For February 1st, 2017

For February 1st, 2017

First: Read Romans 3

Second: Watch this Video 

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Third: Join this blog discussion at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 1st!

14 comments (Add your own)

1. Bill Marquette wrote:
Good evening to everyone. I know you enjoyed the reading this week. As you arrive at the blog please send me a quick email to let me know you are online.
Also, let me know your thoughts after viewing the video.

I am now online and looking for your comments.

Bill M.

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 6:23 PM

2. Sandy Littleton wrote:
present

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 6:27 PM

3. Bill Marquette wrote:
Sandy,
Good to have you online tonight. Is there anything that stands out to you un chapter 3?

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 6:33 PM

4. Sandy Littleton wrote:
It does take some focus to get through it. I have a question. Does v. 20 explain v. 19 since it starts with the word "therefore"? If it doesn't explain it, I don't really understand what v. 19 is saying.

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

5. Bill Marquette wrote:
Sandy,
Great question. And, yes it is referring back to verse 19. No man was ever able to justify himself through the old law. The old law of works allowed man an opportunity to justify himself through works, but as we know, no man was able to complete the law. God, in the form of man fulfilled the law, and in so doing, now justifies us through the new law of liberty. But no man was or can be justified by the old law of works.

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 6:43 PM

6. Bill Marquette wrote:
In Vs. 21 it talks about how the law was revealed to man. The law, the righteousness of God, the imperfection of man, was revealed by Christ coming to earth and fulfilling the old law.

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 6:47 PM

7. Bill Marquette wrote:
Did that answer your question?

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

8. Sandy Littleton wrote:
That being said, combining words from v. 31 and v. 20, it looks like we should still uphold the law so we know what is right and wrong, even though it won't save us. Do you think that is what it is saying?

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

9. Bill Marquette wrote:
I can see how at first reading, or first glance you might think that. But the answer is no. In Acts the Apostles and Elders in Jerusalem answered that question for us. We are not burdened with the old law. Our reading for this evening expressing proof for the opposite position. Because Christ came and revealed the righteousness of God by and through His life here on earth, that concludes the purpose of the old law. It served it's purpose. For 16 hundred years man tried to prove he was righteous, but could not. God needed to come to earth to fulfill the old law and in so doing proved the righteousness of God. We can't possibly prove the righteousness of God by continuing to attempt to live perfectly under the old law. All we can do is continue to prove the unrighteousness of man. Both of those points have already been made by the old law.

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

10. Sandy Littleton wrote:
Thanks for the explanation and personal attention. I am enjoying the study and having questions answered.

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 7:01 PM

11. Bill Marquette wrote:
Sandy,
I think you have hit upon the main point the Lord is attempting to make in these verses. Simply put, the law was ultimately put in place to show the righteousness of God and accent the difference between God and man. The glory of Christ shines through for all of us to see. He conquered the old law, subdued it, and by right, established his own law. The law of liberty.

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 7:04 PM

12. Bill Marquette wrote:
Your words are encouraging to me, and I thank you for participating in this study. If there is no-one else, or no more questions for this week then I will sign off in about 5 minutes.

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 7:07 PM

13. Bill Marquette wrote:
While waiting to sign off I will make one point that I was hoping to discuss this evening. Throughout the book of Romans, when the word faith appears, many times in the original greek, the word "the" appears in front of the word faith. You need a greek text to see when this occurs, but I have found that it sometimes helps to simplify the meaning of difficult passages. Such as the last two verses in Chapter 3. Greek scholars may have a legitimate reason for why the word was periodically left out in the Book of Acts, but with my VERY limited knowledge of the greek language, it helps the book come to life when you add the word "the" in front of faith, where it is left out. We can all admit that there is a big difference between the concept of "faith" and the concept of "the faith".

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 7:15 PM

14. Bill Marquette wrote:
I am now signing off for the evening.

Thanks again,

Bill M.

Wed, February 1, 2017 @ 7:15 PM

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