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The Message of Baptism

Rom. 6:1-14

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. As many of you know a fundamental, Bible believing local church, which is what BCC is, observes two ordinances. Those two ordinances are The Lord’s supper or Communion, and the other is baptism, which we are going to observe today. Everywhere in the NT the method or mode of baptism was by immersion or being put completely underwater and brought back up again. I will explain why immersion is the only method of baptism that correctly and consistently represents our salvation. The Greek word for baptize, both in Scripture and ancient Greek literature means “to plunge, dip, immerse” something in water. Rom. 6 is arguably the best summary of the doctrine of baptism in Scripture. Let’s examine this simple yet rich and meaningful ordinance of baptism. Baptism is 1st:  

I. A PICTURE OF REDEMPTION. Read Rom. 6:1-11. Every adopted child of God must remember that their entire life is a declaration to everyone who comes in contact with them. The last part of V. 4 telling us that as those who are saved, we walk in newness of life. When any person is saved, meaning they stop trying to impress God with their efforts to be good, or do good deeds, and place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, as their only hope of being forgiven for their sins by God. Nowhere does Scripture ever even hint at the idea that miraculous event of God’s grace and mercy bringing spiritual life to a heart that was dead in sin to life – be kept a secret. So how is baptism a picture of our redemption? Read Rom. 6:3, 4. In the act of Christian baptism when a person is laid-back and immersed completely under the water, it is a physical symbol of the person’s death to their old way of life. As we know, 3 days after He was buried Christ arose from the dead. His resurrection is proof that God accepted all He did to purchase our redemption. In Christian baptism when a person is raised from the water, it is a picture of their own beginning of a new life in Christ. At the instant a person is saved, God immediately adopts them into His family. It is for that reason that when a person is baptized they immediately become a member of the local church family where they are baptized. The message of baptism is also:  

II. A PROMISE OF REFLECTION. From a biblical viewpoint to walk in newness of life can be interpreted as actively participating in the doctrine of perseverance! You remember the doctrine of perseverance means: those who are truly born again will continue to live as Christians until the end of their lives. Walking is a journey that consists of many individual steps, taken one at a time. Being conformed to the image of Christ can be interpreted as the doctrine of progressive sanctification. You will remember from our study that progressive sanctification is the work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and more and more like Christ in our daily living. Read Rom. 8:26-30. Every Christian is going to be conformed – 100% – to the image of Christ. If the desire to be redeemed is real, the individual immediately has a desire to learn to reflect the image and life of Christ. The promise of reflection leads to:

III. A PROFESSION OF RELIANCE. Read Rom. 6:15-19. James tells us to “submit yourselves, therefore, to God.” In order to learn to walk in newness of life a true Christian learns to rely on God 1st. God is always faithful and trustworthy. You can always trust God to do exactly what He says He will, in exactly the way He says He will do it. Redemption, salvation is one of the 1st steps any person takes in learning to trust God. If you believe God can, and will, save you when you ask Him, you can also believe and trust God in everything else concerning this life and the next. Read Eph. 4:11-16. There is also a profession of reliance on other Christians who are older in the faith, to teach new Christians how to live, by being proper examples to them. Almost every book of Scripture tells us to make disciples by teaching those younger in the faith how to live as God tells us. The message of baptism is a public declaration of our desire to follow Christ and His teachings. All who pass through the waters of baptism are making a public profession of their allegiance to live a life in harmony with Scripture, so they properly represent God’s kingdom. May this be our constant desire as long as we live!

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A Mandate to Women

1 Timothy 2:9-12

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. Women have a vital ministry in the life of a true NT local church today. Any so-called pastor or Bible teacher that teaches otherwise is a heretic, period! It is very possible that Paul got his very high view of women in ministry from Solomon, David and other OT writers who understood the honor and dignity of womanhood. Ephesians. 5:23-33 clearly reveals Paul’s view of the role of women, and the responsibility of men to uphold them as God intends. This section of 1 Timothy does not, teach that women are to be ornaments or just pew fillers in the local church. Paul is dealing with a specific problem at Ephesus, but it serves as a template for right behavior for everyone, not just women. In this section he is dealing with proper, godly conduct in a church worship service, although his instructions about modesty should apply at all times; just as men should be gentlemen at all times. Paul often uses the words “women, and wives” throughout his letters. The context defines whether or not he is talking specifically to wives or to women in general. Now notice Paul’s:

I. MANDATE TO ALL WOMEN – V. 9-10. Paul’s desire here is to instruct all women in Christian virtues. He is providing some guidelines for those women who were saved whether or not they came from a life in the cult of Artemis, or not. The fact that Paul instructs women in what, or what not to wear, fix their hair, or the jewelry they wear does not mean he forbids it. Neither does Peter forbid it when he addresses it in his letters. Both Apostles are telling women that as Christians their outward appearance is to be God-honoring. Paul’s point here is that women are to promote and adhere to the fear of God rather than an ungodly character. How does a woman learn to promote and adhere to the fear of God rather than display an ungodly character? In addition to her own Bible study and QT, she learns from watching her husband, or if she is not married, from watching the older women and leaders in her local church family. So, husbands, the question is: are you teaching your wives to be godly women, or not? God knows, and so do you! Our wives, daughters, and granddaughters know also! Next:

II. A MINISTRY FOR ALL WOMEN  V. 9. In v. 12, Paul is speaking to all women in general. The first thing Paul tells women is to learn. Now ladies, don’t get on Paul for using the “submissive” word here. This mandate to the women to learn would have rang loudly in the ears of the religious leaders of the day because it was totally opposite of the norm. Judaism forced women to be silent without any concern for their knowledge and understanding of Scripture, or their spiritual growth. Paul is saying emphatically here those days are gone. In the age of grace, which was ushered in with “it is finished” the old passed away and the new took over. The salvation principle that Paul is introducing is women must be recognized as partners in the gospel at home and in the church. Paul gives two requirements women are to follow when learning. The first requirement is that she learn quietly. One author explains the truth in a simple sentence when he says “Paul was not demanding physical silence but a teachable spirit.” A teachable spirit is by nature submissive and quiet, listen, because the person has a deep, deep desire in their heart to learn all they can about the inspired, inerrant Word of God. The second truth for learning is total submission. In the NT the basic meaning of the word submission is to determine, or to appoint.  The ultimate authority is God Himself. The broader picture of the word submit is, “to be subject to authority with no possibility of resistance.” One author clearly and correctly states the meaning of submission as Paul uses it in v. 11 saying “it is a warning against abusing the leadership of the congregation by disrespectful, boisterous actions and language.” The 2nd ministry God gives to women is to be long-enduring. Ladies, no expositor in their right mind believes women are redeemed through childbirth. That is nowhere near what Paul is saying here. The whole point is in the last part of the verse when Paul says “if they continue… meaning if they continue to grow spiritually in Christ. A couple writers made this point, and I am inclined to agree with them. In all that is unattractive and uninviting about childbearing, there is a God-given desire in a woman to have children. The point that lifts women to partnership in the gospel is that they can also have unwavering determination and perseverance in ministry for Christ. May God give us hearts that live in an attitude of prayer and ministry to God every moment of our lives.

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A Mandate to Men

1 Timothy 2:8-15

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. We must remember Paul’s central theme in this 1st letter is sound biblical doctrine and teaching leads to godly living. Here is another truth to remember: Scripture never separates behavior and belief. The Bible teaches throughout that what a person really believes in their heart is what is demonstrated in their daily life. Paul is reminding Timothy, and us, to remain dedicated to following the teachings of the God-breathed Bible as we live our lives as Christians. Paul’s message in this section of his letter does not focus on the world or on home life; rather it focuses on 1st on worship as a way of life in the church.” 2nd This passage of Scripture also provides general advice for men and women. The entire section deals with our responsibility to behave in a holy, teachable, and peaceable manner. Now let’s look at this section in detail: Paul’s 1st mandate to men is:

I. TO PRAY WITH PURE HEARTS. Of all the things the Holy Spirit could have inspired Paul to tell men to do, the 1stmandate is for them to pray! A life of prayer is one of the most vivid evidences that a person, especially a man can give that his life is dedicated to living sound Biblical doctrine.  The point here is that a pure heart is an attitude of holiness, reverence and the fear of God.  When Paul tells men to pray “lifting holy hands” he is not teaching here that men should always pray with lifted hands. In that time uplifted hands in prayer was to them what bowing our heads is to us. Men, there are two truths that govern our prayer lives: 1st you cannot go to God in prayer with an ungodly or unclean heart. Read the prayers of David in the Ps. and you will see he is constantly asking God to help him keep a clean heart so God can answer his prayers. 2nd you cannot ask God for anything, or to do anything that contradicts His own nature and character, or Scripture. What you want must be what God wants! You must be consistent in your prayer for a pure heart until your heart is pure! There is no reason why a man who calls himself a Christian should not and cannot pray – both privately and corporately! There are only excuses, but no reasons! Here is a truth every Christian must learn, believe, and practice! If you can talk you can pray! Men, Godliness, which is righteousness, and all the other character qualities of men of God and prayer cannot be separated! One cannot exist without the other. Next Paul tells us men, we are

II. TO PRAY PERPETUALLY. “Everywhere” is to say wherever men gathered for prayer. Anyone can pray anytime, anywhere. However, there ought to be a time of day in every Christian man’s life when he is alone with God and can bow his heart in prayer without being distracted. If you think your schedule and time is too busy and limited to have a daily time alone for prayer, just think about Christ’s schedule. He had 3 years to find and teach men who would learn and share the gospel message so it would carry on from then until the end of the Tribulation – no matter what the opposition or resistance! One way a man of God is identified, is by his life of prayer, all day every day. So men, when other people think of your entire life and lifestyle, do they know one of your most outstanding character qualities is that you are a man of prayer? Finally, Paul tells us men:

III. TO PRAY IN PEACE. The “anger” Paul is condemning here is a heart attitude that is consistently indignant or slanderous toward another Christians. The peace Paul is addressing here is the peace of God. A Christian experiences God’s peace when their heart is in harmony with Scripture. The peace of God and purity of heart cannot be separated. Do you know the hardest part of having a dynamic effective prayer life? Starting! Just the thought of praying for the 1st time with your wife or children is all kinds of scary! Take Nike’s advice and “just do it!” Don’t make up all kinds of excuses why you can’t, just believe God and do it!

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Corporate Prayer

1 Timothy 2:1-7

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. As God so often does throughout Scripture, He is going to tell us through Paul, what we need to do and how we need to do it to avoid heresy and prevent a decline in commitment to Christ and His Kingdom. The 1st exercise a man or woman of God does in seeking His guidance is knee bends! You bend your knees so you can get down on them and pray. As you know bending one’s knees is a sign of humility and submission. Humility and submission to God are two mandatory prerequisites to successful prayer. The 1st thing God tells Solomon after the Temple had been finished, and it was ready for worship was to get on their knees and pray. The 1st step in getting God’s attention is to humble yourself before Him. Getting on your knees is one way to show God you understand your position before Him. What more appropriate way to begin to accomplish any task than with prayer. I’m using an outline from an expositor who understands prayer is central to all Christian living.

I. PRAYER IS FOR ALL PEOPLE! V. 1-7. First Paul deals with

The focus of our prayers, which is everyone. Paul says, “1st of all THEN…” Paul tells Timothy to combat evil forces, the 1st weapon of war is prayer. Way too many of us treat prayer as a last resort, and run right by it, jumping right into the fight and putting ourselves in unnecessary danger. When you find yourself faced with combat, use 2/3rds of the fire safety rule – stop and drop – to your knees and pray 1st then act! Having made us aware that our prayers are focused on all people, also addresses:

The form of our prayers. 1st Paul urges that supplications be made for all people. In the NT supplications always means “to ask,” or “to seek.” It is often viewed as a petition or request for another. Paul also urges that prayers be made for all people. When considered from a simple yet very broad perspective, prayer is calling on God. Notice also we are to make: 3. Intercessions for all people. This word translated “intercession” is used only by Paul and only here and in 4:4. Both times it is another word for prayer, or calling on God. Intercession sometimes carried the idea of longer, more focused or even intense seasons of prayer. Finally, thanksgiving which indicates an attitude of gratefulness as a reason for making the requests to God. Next Paul addresses:

The function of our prayers = V. 3-7. First Paul tells us a function or goal of prayer is the conversion of all people, or that all people come to a saving knowledge of Christ. The only thing universal about salvation is the invitation, not the application. Salvation is “applied” or granted only to those who accept Christ, and only Him, as their Savior. B. In v. 5-7 we learn another function or goal of prayer is contentment. The way in which Paul uses the idea of contentment or peace in these verses. Paul is telling people there is only One True God, and Paul’s desire was that all people everywhere come to a saving knowledge of the One True God so their life would be ruled by the peace of God which passes understanding. One write gives this summary of Paul’s challenge to our prayer life:

  1. We are to pray for all people, in all ways without prejudice.
  2. The goal of our prayers should be that all people come to a personal knowledge of God’s saving power.
  3. We have the confidence that Christ’s death has provided the ransom for sin. His death represented God’s effort to reach all sinners.

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Staying Committed to Scripture

1 Timothy 1:18-20

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. Paul brings this first section of his letter to a close by picking up with the charge he gave to Timothy at the beginning of the letter. The charge was to remind people not to get distracted from their daily walk with Christ by false doctrines, false information, and miss-representations of truth! The reason for the charge was to encourage and even command, a solid commitment to Scripture without adding or subtracting anything in any way. In v. 12-17 Paul rehearses the main theme of the Gospel by reminding Timothy and us, the *central focus of the gospel is the amazing truth that Christ came into the world to save sinners. Paul makes the point here, and Scripture makes it clear throughout, there is no one anywhere God won’t or can’t save. There is no human reason to think a person has no hope of ever being able to establish and live in a right relationship with God. Scripture tells us “all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” John tells us in the 12th verse of His gospel that “all who receive Him, (Christ), who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children off God.” Paul begins this section with

I. DEDICATION TO THE SCRIPTURES V. 18. Paul actually wrote to Timothy “this charge I command you…” The New American Standard Bible is the only popular or widely used version I found that prints the word “command.” Charge and instructions are the more commonly used words. They imply the same meaning as “command” but not with the same force! Back in vs. 3 and 5 the word Paul used is command. Over in 2:2 Paul again uses the same word. Paul was passing to Timothy what God had taught him about sound Biblical doctrine, and Paul was telling Timothy he would pass the same along to those men who God called into leadership positions after him. Timothy must be absolutely sure he was not turning to the right or left and wandering away from pure Biblical truth and doctrine as he taught those under his ministry. Whenever any leader in any local church begins to take a soft approach to Scripture, the move away from sound Biblical doctrine has begun, and it is only a matter of time before the church becomes apostate. The further the church wanders into error the more God removes His blessing and glory from that church, until the people finally turn away completely! Paul now tells Timothy sincere dedication to the gospel shows itself in a Christian’s life by aII.

II. DETERMINATION TO LIVE BY THE SCRIPTURES – 19. Paul explains living by the Scriptures requires 2 inseparable components. Neither can exist without the other. First, is faith. One author gives a simple, yet profound definition for faith is when he says it is “personal commitment to Christ – as a result of personal faith in Him.” Notice how “personal” this is. You remember Paul told Timothy a good conscience is one of the character qualities that results from a life dedicated to agape love. Faith and commitment build upon one another. A large part of the Christian life is focused on learning to live as Christ lived. In reality faith and commitment can’t be separated, because commitment is the result of faith! Paul links faith to commitment as the 1st component of a Christian’s determination to live by Scripture. The second component is: a good conscience.” A good conscience is the result of living in obedience to all of Scripture, listen, as the driving force in a person’s life.  The word “and” is the connector. The way The Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write this makes faith and a good conscience both working parts of an unwavering dedication leading a person to a non-negotiable determination to live a godly life. Paul understood in his day, just as in our day today, faith, commitment and a good conscience must all be present and work in harmony with one another to remain both dedication to Scripture and determined to live by them every day. One writer makes this observation: “most religious error is born of moral rebellion, rather that intellectual denial.” The point there is that most people who are unsaved, and those who say they are, but don’t live like it, have the attitude I believe God exists, I just don’t want to let go of myself and live in submission and obedience to Him. They fail to understand the consequences of trying to receive all God offers on their own terms. There is nothing harder than coming clean, and there is nothing more liberating, cleansing, and enlightening than God’s amazing grace in the spiritual freedom of letting go of all of you and letting God have all of you. Dedicate yourself to the Scriptures, and then determine you are going to live by them. Let go of you and take hold of God. You won’t believe what happens next!

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Praise and Purpose for the Gospel

1 Timothy 1:12-17

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. Other than David, we are hard pressed to find anyone in the Scriptures that had more praise and thanksgiving to God for his salvation than Paul. We often listen to Paul share his testimony with such enthusiasm you can almost feel him vibrate as he shares with us. Here is a truth for your repertoire when you talk with your unsaved friends and loved ones. In the fullness of time each of us is born fully equipped to do whatever God has planned for us to do. When we are old enough to understand we need a Savior, we make the most important decision we will ever make in our lives. When a person realizes they not only need to be saved, but can be saved, by placing their faith in the finished work of Christ, they make a choice that affects them for the rest of their life. That choice is to begin to discover how the indwelling Holy Spirit reveals to us one by one, all those character qualities and abilities God has gifted to us to carry out the ministry He planned for us. For those who might have a little trouble sharing your testimony, Paul gives an outline of sorts you might use:

I. PRAISE FOR SALVATION – 12-14. I think the one truth we can learn from Paul is that if God was willing to save him, God will save anyone! Scripture is very clear that salvation is offered to everyone anywhere! Notice the reasons for Paul’s praise: A. God gave Paul strength. Read Acts 9:19-22. Look at v. 22, notice Paul grew… Paul wasn’t saved, and instantly became powerful, he grew as he let God have control of his life. Spiritual growth and power is like most everything else in this life; you must work at it daily. Strength comes as one grows. Notice also Paul’s strength came because God judged him and found him to be faithful. As you read and study Paul, you discover that his call into ministry is always amazing to him, which is another reason for his praise to God. Of all the themes Paul addresses in his letters, perhaps the one most outstanding theme is his thanksgiving that Christ had called him into ministry. St. Augustine rightly says, “God does not choose a person who is worthy, but by the act of choosing him God makes him worthy.” The point of the gospel is that in choosing and calling people to salvation God makes them worthy. Paul now shares:

II. THE PURPOSE OF THE GOSPEL = 15. Here Paul expresses 2 primary purposes in the Gospel: A. Restore Trust through Acceptance. In this context Paul is saying, “whatever comes from the mouth of God can be trusted, therefore, it is in our best interest to accept all of what God says without any exception. Notice also the gospel is to: B. Redeem sinners. There is no other way to say it. Christ came for the purpose of redeeming all who are born under the curse of sin. That means He came to save you! The question we all have to answer is will we trust Him enough to ask Him?

III. THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S MERCY = V. 16. Paul gives a summary statement of the doctrine of progressive sanctification in just one sentence. Paul says, God gave to me His pity. One definition for mercy is God’s pity for the miserable and distressed. Misery and distress are two really good adjectives that describe the life of the unsaved. The reason God saved Paul was not so Paul would go to heaven. Nowhere does Scripture ever teach a person is saved so they can go to heaven. Heaven is a reward for, not the reason for salvation. When Paul thought of his salvation it almost always results in:

IIII. PRAISE TO GOD! V. 17. If the thought of our salvation does nothing else, it ought to cause us to break out in what is almost an uncontrollable doxology of praise and adoration toward God. Take this with you, and let God have all the freedom He wants to help you realized that in choosing and calling YOU to salvation, God made YOU worthy, in Christ Jesus!

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The Law is Good

1 Timothy 1:8-11

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. One of the words that causes the hair on our necks to bristle, at least a little, is “law!” There is a negative connotation to it, perhaps because it reminds us of our sinful state before God. When many people hear or think of the Law of God, they automatically think of the 10 Commandments. Even some Christians think just the 10 Commandments are too restrictive and demanding. Paul’s warning against the false teachers in Ephesus was a commentary and further explanation of the rebuke Jesus gave the Pharisees and Sadducees when He told them they misunderstood and mishandled the law when He said they were whitewashed sepulchers, looking clean on the outside, but empty on the inside. Jesus would still condemn legalism if He were here today. What is it that makes God’s laws, commands, statutes, and decrees so good? And if they are so good, why don’t more people follow them and find joy, peace, and all the other benefits Scripture associates with a life of obedience to God’s laws? One writer suggests 2 ideas that help us understand the principle of the law. From a Biblical perspective “law” is the principle of making legal demands. Paul was taking into account all of God’s laws. Wherever law is discussed in Scripture it is always good, noble, and honorable. The law is not the problem. Sinful man knowing how to rightly interpret and follow those demands is the problem. So, naturally that begs the question what is the right use of the Law? Theologians have summarized 4 purposes of the Law as it is presented in Scripture.

  1. Serves to Restrain. Read Ps. 19:12, and 13; Rom. 7:7-12. Paul is telling us the Law of God teaches us how to avoid trespassing into wrong territory! Most of us probably learned the real meaning of “hot” the hard way, didn’t we! Perhaps many of us received that little smack on the hand as a warning. That little smack was the law, the restraint to keep us from trespassing into hot territory. Those false teachers Paul told Timothy to warn, either didn’t know, or didn’t care that they needed restraint from teaching or handing out information contrary to God’s Word. We are no different. Sin has no restraints, because it can’t be satisfied. It never ceases to lure its victims further and further into destruction; all the while blinding them to the real danger they are bringing on themselves. There is nothing in all of creation that can satisfy, no matter how much you have. So the question is: Do you find delight or delusion in the restraints of God’s Law? Does your heart tell you it restrains you from peace, comfort, fulfillment and joy in your life? Or is God’s law in fact, all those things to you. Your attitude toward God and His Law will give you the answer. The Law is good because it also:
  2. Serves to Reveal. Read Rom. 3:19-26, and Gal. 3:21-29. Notice in v. 24 the law was a guardian. It protected, or restrained us until Christ came. Until Christ came to earth only A/E knew what life looked like as God intended before the Fall. As sinful men watched the Son of God live and move in front of them every day, they began to see what true righteousness and holiness is, as Christ displayed it to them in His life and lifestyle. If you look closely as you study the OT law and sacrificial system, you will see it always points a person to the coming Christ for salvation. Finally the Law:
  3. Serves as a Rule. Read Rom. 13:8-10. If a person does not love God, Who is lovely, they can’t love those who are unlovely! All of us would be unlovely if God did not recreate us in Christ Jesus and fill our hearts with His own love. The simple sentence in this passage is this: We know the law is good if one uses it lawfully, in accordance with “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.” One author makes this observation suggesting Paul is using a metaphor here to express his conviction that a morally disordered life is diseased and stand in need or treatment by the law; while a life based on the teaching of the gospel is clean and healthy. Listen to how one expositor summarizes this section: Paul presented three facts about the gospel. First, the gospel concerns the glory of the blessed God. Second, this gospel comes from “the blessed God.” Third, this gospel was entrusted to Paul. The malicious perversions of truth Paul cited in vv. 9–10 did not proceed from the God of glory, and Paul wanted such heretical teaching to cease. Here is the fourth fact about the gospel –  This gospel has been entrusted to us! We are now responsible for keeping it pure as we pass it to those who will serve after us. Solomon expresses that last statement by saying “No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.” In Ps. 1:3, David says the blessed man finds his delight in the law of the Lord and on His law he meditates day and night. Does that definition of “blessed” apply to you? To you, is the law good? You know, don’t you! If we can help you with your spiritual questions, call us at 574-643-9419.