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26 Apr 2015 Romans (Program #9)

Romans (Program#9) – The Subjective Experience of Justification (2)

The matter of justification should bring us all the way back to God’s eternal purpose to enjoying the Tree of Life and fulfilling the desire God had for man.

There’s a wonderful realization about Romans that Paul seems to be gazing at many of the major items of the Old Testament as he composed the book of Romans. We have the blessing of having a book written by a man who was very knowledgeable concerning the Old Testament through his experience in Judaism and his much learning – he certainly knew the Old Testament. Then as he wrote this letter to the Romans, he brought those images, those illusions, and even examples to enrich the teaching that he was doing with the truth from the Old Testament. And it makes it very rich and very clear and we have said here many times that what is said in plain words in the New Testament is often said in pictures, examples, stories in the Old Testament which help us to know in more details what those plain words refer to. This is certainly the case in the matter of Abraham.

25 Apr 2015 Romans (Program #8)

Romans (Program #8) – The Subjective Experience of Justification (1)

Faith is not separated from Christ.  It is actually Christ Himself transfusing Himself into us and producing a reaction within us.  And this is our believing, our saving faith.

What is faith?  We know we are saved by it.  Oh how elusive it becomes when we look for it in the wrong place.  Today’s life study is from Roman chapter 4.  We come to a study that has the potential to be a life-changing revelation for many of the Lord’s children regarding faith.  We will see today faith is probably not what most of us supposed.

24 Apr 2015 Romans (Program #7)

Romans (Program #7) – The Example of Justification

In this broadcast we see the wonderful God in whom Abraham believed.  He’s the God who gives life to the dead and calls things not being as being. Abraham is the example of justification.

Paul was fully in the view of Genesis as he wrote the epistles to the Romans. In Genesis, the Holy Spirit gives us a crystal clear picture of justification. Apparently, we’re touching doctrinal matters, such as justification, but actually Paul is writing this book based on experience. The proof of this is that he gives us not just merely a doctrinal dissertation related to justification, but he gives us a living model, pattern and example in the person of Abraham. more…

23 Apr 2015 Romans (Program #6)

Romans (Program #6) – Justification in God’s Way

It’s on Christ as our propitiation place that God can dispense Himself as grace into us for His glory, for His expression, and for the manifestation of His righteousness.

Our life-study today brings us to one of the pillars of the Christian faith – justification. Most Christians are aware of the famous doctrine of justification by faith, and Martin Luther was very much used by the Lord to recover this marvelous truth of our faith. more…

22 Apr 2015 Romans (Program #5)

Romans (Program #5) – The Vanity of Religion and the Totality of Hopelessness

Paul is saying here, “My gospel is for God’s economy, but to do that, you don’t need religion. It’s not a matter of outward practices, it’s not a matter of just not doing or doing certain things – it’s a matter of getting into God’s salvation.”

We are going to look today at God’s condemnation as is presented in Romans chapter 1. Why is it important for mankind to have a realization of God’s condemnation? more…

21 Apr 2015 Romans (Program #4)

Romans (Program #4) – The Source of Wickedness and the Way of Restriction

We can be protected so that for the sake of God’s interest, God’s purpose – yes, for the sake of the divine romance, we may be preserved vessels that the Lord can train, fill, and use, to fulfill His heart’s desire of a bride, a wife, for eternity.

We have a message today that includes a strong section on God’s condemnation. We know that as believers in Christ, we have been saved from God’s condemnation, so why we are going back today to see the source of wickedness and the way of restriction?… more…

20 Apr 2015 Romans (Program #3)

Romans (Program #3) – The Gospel of God

Through His incarnation, the Triune God became a man, Jesus Christ, to be among us. Through His death and resurrection, He became the life-giving Spirit to be within us.

Our life study today brings us to Romans chapter 2.  Romans is a gospel because Paul calls it that.  What does he mean by this?  If Romans is a gospel, how is it differ from the four traditional gospels? more…

19 Apr 2015 Romans (Program #2)

Romans (Program #2) – A Foreword

God wants to fill us with Himself to such an extent that we are swallowed up by His life even in our mortal bodies until we become in full His many sons to glorify Him.

There are probably more studies and expositions of the book of Romans than nearly any other New Testament book. But this study is unique in that we want to take the view of how we want to enjoy Christ as our life and life supply so that He can be everything to us for the building up of the Body of Christ to consummate the New Jerusalem as God’s unique goal in this universe. more…

18 Apr 2015 Romans (Program #1)

Romans (Program #1) – A Foreword

Our God is a God of newness and we enjoy Him and apply Him for this new start in the Life-Study series.

Historically, Romans has been presented and studied as one of the great books of Christian doctrine and theology. Certainly we will recognize it in this way and touch these bulwarks of the truth in the weeks ahead, but that will not be our primary emphasis in this Life-Study of Romans. Although we in no way intend to minimize the significance of Romans as a basic book of doctrine and theology – more…

17 Apr 2015 Acts (Program #72)

Acts (Program #72) – A Concluding Word

From his prison cell in Rome, the Apostle Paul wrote stirring words to the saints in Philippi. “Even now, Christ will be magnified in my body whether through life or through death”, and then again, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. Was Paul speaking matters of doctrine and theology for our future study and contemplation, or was this the living reality of a genuine witness of Christ? Welcome to our final program of the life study of Acts, a program you will surely not want to miss.