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May 26, 2020 2:00 am
Those who were raised with spiritual foundations and the teaching of Scripture have a special advantage, but some throw it away. In the message "The Advantage of Having the Bible," Skip shares the importance of not just knowing truth but living it out.
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The Bible doesn't just change a life.
It changes a lifestyle.
However not everybody exposed to the truth lives by the truth that some people hear the truth and they twist it true that many people were exposed to God's truth was moved by today and connect with Skip Skip future practical wisdom and encouragement to help you put your faith first want to tell you what an eye-opening resource inside of the book of Genesis, so you can better understand the rest of the book of Genesis contains some of the most iconic Bible stories that you know that there is no deep spiritual significance in each of those familiar stories. The creations discover how much God loves his creation and how he considers humankind's crowning achievement in the story of the fall of man. The very first we find God's plan to depict once we would help you uncover first book of the Bible by cities to apply to what you can understand just get a fresh look at a deeper understanding of the stories for the very foundation can understand the book of Genesis are what seem generous gift of $35 or more to help expand the vital teaching outreach device so called out to get your copy of this cycle.
Results 800 9288. You could also get on my secure connectwithskip.com/on here in Romans chapter get into the message with skip-I bet most of you have heard or know about the story knee on the bounty.
Yes, you may not know the back story might not know how the Bible played a key role in that story so there was a ship that sailed from England called the bounty of the HMS bounty in 1789 the crew was commissioned by the British government to make the islands of the South Pacific more habitable. Bringing fruit trees food producing plants organize that life on those islands. So it took 10 months to go from England to their destination. Then they lived there for six months.so they were 16 months in and it was time for them to leave. So get the picture here from England. You are now and surf and palm trees and perfect weather in your captain says time to go back and so they didn't want to go back.
They love the climate. They love the local girls go. There was mutiny on the bounty they sent their captain back tied him up, put them on the ship along with the fuel oil sailors and let the shift. The ship drifted out to see. They stayed on the island and expedition was then sent from England to recover the captain and loyal crewmembers and find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. In the meantime, nine of those sailors to stay behind. Went to another island formed the colony that became a debauched immoral lifestyle they learn how to distill whiskey. They felt the various diseases they murdered each other and in that colony. Every single one of those men died, except for one and that one man was named Alexander Smith and he was one day going through the belongings of one of the sailors who had died. He is now all alone on this island with some of the women and children who are left behind, and he finds in digging through the belongings of that soldier a Bible he had never really read a Bible.
This is all new to him. So on that island with those women and children. He began to read the Bible as he began to read the Bible, he began to believe the Bible as he began to believe the Bible. He then began to apply the Bible and after applying the Bible, he thought, I want to teach this to others, so he did. He had daily classes where the children and women were brought in and he taught them the Scriptures. Fast forward 20 years took 20 years for the British government to catch up with those who are living on that island. And when they came they were astonished.
What they found essentially on that island was a miniature Utopia. It was an island of people living in harmony and prosperity and peace. There was no crime.
There was no disease, there was no immorality. There was no illiteracy and all of it was accomplished by reading believing and applying Scripture. It goes to show you that the Bible doesn't just change a life. It changes a lifestyle.
However not everybody exposed to the truth lives by the truth that some people hear the truth and they twist it. Mark Twain said, having spent considerable time with good people. I can understand why Jesus is like to be with tax collectors and sinners. Paul has good people in mind when he writes the section of the book of Romans. Let me remind you that there is a theme of the book and the theme is the gospel, he introduces in chapter 1 Paul is in the book going to explain to his readers. The gospel, the good news and essentially it is how an unrighteous human can become a righteous human how somebody not right with God can be made right with God.
That's the gospel and Paul breaks it up into four sections in the book.
The first section is all about the wrath of God is chapter 1 verse one to chapter 3 verse 20. The second section is all about the grace of God, the unmerited favor of God is chapter 3 verse 21 all the way to the end of chapter 8. The third section is the plan of God.
That's Romans eight or 910 11 and in the last section the fourth section is the will of God. Those are the four components that form the book of Romans. What Paul does is take the components of the gospel takes them all apart examines each part and then he reassembles it. We are still in section 1 and the theme of section 1 was introduced to us back in chapter 1 verse 18 where Paul wrote this for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteous.
Paul then goes on in chapter 1 and two. To pronounce judgment on the raunchy crowd and the religious crap in chapter 1 and chapter 2. Essentially, Paul says God pronounces judgment on every one so that he can save anyone because once you realize you're down at the bottom there's only one way looking that's up to.
Whether your raunchy person chapter 1, or religious person chapter to your left at the bottom facing God's judgment go. I need him. I need help I need his help. Now Paul also knows that what he just said is not going to set well with everybody that he can anticipate some objection to this, do you remember when you went to your religious family and told him that you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Some of you remember that they were too excited about that.
I went to my religious mother and father and told him that I now was following Jesus. Personally, I wasn't just a religious kid anymore. It meant more to me than that I'm following Jesus is Lord and Savior, and I expected them to go yet they did not. They did this all really, they were not related. They were insulted.
So Paul anticipates a reaction because he has just said things like this, you are inexcusable romance. He said things like, there's no partiality with God. He said things like, unless your circumcision is in word and not just outward. If you're a Jew outwardly but not inwardly. It's of no effect that would raise some eyebrows, so he continues in chapter 3 verse one and before we read. I want to warn you, this is not an easy section to work through. By the time were done reading fact you might even so say something like what he just say I show you what Romans chapter 3 verse one what advantage then has the Jew. What is the profit of circumcision much in every way, chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God for what are some did not believe will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect. Certainly not. Indeed, let God be true and every man a liar as it is written that you may be justified in your words, and they overcome when you are judged. But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God. What shall we say is God unjust to inflict wrath. I speak as a man, certainly not for then how will God judge the world for the truth of God is increased to my light in his glory, why am I also still being judged as the center and why not say let us do evil that good may come as we are slanderously reported in the summa firm that we say their condemnation is just what I read sections like this at first title will one of my reading. I am comforted by something Peter said about Paul, Peter, another apostle second Peter chapter 3 set our beloved 12th brother Paul wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him. Speaking of the things in all of his letters, some of his comments are hard to understand. I love that person hears what you have one apostle saying it's hard to understand that another apostle and if an apostle found it hard to understand another apostle.
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20 centuries later. I feel better so I want to do is narrow my remarks down to one particular advantage that Paul highlights here that this religious group the Jewish people. He is referring to have the most important one and that is the Scripture. So we want to look at four levels of what we just read the arguments the answers. The advantages and the admonition.
Let's begin with the arguments of the skeptics and I'll explain how this is put together as we go through. Let's look at some of these questions because read number one verse one what what advantage has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision verse three what are some did not believe will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect. Verse five. If our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God. What shall we say is God unjust who inflicts wrath. Paul is supposing that summer can ask these questions in effect, Paul. If what you say is true, then God's covenant is no good.
Then God is not faithful, and God is unfair to judge anybody. Paul, if you're going to attack God's chosen people. You are in effect attacking the integrity of the God who chose those people so the bottom line is if our Jewish heritage doesn't make us right with God. What's the advantage of being Jewish. Now stop right there. Hold that thought.
Hang on to that. What advantage then has the Jew anybody who has studied the history of Judaism might ask that question because of all the people who have ever lived.
Talk about hard history. They have seen slavery, deportation, persecution, dispersion, intimidation, mass genocide, they were slaves.
400 years in Egypt, they wandered 40 years to get into their land. Once they got into their land. They fought war after war after war.
Ever since they been in Atlanta. Everybody else in that neighborhood wants them out of the land that a civil war that split the nation. The northern kingdom taken captive by Assyria.
The southern kingdom exiled by Babylon. That's not even the mention the Holocaust of World War II 6 million Jews killed. That's not even to mention the Spanish Inquisition. In Europe and in our own state. Years ago, that's not even mentioning the anti-Semitism that has been around for generations.
What possible advantage does a Jew have reminds me of that movie fiddler on the roof and the patriarch Kavya walking one day despondent because of all the hardship and he looked up to heaven, he goes. I know I know your chosen people, but once in a while. Couldn't you choose somebody else. If being God's chosen people means this is a tough life. What advantage then has the Jew know what's the reality, the reality is they were God's chosen people they knew it. Paul knew it, Scripture affirmed. Deuteronomy 14 you are a holy people to the Lord your God, the Lord has chosen you to be a people for himself a special treasure above all peoples who are on the face of the earth. Isaiah 43 my people, my chosen this people, I have formed for myself to declare my prayers. Great to be called God's chosen.
The problem is, they concluded that being Jewish alone made them acceptable to God. Paul is already overturned. The argument Paul is already written in chapter 2 that that physical descendents of Abraham doesn't make them spiritual descendents of Abraham and the fact he has already said if God hasn't put a mark on your hearts the mark you have on your flash is worthless. So now he anticipates the argument. The argument is this Paul you are undermining the very foundations of our faith to which he gives an answer after the arguments of the skeptics. There is the answers of this scholar. After asking the question verse one what advantage has the Jew, or what profit is there, and circumcision verse too much in every way down verse four. After they said, will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect. He says certainly not. Or we would say no way Josť were not in a thousand years. Indeed, let God be true and every man a liar. Verse five what if our righteousness, our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God to get a really bad person next to a perfect God shows them off. What shall we say is God unjust who inflicts wrath, certainly not verse six for then how will God judge the world. No one explain.
Paul writes this chapter like a scholar would write using a particular method called the diatribe, I note the word diatribe today connotes something bad like an attack on somebody but diatribe was an ancient method of teaching a Socratic method Socrates uses other philosophers used was a literary tool where the writer or speaker asked rhetorical questions and then answered the questions to lead people who are listening from error into truth as if the critics were there. It's an imaginary conversation that is set up. That's what Paul is doing now. The questions asked and answered are probably questions Paul heard before. Whenever he traveled to different cities. He always went into the synagogue first right. He was preaching to the Jew first and also to the Greek so he go to the synagogues and he share Christ and he probably heard accusation and questions and attacks for years, and perhaps these are they or these are questions.
Paul himself once had. He was a Jewish rabbi before he was Paul the apostle, he struggled and wrestled with truth in the Old Testament, and he probably wrestled through this and now he brings light to these questions. Either way, Paul is anticipating objections from his Jewish audience because he has just demolished the false security that the Jews had in their external religion. I love his answer with advantage much in every way seat.
Paul never said that Jewish heritage is not important. He just said Jewish heritage is not enough how it's good. It has advantages. It gives you an edge but that by itself is not enough.
Paul was a Jew. Paul attended the temple but everyone to Jerusalem he worship in the temple. He was found in the temple in acts chapter 16. Paul had Timothy circumcised as a concession to the Jewish people in Galatia. In acts 21. Paul even paid hard cold cash for the purification writer for men in the temple doing their Nazirite. All that is Jewish Paul subscribe to that. So anticipating the question what's the advantage Paul says much in every way.
You have many advantage, but I want to zero in on the one he zeroed in on before we do that I want to say this if you were raised in a Christian home you have advantages that nobody else has and if you were raised in a Christian home and that's all you know you think you have. I was raised a Christian home. I was even homeschooled in knowing you, you kind of even depreciate some of that.
I've always believed in God, but then you hear other people's testimonies and your kind of like wowed by the guises I was a raging alcoholic murderer. They God saving wow that's a dramatic testimony.
I need one of those things. But how do I get when I better go out and do some bad. Listen, if your testimony is that I was raised in a Christian home given a framework of truth given a spiritual stability and I never strayed from that. I believe that five years old and I still follow Jesus today you have the best testimony in church because your testimony is the keeping power of God. God can keep a person for a lifetime. You have advantages. So after the arguments in the answers.