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God’s Method for His People

Matt. 28:19-20

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. This is the second half of the message centered around the dedication of our new addition. We have learned God has given us a Mandate that instructs us to humble ourselves, to pray, to seek His face, and to turn from our wicked ways. Now we are going to see how God instructs His people to plant and water so Christ Jesus can build His church. We have studied God’s mandate, now let’s turn our attention to:

III. GOD’S METHOD. We believe God will give us the people He has planned to bring to us, but He will only do that through our cooperation with Him. Here are a couple truths you need to remember:

  1. You remember God never asks us to do anything He knows we can’t do, right? He may ask us to do something we have never done before, and that may be hard, even very hard, for us; but if God prompts us to do anything, rest assured it is something we can do!
  2. God also never asks us to do anything without giving us specific, clear, and often detailed instructions.

Read Matt. 28: 17-20. Those verses are Christ’s instructions for us to plant and water, so HE can build HIS church! So what is God’s Method for Planting and Watering?

  1. TO BE GOING! It is stated in the Septuagint, which is the Hebrews OT written in Greek, all human life is a journeying, or going. How often have you read where God says, “if you walk in my ways, walk before Me, walk with Me?” All those phrases and passages indicate that people are always moving from one place to another throughout their lives. Today we often use the phrase, we are constantly on the “go!” To walk in the ways of Yahweh, or to follow His commandments, is fundamental for the faith of Israel. For example Dt. 8:6 = So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in His ways and by fearing Him.” In the NT the concept of “go” has to do with the mission of Jesus Who “goes” to Calvary for the salvation of His people, and all people of all time. Jesus tells The 12 to go to the lost of Israel preaching and teaching the Gospel. Here is the point: Jesus expects us to be involved in all parts of Kingdom work all the time. One reason we are to be continually on the go doing the work of the ministry is:
  2. TO MAKE DISCIPLES. Making disciples can be considered the goal or end-product of teaching. One author says, the main command of Christ’s commission is “make disciples.” The root meaning of the word used for “make” is to be, or to become – a pupil. So one might say a disciple is a person who becomes a student of the Word so they can learn to be a person of the Word. Every member of the Body of Christ responsible for becoming and making disciples. Next, disciples are to:
  3. BE BAPTIZED. Baptism by immersion is a public testimony and declaration of spiritual rebirth into eternal life as an adopted child of God. If you call yourself a Christian and you have not followed The Christ Who saved you in baptism by immersion, you have not yet begun to follow Him! NT baptism by immersion is also in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. It is The Father Who chooses and calls to salvation; it is The Son Who redeems; and it is The Holy Spirit Who indwells and guides. Commitment as a true Christian is to all 3! Jesus also tells His disciples to carry on His own mission of:
  4. TEACHING. It is vital we see and understand what Jesus told His disciples to teach all those who become God’s children. Disciples are to be taught – (ESV, NKJV) to observe ALL that I have commanded you; (NIV) to obey everything I have commanded you; (KJV) to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Earlier I said a disciple is a person who becomes a student of The Word so they can learn to be a person of The Word. Teaching them is how they become a person of the Word. We teach them to be a man or woman of prayer, study, God, which in turn makes them a man or woman of power.

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Wanted: Godly Fathers

Deut. 6:4-7

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. According to one survey:  more children will go to sleep tonight in a fatherless home that at any time in American history.  In 1960, 5 percent of the children in the U.S. were living with only their mothers.  By 1990, that number had increased to 25 percent.  Today that number has climbed to an incredible 52 percent.  We’re now living in a day when we have taken down the Ten Commandments and put up metal protectors.  It used to be that schools biggest discipline problems were talking in class, chewing gum, and running in the hallway. Now it’s stealing, violence, and sexual assault. After examining 11,000 crimes, researchers found not correlation between crime and poverty, or crime and race.  But a strong link was found between crime and “father-absent households.” What we need today are godly fathers.  The Bible gives us clear and certain guidelines as to what a godly father must do.

  1. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THE LAW. Our focal text in Deut. is given specifically to fathers. The 1st 9 vss. of this passage is a good summary statement of a father’s material, or the curriculum he uses to teach his children. Ps. 78:1-8 should be every Christian father’s mission. You teach them to be steadfast in the Lord, by being steadfast in the Lord yourself. In Eph. 6:4. We see a father’s manner in teaching his children. Notice how Paul 1st states a negative manner or attitude to avoid, and he immediately follows that with a positive manner to develop. No dad who expects his children to become men and women of God can continually provoke/beat them down/discourage or belittle them because they don’t do something right or catch on from the 1st Chances are you still don’t get everything right the 1st time. Stop whatever you are doing to provoke your children to anger/frustration /discouragement or a negative self-image, and start telling and showing them how the Lord loves them. You show them by treating them the same way you want The Lord to treat you!! If you look carefully you will see a common truth about all the verses in these passages. That common truth is that to teach Biblical truth a father must spend time with his children! To be a Godly Dad you must also:
  2. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THE LANDMARKS 22:8 tells us, “do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set.” Some of those landmarks include: A. God’s Word. You know Ps. 119:105, Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. Prov. 2 tells us if we search the Scriptures diligently, we will find the wisdom, fear, and understanding God wants us to have. A 2nd landmark is: B. PRAYER. In John 16:23, 24 Jesus tells us we can ask Him for anything in the Father’s name and He will do it for us. Prayer is the most powerful weapon any Christian has. Another landmark is:
  3. FAITHFULNESS IN WORSHIP. One of the most effective principles of life you can teach your children is the art of worship! The NT principle of giving is to give of your 1st fruits to the Lord. That includes the 1st of your week, and listen, the 1st of every day. There is a reason God made worship the 1st Then:
  4. LOVING CHRIST must be a landmark you help your children establish. There is no other person to love more, nor is there any greater love that that for Jesus Christ. Dad’s it is your responsibility to teach your children to love Christ with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. Finally, Dads help your children establish the landmark of:
  5. LASTING COMMITMENT. As your children watch you every day, what level of commitment do they see in you for Christ? It is important to know, because what they see in you, they will practice when they are grown. There are many more landmarks we could discuss, but you get the idea, don’t you! Don’t you? Dad’s it is an awesome privilege to be a dad! It also carries awesome responsibility and accountability to God. Your best philosophy as a father is this: Be the kind of a dad to your children, God is to you!

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What a Great Thing God Has Done

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. This past Sunday we dedicated the new classroom wing God gave us. I can be configured to be as many as six classrooms, or as few as three. When God provides gifts to His children, He always does it in the very best possible way. One of the greatest blessings God has given Baptist Christian Church is that our new addition is completely paid for. From ground breaking to dedication we never had to borrow one penny! It is also a testimony to God’s great provision that we were able to increase our missions budget as we have always done, we were blessed with new members, and our regular giving never suffered. Ps. 50:10 tells us God owns the cattle on a thousand hills; He also owns the hills! The point is that God never lacks or needs anything. He is a God of giving as demonstrated on Calvary and throughout His inspired, inerrant Word. He desires to share with His people blessings that are given in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over into your lap! In the verse before that (Luke 6:37) God gives the prerequisites for receiving His blessings. Though the folks at BCC struggle, suffer, experience all the junk and nasties of this sin-filled world that everyone else does, many of them have given their whole hearts to the Lord as the unchallenged Sovereign of their lives. Those individual commitments on their part are the reasons God is able to bless and provide in the Niagara proportions He does. In 2 Chron. 7:11-18 we find God’s Mandate to His people. Now that our new addition is finished, it is our responsibility to continue to follow God in obedience to His Word and commands. The order of the four steps to cause God to hear, forgive, and heal are our guidelines for the future, as they have been! Someone might ask, “So now will you try to grow BCC larger than it is?” The answer is “NO! We won’t!” If you read Matt. 16:13-18 and focus on v. 18 you will understand why we are not focusing on growth. We are focusing on our God-given responsibility as His adopted children, and that responsibility is found in 1 Cor. 3:5-9. I find it interesting that more often than not God gives His adopted children the easy part of ministry, while He takes on the hard stuff! Any true man or woman of God can share with others the truth of God’s saving grace; but only God can grow a heart! If you look closely at the 2 Chronicles passage you will discover it is conditional before it is certain! God says, “IF My people…” As a God of grace He will not force anyone to accept His offer of salvation or blessing or anything else He offers. To force us to do His will would be Law, and we would be puppets! God created us in His image and likeness which means we are creatures of choice! God simply offers us His partnership in our life, and then allow us to choose whether or not we want what He is offering. Now if just saying, “Yes, I want what you are offering” were the only thing, everyone would take what God offers. The “catch” is we must accept what God offers on HIS terms, the way HE offers it, not on our own terms. Pride is the thing that causes most people to think they can tell God when, what, and how they want Him to work and provide for them. Pride is also what will cause people to spend eternity in hell, because they think they can bribe God into letting them into heaven based on their own merits. Here is a truth for you to think about: no human being has any merit before God. Read Romans 1:18-3:20 for all the details. If you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior, we would be glad to tell you how, so you can then experience the blessings God has for you, and has shared with us.

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Guilty as Charged

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. I’m using an outline from an author that pictures the courtroom setting. Let’s consider 1st:

  1. THE ACCUSATION. V. 9. When Paul answers his own question, “no not at all,” he is using a phrase that carries the same weight as his statement in other places, “God forbid, or may it never be.” Notice he says, in the 2nd sentence of the verse, “For we have…” Why would Paul say “we?” Because it was to the Jews God spoke His Word. You recognize the quotes from the OT Paul uses to further emphasize the claim that no one, Jew or Gentile is justified before God, rather all are guilty, and need salvation. Now see:
  2. THE EVIDENCE. V. 10-18. 1st Paul states:
    1. SIN IS UNIVERSAL V. 10-12. It is important to understand sin does not exempt anyone anywhere from its fangs.. Biblical understanding is the God-given ability to discern between good and evil. Sin also alters our view of what good and evil is. From a sinful viewpoint “good” is whatever benefits me most by satisfying my inner desires. I like the way one author states the Biblical truth Paul is teaching when he says, “Scriptures teach that it is God who takes the initiative. He is the One who seeks us, not the other way around.” Next,
    2. SIN IS UNGODLY V. 13, 14. Here Paul tells us that sin causes us to use our throats, tongues, lips, and mouth are all used to curse God instead of His intended purpose in creation, which was to praise and glorify Him in our communication. So how are you using the instruments God gave you to praise, honor, and glorify Him? Have you yielded your members to Him as instruments of righteousness? Or are you using them as instruments of unrighteousness? You and God know the truth! Notice also that:
    3. SIN IS UNAFRAID. V. 15-18. Sin shows no fear in its mission to destroy anything, or anyone in its path. The only thing sin fears is losing its ability to dominate a person’s heart! It will attack anything that remotely appears that it could displace sin as the driving force in a person’s life. Paul tells us 3 methods sin shows its aggressiveness:
      1. Sin manifests an anxiousness for warfare. V. 15. Paul sites Prov. 1:16 where Solomon is encouraging his son not to listen to the enticement of sinners to “lie in wait for blood, and ambush the innocent without reason.”
      2. Sin also manifests itself in an attitude of wretchedness. V. 15, 16. Ruin and misery are the consequences of bloodshed. The 6th commandment is “Thou shall not murder. God tells us that when a person takes another’s life without cause, the murder’s life shall be required as payment. Perhaps the most devastating manifestation of sin’s fearfulness is its:
      3. Absence of worship. V. 18. The 1st commandment is “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
      4. Remember to worship. God says it, “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.” As you know God gives us life principles for a proper relationship and fellowship with Him, before He gives us the commandments concerning our relationship to other people. When we do not set God and our worship of Him above all else in our life, we cannot have a proper relationship, or fellowship with other people! Paul begins
  3. THE SUMMATION. V. 19. Paul makes 2 major observations in his summation.
    1. “Those under the law” were then, and are today, all who have not yet come to Christ for salvation.
    2. The whole world is accountable to, and will be judged by God. Paul immediately gives:
  4. THE VERDICT. V. 20. Again there are 2 truths given by Paul. 1st Justification cannot be obtained by keeping the law. Even if one could keep the Law perfectly, obedience does not correct wrong-doing. All the Law can do, and all it is meant to do is reveal God’s Divine standard of human conduct. The 2nd major truth Paul tells us here that help us see why works can’t justify is that the Law makes us aware of sin. Since the Jews have had the Law from the time God spoke in on Sinai, and have continually ignored and disobeyed it, they are condemned guilty. Gentiles are also condemned under the Law because it has been made known to us and we, like the Jews, have ignored and disobeyed it since we have known it. Thankfully God did not leave us stranded in our condemnation.

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Soldiers as Ambassadors

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. Today and on July 4th we celebrate America. This weekend is to remember all those who have served, and those who are now serving, in our armed forces. I am glad to see that now our country often recognizes those in our armed forces as heroes! Many of us remember a time when soldiers who returned from war to America, were scorned and spat upon by those who were too cowardly to fight to keep freedom alive! Every man and woman who serves America today with dignity and honor deserves to be designated a hero. One of the primary reasons I say this is because now, no one has to serve! Those who serve choose to do so. God’s army is also composed entirely of people who choose to serve Him. God does not draft people into His army. That is because His army is composed only of those who are saved, and God never forces anyone to be saved. I believe God created Man to live in freedom. Scripture teaches that God’s freedom is true freedom! I’m using that pastor’s outline and title as we consider the question: what kind of war memorial are you building? Let’s begin with:

  1. THE SOLDIER’S DRIVE. Read 2 Tim. 1:8-14. Listen these words as I read them: “I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.” What is it that drives a person to become a soldier? Paul’s drive was, in part, because of his conversion. He tells us in Gal. 1:15-17 after his salvation, he did not immediately begin to minister. Rather he went away into Arabia for a period of time. Is it possible for a person to be saved without being converted? Yes, but it is a twisted life of hypocrisy and legalism. Believing and trusting in Christ’s redeeming work for the forgiveness of sins does result in salvation, but it does not automatically result in establishing Christ as the Sovereign Lord and sole Governor of one’s life. So the question at this point is: As a result of your salvation have you made Christ the Sovereign Lord of your life, and given Him sole governing authority that drives you to serve Him as a proper Ambassador? Paul’s drive was also a result of His call. Read 2 Tim. 1:8, 9. You will note Paul is not speaking of himself only! Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he tells us “we” are all called to a holy calling. When God calls a person to become one of His children, the individual has the option to refuse the call, and instead of going to jail, they get to remain in prison and the chains of sin and darkness. So: if you are one who knows you have been called by God to serve in His kingdom, does the knowledge of that call drive you to give all you have for Him who gave all He had for you? Notice also:
  2. THE SOLDIER’S DURATION. 2 Tim. 1:12; 2:3, 4. Every soldier understands once they have taken that oath of enlistment they are a soldier for the duration of their contract! From enlistment to discharge a soldier is expected to endure whatever they encounter! Paul is telling Timothy and us we need to plan and prepare to endure through all difficulties! Paul’s confidence is in Christ’s endurance. Paul had committed his life in ministry for Christ as long as Christ allowed Paul to minister. More importantly Paul had committed his eternity to Christ. The most amazing and peaceful truth is that as long as Christ is God, your eternity is secure in Him. Notice also Paul’s concern for the Christian’s enlistment! As soldiers we are committed to Him as His servants now. We are to obey His “Constitution” The Bible, and His orders as long as we are alive here. So we are to consider ourselves career soldiers. As such we should be diligent in our service and work as hard as we can for advancement and promotions to the highest rank possible. Next is:
  3. THE SOLDIER’S DRESS. 2 Tim. 3:14-17. When Paul tells Timothy to be “thoroughly equipped or furnished” he is telling him to be properly outfitted. So what is the Christian soldier’s dress? We are all clothed in Christ’s righteousness; however, we are to dress for battle every day. Read Eph. 6:12-18. Finally notice
  4. THE SOLDIER’S DECLARATION. 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Paul declares his allegiance to Christ and His Gospel through to fight for the message of Christ! Paul never let the threat of physical consequences keep him from his call as an ambassador for Christ. Paul also declared that to finish in ministry for Christ. May it be every true Christian’s delight to receive the reward which is the crown of righteousness laid up for them to be awarded with the words “well done thou good and faithful soldier of the Cross!”

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Advantage and Righteousness

Romans 3:1-8

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. Paul closes his summary of the human race in this section. The question here is: since being born a Jew and circumcision do not make a person a real Jew, we might say today, what is the big deal about being a Jew? How does being able to trace one’s lineage to Abraham offer any benefit? Now, to you and me, these questions seem incidental, but to a Jew they are paramount! Have you ever thought that being a Christian seems to be, at times, unbeneficial to you? As a Christian, Scripture promises God’s blessings and innumerable other benefits. However, in the trenches of our daily living it seems Satan attacks us more after we are saved, and we experience more adversity, trial, temptation, and ridicule than we ever did before! In truth, really does happen more!!! That’s the bad news; here is the good news – our enemy has already been defeated, and is just waiting to be cast into the bottomless pit of hell forever! The good news is, we are already more than conquerors in Christ, and we have the upper hand and all the benefits of being the children of an Almighty Eternal God! Notice what Paul tells his audience, and remember all this applies to us as Christians.

  1. JEWISH ADVANTAGE. If you understand the significance of Israel, you begin to see how world history and events yet future become so important. Understanding Israel’s existence and importance also help us understand to a greater degree our own responsibility and accountability to God as Christians. First and foremost Israel was the only nation to which the OT Scriptures were given! In our focal passage today Paul states that Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. That would extend to all the NT writings as well. The highest and most holy advantage of Israel was The Messiah. One author says it like this: “Of all the nations on earth God had chosen the Jews to be the custodians of His redemptive plan for the human race.” Can there be a higher national calling? Notice Israel’s response to her advantage is revealed by:
  2. GOD’S ALLEGIANCE – 3:3, 4. Here is a fundamental truth about God that will help you come to the right answer in many areas of your Christian life. Always remember God cannot violate His own character and nature. In these verses Paul is telling us no matter how unfaithful any of the Jewish nation becomes, God will always be faithful. To be unfaithful would contradict Who God is in His Person. To contradict Himself would make Him an imperfect God. Now notice Paul deals with humanism using a:
  3. HUMAN ARGUMENT – 5-8. In v. 5 Paul says, If we Jews, who are God’s chosen people, disobey and disregard God and His Law, then as long as He doesn’t zap us into extinction, He looks really good! Paul goes on to say, on the other hand if God does inflict His wrath on us He is the unrighteous one. He punished us even though we made Him look good, and even though He knew we couldn’t be perfect, He got mad and let us have it. How can He be a loving God and do that? Do you see how Paul is reasoning in his argument? That kind of reasoning opens the door to the current heresy of easy believism, and feel-good theology. Feel-good theology says God loves everybody so much He won’t really send any one to hell as long as they give it their best shot! The only punishment we experience is the trouble this world sends us, nothing more. When we die we go to heaven! It sounds good, it is totally UNbiblical! V. 6 – God tells us there is no possible way for God to be remotely unrighteous, or unjust to punish all sin whether Jewish or Gentile. By no means = it is as impossible for God to be unrighteous. In v. 7, 8 Paul is saying “if I am preaching and teaching lies about God, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? His second question could be restated to say, if evil makes God look good, then let’s go be as evil as possible to make God look as good as possible! There was a group of people called the antinomians in that day who taught that “good will come out of evil.” They were known as God-slanderers by Christians, and what they said was completely repulsive to true believers! Paul was indicating that they would receive the condemnation that they deserved at their judgment. So will all other people!

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The Behavior of Belief (Part 2)

This message is a continuation from April 24, 2016.

Romans 2:25-29

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. Last time Paul told the Jews, God is way more interested in obedience to the law, from the heart, than He is interested in us just knowing the Law and what it teaches. Just knowing the law without living it from one’s heart in daily life, is what James refers to as faith without works, and that kind of faith is dead, or not really faith at all! Let’s take a closer look at how The Holy Spirit inspired Paul to show is the truth revealed in the behavior of belief! 1st notice

  1. THE CONSISTENCY OF OUR BEHAVIOR – V. 25. As you know circumcision was the sign of the covenant God made with Abraham. You can read it in Gen. 17:1-14. God takes all His covenants seriously. This one was so serious to Him, He told Abe that any male who wasn’t circumcised was to be cut off from his people because that man had broken the covenant. So when Paul talks about circumcision becoming uncircumcision, it is in effect a death notice, because being cut off from God is death! To help us keep this closer to home and more in line with the way we think today, in place of the word “circumcision” use the words “salvation, and baptism.” Paul says the “value” of the covenant is in obedience! If people, saved or unsaved, read The Bible then watch you as you go about every day being you, is what they see in your behavior, consistent with what they read in Scripture? In our study, perhaps to make it easier to understand our adoption into God’s family, instead of using circumcision, let’s use salvation and baptism. It is discovered in:
  2. THE CONSIDERATION OF OUR BEHAVIOR! 26. Here is an example of how a verse within a passage helps make the meaning of, not just the passage, but the whole concept of consistency in daily living so important. Paul’s point is that people who have no ties or background with – in this case – Judaism, or in our case, with Christianity, obey the requirements of the written Law of God, they would be thought of as Jews, or in our case, Christians because their lives were considered more Godly than those who claim to be saved, but don’t live like it. One author says, “It is one’s actions, not one’s physical features, that count. In the final analysis conduct prevails over doctrine. One Biblical commentator defines doctrine as “The body of teachings of the Christian faith concerning its central beliefs. Doctrine is grounded in Scripture and aims to maintain the integrity of Christianity by distinguishing it from non-Christian beliefs. Doctrine is of central importance in Christian preaching and teaching in that it equips the people of God for effective and faithful service in His world.” Paul doesn’t stop there, he continues with
  3. THE CONDEMNATION OF OUR BEHAVIOR – V. 27. This is perhaps one of the most pointed statements Paul makes. Paul’s point here is rituals, memberships, and any other outward signs do not make a person who calls themselves a Jew, a Jew. Neither do baptism, communion, memberships and any other outward signs do not make a person who calls themselves a Christian, a Christian. The condemnation of our behavior is realized when people use these outward signs to say “because I do these things, or show these outward signs in my life, I am a true Jew or a true Christian. The condemnation of our behavior leads to a wrong interpretation of:
  4. THE CONCEPT OF OUR BEHAVIOR – V. 28. Paul summarizes now what it really means to be a Jew. We can apply the same truth to us as Gentiles who are Christians. Scripture is teaching that one is not a true Jew, nor a true Christian, just because a person boasts of outward signs, or even birthright! One cannot say because they are born into the Jewish community they are a true Jew according to Scripture. Equally true, one cannot say, “because my parents were Christians, I am also a Christian.” Here is why such unrighteous thinking is so dangerous to the community. Paul ends the paragraph with the truth in:
  5. THE COMPARISON OF OUR BEHAVIOR –V. 29, which is self-explanatory. Anyone who has a real understanding of what it means to be a real Jew, or a real Christian knows it is in the heart of the person. When a person comes to Scripture and reads it, The Holy Spirit immediately begins to work in the heart of the person prompting them to repent of their sin, by turning to Christ for salvation from their heart! Praise Him for His great work in our hearts, and we thank Him for His love to us!

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