Romans 003: Romans Chapter 1 - Studying the Bible Means Not Chasing Rabbits

ANCF-529-130721 - length: 70:11 - taught on Jul, 21 2013

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So when they (the resurrected Lord and His apostles) had come together, they were asking Him (the Lord Jesus Christ), saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”
 
He (the Lord Jesus Christ) said to them (the apostles), “It is not for you to know (the) times (the succession of events) or (the) epochs (the dispensations) which the Father has fixed by His own authority…”
 
“…but you will receive power when (God) the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses (evangelizing) both in Jerusalem (familiar territory…home turf), and in all Judea (the southern kingdom) and Samaria (hostile territory), and even to the remotest part of the earth (for us, to all the little children in the middle of Africa…in that time, at Rome).”
 
 

TODAY’S STUDY

Studying the Bible Means Not Chasing Rabbits 

 
CHASING RABBITS
Doing something totally irrelevant or being distracted from what you intend to do
 
It was at this time that He (the Lord Jesus Christ) went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God (the Father).
 
And when day came, He (the Lord Jesus Christ) called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles…
 
Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James and John; and Philip and Bartholomew…
 
…and Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot…
 
Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
 
So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus),and Matthias.
 
And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen…”
 
“…to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas (Iscariot) turned aside to go to his own place.”
 
But Judas Iscariot, one of His (the Lord Jesus Christ’s) disciples, who was intending to betray Him…
 
Now before the Feast of the Passover, (the Lord) Jesus (Christ) knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to (God) the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
 
During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) …
 
When (the Lord) Jesus (Christ) had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.”
 
He (John), leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, said to Him, “Lord, who is it (that will betray you)?”
 
Jesus then answered, “That (one who will betray Me) 
is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He (the Lord Jesus Christ) had dipped the morsel, He took (the morsel) and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.
 
After the morsel, Satan then entered into him (Judas Iscariot). Therefore Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
 
While He (the Lord Jesus Christ) was still speaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him.
 
But Jesus said to him, “Judas (Iscariot), are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
 
Then when Judas (Iscariot), who had betrayed Him (the Lord Jesus Christ), saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders…
 
…saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!”
 
And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.
 
BREAK
In Your Presence
When I Think About Home
 
 
Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”//A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 
 
Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine (on the Cross), He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His (human) spirit (into the presence of God the Father).
 
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.”
 
“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.”
 
“Go quickly and tell His disciples that He (the Lord Jesus Christ) has risen from the dead (in resurrection); and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
 
But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words.”
 
“For these men (who are speaking in tongues) are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day (eight or nine in the morning)…”
 
…but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel…
 
‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS…
 
…EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy.
 
PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS
Chapter 1 (32 Verses)
 
Verses 1 to 7
Introduction
 
Verses 8 to 15
Prayer for and Intention of Paul’s Ministry
 
Verses 16 to 17
The Gospel is Salvation by grace through faith 
 
Verses 18 to 32
God’s Wrath Against the Sin of Unbelief
 
Paul, a bond-servant (slave) of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart (by God) for the (dissemination of the) gospel (message) of God…
 
…which (message) He (God the Father) promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures (of the Old Testament)…
 
…(a message) concerning His (God the Father) Son (the Lord), who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh (as true humanity… Jesus Christ)…
 
…who was declared the Son of God with (enabling) power by the resurrection from the dead, according to (the power of the God who is) the Spirit of holiness…(this) Jesus Christ our Lord…
 
…through whom we (Paul) have received (from God both) grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His (the Lord Jesus Christ’s) name’s sake (for His benefit)…
 
…among whom you (as believers in Christ) also are the called of Jesus Christ…
 
…to all who are (the) beloved of God (believers in Christ) in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and (from) the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
QUIZ
Romans, Chapter 1, Verses 1 to 7
 
Who is Paul?
 
What is an apostle?
What is the difference between an apostle and you?
 
Who is Paul?  
Paul is the author of this letter to the Romans, and the author of about two-thirds of the New Testament.  There are many things that can be said about Him.  He is from a city called Tarsus.  He has a Greek education.  He is a Roman citizen.  He is a Jew.  He is a Pharisee.  By his own admission, he is the worst person who ever lived.  He is a persecutor of the Church, and sought singlehandedly to wipe out the Christian Church when it began, just after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is an apostle.  We consider Paul an important enough biblical person to actually take a bit of time to study. Studying about Paul is NOT chasing rabbits.
 
What is an apostle?
There are many things we can say about an apostle…the simplest is this…an apostle is a person who has seen the Lord Jesus Christ in His resurrection body.
 
What is the difference between an apostle and you?
Apostles have seen the Lord face-to-face…apostles have talked to the Lord, with the Lord talking back.  We have not.
 
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life (the Lord Jesus Christ)— 
 
This is the message we have heard from Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
 
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
 
CLOSING SONG
The Revelation Song 
 
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