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Practice always outweighs profession as a test of true faith
1 John 1:6
God has no fellowship with darkness
1 John 1:5
John's motivation - his joy, fulfilled through his audience's mutual participation in their fellowship with God and Christ
1 John 1:4
Severed fellowship restored through credible, first-hand prophetic and apostolic witness
1 John 1:3
The Word of Life manifested, witnessed, and proclaimed.
1 John 1:2
Diagramming through the book of 1 John
Diagramming Index for 1 John
The Word of Life fully revealed to the Apostles
1 John 1:1
God acted for His own glory, not for our glory. We benefit, because God wanted to put the riches of His grace on display.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Who is there that does good?
Romans 2:9-10
Wrath and indignation to those who persevere in obeying unrighteousness
Romans 2:8
Eternal life to those who persevere in doing good
Romans 2:7
The just and righteous Judge, rendering just and righteous judgment
Romans 2:6
Why we shouldn't skip the bad news
Romans 2:5
The sin of presuming on God's mercy and grace
Romans 2:4
No one can escape the judgment of God, and everyone stands guilty before Him
Romans 2:3
And we know these things!
Romans 2:2
Self-condemnation - judging others while practicing the same things
Romans 2:1
Paul's Critique of Jewish Presumption
Romans 2:1-5
Those who give hearty approval to sinners
Romans 1:32
The unregenerate Gentiles - inventors of evil
Romans 1:29-31
Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it.
Romans 1:29-31
Romans 1:28-31 - Paul's list of "social ills" - haters of God
Romans 1:29-31
God's abandonment to a depraved mind.
Romans 1:28
The men who suppress and reject God's revealed truth.
Romans 1:27
Paul thanks God for Timothy's sincere faith.
2 Timothy 1:3-5
God's grace, mercy, and peace to Paul's beloved son Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:1-2
"The underlying emphasis of the book of Romans is that salvation produces total transformation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:4-5
"If a criminal dies, he is no longer subject to prosecution and punishment, no matter how numerous and heinous his crimes may have been."
Romans 7:1-3
"In chapter 7 Paul expounds the second truth in verse 6:14, that believers are now under grace." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:1-6
"Only the Son of God could have paid the cost of salvation. But He calls His followers to pay the cost of discipleship" ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:23
"Without exception, every person who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is freed from sin and enslaved to God." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:20-22
"God delivers men from enslavement to sin for the sole purpose of their becoming enslaved to Him and to His righteousness." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:19
"After genuine salvation a person will have the innate, Spirit-led desire to know and to obey God's truth." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:17-18
"The unsaved person is not free to do good or evil as he chooses. He is bound and enslaved to sin, and the only thing he can do is sin."
Romans 6:16
"A life that gives no evidence of moral and spiritual transformation gives no evidence of salvation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:15
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Romans 1:26
Romans 1:26
God's judgment on man's rejection of His revealed truth
Published August 18th, 2020; Updated August 18th, 2020
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Romans 1:26
Study - Romans 1:26
Romans 1:26 NASB
Romans 1:26
26 For this reason a God gave them over to b degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is 1 unnatural,
Romans 1:26-27
For this reason
God gave them over to degrading passions;
a) for their women exchanged [natural for unnatural]
the natural function (-)
for that which is unnatural, (+)
[S] and
in the same way also
the men abandoned the natural function of the woman (-)
b) and [the men] burned in their desire toward one another, (+)
men with men
committing indecent acts
and receiving ... the due penalty of their error.
in their own persons
Study - Romans 1:26
The main idea of the next sentence is found in v. 1:26 - another repetition of the thought that God gives these men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, over to their degrading passions. It is a restatement of what Paul just said in v. 1:24 - God gives them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity. “For this reason” points back to the grounds, or reason, why God does this, and refers back to v. 1:23 and v. 1:25 - becoming fools, they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and they exchanged God Himself for idols. It is precisely in where their passions and lusts lie that we see their worship and service manifest. Their passions and lusts - the things that enslave them - is precisely what overcomes them (2 Peter 2:19), and this is what they act out. Why? Because it is from the heart that "evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders" come (Matt 15:19). Paul goes on to describe their passions - their impurities - to which God gives them over. As a part of the natural revelation that God makes clearly evident to every person, is the natural function of a woman in God's creation order. One man, one woman. They shall become one. Anything other than this is an abomination before God - "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). In their ungodliness, these people insist on exchanging what is clearly natural for that which is clearly unnatural. They will claim that it is just who they are, that they can't help it, and some will even say that God made them that way, otherwise they would not have those passions. If that were true, we could say the same of a liar, a thief, an adulterer, a pedophile, etc. God did not make us sinners - we choose to be sinners, and repentance is a conscious act of the will to turn away from sin, and turn back to God. What Paul describes here, is the exact opposite - a conscious act of the will to embrace sin. The end result and consequence of this persistence, is that God gives that person over to the sin he or she insist on choosing over God. This is also directly opposed to what Paul says real believers should (and will) do, in Romans 12:1-2 - 1. “Present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice” - these men and women present their bodies as sacrifices on the altars of their sin and lusts and passions. It is pure idolatry (Col 3:5). 2. “acceptable to God” - We see the evidence of God's opinion - it is abominable before Him (Lev 18:22) - played out here in His judgment - He gives them over to that which they want and desire the most. 3. “which is your spiritual service of worship” - they worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator. 4. “do not be conformed to this world” - they conform to the lusts and passions of the world. Homosexuality and sinful sexual expression is something the world actively and aggressively promotes, and the world will quickly brand you as “unloving” and “judgmental” if you go against it. 5. “but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” - they are transformed, but by the corruption of their mind - they not only suppress God's revealed truth, but they even exchange it for lies. 6. “so that you may prove what the will of God is” - what is God's will? The bible clearly tells us - “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Are these men and women doing the will of God? Accepting and acknowledging truth means that we would need to subject ourselves to it. These men are not willing to subject themselves to it, and thus they reject it. They hate the light, because it would expose their deeds, and their deeds are evil (John 3:19-21). Romans 12:1-2 ​Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
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