Lesson 4

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Lesson 4

Psalm 110

This is the 3rd psalm of David in book five and it shows us the redemptive plan of god, and even the whole meaning of the kingship. Most of it is about a victorious king who God, himself, seats at His right hand. He promises to subject the king’s enemies to him that they will be no more than a footstool. (soldiers would put their feet on the neck of the defeated).

Jesus draws our attention to a detail in this text that we might otherwise overlook. It is so important that the three Synoptic gospels record His statement (Matt. 22:41-46). Continue reading “Lesson 4”

Romans, Week 4

Last week in the five verses of Romans 8:12–17 we covered a lot of good ground.

Paul builds upon what we studied previously: that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because God sent his only Son to condemn sin in the flesh in order that we might live empowered by the indwelling Spirit, setting our minds on the Spirit, thus gaining life and peace. Because Christ is in us, we belong to him, and even though our bodies are weakened and will someday die, because God raised Jesus from the grave, we trust that he will do the same for us. What follows is based upon these precious truths. Continue reading “Romans, Week 4”

Lesson 3

The Messiah in the Psalms

First we need to see the scripture in its historical context, but we need to see the N T  as a guide to how we can approach the psalms. It is significant that Jesus speaks in a comprehensive way about his relationship to the Old Testament.

Luk 24:25  And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Luk 24:26  Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Luk 24:27  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

The crucifixion and the resurrection were not haphazard events but were part of God’s plan already revealed in the Old Testament.  If then Jesus is the fulfillment of the O T Scriptures then we should see the O T as incomplete and anticipates the Messiah who would fulfill all things. This implies that the O T cannot be fully understood apart from understanding that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s plan through out the redemptive history. We cannot properly understand the O T without reading through Christological lens. Continue reading “Lesson 3”

Romans, Week 3

This week we studied Romans 8:1-11, which begins:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh in order that we might fulfill the righteous requirement of the law. — Romans 8:1-2

With these words Paul kicks off the chapter that is the pinnacle of his great epistle to the Romans. In these four verses we find the heart of the gospel: God sent his Son Jesus Christ to condemn sin so that the Spirit might set us free to live in a manner that fulfills the righteous requirement of the law. And those who have been set free in Christ are no longer—and never will be again—condemned! With this glorious declaration Paul is looking back at the foundation that he has been building for justification by faith alone, and looking forward to the love of God in Christ from which nothing in all creation can separate us, making us more than conquerors in him. Nothing can separate us from God’s love because we are justified and there is therefore now no condemnation for us. Put the other way, There is no condemnation for us because we are now in Christ, and once in Christ there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love. Continue reading “Romans, Week 3”