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We are in a series that is Celebrating the 500 years anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation began with the sound of the hammer of Martin Luther nailing his 95 thesis on the doors of the Wittenberg Castle church…
The sound of His Gavel reverberated through Germany and Europe and set ablaze the protestant moment which continues to be the core of Evangelicalism today..
…God used Luther to set into motion the protestent Church as we know it today.. Over the past weeks we have been going behind the events of the Reformation and looking at the Theology (or that impacts our faith today…
Over the past weeks we have been going behind the events of the Reformation and looking at the Theology comes out of Reformation… These principles are at the bedrock of what we hold to be true..
The other day, I was driving home and it was an overcast day, but there were these rays of light coming down through the clouds… I have never seen anything quite like it before… These beams of light just shone through clouds.... I pulled over and took this photo to capture the moment...
it was stunning and one of those moments where I had to stop and appreciate what I was looking at.... …in a feeble attempt to capture the moment... I took this photo
We are often going through life at such a pace that we fail to stop and appreciate what is right in front of us in the moment…
In — Paul is able to capture in one verse the very essence of the what takes place in Salvation.... Every word carries meaning....
Then there is God’s grace that comes to us in Salvation that frees us from the consequences and guilt of sin… brings us a life giving relationship with Christ Christ, we experience the freedom from striving and have the blessing of being in a right relationship with God..
Salvation frees us from the consequences and guilt of sin… brings us a relations with Christ Christ and into new freedom from striving to attain right standing or a right relationship with God..
Ephesians 1:7 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Paul in Ephesians — gives us this vivid picture Salvation.... which is one of those moments…that should just take away our breathe… stop and examine that....
says it like this...
We are under the spout of Grace which is God’s favor and blessing… Paul says it like this...
Ephesians 1:7–8 ESV
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
Challenge of any good piece of writing and speaking is really..
Break this down a little…take this verse and appreciate each phrase.. Paul starts of with..
Think through each of phrase...
In Christ … (no one else but Christ is able to regenerate or save us…we were formally dead in sin and Christ alone has made us alive) … We have (we have -in our possession the privilege of salvation which we have and enjoy now - We can walk with the confidence of assurance of salvation)....
Redemption ( Gr. Full Redemption) … speaks of the cost and the purchase that was made…Christ paid the debt we owed... The picture here of one going before a judge who deserves Justice, but instead of getting what we deserved we received mercy and grace… the judge then pays the penalty of the fine and then steps down of the bench and takes us by the hand and adopts us as his own son.. that’s full Redemption..
We have been fully forgiven - fully Absolved - We are set free from law and the guilt and condemnation attached with it) It’s
What happened at the Reformation was that these great truths were restored.
When something is reformed it reset to its original intention and purpose… When something gets off track it needs to be recalibrated…
Roman’s 8:1-2
Romans
Romans 8:1–2 ESV
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
How has this happened? Paul says
When something is reformed it reset to its original intention and purpose… When something gets off track it needs to be recalibrated… Our Ford Focus has been struggling for a couple of months… slowly the wheel bearing were waring down… it didn’t happen immediately…like the proverbal frog in boiling water.. we slowly got used to the Focus being bit noisier on the Road… we continued to ignore the problem… last couple of weeks the problem just esculated and we bit the bullet and took it in to be fixed…
We have been exploring how Reformation Theology impact our faith and practice today…
How did this happen?
According to the richness of His Grace - God has lavished upon us his favor and blessing.. Grace wins...grace has triumphed over the law… Grace is God’s Richest most elaborate investment in mankind…
What happened at the Reformation was that these great truths were restored.
Our Ford Focus has been struggling for a couple of months… slowly the wheel bearing were waring down… it didn’t happen immediately…like the proverbial frog in boiling water.. we slowly got used to the Focus being bit noisier on the Road… we continued to ignore the problem… last couple of weeks the problem just escalated and we bit the bullet and took it in to be fixed…
then last week we bit the bullet and took it in to be fixed…
Justification through Faith was not new a teaching at the reformation...What happened at the Reformation was that these great truths were restored... What Luther Calving and other did was to put the church back on track and restore the apostolic teach of being saved.
Five Solos or core teachings came out of Reformation… we have coved two so far..
slowly the wheel bearing were waring down… it didn’t happen immediately… we slowly got used to it being a little bit noisier on the Road.. until we had to address the issue… In the 1500’s the church had drifted from foundations of the apostolic teachings of Salvation by grace through faith.. What wa restored was five core principles or Solos..
There are five Solos or core teachings that came out of the reformation
There are five Solos or core teachings that came out of the Reformation…that we understand what it means to be Saved or justified.
Salvation is by Christ Alone, by Grace alone,
Through Grace alone the blessings that we have recieved in Christ…
The what of the Gospel proclamation? Is Grace, the blessings that we have recieved in Christ… …
This morning we are talking about Sola Fide… by faith alone.. Paul wrote a book on Faith alone its called the of Galatians,
By Faith alone… Paul wrote the whole book of Galatians that is dedicated to the principle of Salvation being by Faith Alone…
Salvation is by Faith Alone...
Grace is purely God’s gift of favor… no additives...
It Pauls most passionate letters.... He himself had been delivered from legalism… He was a Pharisee of Pharisees… he surpassed everyone in fulfilling every detail of the law… So Paul knew what was at stack with returning to systems of works and law..
… Grace is purely God’s gift of favor… no additives...
I am guilty of often rushing past the beauty that is right infront of me… Grace is purely God’s gift of favor… no additives...
The other day, I was driving back to town and in the field rays of light were coming down through the clouds…
By Faith alone… Paul wrote the whole book of Galatians that is dedicated to the principle of Salvation being by Faith Alone…
I am guilty of often rushing past the beauty that is right infront of me… Grace is purely God’s gift of favor… no additives...
The Heart beat of the book of Galation’s is Faith Alone…It is one of Pauls most passionate letters.
There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that of depending upon God. John Calvin.
Grace is purely God’s gift of favor… no additives...
Salvation frees us from the consequences and guilt of sin… brings us into new freedom from striving to attain right standing or a right relationship with God..
Ephesians 1:7–9 ESV
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
Ephesians 1:8–9 ESV
8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
Eph
We are under the spout of Grace which is God’s favor and blessing… Paul says it like this...
Ephesians 1:7–8 ESV
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
This is one of those verses that is packed with Spiritual Nutrients…Every single word is significant.. In Christ … (in Christ Alone) We (speaking of what the believer has in salvation)… We have (we have in our possesion - the security of Salvation).... Redeption ( Gr. Full Redemption … Debt of sin is fully paid… we have been forgiven - Absolved - totally set free from law and the guilt and condemnation attatch with it) How? through the Blood of Christ (Christ Alone), forgiveness from tresspasses (source of continual forgiveness- tresspasses (plural) - according to Grace - which God has lavished upon us..
where every single word is significant.. In Christ … (Christ Alone) We have (speaking fo something in our possesion).... Redeption (freedom from law and the guilt and condemnation attatch with it) How? through the Blood of Christ, forgiveness from tresspasses (
How do we stay in favor?
This morning we are going to talk about the how?
Salvation is by Faith Alone...
Paul in his letter to the Galatians deals with this the issue of Salvation depending of Faith Alone..
The Christians in Galatia began on the right foot they were trusting in the Apostles teaching and were walking in the spirit… but then they were influenced by a sect called the Judaizers… These false teachers wanted these new Christians to add to their faith, circumcision, the Mosaic laws and dietary rules..
These Christians started trusting and walking in the spirit… but then they began to drift… and Judiazers had come along and added the idea… that you now have to work at it..
These new Christians began on the right foot they were trusting in the Apostles teaching and they band begun walking in the spirit… but then they began to drift… and Judiazers came along and added the idea… that grace was not enough --- you needed to add the layer of works to the equation..
They didn’t oppose Paul’s preaching but rather desired to supplement his message… even if it meant keeping at least the most minimal requirements of the Law… Paul understood what was at stake and the consequences of moving from grace to legalism.
T/s Paul confronts legalism with the message of grace and faith… In Galatians we find three movements of faith.
Live in Liberty: The Spiritual Message of Galatians Chapter 7: Defeating the Legalist within (Galatians 3:1–5)

Paul knew this deadly concoction personally, and he wanted to liberate the Galatians from it. As they turned from grace to law, their joy had evaporated, their insecurity had increased, and their love for Paul had turned to hatred. They had lost all spiritual discernment. Paul’s bold reprimand was a thump to the heart aimed at defibrillating their fluttering spirits, at restoring their consciousness.

The Judaizers wanted to add to Apostles teaching, circumcision, the Mosaic laws and dietary rules.. They didn’t oppose Paul’s preaching but rather wanted to supplement his message… even if it meant keeping the least minimal requirements of the Law… Paul understood what was at stake he was a former Pharisee and understood the consequences of moving from grace to legalism.
T/S Paul confronts legalism with the message of grace that is received through faith… We learn from Paul that Grace (unmerited favor and blessings) come to us through faith…
T/S Paul reestablishes the teaching that Grace and Faith go hand in hand..
Galatians 2:20 ESV
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:19–21 ESV
For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
Faith has three movements..
There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that of depending upon God.
Gal 2:19-20
Gal
Paul Confronts the Galatians:

1. Faith Comes by Hearing the Word of God.

Habits are like a cable. Each day we do something in a pattern we intertwine one thread with another. As the threads are woven together, a cable is formed. On any particular day, the thread we added was too small to be noticed. But, after many threads have been woven in, we find that together they have become a practically unbreakable cable

Have you tried to stop a bad habit?
In his book Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz said that it takes twenty-one days to change a habit. If you have ever tried to change a habit you know that it takes practice— it is framing, forming, and molding our minds to do certain physical behaviors that are repeated over and over again.
s takes practice—framing, forming, and molding our minds to do certain physical behaviors that are repeated over and over again.
The reason is that it takes time to learn new Habits is that they are formed by our daily routines… Habits are like Cables each day we do something in a pattern we intertwine one thread with another. As the threads are woven together, a cable is formed. Habits can be good…. We have literally hundreds, even thousands of habits that help us daily, so that we do not have to live by bringing everything up to conscious thought. ‘
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
We have literally hundreds, even thousands of habits that help us daily, so that we do not have to live by bringing everything up to conscious thought.
Habits are like a cable. Each day we do something in a pattern we intertwine one thread with another. As the threads are woven together, a cable is formed. We have literally hundreds, even thousands of habits that help us daily, so that we do not have to live by bringing everything up to conscious thought.
York, H. W., & Decker, B. (2003). Preaching with Bold Assurance: a Solid and Enduring Approach to Engaging Exposition (p. 258). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
Each day we do something in a pattern we intertwine one thread with another. As the threads are woven together, a cable is formed. Habits can be good… God created with the ability at the sub-conscience level. We have literally hundreds, even thousands of habits that help us daily, so that we do not have to live by bringing everything up to conscious thought.
We can dress, drive, and dine without thinking. Can you imagine what it would be like if you had to think of what arm to put in your shirt first when you dress, or how to lift your leg to apply the brakes when you drive, or what you need to do to put your fork into a piece of food?
Habits...
Do Remember when you first started driving?… you had to pay attention to every detail… Every movement mattered… Make sure you were in the right gear, the hand break was off, learn how to use the review mirror… if you driving stick - every gear change mattered...but once you been driving for a while …your sub-conscience mind take overs… this is great for good habits… but mindlessness is not good for bad habits.
We have literally hundreds, even thousands of habits that help us daily, so that we do not have to live by bringing everything up to conscious thought. Remember when you first started driving… you had to pay attention to everything… every movement mattered… You had to train yourself to look in your review mirror… if you driving stick - every gear change mattered...but once you been driving a year or longer… Your brain becomes trained…and at the sub

God made us to use habits constructively. We have literally hundreds, even thousands of habits that help us daily, so that we do not have to live by bringing everything up to conscious thought. We can dress, drive, and dine without thinking. Can you imagine what it would be like if you had to think of what arm to put in your shirt first when you dress, or how to lift your leg to apply the brakes when you drive, or what you need to do to put your fork into a piece of food? We need to do many things at the unconscious level, but we do not need to communicate at the unconscious level. We are creatures of habits in our communications as well, and the purpose of this book is to bring those habits to the conscious level so we can have some choice about our communication habits. Because you are not born with your communication habits; they develop.

learn how to review mirror… if you driving stick - every gear change mattered...but once you been driving for a while …your sub-conscience mind take overs… this is great for good habits… mindlessness is not good for bad habits.
We have literally hundreds, even thousands of habits that help us daily, so that we do not have to live by bringing everything up to conscious thought. We can dress, drive, and dine without thinking. Can you imagine what it would be like if you had to think of what arm to put in your shirt first when you dress, or how to lift your leg to apply the brakes when you drive, or what you need to do to put your fork into a piece of food?
When we do something Repetivaly it forms a Habit.
When we do repetitive tasks it is easy to go into automatic mode… Remember when you first started driving… you had to pay attention to everything… every movement mattered… You had to train yourself to look in your review mirror… if you driving stick - every gear change mattered...but once you been driving a year or longer… Your brain becomes trained…we have habit.
The problem in Galatian churches is that they had gone into Auto pilot mode..They were no longer discerning the kind of teaching they were receiving.. The Christianity was no longer mindful and thoughtful…
If there is anything we learn from the reformation is that Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Tyndale were all brilliant men… Here we are five hundred years later still talking about their thoughts… Faith has substance to it… its not thought less blind faith..
but once you been driving a year or longer… Your brain becomes trained… And a little like breathing … you don’t have to think about it… Paul warns Christians the danger of embracing a mindless religion… because Christianity is faith based… it doesn’t mean that we stop thinking… Think the problem --- or the danger is that we
The problem with Habit is that we can form bad habits… Paul noticed that the Christians
The problem with Habit is that we can form bad habits… Paul noticed that the Christians
The problem with auto piolet is that we can lack judgement or discernment.. This is what
Paul warns of the kind of danger of thoughtless Christianity… .
It is not a lack of intelligence on their part that grieves Paul but a failure to exercise spiritual discernment when coming to the prophetic word…
is the expression used to stress lack of discernment regarding the prophetic word
Paul loved the Galatians and wanted them to be restored to spiritual and theological soundness.
Longenecker, R. N. (1998). Galatians (Vol. 41, p. 99). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.
Galatians 3:1–2 ESV
1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
Gal 3:1-
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One thing about Paul is that he is not an avoider of conflict.... he goes right to the issue at hand… H says who has bewitched you.. who has put this spell upon you....
The message paraphrases this verse.. You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives
The message paraphrases this verse.. You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives
The message paraphrases this verse.. You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives
The message paraphrases this verse.. You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives
You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives
Or, as J. B. Phillips puts it, “Oh you dear idiots of Galatia … surely you cannot be so idiotic?”
Paul is baffled by what has happened in the Church… because Christ had been clearly portrayed or posted before them as Crucified… Like a Bill Board sign on the Highway... The message of Christ and grace had been proclaimed in its entirely…
O mindless Galatians, who has “bewitched you” put an spell upon you…
Paul uses typical rhetoric or style of argument found in the philosophers of the day… where one exposing wrong thinking of that which should really obvious.. Paul is asking the question... Who has confused you?
Or, as J. B. Phillips puts it, “Oh you dear idiots of Galatia … surely you cannot be so idiotic?”
The New American Commentary: Galatians (1) A Bewitched Congregation (3:1)

Or, as J. B. Phillips puts it, “Oh you dear idiots of Galatia … surely you cannot be so idiotic?”

The New American Commentary: Galatians (1) A Bewitched Congregation (3:1)

Or, as J. B. Phillips puts it, “Oh you dear idiots of Galatia … surely you cannot be so idiotic?”

He exposes wrong thinking by stating that something should be obvious..
Paul says “Christ was publically crucified among you…" Paul is talking hear about the preaching and (proclaimation of Christ) or what theologians call kergyma — It is the proclaimation or the preaching of Christ… It is the use of words… in speaking the gospel… It was Francis of Assissi that said preach the Gospel and if necessary us words… Now, we need to understand that that is true… we have to live before others… as examples of Christ.... bu there is also the declaration or the use that is important in procalaiming Christ.
Paul is baffled by what has happened in the Church… because Christ had been clearly portrayed or posted before them… Like a Bill Board sign on the Highway... How could you miss it!! The message of Christ and grace had been proclaimed.
John Calvin said it like this...
that Christ had been clearly portrayed or posted before them… Like a Bill Board sign on the Highway... it is posted clearly for everyone to see... How could you miss it!!
The preaching and (proclaimation of Christ) or what theologians call kergyma — had been preached open and as clearly as possible.. How have you failed to see its significants or implications??
Christ has been clearly portrayed or posted before you…
The phrase “Christ Crucified” was abbreviated form of the full Gospel… How could you miss it!! How have you failed to see its significants or implications??
Like a Bill Board sign on the Highway... it is posted clearly for everyone to see... How could you miss it!! The preaching and proclaimation of Christ had been preached open and as clearly as possible.. How have you failed to see its significants or implications??
The [role] of the law is to show us the disease in such a way that it shows us no hope of cure; whereas the [role] of the gospel is to bring a remedy to those who are past hope.”
How have you failed to see its significants or implications??
Paul says “Christ was publically crucified among you…" Paul is talking hear about the preaching and (proclaimation of Christ) or what theologians call kergyma — Christ had been preached before them openly and as clearly as possible..This phrase “Christ Crucified” is the was abbreviated form of the full Gospel… How have you failed to see its significants or implications??
This phrase “Christ Crucified” is the was abbreviated form of the full Gospel…what distinguished Christianity from Judaism and every other religion..
Christ had been preached before them openly and as clearly as possible..This phrase “Christ Crucified” is the was abbreviated form of the full Gospel… How could you miss it!!How have you failed to see its significants or implications??
Paul appealing to their logic! Paul asks …Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
the full Gospel had been given.
The [role] of the law is to show us the disease in such a way that it shows us no hope of cure; whereas the [role] of the gospel is to bring a remedy to those who are past hope.”
Notice that Paul challenges their logic! Often people think that faith is kind of blind trusting… just believe… faith is not the absence of fact or logic.
For Paul, the gospel of Christ crucified so completely rules out any other supposed means of being righteous before God that he finds it utterly incomprehensible for anyone who had once embraced such a gospel ever to think of supplementing it in any way!
John Calvin
Notice that Paul challenges their logic! Often people think that faith is kind of blind trusting… just believe… faith is not the absence of fact or logic.
their is a logic to faith.
Notice that Paul challenges their logic! Often people think that faith is kind of blind trusting… just believe… faith is not the absence of fact or logic.
Paul asks another Question that challenges their logic…Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
Christ was clearly crucified before you…

For Paul, the gospel of Christ crucified so completely rules out any other supposed means of being righteous before God that he finds it utterly incomprehensible for anyone who had once embraced such a gospel ever to think of supplementing it in any way

Paul is dealing with Subjective part of Faith..
Paul is convinced that if they go back to their own salvation they will remember the experience of receiving Christ. Everyone’s salvation is a unique and subjective experience… Paul himself was confronted by the Lord on the Damascus Road… he could still hear the Lords word.. “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me.”
Paul himself was confronted by the Lord on the Damascus Road… he could still hear the Lords word.. “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me.”
Paul himself was confronted by the Lord on the Damascus Road… he could still hear the Lords word.. “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me.”
It was clear in his mind that their Salvation began with the Holy Spirt..
Salvation is an Experience… it subjective… One day Billy Graham was asked how he knew God was alive… He said I spoke to him this morning… Salvation is subjective…
Paul says when you received Christ did you not receive his Spirit..
Salvation is the convergence of the Righteousness of God, the Grace of God, Faith and the receiving of the Holy Spirit.. Receiving the Spirit is the fundamental mark of authentic conversion and inclusion into the body of Christ
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Grace of God,
The Holy Spirit is the fundamental mark of authentic conversion and inclusion into the body of Christ
faith and the receiving of the Holy Spirit.. Regeneration is being made alive is through the work and power of Holy Spirit…
and the receiving of the Holy Spirit.. Receiving the Spirit is the fundamental mark of authentic conversion and inclusion into the body of Christ
Salvation is the convergence of grace, faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.. Regenerating or being made alive is through the power of the and the work of Holy Spirit…
These were first hand witnesses to the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ… most of them were close enough to the event…that they had all they had enough evidence Christ had been raised from the dead… Not only that they had experienced the miracle of Salvation… In Salvation their is a convergence of grace, faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.. Regenerating or being made alive is through the power of the and the work of Holy Spirit… We see empowerment that came in the Holy Spirit… we read through the books Acts… the Holy Spirit gave gifts to men and empowered them for service.
Receiving the Spirit is the fundamental mark of authentic conversion and inclusion into the body of Christ
Paul asks the Galatians the question - when you recieved Christ as your savior… did you receive the Holy Spirit --- by your works… or by basis of believing what you heard?
. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
Romans 8:9 ESV
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
Romans
He says,
Romans 8:9ff ESV
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is this miracle of Salvation… where there is the convergence of grace, faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.. Regenerating or being made alive is through the power of the and the work of Holy Spirit…
Paul asks the Galatians the question - when you recieved Christ as your savior… did you receive the Holy Spirit --- by your works… or by basis of believing what you heard?
Salvation comes from hearing the Word of God…through believing that which was preached to you… namely Christ Crucified...
Christ was clearly crucified before you… these were first hand witnesses to the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ… most of them were close enough to the event…that they had all the empirical evidence needed… You standing downtown Chico and you witness an accident… your are going to have some recollection of the event.... Paul asks a rhetorical question - when you recieved Christ… did you receive the Spirit --- by works… or by faith??
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hearing with faith
300 Quotations for Preachers The Necessity of Depending on God

There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that of depending upon God.

more I realize that it comes down to the Resurrection of Jesus… We as Christians have come to the conclusion that what happened at the cross is crystal clear… we are satisfied by the testimony of the apostles and the church fathers… and historians… Josephus and other and the four gospels… we trace it back and say… we have enough to believe in the Historical Jesus who lived and died.
Paul reminds the churches of their suffering and how the Spirit was at work in their lives.. The Holy Spirit was not unknown to the church.. they were emboldened by the Spirit were Charismatic… spirit was at work… seeing miracles.
hearing with faith
With the Gospel came persecution in the early Church… Christians suffered for what they believed… But at the same time the Holy Spirit had been poured out and had empowered the church… These were charismatic gifts — You can find a list of them in 1 Corinthian 12...These are the gifts of the Holy Spirit… and the reason God gave them to the church is they could be a powerful witness to the world. Paul touches on both these things..
In Romans chapter 10 Paul asks the question How will people come to Salvation.. How will they believe of the one they have never heard? How will they hear without someone hearing? Paul quotes Isaiah… How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news…
Cole, R. A. (1989). Galatians: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 9, p. 132). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Romans 10:17 ESV
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
With the Gospel came persecution in the early Church… Christians suffered for what they believed… But at the same time the Holy Spirit had been poured out and had empowered the church… These were charismatic gifts — You can find a list of them in 1 Corinthian 12...These are the gifts of the Holy Spirit… and the reason God gave them to the church is they could be a powerful witness to the world. Paul touches on both these things..
With the Gospel came persecution in the early Church… Christians suffered for what they believed… But at the same time the Holy Spirit had been poured out and had empowered the church… These were charismatic gifts — You can find a list of them in 1 Corinthian 12...These are the gifts of the Holy Spirit… and the reason God gave them to the church is they could be a powerful witness to the world. Paul touches on both these things..
with the gifts of the Holy Spirit… so that they could be a powerful witness. Paul touches on both these things..
Galatians 3:4–5 ESV
4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—
Galatians 3:4–6 ESV
4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?
The early church was a persecuted church… Christians suffered for what they believed… But at the same time the Holy Spirit had been poured out and had empowered the church… They were recipients of the spirits charismatic actives and gifts.. these were signs and wonders that accompanied the early church…
The church continued to have ongoing spirtual experiences beyond their conversion. The spirit continued to move in the early church… … it refers to the outward manifestations of miracles found in … They were recipients of the spirits charismatic actives and gifts.. these were signs and wonders that accompanied the early church.
The church continued to have ongoing spirtual experiences beyond their conversion. The spirit continued to move in the early church… They were recipients of the spirits charismatic actives and gifts.. these were signs and wonders that accompanied the early church…These were not recieved through the law but rather by faith… Paul is focusing on the experiencial part of Salvation…
The spirit continued to move in the early church… They were recipients of the spirits charismatic actives and gifts.. these were signs and wonders that accompanied the early church…These were not recieved through the law but rather by faith… Paul is focusing on the experiencial part of Salvation…
Paul emphsis is that it is the H.S. who is the sup
One of the most dangerous dichotomies in the Christian life is for the spiritual to be divorced from the doctrinal, experience from theology.
how was the Spirit received? By hearing the good news of the gospel, and by accepting the promised gift in simple faith; that is, to use Paul’s words here, by hearing with faith
Pauls argument (polemic) - These were not recieved through the law but rather by faith… Paul is focusing on the subject part of Salvation… but the He turn to the Object part of Salvation… How did your receive the Spirit… the HEARING BY FAITH.. Paul makes this argument in ..
Romans 10:17 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
In the most explicitly charismatic passage in the New Testament, Paul insisted that we should sing and pray not only in the spirit but also with our minds
One of the most dangerous dichotomies in the Christian life is for the spiritual to be divorced from the doctrinal, experience from theology. In the most explicitly charismatic passage in the New Testament, Paul insisted that we should sing and pray not only in the spirit but also with our minds
1 Corinthians 14:15 ESV
15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
1 C or 14:15
“Hearing” the word of God is key to Salvation… how was the Spirit received? By hearing the good news of the gospel, and by accepting the promised gift in simple faith; that is, to use Paul’s words here, by hearing with faith
How will people come to Salvation.. How will they believe of the one they have never heard? How will they hear without someone preaching? Paul quotes Isaiah… How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news… his thesis is that...

2. Faith is Depending on God.

“Faith Comes by hearing”
“Hearing” the word of God is key to Salvation…
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a verbal thing, and communicating it requires putting it into words. This verbal witness is scarcely the whole of our calling, but neither is it dispensable. Nothing can replace it.
In Romans chapter 10 Paul asks the question .... How will people come to Salvation.. How will they believe of the one they have never heard?
How will people come to Salvation.. How will they believe of the one they have never heard?
In Romans chapter 10 Paul asks the question .... How will people come to Salvation.. How will they believe of the one they have never heard?
How will they hear without someone preaching? Paul quotes Isaiah… How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news…
Romans 10:17 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
This is what spurred the modern missionary movement… The need for proclamation of the Gospel.. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a verbal thing, and communicating it requires putting it into words… something that we often shy away from today..
This has been key to the rise of modern mission…
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a verbal thing, and communicating it requires putting it into words. This verbal witness is scarcely the whole of our calling, but neither is it dispensable. Nothing can replace it.
When God pleases to convert the heathen, he’ll do it without consulting you or me
William Carey the father of modern protestant missions… in the 1700’s challenged the Reform mindset of the day… Extrem Calvinism existed in the day… to the point where no one was engaged in any missionary endeavors.. Carey was a newly ordained baptist pastor and he stood up at Baptist ministers convention to argue the value of oversees missions.. An older minster told him to sit down.
Carey as a newly ordained baptist pastor stood up at ministers convention to argue the value of oversees missions.. An older minster told him to sit down.
“ When God pleases to convert the heathen, he’ll do it without consulting you or me”
Carey in responded by writing a paper about the Christians obligations to take the gospel to the unbelieving world…
He went on to organize the very first missionary society.. he preached a famous sermon entitled “Expect great things for God, attempt great things. William Carey
Carey
Within a year, Carey, John Thomas (a former surgeon), and Carey’s family (which now included three boys, and another child on the way) were on a ship headed for India. In 41 yers of years of ministry in India, Carey translated the Bible into 6 major languages and 209 dialects… trained 2500 students… His faith inspired Andoniram Judson, Hudson Taylor and David Livingstone… and thousands.. of others… His words “Expect Great things, attempt great things” still inspire today..
Galli, M., & Olsen, T. (2000). Introduction. In 131 Christians everyone should know (p. 245). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
Carey answered the Call of
where it was believed that there was no need
How will they hear without the preaching of the Gospel… In that same missionary tradition of going…
Jim and Elizabeth Elliot answered the call to go to the Jungles of Ecuador nearly 60 years ago… The goal was to bring the gospel to the Aucas and translating the scriptures into their language.. He and his four companions were Killed by the Auncas after successful contact… Elzabeth continued Jims ministry which resulted in the conversion of many of the Aunca tribe...The motivation was that the hearing of the Scripture would change lives...
The motivation was that the hearing of the Scripture would change lives...
listen ..... Faith comes by Hearing and hearing by the word of God... Hearing speaks of something that is declared and something that is received
Video of Bible given to New Tribes missions. How beautiful are the feet of them who bring good news...
and ended up giving his life
listen ..... Faith comes by Hearing..
Romans 10:17 ESV
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
So, Consequently faith comes by hearing…
Hearing speaks of something that is declared and something that is received
But we are often passive… listen… star-bucks has a sign that says that there products may cause cancer… the potato chip is full of saturated fats… I know that it isn’t good for me… but a tasted great… Did I hear the message… do I know what the label says...yes… but I chose to ignore the message.... Paul is saying consequently, when the Bible is proclaimed.... Theology they speak of the Kergyma - preaching of the word… we are confronted with truth… in order to obey truth we need active listening.. It is responsive hearing and acceptance of the gospel/ spirit…
the potato chip is full of saturated fats… I know that it isn’t good for me… but a tasted great… Did I hear yes… but I chose to ignore the message..

Faith is Hearing the Word of God.

2. Faith is Depending on God’s Word

The great preacher C. H. Spurgeon, told a story about two men in a boat caught in severe rapids. As they were being carried swiftly downstream toward the perilous rocks and falls, men on the shore tried to save them by throwing out a rope.
One man caught the rope and was saved. The other man, in the panic of the moment, grabbed a log that was floating alongside. It was a fatal mistake!
C. H. Spurgeon, the “Babe Ruth” of the Christian ministry, told a story about two men in a boat caught in severe rapids. As they were being carried swiftly downstream toward the perilous rocks and falls, men on the shore tried to save them by throwing out a rope. One man caught the rope and was saved. The other man, in the panic of the moment, grabbed a log that was floating alongside. It was a fatal mistake! The man who caught the rope was drawn to shore because he had a connection to the people on land. The man who clung to the log was carried downstream by the rapids … never to be found. Faith is like grabbing the rope from shore; it’s our saving connection to Jesus Christ. Good works, like grabbing onto the log, carry men to their doom.
The man who caught the rope was drawn to shore because he had a connection to the people on land. The man who clung to the log was carried downstream by the rapids … never to be found.
Faith is like grabbing the rope from shore; it’s our saving connection to Jesus Christ. Good works, like grabbing onto the log, carry men to their doom.
There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that of depending upon God. John Calvin.
Paul moves from an the personal experience of the Galatians to a biblical example of faith. Paul moves from the subjective experience to the objective experience. We need the experience of Faith… we also need good theology that undergirds our faith.
We need the experience of Faith… we also need good theology…that undergerds Hearing or trusting…
Good theology is grounded on the Bedrock of the scriptures… We never judge our experiences by our experiences, we test our experience by the Word of God… Faith is hearing… (subjective but it is also) Depending on the Scriptures..
We never judge our experiences by our experiences, we test our experience by the in the Word of God… Faith is hearing… (subjective but it is also) Depending on the Scriptures..
Good theology is grounded on the Bedrock of the scriptures… We never judge our experiences by our experiences, we test our experience by the Word of God… Faith is hearing… (subjective but it is also) Depending on the Scriptures..
Our Faith is grounded on the Bedrock of the scriptures… Paul goes back to the Scriptures… He points to the Faith of Abraham.
that’s rooted and grounded in the scriptures… Paul gives the example of the Father of our faith…Abraham
Paul goes to the Faith of Abraham… a Biblical example of Faith..
gives the example of the Father of our faith…Abraham
Galatians 3:6–9 ESV
6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? 7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
Gal 36-9
Paul tells us that Abraham Believed God… The word employed is the gr word pisteuo, which means to put ones confidence or trust in something or someone..
General ledger where God puts this on the Credit side Column --- reckoned or reconciled the books… Faith is counted or imputed for righteousness. God counts them righteous who believe in Jesus.
Abraham Believed God gr pisteuo means to put ones confidence or trust in something or someone --- and it was that act of believing or trusting that resulted in it being “reckoned or counted” as righteousness..
The Jewish people were very proud of the their relationship to Abraham… and Circumcision became the badge of Salvation.. The Judaizers were preaching that the true Children of Abraham.. needed circumsicision or the sign of the covenant… it guaranteed salvation…
Jesus made the distinction between - the seed of Abraham (physical Children) and the spiritual children of Abraham…… Paul tells them that the Spiritual children of Israel… Those who are the Spiritual children of Abraham… are those who Believe… period...
Abraham lived before the Mosaic law came into existence, yet God adjudged him righteous (in a right relationship with God and man). That means there must be a righteousness that isn’t dependent upon that law. In fact, Abraham was really a Gentile, in the sense that he lived before the nation of Israel existed, so he was not in the strictest sense a Jew. Yet this Gentile was righteous, so there must be a righteousness not dependent upon one’s Jewishness.

Abraham lived before the Mosaic law came into existence, yet God adjudged him righteous (in a right relationship with God and man). That means there must be a righteousness that isn’t dependent upon that law. In fact, Abraham was really a Gentile, in the sense that he lived before the nation of Israel existed, so he was not in the strictest sense a Jew. Yet this Gentile was righteous, so there must be a righteousness not dependent upon one’s Jewishness.

it is taking your bank statement… matching the transactions…
relationship of people who were circumcized were the true Children of Abraham..it guaranteed salvation… Jesus made the distinction between - the seed of abraham (physical Children) and the spiritual children of Abraham… Judiazers were trying to point out that true children of Abraham are those who ware the badge of circumsions… Paul tells them that the Spiritual children of Israel… are those who
Pauls point is that Abraham was Saved not through Circumsicion but through faith… Circumscision was obedience piece… When Abraham believed something took place… God Reckoned or put it too his account as Righteousness.
The picture is that of Accounting where in the General ledger - Abrahams faith is put on the Credit side Column --- reckoned or reconciled the books… Abraham believed in the grace of God by Faith and God counted or imputed for righteousness...
Faith is counted or imputed for righteousness. God counts them righteous who believe in Jesus. The picture of the General ledger where God puts this on the Credit side Column --- reckoned or reconciled the books…
Abraham Believed God gr pisteuo means to put ones confidence or trust in something or someone --- and it was that act of believing or trusting that resulted in it being “reckoned or counted” as righteousness..
Faith is counted or imputed for righteousness. God counts them righteous who believe in Jesus.
The picture is that of Accounting where in the General ledger - Abrahams faith is put on the Credit side Column --- reckoned or reconciled the books… Abraham believed in the grace of God by Faith and God counted or imputed for righteousness...

Abraham’s faith was not specifically faith in Jesus Christ, but faith in God and his promise. Some have distinguished between Abraham’s faith as “faith in the promise” and Christian faith as “faith in fulfillment of that promise”

Abraham’s faith was, for Paul, qualitatively like that called for in the Christian gospel, and so stands as the prototype of human response to God and his activity on behalf of humanity
Abraham’s faith was, for Paul, qualitatively like that called for in the Christian gospel, and so stands as the prototype of human response to God and his activity on behalf of humanity
God imputes (inputs) his Righteousness to those who believe in Jesus...
God imputes (inputs) his Righteousness to those who believe in Jesus...
vrs 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
The Judizaier may have used Abraham who was circumsized as an example of why Christians needed circumsision…
His faith was the means of the imputation to him of the righteousness of the Savior who was yet to come. That is the scriptural doctrine: Faith is counted or imputed for righteousness. God counts them righteous who believe in Jesus.
Within the Scriptures we have the full story of Redemption… the Bible possess the quality of the foreknowledge of God- knowing from the beginning that Salvation would be not only for the Jewish nation.... but the means that all people would come to faith.... Pauls conclusion is that whether you are a Jew or Gentile --- the only way to be declared righteous is through Faith...
Abraham in was given the Abrahamic covenant that he would be the father of many nations.

Abraham and his spiritual descendants, both Jews and Gentiles, have all been declared righteous by faith. Moreover, this conclusion is in harmony with the Scripture which states that all nations will be blessed through Abraham

T/S Now Paul turns his attention to how we progress in our Salvation… If Salvation starts in Faith in God… How do we go forward…

3. Faith is the Pathway of Blessing.

Imagine for a moment you are a glass manufacturer and you make the windshields for the space shuttle. You have a flaw in your manufacturing process: your windshield has a bubble. You might say to the people at NASA, “Look, this windshield is only flawed in one place. All the rest of it is flawless. What’s more, the one imperfection in it isn’t very bad, and it occurred a long time ago. It hasn’t developed any imperfections since that very first one. Besides, it is a good piece of glass. It’s a better piece of glass than the glass you now use in the shuttle.”

The Galatian Christians have two choices, then. They can enjoy their status as offspring of Abraham in a walk of faith like that of Abraham, or they can anxiously devote themselves to a slavish attempt to satisfy the impossible dictates of the law and the traditions of the elders. If they choose the latter, Paul warns them, they must be prepared for the consequences:

magine for a moment you are a glass manufacturer and you make the windshields for the space shuttle. You have a flaw in your manufacturing process: your windshield has a bubble. You might say to the people at NASA, “Look, this windshield is only flawed in one place. All the rest of it is flawless. What’s more, the one imperfection in it isn’t very bad, and it occurred a long time ago. It hasn’t developed any imperfections since that very first one. Besides, it is a good piece of glass. It’s a better piece of glass than the glass you now use in the shuttle.”
If you were the quality control engineer for the space shuttle, you might listen patiently. You might even be sympathetic. Would you accept the windshield for use in the space shuttle? Of course not!
The
The issue of attaining righteousness is not the issue of being good enough… it’s the issue perfection…
The Galatian Christians have two choices, then. They can enjoy their status as offspring of Abraham in a walk of faith like that of Abraham, or they can anxiously devote themselves to a slavish attempt to satisfy the impossible dictates of the law and the traditions of the elders. If they choose the latter, Paul warns them, they must be prepared for the consequences:
The Galatian Christians have two choices, then. They can enjoy their status as offspring of Abraham in a walk of faith like that of Abraham, or they can anxiously devote themselves to a slavish attempt to satisfy the impossible dictates of the law and the traditions of the elders. If they choose the latter, Paul warns them, they must be prepared for the consequences:
Here is the problem is that we will never every reach perfection
Gal 3:10-
Galatians 3:10–11 ESV
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Lawson, L. (1987). Galatians, Ephesians: Unlocking the Scriptures for You (p. 58). Cincinnati, OH: Standard.
The problem with the law is that one had to keep each of the 613 plus laws perfectly… If you error in one aspect of the law you break the whole law… So in a way you are setting yourself up for failure…
The Galatian Christians have two choices, then. They can enjoy their status as offspring of Abraham in a walk of faith like that of Abraham, or they can anxiously devote themselves to a slavish attempt to satisfy the impossible dictates of the law and the traditions of the elders. If they choose the latter, Paul warns them, they must be prepared for the consequences:
Ephesians 3:9–12 ESV
and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
Galatians 3:9–12 ESV
9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. 10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”
Ephesians 3
Gal 3:
What Paul is doing is completely dismantling any hope of being Saved through a Religious system… He is destroying any hope that we can have in works in saving ourselves… not even an inch… of hope… It is a mute point for Paul...
Now, this message is tough for those of us who operate on merit… Do a good deed for someone and you expect something in return…
Now, out of the rubble Paul begins to build a case for Faith…so if law is a mute point… it becomes clear that there is only one way to walk or abide in Christ..…is it now evident that the righteous will continue in this State of Abiding in Christ through Faith...
now says…is it now evident that the righteous will continue in this State of Abiding in Christ through Faith...
But Christ redeemed us from the Law..
Galatians 3:13–14 ESV
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
Gal 3:13-
Christ Redeemed — paid the debt that came from failed obedience to the law… by nature we kept on trespassing the laws of God… that debt is Paid in full… If fact Jesus himself took on sin… he became a cursed… (separated from the fathers blessing in his death)… But thorough ressurrection opened the Highway of blessing...
a. Scripture tells us that
Paul does a full circle going back to the Spirit.... When we recieved Christ… we received the promise of the Holy Spirit… who is the one who applies the blessing of Christ into our lives..
b. Christ made the way open for blessing
c. We have received the promised Holy Spirit.
CONCLUSIONS:
The Key verse of the Reformation is...
Romans
Romans 1:17–18 ESV
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Romans 3:17–18 ESV
17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Romans 1:17 ESV
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Not only do we recieve Salvation by faith… but we continue to walk in Faith.... It’s living from the place of listening to God and hearing his word.
There is a difference between passive and active listening..
You might hear something and even understand the information but still not embrace the truth of what is being said… This has been true for some of us about our health… we might read something about healthy diet or eating… we have the information… we live in a world where everything is labeled…
But we are often passive… listen… star-bucks has a sign that says that there products may cause cancer… the potato chip is full of saturated fats… I know that it isn’t good for me… but a tasted great… Did I hear the message… do I know what the label says...yes… but I chose to ignore the message.... Paul is saying consequently, when the Bible is proclaimed.... Theology they speak of the Kergyma - preaching of the word… we are confronted with truth… in order to obey truth we need active listening.. It is responsive hearing and acceptance of the gospel/ spirit..
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