By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study
Minister Timothy Roberson
Lesson Title: God Is Real (By Faith)
God Is Real (By Faith)
Romans 1:18-20 declares that God has revealed Himself to man in creation. The creation: the glory of its star-studded heavens, the beauty of its flowers and sunsets, the sun and rain and crops to supply us with food, and the unchangeable laws of nature, all show forth, not only the existence of God, but His power, His love, His justice, so that man is a responsible being and, as Verse 20 says, “without excuse” for the deplorable condition in which he finds himself.
The Christian Believer And The atheist
A believer, talking with an atheist one day, took out his watch, looked at it and put it back into his pocket, saying: “I have a wonderful watch; it keeps perfect time; never misses a second.”
“What make is it?” the atheist asked.
“Oh, no make,” answered the Christian.
“Well, who manufactured it?”
“Oh, nobody; it just put itself together somehow.”
“Nonsense,” said the atheist, “A watch can’t just come into existence. Somebody had to design it and somebody had to manufacture it.”
“True,” said the Christian, “yet you expect me to believe that this universe, with its billions of stars and planets, all working together in perfect order, just came about by itself; that it had no Designer, no Creator and no one who keeps it running? Isn’t that nonsense?”
No wonder Paul says that the godless are “without excuse,” including even the vast majority of “religious” people, who salve their consciences by giving a small part of each week or each day to the performance of some religious rite but keep God out of their businesses, their politics, their social relationships — their hearts. But thank God, as He has revealed His power and glory in creation, He has revealed His mercy and grace, His plan of salvation, in the Bible, where we read how “Christ died for our sins” (I Cor. 15:3), so that we might have “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).
The Gospel of Grace
Many people think they will go to heaven because they have lived a good life. Perhaps, they treat all of their neighbors fairly. Maybe they volunteer for charity work and have never broken the law. Maybe they were even baptized or go to church regularly. But the Bible, God's Word, says that no one can live up to God's standard of righteousness.
Romans 3:10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one ...."
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God ...."
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Salvation cannot be earned. Everyone is a sinner and deserves death, but God gives eternal life. So how can we receive God's gift of eternal life?
Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ...."
To be saved, we must believe the gospel. The word "gospel" means "good news". But before we can believe the good news, we have to know what it is.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
This is the gospel which we must believe in order to be saved. Now, how does believing this gospel save us?
Only Calvary's cross could open up the fountain of God's grace. Because Christ died on the cross the overflowing grace of God is able to pour out to sinners. If Christ had not died on the cross then God would not be able to be kind and gracious towards us. Instead God would need to JUDGE US FOR OUR SINS and condemn each of us to hell. The good news is that Jesus died for us and God is completely satisfied that the penalty for sin has been paid in full. Therefore God is free to pour out His grace and kindness and love towards those who believe on His Son.
Romans 5:8-9 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."
Romans 3:22-26 "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (appeasing sacrifice) through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."
We can be saved from the wrath of God, because Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins and rose from the dead. He paid the price for us, and we are justified in God's eyes through our faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast."
There will be no boasting in heaven. We cannot be saved by our own righteousness, but only by God's grace, through faith.
Ephesians 1:13-14 "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."
Once we believe the gospel, we are sealed with God's Holy Spirit. This is God's deposit, that guarantees he will redeem us, whom our Lord Jesus Christ "purchased with his own blood" Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
NEW LESSONS BY
PASTOR TIMOTHY D. ROBERSON
Minister Timothy Roberson
Lesson Title: Godly Edification
If we refuse to follow the dispensational layout of Scripture, and most people do refuse it, then we will be going against what God is doing today, and our Christian lives will be in shambles. All of the Bible is for us, but not all of the Bible is to us and not all of the Bible is about us (remember, most of the Bible is written to and is about the nation Israel, not us). We follow God’s design for Christian edification, and we seek God’s approval, not man’s approval (2 Timothy 2:15). Paul gives us a design. He tells us to learn certain information first, (the foundation - 1 Cor. 3:10-15 “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” Paul says once you learn that information, then other information second and third. Paul even warns of errors that people will make. Once you have that - you have reached maturity. Have you ever asked yourself if you have reached maturity? Because there is a doctrine outlined in your bible telling you what maturity is. You can know when you have reached it and when you have not. Paul gives us a design for the edification of the believer. Go through it and get the Godly edification according to the dispensation God has in effect for today and you are there. Then you can function properly on the basis of sound doctrine, motivated by God's grace. By the time Paul writes to Philemon he has revealed the revelation of the mystery. His apostolic authority is complete; he has finished writing to the Body of Christ. Notice Paul does not identify himself as an apostle in this letter. Philemon is placed at the at the end of Paul's writings for a purpose. Paul's writings are laid out according to the design of edification. Philemon represents spiritual maturity, putting it all together. Roman - Galatians is doctrine for establishment 1 and 2 Thessalonians are the living demonstration of that doctrine, ensamples. 1 and 2 Timothy is doctrine for the body life, the need for order in the local assembly. Titus is doctrine for godliness Philemon is how to apply all that Paul has taught and to maintain the godliness that God designed the local assembly to abide in. Philemon is the application of godliness. Paul tells Titus to adorn doctrine; there is heavy emphasis on works. Philemon is placed at the end of Paul's writings because it is the crowning jewel of God's instruction for us. Philemon instructs us how godliness is to be exercised.
2 Timothy 1:13-14 Hold fast THE FORM OF SOUND WORDS, which thou hast heard of me (Paul), in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep BY the HOLY GHOST which DWELLETH IN US.
Paul’s epistles are set forth in the divinely arranged “form of sound (uncorrupted ) words” that are designed to provide “Godly edifying (building up), which results in true spiritual establishment and maturity.1st Tim 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
1 Timothy 1:3-6 As I (Paul) besought thee (Timothy) to abide still at Ephesus… that thou mightest charge some that they TEACH NO OTHER DOCTRINE, 4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than GODLY EDIFYING (building up) which is in faith: so do. 5 Now the end of the commandment is charity (love) out of a pure (single, unmixed) heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned (genuine faith): 6 From which SOME HAVING SWERVED (erred) HAVE TURNED ASIDE (set aside the sound doctrine) unto vain jangling (random talk);
Paul’s fatherly instructions for the Members of “the body of Christ”
1 Timothy 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I (Paul) obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I (Paul) commend you to God, and to THE WORD OF HIS GRACE, which is able to BUILD YOU UP, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified (set apart).
Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU,
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Ephesians 4:12 For the PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, for the work of the ministry, for the EDIFYING (BUILDING UP) OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:
The Design of Edification (the building-up) is clearly set forth in Rom 16:25-26 as a three-fold process.
Romans 16:25-26 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Paul’s “my gospel” – Our foundation and orientation toward GRACE!
The Mystery – Our fullness and orientation toward the ultimate goal is seen in the purpose of “the Mystery,” which that concerns heaven for the “body of Christ,” and the earth for believing Israel.
The Scriptures of the prophets – the body of Christ’s orientation toward Glory in Heaven, and Israel’s toward the Kingdom on earth.
The Nine Pauline Church Epistles are Arranged to Follow this Design in the Tri-fold Pattern of 4+3+2.
4 - Romans, 1Cor, 2 Cor, and Galatians – concern Christ & the Cross
3 - Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians – concern Christ and the Church
2 – 1st & 2nd Thessalonians – concern Christ and His Coming
The Final Four Pauline Epistles (1Timothy thru Philemon) are known as the Pastoral Epistles.
These focus on the local church – that is, living the Grace Life together with others in order “to do the work of the ministry.” In these Pastoral Epistles we have;
Christ & the Congregation
Our fellowship – our orientation to Godliness
There is an underlying arrangement in Paul’s epistles encoded with the order of “doctrine, reproof, and correction,” exactly according to 2Tim 3:16 below. 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION, for instruction in righteousness:
- Doctrine -
- Reproof -
- Correction -
DOCTRINE: ROMANS - Focuses upon “The Cross” – As Our Foundation of Grace Orientation
The Four Foundation Principles of Grace:
Romans chps 1-5 – Justification by GRACE – answers the question – “How can a man be just with God?”
Verses 1-3 CONDEMNATION of ALL MANKIND – “none righteous no not one”(Rom 3:10-11 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
, Romans 3: 23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
JUSTIFICATION through the redemption in Christ Jesus (Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
FAITH is the only issue (Rom 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
SECURITY is our present possession Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope (confident expectation) of the glory of God.
Romans chapters 6-8 – Living Under Grace – answers the question “How then shall we live?”
Chp 6 – “OUR POSITION “IN CHRIST” Rom 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?4 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.
Chp 7 – The IMPOTENCE of the LAW… VERSUS the present PROGRAM of the GRACE of HIS “SPIRIT OF LIFE” (Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Chp 8 – The NEW PARADIGM of HIS INDWELLING SPIRIT OF LIFE as the POWER for RIGHTEOUS LIVING Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 9-11 – The Dispensation of Grace distinguished – answers question “What happened to Israel?”
Chp 9 - Israel’s past – God is not unrighteous to set Israel aside for a time. (Rom 9:2-5 having the promises and lineage)
Chp 10 – Israel’s present status – Why Israel has “fallen” (While we see in Rom 10:12 we are “under grace” where there is “no difference… Jew or Gentile.”
Chp 11 – Israel’s future – God is not through with Israel (Rom 11:27-32). He will be faithful to Israel’s “calling” to reign on earth in the Kingdom to bless all the nations on earth.
Romans 12-16 – Walking “by Grace” – answers the question “Is there any practical advice for daily life?
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind (understanding), that ye may prove (discern) what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect (complete), will of God.
REPROOF: 1 & 2 Corinthians
Focuses upon Behavior that is disloyal to and unworthy of the Roman’s Truth
Disorder in practice – 1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Cross as the Issue - 1 Corinthians 1:18 the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
CORRECTION: Galatians – Went back to Belief that departs from the Paul’s Sound Romans Truth
Error in DOCTRINE:
Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Galatians 5:1-4 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
The Cross is the Issue
Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
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.
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Galatians are Wrongly Moses/Law Centered
Focuses upon “the church, which is His body” (Eph 1:22b-23a)
Our fullness comes to us through our orientation to God’s GOAL in forming the unprophesied “body of Christ, the church: The One New Man.”
The focus of scripture is on the “one body” of which Christ is “the Head.”
Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Ephesians Chps 1-3 - Our Wealth “In Christ” Our Calling, Our Blessing, Our Standing In Christ
Ephesians Chps 4-6 – Our Walk “In Christ” Our Conduct, Our Behavior, Our State in the local church
Ephesians 6 – Our Warfare In Christ, Our Conflict, Our Battle, Our Soldiering
Disunity in Behavior is addressed
Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation (manner of living) be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Philippians 2:1-4 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things (not narcissistic), but every man also on the things of others (be other centered).
Note the focus of scripture I just read above is upon being of Oneness of Mind & Spirit.
Error in Doctrine: “NOT Holding the HEAD” (2:19)
Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: (Israel’s law is not applicable)
Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, Colossians 2:20-23 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (The Laws such as…) (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew (a display) of (apparent) wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh.
Focus is on “the HEAD” of the “Body of Christ”:
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
DOCTRINE: 1& 2 THESSALONIANS
The focus is the coming of Christ:
Relating to our Future and our orientation to our participation in manifesting the Glory of God.
1 Thessalonians references the Rapture (catching away) of the church in each chapter. 1st Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 1st Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 1st Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. 1st Thessalonians 4:15-17 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. If we follow Paul’s instructions, a funeral shouldn’t be 2 and 3 hours long, present the gospel to the lost as well all in the attendance and comfort the family and friends and saints of God with 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 knowing they will not only see and be with our Lord and Savior for eternity but they will also see their loved ones again who died in the Lord. I’ve been to funerals where it was all about the dead and the gospel wasn’t presented or spoken about. I call that a sad day when the gospel of the grace of God is not presented. Remember anything we do is about Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Many Christians like to hear story-telling when they go funerals and many aren’t concerned about the most important issue at a funeral and that is gospel of the grace of God to a lost world.
2nd Thessalonians focuses on the Second Coming of Christ to earth, with one of the most detailed descriptions of the Anti-Christ in Chapter 2.
The PASTORAL EPISTLES:
The focus is on the local Congregation – our Fellowship and orientation to Godliness (God manifested in the flesh).
1 Timothy – Protect the Doctrine – 1 Tim 1:3 “teach no other doctrine”
2 Timothy – Preach the Doctrine – 2 Tim 4:2 “Preach the word…”
Titus – Practice the Doctrine - Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
Philemon – Personalize the Doctrine – Philemon 1:8 “forgive” and “receive” others.