By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 11, 2017

  • Romans 11
  • Paul makes 5 points in Romans. The first four:
    • Romans 3:9-18, 23 – All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
    • Romans 3:20 – No one is able to keep the law sinlessly.
    • Romans 3:24-26 – God sent Jesus as a sacrifice to make salvation available.
    • Romans 5:1 – We are now justified by faith.
    • Romans 10:16-21
  • Romans 11:
    • Romans 11:16 – The root was the promises made to Abraham.
    • Romans 11:18 – Gentiles who were grafted in were not to boast. They were still deriving their spiritual sustenance from the promises to Abraham.
    • Romans 11:20-21 – Be careful! Jews were cast out because of unbelief and Gentiles can be cast out, too!
    • The first olive tree started out as the physical nation of Israel. Unbelieving Jews were cast out and believing Gentiles were grafted in. Now the tree represents spiritual Israel.
    • Salvation is now for both Jew and Gentile.
    • Romans 11:25, 15 – Paul’s hope was that when the Gentiles showed faith and partook of the blessings, the Jews would be encouraged to believe as well.
    • See Romans 2:28-29.

Romans Introduction, Part 2

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By Larry Bunch

Benchley, May 6, 2015

[The first part of this series was delivered March 4, 2015.  You can access it here.]

  • General information about the book (review):
    • Key verse: Romans 2:11
    • Author: Paul
    • Place of writing: Corinth
    • Date: 57 or 58 AD
  • Outline of the book:
    • Romans 1:18-3:23 – God’s condemnation rests on all men alike without respect of persons.
    • Romans 3:19-5:21 – God’s way of making man righteous through Jesus Christ is available to all men alike without respect of persons.
    • Romans 6:1-8:30 – God’s grace, offering righteousness to all men, is extended to all without respect of persons.
    • Romans 9-11 – Paul deals with the Jewish-Gentile question and especially the plight of the Jews.
      • Romans 9:24-26 – It was God’s will that the Gentiles should also be offered God’s grace and mercy.
      • Fleshly Israel had made the sad mistake of trusting in obedience to the old law to save them. The Jews did not understand the difference between their traditions and God’s law.
    • Romans 10:11-12 – Same requirements for Jew and Gentile.
    • Romans 10:13-21 – Jews did not believe the prophets concerning the gospel going to the Gentiles.
    • Romans 11:1-10 – God rejected only disbelieving Jews, not all as some Gentiles thought.
    • Romans 11:11-24 – Gentiles are not to gloat – they could also be cut off.
    • Romans 11:25-32 – Jews could return from disobedience.
    • Romans 12 – Meaning of sanctification
      • Consecrate: full handedness
    • Romans 13:1-7 – Emphasis on submitting to civil authority for Roman Christians.
    • Romans 13:8 – God’s moral law is based on “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
    • Romans 14 – Discussion of faith in a special sense.
      • Romans 14:22a
    • Romans 15 – Some of our obligations toward those who are weaker than we are; other practical things and exhortations that will help us please God.
    • Romans 16 – Personal salutations to various people in the city of Rome.

God’s Law Through the Ages

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 15, 2015

  • Genesis 1: Laws for patriarchs
    • Genesis 3:3; 6:14; 18:9
  • Exodus 20: Law of Moses for Israel (Old Covenant)
    • Deuteronomy 5:1
    • Matthew 5:17
    • Galatians 3:16, 19, 24 – The old law led up to Christ.
  • Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel: Laws for Gentiles
    • Isaiah 13:1; 14:29; 15:1; 18:1; 21:11, 13 – messages for various nations
  • Jews: Acts 2, Gentiles: Acts 10:  Laws of Christ for all (New Covenant)
    • Hebrews 1:1
    • Galatians 3:28
  • Are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John part of the Old Covenant?
    • Jesus lived under the Old Covenant.
      • Galatians 4:4; Matthew 5:17-18
    • Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John: Taught the New Covenant
    • Acts 2: Law of Christ (New Covenant)
    • But Jesus introduced the New Covenant that would soon take effect.
      • Jesus proclaimed the kingdom which was “at hand.”
        • Matthew 4:17, 23
        • Matthew 5:3, 10
        • Matthew 16:18, 28
        • Luke 16:16-17
        • Luke 17:14
      • Jesus introduced new truths not found in the Old Covenant.
        • Matthew 26:26-29 – institution of the Lord’s Supper
        • John 4:20-21 – Jerusalem would no longer be important.
        • John 2:15
        • John 3:3 – being born again
      • The words of Jesus before the cross were still binding after the cross.
        • I Corinthians 11:23-26
        • Colossians 1:13
        • I Timothy 6:3-4 – Teaching must conform to what Jesus taught.
      • So what?
        • Galatians 5:3-4
        • Marriage, divorce, and remarriage passages – Matthew 5:19; Mark 10; Luke 16
        • Hebrews 1:1-2; 2:3

Galatians 3:1-15

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 24, 2011

By Donald St. Martin

Benchley, August 11, 2010

  • God’s people in a Grecian society
    • Language changes
      • Greek became the primary language.
      • Jews resisted Greek influence, but many eventually started speaking Greek.
    • Jewish individuality
    • Religious sects
  • The Maccabean revolt
  • The time of Christ draws near