All Under Sin

Romans 3:5 – 9 — “But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous Who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

“For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto His glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin…”

In chapter 1, verses 18 – 32, Paul states God’s case for man’s need of the gospel of Christ, against the backdrop of the wrath of God revealed against the ungodliness of men.  The Gentile, i.e., pagan, or heathen nations are mostly in view.  In chapter 2, verses 1 – 16, the fact that some of these nations have become “civilized” in no way removes them from this need, it only increases their guilt.  Then, in 2:17 – 29, the elect Nation is brought before the court, and this nation, while given great privilege as God’s people on the earth, has also shown themselves lacking in personal righteousness.  “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:48). Continue reading “All Under Sin”

On Repentance 

Exodus 13:17 — “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt…”

Notice that in this verse, God does not want the people to repent.  The question is repent from what?  It is very important to remember that if one is to repent, something must be repented from or repented toward, or both.  The act of repentance must have an object.

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The Architect

Exodus 25:40 — “And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.”

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When the Lord gave Moses instructions for building the tabernacle and the related components, the instructions were quite explicit.  As we read through the books of Moses, we find in Genesis interesting and intriguing stories. The beginning of Exodus is the exciting story of God’s redemption of the children of Israel from out of the bondage of Egypt.  Then we get to the later chapters, and begin to get into the details about the tabernacle, the altar, the ark, and so on.  We can begin to ask ourselves, “why is this here?”, and “why do I need to know this?”

When we get to a place like this, and we see all of these details and wonder why they are there, preserved for us, and how this information can be of use to us, we can count on finding the answer in God’s word. Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles, who was the prisoner of Jesus Christ for us Gentiles, (Ephesians 3:1, Romans 11:13), has this to say about that which was written in time past:

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Authorized Distributor

church-history-graphic{In my studies in Romans, we came to a studies speaking of the Jewish people as the stewards of the oracles of God.  Sir Robert Anderson, in his work “The Silence of God”, explains this a bit as he speaks of an agent.  I always thought that this was a good way to illustrate at the place that the Nation of Israel had in time past in God’s redemptive purpose.  This helped in my understanding, so I am taking a moment to pass it on.  In my occupation, I often need to purchase items, and often, when going to the manufacturer, they say they do not sell except through their authorized distributor, so his example about the winegrower and his agent was an example that I understood perfectly}

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