most obviously the apostle’s meaning. . . Adam Clarke’s Commentary.
Because someone is “in the church” that doesn’t necessarily mean they are believers.
In this instance, however, I believe Jude refers to false teachers who came with the intent to deceive. These aren’t believers who fell into sin.
Antinomianism comes from the Greek meaning lawless. In Christian theology it is a pejorative term for the teaching that Christians are under no obligation to obey the laws of ethics or morality. Few, if any, would explicitly call themselves “antinomian,” hence, it is usually a charge leveled by one group against an opposing group.
Antinomianism may be viewed as the polar opposite of legalism, the notion that obedience to a code of religious law is necessary for salvation. In this sense, both antinomianism and legalism are considered errant extremes. (Theopedia.com)
Legalists accused Paul of being at the opposite extreme.
And indeed he was in many ways. Once a Pharisee who persecuted and murdered Christians, he was now zealous for the gospel of grace.
However, Paul never denounced the law.
Paul said the law is holy, righteous and good (Romans 7:12).
He also said the law is NOT for the righteous (the upright and just, who are in right standing with God) but for the sinner and the ungodly (1 Timothy 1:9).
The law is a signpost to Jesus (Galatians 3:24).
13. Only by grace
God makes us right with Him through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice. The debt created by our sin is stamped PAID IN FULL!
The Gospel (Good News) is God’s power to save. (Romans 1:16)
We invite the Spirit to destroy our selfish desires. We are no longer slaves to sin. (Romans 8:13)
God is on our side! (Romans 8:31)
“. . .work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” (Philippians 2:12-13 AMP emphasis added)
1 John 1:5-10 This passage addresses the Gnostics of John’s day. “Anyone who professes to know the Lord and has no evidence of it in their actions is a liar.”
If we are in true fellowship with God, it will be reflected in our lives. This is not saying that we will be sinless. The next chapter talks about Christians sinning (1 John 2:1-2). Christians can still sin, and some more than others. But this is countering the Gnostics of John’s day who claimed to have a superior knowledge and understanding of God, yet their lives were a mess. They didn’t have any evidence of a relationship with the Lord. John was simply stating that knowing God changes a person’s actions. The degree to which their actions change is dependent on a number of things. But anyone who professes to know the Lord and has no evidence of it in their actions is a liar. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
Rabbis divided the Mosaic Law into 613 commands — 248 positive ones and 365 negative ones. They engaged in an ongoing debate about which ones were the most important.
When they asked Jesus, He replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NIV)
To love God is to enjoy Him above everything and everyone else and out of that joy to live in glad obedience to His will.
All of this shows how completely dependent we are on the grace of God. “We cannot love God supremely or people sincerely apart from His love first reaching us through the power of the Gospel. Only as we are so loved will we be set free to love in return.”
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