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Have you ever wondered if God has a masterplan? You know, like a plan of the ages, or a program for the world? Well, he does! And it is all written in the Holy Bible for you to learn.
In the book of Romans enclosed with this lesson you will learn about sin - where it came from and how God made a way to set us free. You will learn about the Law - why it was given, and how it had no strength to change our human nature. You will also learn about the nation Israel - what God has planned for her.
The Holy Spirit used the apostle Paul to write the followers of Jesus in Rome to tell them about salvation and their new life; as well as about God's program for the world. When was the Good News first promised? (See Romans 1:2.)
The Gospel (Good News) is God's
power, or God's dynamite!
Why does God punish those who
sin? (Romans 1:19.)
How will God reward every
person? (Romans 2:6.)
God gavethe Law of Moses to the Jews (the people of Israel) so that they would know when they sinned. (Read Romans 3:19-20.) The Law is like a mirror. When we look into it, we see our imperfections (sin).
Why are both Jews and non-Jews
(Gentiles) judged under sin? (Read Romans 2:12-16.)
How does God put men right?
(Romans 3:22.) __________
Who needs to be saved? (Romans
Read Romans 5:12. When Adam
(the first man who lived) sinned, what happened to the human race? ________________
Just as sin ruled by means of death,
how does God's grace rule those who receive it? (Romans 5:21.) ____________________
Note: think of "righteousness" as "right-standing". Through Jesus Christ a person has a position in right-standing before God: as a citizen of Heaven, with all the rights pertaining thereto! And grace (God's UNmerited favor) rules through that right-standing!
How should we give ourselves to
God? (Romans 6:13.)
How have we been set free from the
law of sin and death? (Romans 8:2.) ______________________________________
There is NO condemnation now for
those who live in union with Christ Jesus. Study Romans 8:8-14 carefully. What
happens if we obey our human nature? ___________________
What happens if we obey God's
How do we know that we are God's
children? (See Romans 8:16.) _____________________________________________
No matter what happens to you, if you love God and are called according to his purpose, God works _______ things for good. (Romans 8:28.)
[Memorize this verse]
The apostle Paul was Jewish. Read what sorrow he had in his heart for his own people, the people of Israel. (Romans 9:2.) He wanted them to know their Messiah (the Christ) personally, as he did. For centuries they had waited for the Messiah. All the Old Testament prophets had written of him, how that he would come and be their king, the Holy One of Israel.
Yet they did not realize that first he must come as the LAMB of God to die for our sins, before he could come back as King - the LION of the tribe of Judah. John said, "He came unto his own (Israel, the Jews) and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God ..." (John 1:11-12.)
Did God reject his own people (the
Jews)? ( Romans 11:1-6.)
When the nation of Israel did not receive Jesus at his first coming, salvation came to the Gentiles. (That is, the apostles started preaching to the non-Jews, or Gentiles.) If the sin of the Jews brought rich blessings to the rest of the world, think how much greater the blessings will be when the complete number of Jews is included! (Romans 11:11-12.)
Study and then read again Romans
11:16-24 very carefully. God describes Israel (the Jews) as a cultivated olive tree
and the Gentiles (non-Jews) as a wild olive tree. Why should Gentiles not despise
the Jews? _________________________________
What secret truth does the book of
Romans teach which will keep the Gentiles from thinking how wise they are? (Romans
After the complete number of Gentiles comes to God, then the
complete number of Jews will be included. All Israel (those who believe) will be
saved. When the Messiah Jesus comes back to Israel, what will he take away from the
descendants of Jacob (the Jews)? (See Romans 11:26-27.) ________________
Because of God's many mercies to us (both Jews and
Gentiles), what should we do? (Romans 12:1.) ____________
In other words, because God has been so merciful to you, give him a present: your body. And, give him a present he can accept: your body in holy living. Remember, even though it's a sacrifice at times, it's only reasonable that you would do this!
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