Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Romans 13:14

Romans 13:14

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

1. “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ…”

a. What does it mean “to put on Christ?”  I am going to let the Holy Ghost teach me, comparing Scripture with Scripture.

1). Ephesians 4:21-24 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

2). Colossians 3:8-10 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

b. It not only is speaking of Christ like behavior  but also warrior armour.

1). Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

2. “…and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

a. provision [4307 * pronoia] [Zodhiates: care, to know ahead, prudence.] [provision; pro-before; vision-thought.]

1). Making provision for the flesh is providing beforehand the things necessary to fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

a). Romans 8:5-8  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Romans 13:13

Romans 13:13

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

1. “Let us walk honestly…”

a. honestly [2156 * euschemonos] [Zodhiates: Decorously, decently, honestly].

b. If we declare to the world we are Christians we need to live as a Christian.

1). Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

c. There were those in Paul’s day just as there are in our day who claim to be Christians but are actually enemies of the cross of Christ.

1). Philippians 3:17-19 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

2. “…as in the day…”

a. The contrast is between the light and the darkness.

1). 1 Thessalonians 5:4-8 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

3. “…not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”

a. rioting [2970 * komos] [Vines: a revel, a carousal, the consequences of drunkenness.]

b. drunkenness  [3178 * methe] [Vines: strong drink, habitual intoxication.]

c. chambering [2845 * koite] [Vines: primarily a place to lie down, hence a bed, especially the marriage bed, in Romans 13:13 illicit intercourse.] [Zodhiates:  Cohabitation, lawful or unlawful.]

d. wantonness [766 * aselgeia] [Vines: excess, absence of restraint, sexual excess, insatiable desire for pleasure.]

e. strife [2054 * eris] [Vines: contention, the expression of enmity].

f. envying [2205 * zelos] [Vines: jealously].

e. These six works, these actions are contrasted with those who walk in the daylight, these six works are described as darkness and those who engage in them are walking in darkness.

Romans 13:12

Romans 13:12

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

1. “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness…”

a. In Romans 13:11 Paul spoke of “awakening out of sleep” and here of “casting off the works of darkness”. I believe he is speaking of the same thing.

b. The lusts of the flesh are the works of darkness.

1). 1 John 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not wither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

c. If I walk in darkness I am walking in the flesh.

1). 1 John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

2. “…and let us put on the armor of light.”

a. armour [3696 * hoplon] [Vines: originally any tool or implement for preparing something; became used in the plural for weapons of warfare.]

b. As I become obedient to God through His word, the members of my body becomes “armour of light” and “instruments” or weapons “of righteousness”.

1). Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

a). The Greek word for “instruments” is the same word for “armour”.

c. When we wear the armour of light in obedience our actions will shine the gospel into the lives of those around us.

1). Philippians 2:14, 15 Do all things  without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

2). 2 Corinthians 3:7- But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

a). The glory of God that our lives shine out because of Jesus being in us and we in Him, and our obedience to the word of God is greater than the glory that shined on Moses face!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Romans 13:11

Romans 13:11

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

1”And that knowing the time…”

a. It is true that no man knows the day or hour of the coming of Christ.

1). Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

b. But Jesus did give us some signs to look for immediately preceeding his return. He also said that when these signs come to pass our redemptions draweth nigh.

1). Matthew 24:32, 33  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

2). Mark 13:28-30  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

3). Luke 21:28-30 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

c. Even though the first part of the second coming, the rapture is like a thief in the night, Paul writes that we as children of light should not be in darkness concerning it.

1). 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

d. In light of these exhortations we must with all our heart respond to the rest of the verse.

2. “…that now it is high time to awake out of sleep…”

a. The sleep this verse is speaking of is not physical sleep. It is a dangerous spiritual condition that deadens our spiritual senses to the point we will not be aware spiritually.

1). Romans 11:7, 8 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

b. Spiritual sleep is produced by dabbling in sin.

1). 1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

c. This type of sin will prevent us from being ready at the Lords return.

1). 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 7 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

3. “…for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

a. It has been over thirty years since I’ve studied these verses. I can see more and more clearer that the stage is being set, the props are being erected for the final drama.