1 Corinthians (Program #35) – Dealing with Marriage Life (3)
When the Lord Jesus was on the earth, it was very hard for those around Him to discern that what He was speaking was actually God’s word. Because unlike the prophets of the Old Testament He spoke as a normal man with normal language and never one time does the Bible record Him using the phrase “doth saith the Lord”. Yet He was the Lord and every one of His word was the word of God. What set Him apart from those of the Old Testament dispensation was incarnation. He wasn’t just speaking for God in the way of prophesy, He was God. God incarnated to be a man. This principle of incarnation is the unique characteristic of the whole New Testament. Not just man under the influence or inspiration of the Spirit speaking for God but man so one with God in their life, in their living and even in their speaking that their words were God’s words.
1 Corinthians 7 is the chapter that illustrate this principle of incarnation. Not only is it applied to the Lord Jesus but even as it applied to the apostles and the apostle Paul specifically.
The Bible reveals to us three big enemies to our Christian life: sin, Satan and death. All of these three take advantage of our fallen flesh to frustrate us, but God’s approach to our flesh may surprise you. That’s the focus on today’s Life-Study of the Bible.
In these chapters in Romans, we’re seeing the three enemies and how they are seen as enemies that reign over us. In Romans 5:21, it mentions that sin reigned in death. In 5:14, it says “death reigned”. We learned from the book of Acts that Satan has some kind of authority like the power of darkness. These are the three big enemies. Now, in 5:17, we are promised that those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through Jesus Christ. more…
Romans (Program #50) – Reigning in Life Over Satan
If you want to hear a striking, encouraging and practical word on reigning in life over Satan, please listen to this message and follow it carefully. We can in our regenerated spirit, by the Christ who is our life and the life of the Body, be victorious over and reign over Satan.
The Bible shows us three big enemies to our Christian life and no doubt we all desire to overcome them. But of these three: sin, death and Satan, surely Satan himself is our most formidable adversary. How to overcome him is our focus on today’s Life-Study of the Bible.
Romans (Program #42) – Saved in Life from Naturalness
Romans can be summarized three words: redemption, life and building. The matter of life is stated clearly in Romans 5:10 “…much more we shall be saved in His life”. If we don’t know life and building, we’re missing two-thirds of God’s salvation.
Romans is arguably the definitive book of the Bible regarding Christian doctrine but we’re finding out that it is much more than that. It is really a book opening the way for all of us, as believers in Christ, to enter into the rich experience of the saving life of Christ everyday.
Romans (Program #17) – The Freedom of the Spirit in Our spirit (3)
What’s so marvelous is Romans 8 shows us that Christ as the Spirit of life comes into us and He dispenses Himself as life into our whole being!
What we see in Romans and what we see from this wonderful life study is that Romans shows us the complete salvation of God. A key verse in the book of Romans is Romans 5:10 which tells us that on the one hand, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son but this verse goes on to say that there’s much more to the Christian life. This much more is that we are saved in His life. This verse shows us the complete salvation of God. On the one hand, we’re redeemed objectively but then the Lord goes on after we’re redeemed to save us in His life. That means He dispenses Himself as life into our entire being to make us men of life for the building up of the Body of Christ. This is the complete salvation of God in Romans and this is what this wonderful life study unveils to us. more…
Romans (Program #16) – The Freedom of the Spirit in Our spirit (2)
There is no reason that Christians should suffer from condemnation of any kind. Rather, they should live a daily life that is victorious according to the Law of the Spirit of life as described in Romans 8. The apostle Paul in Romans 8:1 says, “There is now then no condemnation to those who are in Christ”. If you have ever experienced condemnation or have battled with this monster that attacks Christians everywhere, you will not want to miss today’s Life-Study.
Probably, condemnation is one of the most common negative conditions of believers everywhere. All of us have battled with this at one time or another and it really can be a serious problem for all Christians if they don’t get help. Condemnation is a terrible thing. We should not live a life under condemnation, yet many Christians do. more…
Romans (Program #15) – The Freedom of the Spirit in Our spirit (1)
When we come to Romans chapter eight, we have to say “Hallelujah!” because here, Romans 8 is not a refrigerator, but a dining table and the Lord is saying “Come and dine!”
We have come to one of the landmark chapters in the entire divine revelation today; that is Romans 8. You will not want to miss this life-study.
It’s no accident that Romans 8 follows Romans 7, both in the sequence of the Bible and more significantly in our experience. When you look at Romans 7, you say “Oh what a mess” because it just ends with a wretched man – “Wretched man! Who will deliver me from the body of this death?” We just see a person who is doing his best to respond to God’s law. more…
Romans (Program #13) – The Bondage of the Law in Our Flesh (1)
Today we come to the wonderful truth in Romans chapter 7. Though a little difficult to understand, if any Christian sees the truth in this chapter, his Christian life will be liberated and revolutionized and he will know the real way to experience Christ.
Today we are coming to one of the most critical and striking of all the messages in this life study of Romans. We will be brought into a view today that will surprise and enlighten us very much.
Romans chapter 7 is a continuation of Paul’s explaining to the Romans how they can live in grace… Abraham was justified by faith, but then God expected him to enjoy grace to bring forth Isaac, and this Isaac is the experience of Christ. This is a continuation of explaining how you can practically experience living this kind of life and grace. And in particular, in this chapter, he stresses how we are free from the law…
In this life study of Romans, we see that all that we have in Adam. We also see all that we have in Christ. All we have in Adam is but sin and death; I in Christ inherit life and righteousness – what a debit in Adam, what a credit in Christ!
From time to time, the Bible gives us a heavenly accounting lesson. Today is one of those lessons from the book of Romans.
We have been seeing there is a major shift in Romans chapter 5. A shift from the realm of man’s doings and deeds to the man himself, his person. Romans 5:12 is a very clear verse – “Therefore just as through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin, death; and thus death passed on to all men because all have sinned.” This book marks a great turn in the book of Romans. more…
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…