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Jesus identified as Christ by the works He did
John 10:22-42
Is the Lord Jesus Your personal Shepherd?
John 10:1-21
If Jesus had disregarded your traditions and good works, would you still have trusted and followed Him?
John 9:35-41
Formerly blind man silenced and kicked out of the community for testifying truthfully about Jesus Christ.
John 9:13-34
Jesus Christ gave sight to a blind man. And as back then, so He is today the eternal light in spiritual darkness for those looking to Him.
John 9:1-12
Jesus makes His eternal nature openly known with the "I AM" statement. No beginning and no end. Eternal God in human form.
John 8:48-59
Jesus Christ and God are One. You can't coherently believe God without Jesus and Jesus without God.
John 8:39-47
Are you burdened by mistakes and failures? Jesus can set you free!
John 8:31-38
Are you spiritually lost in darkness? Jesus is the light of the world and the giver of the light of life.
John 8:12-30
Jesus Loves Sinners. See how He loved and forgave an Adulterer.
John 8:1-11
See a contrast of good and bad leadership
John 7:45-53
Have you heard about water that consists of more than two hydrogens and one oxygen atom?
John 7:37-44
Jesus Christ ascended back to God the Father after His incarnation, death, and resurrection, 2000 years ago.
John 7:32-36
Are the sources for your worldview and beliefs reliable, consistent, and overall true?
John 7:27-31
At a scale of 0 to 1, how are your moral judgment skills?
John 7:20-26
If you knew there is a place where people want to kill you, would there be something that could make you go there anyway?
John 7:14-20
Seek and find Jesus Christ for the right reasons
John 7:10-13
The Lord wants His people to judge righteously and live for eternity
John 7:1-9
Do you believe in Jesus? How come you do or don't?
John 6:60-71
Find your eternal need and satisfaction met in Jesus Christ. Believe Him.
John 6:25-59
Jesus went through the storm of death for you
John 6:16-24
Jesus displays His Compassion, Sufficiency, Thriftiness, and Patience in the story of the feeding of the five thousand
John 6:1-15
How do you know who to trust?
John 5:31-47
Who is Jesus Christ personally to you?
John 5:16-30
Struggling with verses in the Bible? Look at the big picture to keep clarity. Are you suffering? Jesus identified, knows, and understands.
John 5:1-15
Do you know God? - Or is a wrong understanding of Him keeping you at distance?
John 4:43-54
Jesus revealed Himself as Messiah to a Samaritan woman. She and many in her city believed in Him once they got to know Him.
John 4:1-42
How a right view of God, your neighbor, and yourself may lead you to live a God-honoring and intelligent life.
1 Corinthians 3
How envy and humility may change your life
John 3:22-36
Jesus proved His love for God the Father and true worshippers by standing up for them against powerful rulers who increasingly hated Him.
John 2:12-25
The source of joy that surpasses everything else in my life.
Romans 5
Why are there seasons of lack of joy and happiness?
John 2:1-11
What determines who you follow on social media? - Do you know Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him first and foremost?
John 1:35-51
Do you remember a time when you were honored with a good testimony? Read here about John's unique testimony of Jesus.
John 1:29-34
Who is John the Baptist? But more importantly: "Who are you?" and "Who is Jesus Christ?"
John 1:19-28
The Lord is supreme over all! Hallelujah!
Psalms 113
Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
John 1:1-18
Do you note and avoid false teachers? Are you part of a team that works for the furtherance of the Good News of Christ? Yes? - Praise God!
Romans 16:17-27
What did Paul appreciate most in others?
Romans 16:1-16
What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
Romans 15:22-31
God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
Romans 15:14-21
Do you have trouble with a weakness of your brother/sister in the Lord? Accept him/her because Christ accepted you despite your weaknesses.
Romans 15:1-13
Do things from faith. All action in doubt is sin.
Romans 14:14-23
Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
Romans 14:1-13
Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
Romans 4
Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
Romans 13:8-14
Our lives are governed by authorities that God appointed
Romans 13:1-7
All things such as space, energy, and authority were created by God's perfect representative, that is the supreme God-Man Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-16
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
Romans 12:9-21
What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
Romans 12:3-8
What is better than life?
Psalms 63
In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
How to know the will of God
Romans 12:1-2
What does the goodness of God lead you to think, say, and do?
Romans 11:11-36
David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:17-19
Think soberly and walk in the fear of the Lord, because God is blessed for His great saving work in Jesus Christ for you.
1 Peter 1
God offers His righteousness in grace as a gift in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Col 2:3
Proverbs 2:1-9
Amazing grace of God! He is faithful, and will complete what He started.
Romans 11:1-10
Israel disobeyed and rejected God's compassion to save. Please don't do the same mistake. Receive God's gift of eternal life in Christ.
Romans 10:14-21
How does a victorious life look like for you?
Psalms 148
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
John 3:1-21
Zealous works cannot save, but faith in Christ does!
Romans 10:1-13
Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
Psalms 123
Where does your help come from?
Psalms 121
Revive me, O Lord.
Psalms 119:153-160
Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
Romans 9:30-33
Christians exist only because of the mercy and compassion of God.
Romans 9:14-29
God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
Romans 9:6-13
Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5
Nothing can separate the elect of God form the love of Christ.
Romans 8:31-39
Jesus, King-everlasting, shamed, mocked and tortured by His creatures, to restore a relationship with them.
Matthew 27:27-31
God works Christ-likeness in those he foreknew.
Romans 8:28-30
The Lord is Holy. Majestic, mighty, and faithful King who always was is and forever will be. He is the everlasting King!
Psalms 93
What is the Spirit's part of work in the life of God's children?
Romans 8:26-27
Christians groan in longing for their glorification
Romans 8:23-25
Outline of Romans 2
Romans 2
What gets creation to perfection?
Romans 8:19-22
Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
Romans 8:16-18
Great is God the giver of every spiritual blessing!
Ephesians 1:3-4
What does it mean to live according to the Spirit?
Romans 8:1-17
The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
Romans 7:13-25
Are you in the flesh under the curse of the law, or are you liberated serving in the newness of the Spirit?
Romans 7:1-6
Do you live as a person who is under grace? Are you devoted to God or yourself? We received all in Christ, should we not also live for Him?
Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
Great disasters will happen before the powerful and glorious appearance of the Son of Man. Tribes will mourn; the elect will be gathered.
Matthew 24:29-31
The Fall of Humanity and God's gracious Gift of Justification
Romans 5:12-21
Outline of Romans 1
Romans 1:1-32
Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
Romans 5:6-11
Justification by faith grands peace with God, access to God and an overflowing joy which causes to boast in God even in suffering.
Romans 5:1-5
What are the signs of the Lord's coming and the end of the age?
Matthew 24:1-28
God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
Romans 4:13-25
Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
Romans 4:1-8
Who do you boast in?
Romans 3:27-31
Have you received the righteousness of God by believing Jesus? Or are you still in your sins? Trust Him today to be made right in Gods sight
Romans 3:21-26
All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
Romans 3:9-20
God is faithful to save and just in all His judgments. Either submit to His truth, or His wrath will inflict you for your sins.
Romans 3:1-8
No salvation in anything outward which man could boast in, but only in God who causes the inward change of heart.
Romans 2:25-29
The Jew knows the will of God, but fails as the Gentile in doing it. All have failed and are guilty.
Romans 2:17-24
A call for repentance to lost and self-righteous sinners.
Luke 15:11-32
Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Romans 7:4-6
The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
Meditate on Scripture
Joshua 1:8
All men are unrighteous and therefore under the wrath of God. They are guilty unless they received the righteousness of God by faith.
Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
Psalms 149
The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
No one served God like Jesus; He is the greatest. Hypocrites work for themselves to be seen and praised by man. Their desire misleads them.
Matthew 23:1-36
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
The denial of the truth of the existence of God is followed by unrighteous and wicked characteristics.
Romans 1:18-32
Highly honored by the Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16-17
An example of how Paul made plans according to his call and longing and then trusted God to succeed or hinder these plans.
Romans 1:8-15
The privilege of being in Christ! No condemnation, and a walk in the Spirit!
Romans 8:1-4
Beloved of God; you who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1-7
The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
Romans 5:10-11
A people of God
1 Peter 2:9-10
In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
Romans 8:31-39
Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Experience the power of God in your life through prayer together with your brothers and sisters.
James 5:13-18
Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord
Psalms 84
Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
Matthew 19:23-30
God is the judge and lawgiver. Submit to His law and do not speak evil against you brother.
James 4:11-12
God's work of Regeneration - A new heart with new desires and His Spirit to live a fulfilled life in the will of God
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Do you labor for the people of God?
Colossians 4:12-13
Fruchtbar oder Unfruchtbar?
John 15:1-3
Praise the Lord for of His might and acts of mercy
Psalms 147
Kill sin, because in Christ you have put off the sinful nature. Put on Christ, because in Him you have put Him on already.
Colossians 3:1-17
To be blessed and truly honored by God is to live out what Christ has done for His church
Psalms 119:1-8
Trust and be content in the Lord; He is your Helper; He will never leave nor forsake you!
Hebrews 13:5-6
Live out the from God received Wisdom, but be careful not to boast of wisdom if your heart is sidetracked by the flesh.
James 3:13-18
Are you wholeheartedly devoted to good works? Can people learn when they see you work?
Titus 3:12-15
Foolish talk is useless, empty, and self- condemning. Warn those who do that and stay away from them if they do not repent.
Titus 3:9-11
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Sin's Advantage in the Law
Romans 7:7-12
Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Published March 26th, 2017
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Main point summary
Gal 2:19-20
Main point summary
The law is not sin. The law brings knowledge of sin as for example to know covetousness. (Knowledge/Conviction of sin opens the door to receive the grace of God in Jesus Christ)
Romans 7:7-12
What shall we say then? Is the law sin?
(Since death came by the law) Is it right to say that the law is sin?
Τί οὖν ἐροῦμεν; ὁ νόμος ἁμαρτία;
Certainly not!
No, it is certainly not right!
μὴ γένοιτο•
On the contrary,
On the contrary,
I would not have known sin
Let me explain: I would not have known sin
τὴν ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ ἔγνων
except through the law.
if the law had not shown it to me.
εἰ μὴ διὰ νόμου•
For I would not have known covetousness
For example, I would not have known covetousness,
τήν τε γὰρ ἐπιθυμίαν οὐκ ᾔδειν
unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”
if the law hadn't said: "You shall not covet."
εἰ μὴ ὁ νόμος ἔλεγεν• οὐκ ἐπιθυμήσεις.
But sin,
Now sin,
ἀφορμὴν δὲ λαβοῦσα ἡ ἁμαρτία
taking opportunity by the commandment,
taking opportunity by the commandment,
διὰ τῆς ἐντολῆς
produced in me all manner of evil desire.
produced in me all kind of covetousness.
κατειργάσατο ἐν ἐμοὶ πᾶσαν ἐπιθυμίαν•
For apart from the law sin was dead.
In other words, sin was dead apart from the law,
χωρὶς γὰρ νόμου ἁμαρτία νεκρά.
I was alive once without the law,
and I was alive once without the law,
ἐγὼ δὲ ἔζων χωρὶς νόμου ποτέ,
but when the commandment came,
but when the commandment came
ἐλθούσης δὲ τῆς ἐντολῆς
sin revived
sin revived
ἡ ἁμαρτία ἀνέζησεν,
and I died.
and I died.
And the commandment,
And the commandment,
ἐγὼ δὲ ἀπέθανον καὶ εὑρέθη μοι ἡ ἐντολὴ ἡ
which was to bring life,
which was to bring life,
εἰς ζωήν,
I found to bring death.
I found to bring death.
αὕτη εἰς θάνατον•
For sin,
This happened because sin,
ἡ γὰρ ἁμαρτία
taking occasion by the commandment,
taking oppertunity by the commandment,
ἀφορμὴν λαβοῦσα διὰ τῆς ἐντολῆς
deceived me,
deceived me,
ἐξηπάτησέν με
and by it killed me.
and by it killed me.
καὶ διʼ αὐτῆς ἀπέκτεινεν.
Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, just and good.
ὥστε ὁ μὲν νόμος ἅγιος καὶ ἡ ἐντολὴ ἁγία καὶ δικαία καὶ ἀγαθή.
How is sin dead apart form the law? Was sin dead before the law was given?
How was Paul alive without the law? The law was in place already for hundreds of years.
Sin revived in what way? Sin as selfishness, or self-righteousness? Both, because when I covet, then instead of being happy about what God has given other people, I'm upset that I didn't get it. I'm also self-righteous because I think to know better than God. So God must have done a mistake because He didn't give me what I wanted.
Sin wants what is forbidden.
Knowledge of sin through the law.
Paul argues now that though the law brought knowledge of sin, the law itself is holy, just, and good. The Law and Sin There is something deeply wrong in human beings. The law shows what is right, sin in us rebels to do wrong. The stricter my parents forbid me something, the more I wanted to do it. It became desirable just because it was forbidden. This longing goes back as far as to the garden of Eden to the lie of Satan: "You will be like God". Man doesn't like to be under authority. We want to be sovereign and under no law or restriction. The Law and Covetousness The Pharisees looked at the commandants to be obeyed as outward performance. It seems easy with "You shall not murder" but when it comes to the last commandment of "coveting" it hit Paul the former Pharisee. Coveting is a matter of the heart. He used to be "alive" in ignorance of the meaning of coveting but then the knowledge of the law killed him in the sense of coming unter conviction of sin. Guilt and condemnation overwhelmed him. He realized that he couldn't save himself from coveting. He realized his need of God. Coveting is wanting something desperately which God didn't give. It can be a desire for something good, but in an in-ordinary excessive way. Coveting makes itself known in despair, self-pity, bitterness and anger. It is not satisfied with God, His provision, protection and guidance.
Gal 2:19-20
Galatians 2:19-20
For I
ἐγὼ γὰρ διὰ νόμου νόμῳ ἀπέθανον, ἵνα θεῷ ζήσω. Χριστῷ συνεσταύρωμαι•
through the law
died to the law
that I might live to God.
I have been crucified with Christ;
ζῶ δὲ οὐκέτι ἐγώ, ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός• ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ.
it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Romans 3:20
20 For y by works of the law no human being 1 will be justified in his sight, since z through the law comes knowledge of sin .
Romans 5:20
20 Now i the law came in to increase the trespass , but where sin increased, j grace abounded all the more,
1 Corinthians 15:56
56 The sting of death is sin, and z the power of sin is the law .
Romans 13:9
9 For the commandments, y “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet ,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: z “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 3:10
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith 10 For all who rely on works of the law are m under a curse ; for it is written, n “Cursed be everyone who does not o abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
Romans 10:5
The Message of Salvation to All 5 For f Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that g the person who does the commandments shall live by them .
Leviticus 18:5
5 t You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; u if a person does them, he shall live by them : I am the Lord .
Ezekiel 20:11
11 p I gave them my statutes and made known to them my rules, q by which, if a person does them, he shall live .
Isaiah 44:20
20 v He feeds on w ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray , and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not x a lie in my right hand?”
Jeremiah 17:9
9 The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Obadiah 3
3 c The pride of your heart has deceived you , you who live in the clefts of the rock, 1 in your lofty dwelling, d who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Ezekiel 33:13
13 Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet m if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die .
1 Corinthians 15:56
56 The sting of death is sin , and z the power of sin is the law .
Deuteronomy 4:8
8 And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so e righteous as all this law that I set before you today?
Nehemiah 9:13
13 x You came down on Mount Sinai y and spoke with them from heaven and gave them z right rules and true laws, good statutes and commandments ,
Psalms 19:8
8 u the precepts of the Lord are right , rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is v pure , w enlightening the eyes;
1 Timothy 1:8
8 Now we know that r the law is good , if one uses it lawfully,
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