Bible Reading and Commentary January 11-16, 2016

Bible Reading and Commentary
January 11-16, 2016

Monday, January 11, Romans 7
Vv. 15-25 — Paul here describes the great inner struggle between our sinful flesh and our new life in Christ. Once we become a Christian, we still have our sinful flesh to contend with daily. In vv. 22-23, the Law of my mind describes our new life in Christ controlled by the Holy Spirit. The Law of sin describes our sinful flesh which wars against our new life in Christ. Our hope and freedom from all of this is in these beautiful words, “Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.” (vv. 24-25)

Tuesday, January 12, Romans 8
v. 1 — Trusting in Jesus who has freed us from sin’s condemnation, we can look forward to life forever in heaven.
Vv. 7-8 — Can anyone make a decision to accept Christ? God’s Word answers that in the negative. How are we saved? Read Rom. 3:24.
Vv. 6, 11,13, 15, 26 — These verses describe how the Holy Spirit marvelously works in us through the power of the Gospel. He gives us inner peace with God. He gives us spiritual life. He prays for us and moves us to pray.
Vv. 28-30 — For the Christian, God makes even evil turn into good for us. Think of the story of Joseph in Gen. 37-50 as an example. Our future in this life is secure in God’s hands.
Vv. 37-39 — Why can we be absolutely sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ? The answer is in vv. 33, 34, and 37. It is God who justifies us, acquits us of our sin. He does it through Jesus’ atonement on the cross. Our hope for the future is absolutely secure.

Wednesday, January 13, Romans 9
Vv. 30-33 — In Chapter 11:26, Paul wrote, “All Israel will be saved.” Paul didn’t mean here all natural Israel. Rather, those in Israel and outside of Israel (Gentiles) would be saved who put their trust in Jesus. They were the true children of the promise, Abraham’s spiritual offspring. That all “natural Israel” wasn’t saved is clear from the statements Paul makes in vv. 8 and 30-33. The stone, or rock, the Jews would stumble over is Jesus Christ.

Thursday, January 14, Romans 10:1-13
Vv. 2-4 — The Jews had zeal for God, but lacked knowledge. What “knowledge” were the Jews missing? It’s that Jesus “Christ is the end of the Law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”
(v. 4)
v. 4 — With these words, Paul isn’t telling us to shelve the Law. What Christ put an end to was the Law’s curse of eternal death. He did that by paying perfectly for all our sins and thereby winning for us righteousness before God. That blessing is for all who put their trust in Him (v. 13). We still are daily to use the Law as a guide as to how we are to live morally before God and our neighbor.

Friday, January 15, Romans 10:14-21
Vv. 14-15 — Carefully studying what Paul says here should make us aware of how important it is that we support our Synod. Through our Synod, we send messengers of the Gospel (of the good news) into all parts of the world.
v. 17 — Underline. Who and what gives us faith? (I Cor. 12:3)

Saturday, January 16, Romans 11
Vv. 17-21 — The natural branches are the Jews. The wild olive shoot is the Gentiles and the root is Christ. God didn’t spare the Jews just because they were His chosen people. He rejected them because they rejected Him. There’s a warning here for all of us. God doesn’t save us because we are members of a Lutheran Church. He saves us only because of Jesus Christ’s work of salvation. Let’s not make the same mistake the Jews made and take pride in our tradition. Let’s take pride in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through whom alone we have eternal life.
Vv. 33-36 — When we are confronted with things in God’s Word and in our lives that we don’t understand, let’s remember these beautiful words and also Romans 8:28.

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