Galatians, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 30, 2015

  • Galatians 2:11-3:2
  • Galatians 2:14 – We must be like Paul in standing up for the truth regardless of the opposition.
  • Galatians 2:16 – Note that the context here is the old law vs. the new law. Paul is making the point that we are not justified by works of the old law.  Of course, man is not now nor has ever been justified by because no one has been able to keep either the old law or new law perfectly (except Jesus).  Calvinists attempt to use this verse to argue that man’s actions have no bearing on our salvation, but that is not the point of this verse at all.  We are justified by grace, but must obey God in order to take advantage of that grace.

Six Seconds

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 14, 2015

  • A second covenant
    • Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:9-13 – God has given us a new covenant established on better promises.
      • Galatians 3:17, 29
    • A second birth – John 3:3,5
      • Matthew 7:21 – Calling on the name of the Lord requires obedience. It is not just saying God’s name.
    • A second law of pardon – I John 1:8-10; Acts 8:22
      • When a child of God sins, he can repent and pray to God for forgiveness.
    • A second coming of Christ – Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:27-28; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 1:8-10
    • A second death – Revelation 20:12-14
      • The second death is eternal condemnation and separation from God.
    • A second home – Matthew 25:46
      • Matthew 7:14
    • Two pseudo seconds:
      • A second chance for one who died in sin if a priest is paid to appeal to God for pardon of a dead loved one.
      • A second change for one who died in sin if one is baptized for a dead loved one.
    • Seriously contemplate two things:
      • What sorrow it will be to hear Jesus say, “Depart into the lake of fire and brimstone.”
      • What joy it will be to hear Jesus say, “Come ye blessed of the Father, enter the joy of heaven.”

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.

By David Watson

Benchley, March 18, 2015

  • Even though we are under the New Covenant today and not the Old Covenant, the Old Testament is still valuable and helpful:
    • Reveals God’s eternal plan and ancient human history
      • Ephesians 3:4,11
      • Genesis 3:15
      • Genesis 12:3
    • Gives examples of human qualities commanded under the New Covenant
      • Patience – Abraham did not always have enough!
    • Teaches us about God
      • II Peter 3:3-7
      • Hebrews 3:7
    • Warns us of disobedience
      • I Corinthians 10:5-12 – Learn from Old Testament examples!
    • Gives us instruction, courage, and hope
      • Romans 4:19-22
      • Romans 15:2
    • Provides evidence for the inspiration of the Bible
      • The Old Testament is full of examples of scientific foreknowledge and historical accuracy that demonstrate its inspiration.
    • Shows us how to interpret Scripture
      • Exodus 3:6; Luke 20:37 – Jesus made a very fine point from Exodus, showing that God expects us to make inferences and read His Word closely.
    • Teaches us timeless truths
      • Matthew 19:4
    • Shows, by way of contrast, the superiority of the New Covenant
      • Hebrews 8:6

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

Hebrews, Part 20

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 1, 2015

  • Hebrews 13:4-25
  • Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage according to God’s law is an honorable thing.
  • Hebrews 13:5 – Be content with what you have. God has promised to never leave or forsake those who follow Him.  See Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5.
  • Hebrews 13:6 – This is a reference to Psalms 118:6. We must never fear man more than God.
  • Hebrews 13:7-9 – They (and we, by extension) were to remember those who lead them and imitate their faith because God has not changed. Therefore, don’t be distracted with new doctrines that arise.
  • Hebrews 13:12 – Jesus’ sacrifice was outside of the Old Law – thus He suffered outside the gate. We must go to Him to worship properly – we can’t try to stay inside the gate and still worship Him correctly.  We must recognize that the Old Law is in the past.
  • Hebrews 13:15 – This verse is sometimes used to teach against instrumental music, but it is not really talking about that. It is broader than that – it is talking about our speech.
  • Hebrews 13:16 – The sacrifice God wants is for us to do good and share with others.
  • Hebrews 13:17 – Obey the elders of the congregation, but not to the point that you go against God.
  • Hebrews 13:21 – This is what the Holy Spirit wished for them and also for us: to be equipped in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ.
  • The purpose of this book was to forestay further apostasy by showing how the new covenant is superior to the old.

Hebrews, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 7, 2014

  • Hebrews 9:27-10:21
  • Hebrews 9:27 – How did Jesus bear the sins of many? See II Corinthians 5:21.  Jesus bore the sacrifice for our sins to the altar.
  • Hebrews 10:1 – The old law was only a shadow of the good things to come.
  • Hebrews 10:3-4 – Under the old law, the people were charged with their old sins again each year. The sacrifice of bulls and goats was not sufficient to fully atone for their sins.  It was only Christ’s death that finally took away the sins in God’s eyes.  See Ephesians 1:3-4.
  • Hebrews 10:9-10 – In the old days, the custom was to take written laws that had been canceled and nail them up in a public place. This is the sense in which Jesus nailed the old law to the cross.

Hebrews, Part 9

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 16, 2014

  • Hebrews 8:1-13
  • Hebrews 8:6 – The new covenant is built on better promises in that our sins are forgiven forever – not just rolled forward year by year.
  • Hebrews 8:10 – Being God’s people involves following the pattern God has set for us, both personally and collectively.
  • Hebrews 8:13 – See Jeremiah 31:31. This is exactly what Jeremiah prophesied over 700 years earlier.  The old law is obsolete and no longer in force.
    • Some argue that there was a transition period in AD 33-70 during which the Jews were still to worship according to the old covenant. Hebrews 13:10 and 10:9 show this not to be true.  When the new covenant was in effect (Acts 2), the old covenant was immediately obsolete.

Hebrews, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 28, 2014

  • Hebrews 2:15-3:15
  • Hebrews 3:3 – Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses. This statement would have made quite an impact on Jews in days of the early church.
  • Hebrews 3:15-19 – Let the Jews of the Old Covenant be an example. If you hear the word, don’t harden your heart and provoke God to wrath!

Mark, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 23, 2014

 

  • Mark 2:1-13 – Jesus heals the paralytic.
  • Mark 2:13-17 – Matthew is called.
  • Mark 2:18-22 – Many people understand this passage backwards. Jesus is saying that it is inappropriate to patch the new law onto the old law. See Luke 5:36-39. It was just as absurdly inappropriate for Jesus’ disciples to fast while He was with them as it would be for new wine to be put in old wineskins.
  • Mark 2:23-28 – See I Samuel 21:1. The law of the Sabbath was secondary to other laws. The Pharisees were trying to confuse the priorities here in order to trip up Jesus. They attempt the same thing again in Mark 3:1-5.
  • Mark 3:1-5 – Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath.