His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 8

RoadIn mercy, Israel as a whole nation will be saved in a coming day! Romans 11:25-31

There is something you definitely need to understand. Israel as a nation is blinded right now. But this is not final. In a coming day the whole nation of Israel on earth will be saved. It will happen after God has completed His saving of people from the nations. Then God’s promised gifts to Israel will happen.

God can not lie. He has given promises regarding Israel that did not have any conditions for man to fulfill. These “unconditional” promises were “I will” promises that only depended on God.

So He will fulfill them! It is written in the Old Testament, “The deliverer shall come out of Zion; he shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” God is going to make good on His word, and will bring the nation of Israel to repent for their ungodliness. He has made a covenant with them that He will take away their sins. God is going to send Christ again and Israel will be restored to God and all the promised blessings!

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 7

RoadScripture: Romans 11:1-36

Is Israel’s stumbling permanent? No, God will restore them. Romans 11:7-15

So what is the conclusion about Israel’s present state? The nation as a whole has tried to gain righteousness by works. But a few from the nation have gained righteousness by grace. The rest of the stubborn nation has been blinded so they can not see Christ.

Israel has stumbled over Christ like tripping on a rock. So is it God’s plan that they just fall over this stone, never to be restored? No!

They failed to listen to God’s message. But God has used this failure to send salvation to the nations of the world. God has sent His message out to the Gentiles and many are being saved. Israel’s tripping and falling has actually brought great blessing to the world!

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 6

RoadIsrael has heard the message, but they have not obeyed it Romans 10:14-21

So if one is saved by calling on the Lord, that means they have to hear the message about Christ. How else could they call on Him to save them? So, maybe Israel has not believed because no one told them the gospel? Has Israel not heard God’s message?

They definitely have heard! God has spoken to them over and over again. But they have not obeyed the message! They refuse to obey God’s gospel.

So, the real problem is that Israel is a disobedient people! The Lord said this in Isaiah. God has reached out to Israel so much, but they have refused to listen! He says, “All the day long I have stretched out my hands unto a disobedient and contrary people.”

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 5

Road5Scripture: Romans 10:1-21

If God in mercy is saving Gentiles, what has happened to Israel? Romans 9:30-33

It is important to understand Israel’s present situation. Like we said, God has not promised to save every person that came from Abraham. But he has made promises to Israel as a nation. How are those promises going to be fulfilled? What has happened to Israel?

Today, people from the Gentile nations are finding righteousness by faith. But Israel as a nation is trying to be righteous by law. They are trying to be righteous by their own ability, rather than by faith in Christ’s work. They have stumbled at Christ like tripping on a stone.

Israel has not believed God’s message about Christ Romans 10:1-13

Oh that Israel would be saved! The problem is that they are trying to be righteous by their own ability. Instead they should accept the righteousness God freely offers through faith in what Christ has done. They are trying to earn a righteous standing by what they do – that is, by following the law.

But Christ (Israel’s Messiah) came, and He is the end of trying to be righteous by law. If a person believes that Christ died for his sins and rose again in victory over sin, he is saved from judgment for his sins. God sees him as righteous in Christ.

God’s message is to believe. Christ died for our sins, and God raised him from the dead because Christ conquered sin for us. God tells us to believe what Christ did is enough. If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised with from the dead, you will be saved!

So one who believes in Christ is done with the law. Instead of trying to make himself righteous by his own efforts, he has listened to the Scriptures that say, Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

What a great message! Have you believed in Christ? Have you called on the Lord to save you? You can be righteous today!

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 4

RoadDoes this choosing by God mean that God is unrighteous? No! Romans 9:14-18

Does this choosing mean that God is unrighteous? Definitely not. The fact is that God is showing mercy. God said this to Moses: “I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy.” No one deserves mercy! So if nobody deserves it, God can surely show mercy however He wishes!

It is not like some people earned God’s blessing, and God treated them unjustly by not giving them what they deserved. Instead, the actual situation is that everyone earned judgment, but God has acted in mercy in His calling some.

So, if mercy is God’s choice, should He still find fault with men? Romans 9:19-29

Perhaps you are thinking to ask why God finds any fault with men then? We need to be careful in our thinking that we do not set ourselves up as being on the same level as God. We need to be careful that we do not think God answers to us! Who am I to tell God he is not allowed to take a certain action?

If the whole of mankind deserves wrath, how wonderful that God has taken some out in mercy! God does not owe mankind anything! We who are saved are just vessels of mercy.

This mercy is how he is relating to both Jews and Gentiles. Gentiles are the nations of the world. Today God is calling out people from the nations all over the world by the gospel. They once had no part in God’s purposes, yet now in mercy God has made them part of His special people.

The nation of Israel has rejected God, and yet God is even saving some out of Israel today. Though Israel deserves to be entirely destroyed, yet God is acting in mercy to save some out of Israel despite themselves. A remnant of Israel is being saved today – a small remaining part of the whole nation.

We need to talk more about why Israel is where they are today, and what God’s plans are for Israel.

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Digital Sojourner would like to thank Bruce for his helpful teaching on the book of Romans. Romans 9 is a challenging portion of Scripture– over the centuries godly Christians have disagreed regarding its proper interpretation. While all of the site’s contributors agree with Digital Sojourner’s statement of faith, each author expresses his own views and opinions. As always, your comments written in the spirit of Romans 12:10 are welcome.

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 3

Scripture: Romans 9:1-33

How sad that Israel is missing out on the blessings of God’s gospel! (Romans 9:1-5)

Learning God’s gospel will help us have a changed view of life on earth. Is God doing anything? Is there purpose? If we think about Israel we will learn so much!

We have seen how this gospel brings such great blessing! Yet how sad that the nation of Israel is not enjoying this blessing! How heart-breaking! They have been given so much by God. They had special privileges in the Old Testament time. They had the tabernacle and priesthood and many promises. Yet they are missing out on the greatest blessing of all – the Christ! God Himself has come to earth as the Messiah in order to save us and bring us to God!

But they have not believed the message that Jesus is the Christ, so they are missing out on all the blessings in Him. How sad! Israel has so much of a connection with God, yet they are so distant from God because of rejecting Christ.

But this does not mean God’s word of promise to Abraham failed! (Romans 9:6-13)
But this does not mean God’s promises have failed! We should not conclude that God has not kept His word. His promises did not say that every descendent of Abraham would be saved. Rather God chose who of Abraham’s seed would be His.

Remember that God said that Isaac was the promised seed, not Ishmael, even though both of them came from Abraham. That was God’s choice in His promise.

Then also Isaac had two sons, but God chose that Jacob would be used as the one to fulfill His purpose. And this was not because Jacob was a better person. God decided this before he and Esau were even born. God’s purpose are fulfilled by God’s action not by men’s works.

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Digital Sojourner would like to thank Bruce for his helpful teaching on the book of Romans. Romans 9 is a challenging portion of Scripture– over the centuries godly Christians have disagreed regarding its proper interpretation. While all of the site’s contributors agree with Digital Sojourner’s statement of faith, each author expresses his own views and opinions. As always, your comments written in the spirit of Romans 12:10 are welcome.

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 2

God also taught us that we have a third problem. The first problem was that we were in danger of judgment for our sins (chapters 1 to 5). Christ died for our sins to set us free from judgment. God delivered us from the penalty of sins by Jesus being our substitute. The second problem was that we can not produce fruit for God because of sin in us (chapters 5 to 8). By dying and rising with Christ to new life, we are set free from sin’s bondage. God delivers us from the power of sin by Christ being our representative.

The third problem is that we have bodies that are corrupting because of sin (second half of chapter 8). We received these mortal bodies from Adam. But any minute now it will be seen that our life really is in Christ now, not in Adam! God will deliver us from sin’s effect in our bodies! We will be given glorified bodies like Christ’s resurrection body! Praise the Lord! I can hardly wait!

So we see that God is for us! He loves us! He has dealt with all our problems, and now teaches us how He solved them!

Have you believed God’s message? Have you agreed with God? He said there is no one righteous. He said the only way to be righteous is by faith in Jesus Christ. Have you submitted to God’s gospel?

If you have, all these blessings are yours in Christ. Live in the good of them. Now God wants to teach us how this gospel should affect us. God’s gospel changes lives. Let’s learn how we should be changed by His gospel. The first thing is to have a changed view of life on earth.

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 1

Scripture: Romans 1:16-18, Romans 3:19-26, Romans 5:1, Romans 6:1-14, Romans 7:5-6, Romans 7:18-8:4, Romans 8:31-39

In love God gave us the letter to the Romans in His Word. In this letter God teaches us His gospel and then teaches us how this gospel should affect our lives. Let’s review what God taught in chapters 1 to 8.

God’s gospel is His message of good news to man. God tells us what He thinks, and tells us what we need to hear. God shows us in Romans that all of us are unrighteous. All people have sinned. Not one is perfect. So all are under God’s judgment because God is a righteous judge. So no one will be called righteous by God by works.

But God has made it possible for anyone to be righteous by faith in what Jesus Christ did. Christ died for our sins. God is satisfied with the Lord Jesus’ blood. If I believe that I have sins and put my trust on Christ as my Savior, God will declare me to be righteous.

Have you ever realized you deserve to be judged by God and cast away from Him into the lake of fire forever? You need to see this is true. God told us so.

God also told us we can know we will be in heaven forever if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ! That is good news! Christ was perfect, but He took all the judgment on Himself when He died on the cross. By faith in what Christ did, we have peace between us and God.

God also teaches us that we have another problem. The first problem was a legal problem with our sins. The second problem is an internal problem with sin. The nature we got from Adam (the first man) is no good! This nature is called the flesh. Sin came into the world by Adam’s sin, and sin now has control of the flesh in every person.

But God has made it possible for anyone to live a righteous life. It is by not trying to live by the flesh’s power. I need to consider myself dead, and now let Christ live in me. By the Spirit of Christ in me, my body has a new energy source. I do not look to the flesh any longer.

Have you ever realized there is nothing good in your flesh? God knows it is true. He condemned it as no good when Christ died. God’s good news is that when Christ died, all believers in Christ died. And when Christ rose again to new life, all believers rose again to newness of life.

So I need to be done with myself. I am crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. By letting Christ live in me, I can have peace in my walk, because I can actually do what pleases God!

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Introduction: God Teaches Us His Gospel’s Effect

This is the first installment of a new series of posts prepared to help us better understand the effect of God’s good news as taught in Romans chapters 9 through 16.

There are 20 lesson units plus a final review unit… our plan is to post a new unit every Tuesday and Thursday. Occasionally helpful illustrations will also be posted to further aid us in our understanding of the effect of God’s gospel or “good news”.

You should first study how God teaches His Gospel in Romans 1 through 8. Digital Sojourner previously posted a series of lessons covering Romans 1-8. You can read those lessons online beginning here or download all of the lessons in PDF ebook format here.

Visit Digital Sojourner every Tuesday and Thursday for each new installment. You may also subscribe to Digital Sojourner’s RSS feed here.

At the conclusion of the series all of the lesson material, plus review questions for each lesson and additional bonus material, will be made available as a single PDF file for you to download.

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Jottings – The Most Popular Religion

Jottings

There is only one other religion in the world. It is called another gospel, but it is not good news at all. It teaches that people reach heaven by their own goodness or attainments. It is the most popular religion because it caters to human pride. In spite of its grandiose claims, it offers neither assurance of salvation, present security, nor eternal life. It leads to hell at last.

William MacDonald, Now That Is Amazing Grace published by Gospel Folio Press, Grand Rapids, MI. Page 89 & 90.

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