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November 28, 2016, 3:12 PM

Living a Victorious Life-Part 3-The New Covenant

The following is the third part of the Living a Victorious Life Bible Study held on September 25, 2015.

In Hebrews 8:7-12 we read, "For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.  For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more."
 
Romans 8:2-4 states, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
 
Hebrews 9:24-28 reads, "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to die, but after this judgement:  And as appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
 
...to be continued next week.
 
 



November 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Living a Victorious Life-Part 2-Purpose of the Law

The following is the second part of the "Living a Victorious Life" Bible Study held on September 25, 2015.

God defined or gave knowledge of sin by giving his people the Law during the time of Moses.  The law was the ten commandments and the numerous precepts given to Moses.  These are all described in the first five books of the old testament.  The Ten Commandments are listed twice in the Bible, first at Exodus 20:1–17, and then at Deuteronomy 5:4–21. Both versions state that God inscribed them on two stone tablets, which he gave to Moses.

As time passed God further explained his requirements.  In Proverbs 6:16-19 we read, "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

What was the Purpose of the Law?  In Romans 3:20 we read, "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."  Galatians 3:23-25 states, "But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster."
 
....to be continued next week.



November 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Living a Victorious Life-Part 1-The Nature of Sin

The following is part of the Living a Victorious Life Bible Study held on September 25, 2015.
 
Once we come to God and receive His Holy Spirit there is a new life to live.  How do we daily live for God?  How is it possible to live this life of holiness required in the scriptures?  In this part of our Bible study series “Defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ", we will examine how we can live a victorious life!
 
From the beginning God has always wanted us to be obedient.  This is evident by the record of Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis.  The only law that God had instituted was not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  As we know Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God and eating the fruit.  From this time sin entered into their hearts and was passed onto all of mankind but God still required obedience.  The first component of this study will be to examine what is the meaning of Sin and if we are to be victorious, how is sin defeated.
 
Romans 6:1-2 states, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"  From this scripture it is clear God does not want us to continue sin.  So if God does not want us to continue in sin, it is imperative that we can define its meaning.  Sin can be described in two ways.  One is the “nature of sin” and the other is “sins committed”.
 
The Bible describes the nature of sin in Ephesians 2:2-3, "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."
 
This nature of sin is explained in another way in Romans 6:6-7, "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."  Romans 5:12-13 states, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law."
 
The “nature of sin” is what motivates or causes men and women to commit sins.  The Apostle Paul explains in Romans 7:20-21, "Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me."   “Sins committed” is defined as a wilful breaking of the divine law; any violation of, lack of conformity to, or disobedience to, the divine will or the state or condition of one who has thus transgressed.  
 
...to be continued next week.



November 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Sanctification is....The Kingdom of God

The following is the sixth part of the Sanctification Bible Study held on August 21, 2016.  Sanctification is.......The Kingdom of God.
 
Getting into the Kingdom of God is not a physical event but rather a spiritual event.  The Kingdom of God is mentioned 106 times in the Bible.  •Old Testament – 30;  •New Testament – 76;  •Gospels – 54  
Luke 17:20-21 states, "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
 
In Mark 1:14-15 we read, “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”  Luke 9:27 reads, “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.”  Luke 9:62 states, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
 
In Mark 10:15 we read, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” Hebrews 12:28 states, “ Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:”  Romans 14:17 reads,  "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
 



October 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Sanctification is....The Second Coming of Christ

The following is the sixth part of the Sanctification Bible Study held on August 21, 2016.  Sanctification is.......The Second Coming of Christ
 
Hebrews 9:28 states, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” In John 14:3 we read, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”  John 14:18-20 states, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.”  
 
In I John 5:20 we read, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”  Malachi 3:1 states, “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.”
 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”  An in Matthew 16:28 we read, “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”  
 
A full copy of the Sanctification Bible Study can be found by clicking here or from the home page by selecting About Us/Bible Study Library from the tabs across the top and then selecting Part 2-Sanctification Bible Study.
 
 

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