Romans Lesson 7 Day 3
My answers to BSF study questions
The Jews’ immediate response to Paul’s message of salvation by grace: “This is something entirely new and a contradiction of all that we have been taught to believe. This doctrine is completely incredible.” Paul’s answer is, “So far from being new, this doctrine is as old as the Jewish faith. So far from being a heretical novelty, it is the very basis of Jewish religion.” (William Barclay)
6. David learned about grace through faith.
When God sent Nathan, the prophet, to face David about his sin, David learned at least five things:
David remembered how faithfully and generously God dealt with him over the years.
Through the story of the man and the precious lamb, David saw a picture of his own younger days as the least-loved child whose only companions were sheep and lambs. He also saw a picture of the lamb of God—God’s precious Lamb who takes away the sins of the world and the way God loves all of us, watches over us, and cares deeply for us.
David also learned that despite his repentance, consequences would follow.
David’s confession and whole-hearted repentance give us a beautiful model.
When I finally saw my own lies,
I owned up to my sins before You,
and I did not try to hide my evil deeds from You.
I said to myself, “I’ll admit all my sins to the Eternal,”
and You lifted and carried away the guilt of my sin. (Psalms 32:5 Voice)
Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—
you get a fresh start,
your slate’s wiped clean.
Count yourself lucky—
God holds nothing against you and
you’re holding nothing back from him. (Psalm 32:1-2 MSG)
7. Jesus paid it all.
“Blessed is the person whose sin the Lord will not take into account.” (Romans 4:8 Voice) emphasis added
The Greek words that are translated “will not” in this verse are what is called “a double negative, strongly expressing a negation” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary). This is the strongest language possible stating that those who receive forgiveness will not ever have their sins held against them. He didn’t just say “did not” or “does not” but “will not,” implying that even future-tense sins have been dealt with through the sacrificial offering of Jesus, once for all (Hebrews 10:10 and 14). (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)
8. God used Christ to restore His relationship with humanity.
I remember two times I lied to my mom. These weren’t little white lies.
She found out the first time, but the second time, she didn’t.
As always, she was kind and forgiving. I was so embarrassed and ashamed, even the time I didn’t get caught.
Saying, “Please forgive me” was, and still is, so hard. My stupid pride really hates to say it.
Some sins that come to mind, I won’t list here. For years, often during times of prayer and worship, the memories resurfaced. Once again, I’d beg God to forgive me.
Someone else who’d experienced the same issue (a common ploy of the evil one) shared that one day the Holy Spirit responded, “I don’t remember that.”
Once I identified the source of those icky reminders, I learned to thank and praise God for His grace, His mercy, His sacrifice, and for washing me clean in His blood. Funny thing—the reminders soon stopped.
I’m forever grateful!
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