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”

Psalm Lesson 2

Tuesday was a study of Psalms 2 and 3. We used commentaries from Robert Godfrey, John Calvin and also had help from bible.org articles. Both Psalms are attributed to David and we see references to the Messiah. We see man’s rebellion and God’s faithful care of His chosen ones.

Psalm 2

The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed

Psalm 2 is the most frequently quoted psalm in the New Testament. It fits together in an interesting way with Psalm 1 to introduce the Book of Psalms. Psalm 1 begins with, “How blessed”; Psalm 2 ends with the same word (in Hebrew). Psalm 1 ends with a threat; Psalm 2 begins with a threat.  In Psalm 1 the theme is the contrast between the righteous and the wicked person; in Psalm 2 the theme is the contrast between the rebellion of wicked rulers and nations and the rule of God’s righteous Messiah. Psalm 1 consists of two stanzas and six verses. Psalm 2 is twice as long, consisting of four stanzas and 12 verses. Continue reading “Psalm Lesson 2”

Romans, Week 2

This week in our study we covered Romans chapters 5-7. No small task. But it was made easier by remembering that our goal is to lay a foundation for chapter 8, not to deeply explore every nook and cranny of 5 to 7. With this in mind, I must limit this post to the high points of our discussion. I am so glad we broke the first week of Trillia’s study into 2 weeks… Continue reading “Romans, Week 2”