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Brief Summary of Paul’s Letter to the Roman Believers Part 2

Paul is writing to predominately Gentile Christians, since, apparently, all Jews were banned from Romans and forced to leave. Romans 1-8 Paul explains the doctrine of soteriology Part 2 Romans 4 Romans 4 Paul elaborates about faith. Verses 1-12 teach that faith is NOT a work (verses 3 and 9). Abraham is the example who believed which resulted in God reckoning Abraham righteousness (Romans 4:3 and Genesis 12:3). His was declared righteous was before circumcision…

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Brief Note on Romans 14:10-12

Brief notes on my translation of Romans 14:10-12 Regarding Judgment 10 So why do yous judge yours brother, or why do yous despise yours brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. [This is the Bema Seat of Jesus Christ. All believers from Pentecost in Jerusalem to the Rapture will be at this judgment. It is not to judge if we are believers regarding salvation. It is for rewards for being faithful or…

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Devotional Notes Romans 16

B1 What does this mean? C1 Paul’s Personal Greetings D1 Phoebe, a deaconess E1 I wrote an article about this: A Few Thoughts About Deaconesses E2 Robertson’s Word Pictures comment on Romans 16:1: Who is a servant of the church (ousan diakonon tēs ekklēsias). The etymology of diakonos we have had repeatedly. The only question here is whether it is used in a general sense or in a technical sense as in Philippians 1:1; 1…

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Devotional Notes Romans 15

B1 What does this mean? C1 Helping Our Weaker Christian Brother and Sister D1 We must always be considerate and aware of others. Everyone is offensive in some way, but this is referring to an attitude of doing or saying something that is not necessary. We must also take a stand of respect for God regardless if that is offensive. E1 Exodus 1:17 NLT but because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the…

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How to Deal with Different Opinions

Devotional Notes Romans 14   B1 What does this mean? C1 God’s Rules in Relationships with Our Christian Brother and Sister D1 Verse 1 Regarding Food E1 The passage teaches the difference between conviction and opinion. Conviction= “I must not eat.” Opinion= “I can eat unless it damages my fellow Christian’s faith.” E2 Conviction may be present in both parties, but it may be different if one feels it affects their salvation or rightness with…

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God’s Rules for Our Relationship with Government

Devotional Notes Romans 13 B1 What does this mean? C1 God’s Rules for Our Relationship with Government D1 God sets up and brings down who will be the leader. Some leaders are relatively good and some evil. God has delegated them to be the government leader. If they lead according to God’s desires, there is blessing. If they don’t lead God’s way, there is trouble and curse. You can see the contrast in the examples…

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Do Not Conform to the World’s Ways

Devotional Notes Romans 12   B1 What does this mean? C1 Do Not Conform to the World’s Ways D1 There are only two ways to live our life in this world. This would include one’s worldview and lifestyle. What one believes is how they live public and private. E1 God’s way can be understood by F1 Understanding Yahweh is King of all kings and Lord of all lords. He has a kingdom. This universe that…

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God and the Remnant of Israel

Devotional Notes Romans 11 B1 What does this mean? C1 God Knows the Remnant of Israel D1 Someone might now say that no Jew can be saved. But this is false because Paul is a Jew and is saved. D2 God foreknows. Is this decreed? Or, does God have the character trait of actually knowing the future? Does knowing mean it has to happen? E1 Some resources: F1 Jesus Foreknowledge and Causation F2 There is…

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Romans 9 Free Will and Choice

Devotional Notes Romans 9 B1 What does this mean? C1 Paul’s Desire for All Israel To Be Saved D1 Paul’s desire for Israel to believe in Messiah is very deep. Compare Moses’ attitude: Exodus 32:32-33 NRSV But now, if you will only forgive their sin—but if not, blot me out of the book that you have written.”33 But the LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. D2 Paul…

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The Christian Life and Sin

Devotional Notes Romans 8 B1 What does this mean? C1 We Need to Live by Our Holy Spiritual Nature Not Our Fleshly Nature D1 “…in Christ Jesus.” Some have difficulty with the idea of “in” Christ Jesus. E1 Picture a set, say, a circle. E2 Label it Christ Jesus. E3 Put a dot somewhere inside the circle. E4 The dot is in Christ Jesus. E5 This illustrates agreeing and believing with His ways, lifestyle, leadership,…

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