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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.
 
 



October 25, 2016, 8:32 AM

Sanctification is....Salvation


The following is the fifth part of the Sanctification Bible Study held on August 21, 2016.  Sanctification is.......Salvation.  

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 states, “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  In 1 Corinthians 6:11 we read, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  In 1 Thessalonians 5:8-9 we read, “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Acts 2:21states, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  And in 2 Corinthians 6:2 we read, “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

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.




October 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Sanctification is...The Resurrection


The following is the fourth part of the Sanctification Bible Study held on August 21, 2016.  Sanctification is.......The Resurrection.  

 
Acts 2:31-32 states, “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”  In St. John 11:24–26, we read, “Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

 

Romans 8:11 states, "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” In Romans 6:4–8, we read, "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

 

Colossians 3:1-4 states, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”  We read in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

A full copy of the Sanctification Bible Study can be found by clicking here or by selecting About Us/Bible Study Library from the tabs across the top of the home page and then selecting Part 2-Sanctification Bible Study.

 

 


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