Romans 6

What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized  into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  We know that Christ, being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin,once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

This is the NASB version of Romans 6. 1-11. So my question to you is what does this passage say to you in the meaning of ‘death,sin,body,life’?

Let me know what you think. Discussion is good.

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Biblical Study

I thought I would share some of the things that I use in my studies in the bible, I should have mentioned a few of these by now to help people do their own study.

One that is very helpful to me is the Bible online program of Blueletterbible.org. It will let you use any version of the bible for versatility of words. It many reference’s to use on your studying to look up with.

It has the options of using a deeper look at the scriptures if that is what you want, such as the original text of hebrew or greek, this I have found out is a slow but incite full  way to learn a new language, but it does help.

You can do scripture search, word search, and chapter and verse. Various things are there for you to try out. Audio listening of the bible is a bonus if you wish with also devotionals for the day.

So check it out at blueletterbible.org!!

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Kingdom

I took a stand with Jesus, and when I looked around my church was gone. Let me back up just a bit. This is America – Modern, even Post-Modern, America. Lots of people are spiritual, even “Christian”, and yet have nothing to do with church. I could easily have grown into just that same mentality/attitude, […]

via Me………….and the Church — Fat Beggars School of Prophets   I found this blog that was interesting to me, check it out.

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Theology,Theologian

Theology– the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially :  the study of God and of God’s relation to the world.

Theologian-a person who engages or is an expert in theology.

My question to christians, are you hesitant or afraid of the studying of Theology or a Theologian and their vocation in studying the bible and all manuscripts of Jewish or Christian originality?

Is there theology in my belief of God or theology in my church?

Why or Why not? Is it necessary,is it crucial or is it just what my ‘church’ says is true?

Would love some discussions on this!!

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Human will?

Do we have questions on what our human will can and can’t do? Maybe these verses can answer those questions.

Romans 9.9-18.  There are three points here to see in these verses that maybe we take for granted or don’t just ‘see’.  One, is that the revelation by Paul is taken from old, abrahamic era of the old testament. This and many other things in the old testament combined are setting up a storyline about God and his eternal purpose, we have to ‘see’ these things as interwoven into the old testament as a question, which will soon be answered in the new testament.

Secondly, There is a point in just the verses from 9-13. It is God’s choice on what happens in his story, who goes where,when, and how. It is also relevant in how God interacts with his creation,(This is the greatest difference in the Jewish God, and other gods, He was a vital hands on God that was trying to show and tell the Jewish people that he was still always there for them) God allowed sarah to have a son, and he was to have a part in God’s story.

Thirdly is the verse of sixteen that says “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” and 17,18 that gives an example of it. 17-“For the scripture says to pharaoh, for this very purpose I have raised  you up,that I might show my power in you,and that my name might show my power in you,and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills and he harden whomever he wills”. ESV

God’s power does not depend on humans will to continue his story but is used in the telling of it.

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Most misunderstood chapter

1 Corinthians 15.

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God-unfinished business?

Our God is an Awesome God.

He is the Alpha,Omega.(for those that don’t know what this means it is ‘the beginning,the end’)

He is ‘completeness’ defined.

I don’t think that many people understand the deep down underlining  issue that this means. He is the author. He is the creator. He is the Father. He is the Son. He is the Holy Spirit.

I want to concentrate on the second one that I mentioned last paragraph. We sometimes think of a creator as just a one time moment that God says “Let there be light”, “Let there be man”, or “let their be the universe”. But there comes a point that when ‘our creation has fallen’ that we must pick it up to make it right again. That it is at this moment that the ‘creator'(He) makes it right again. He wants it to be the same way as he designed it to be in the beginning! And no, his creation cannot put it back the way that it was! Irony!

Find a picture of the creation as seen in the pictorial bible that we always seem to fall back on as to what the Garden of Eden(Temple) looked like, and see how it now looks like as to God’s creation. Not physically(it is important), but spiritually the creation is not what it is supposed to be in God’s eyes.

*Temple- I want to sidestep to my comment in previous paragraph, to what the connotation of ‘Temple’ is meant. This is one of these things that God does in his scriptures, You have to read the whole bible to get the meaning of a word,phrase, or story to understand it. We don’t know what a temple is until God tell’s the Israelites what it is,how it is,where it its and why.

It isn’t until we read this portion of God’s description of the temple, that we see what He built in the Garden of Eden was the same thing!! It was never ‘called’ temple but in description it was.

God’s Temple– a place for image of the God, A God, A people. (ironically this is the same with any god of the times then, and so obvious of the time that we live in now!!)

God is not finished with his Temple,people,King. (although, this is actually what Jesus is saying when He is on the cross “It is finished”, the start of His kingdom is now in motion, I will announce the new but old kingdom in three days!!

Temple’s in the bible……….

Garden of Eden

Jerusalem-(a walled city of Israelites) *walled-yes this is ironic but let me show you something that you may have not thought of.  A walled off people that were different than anyone else in the world. circumcision-the identity of a people and their God. Jerusalem(jerusalem temple was built on a hill)  So………………………..

God built a people, a Temple, and a God, a “my people to be a light upon a hill, for the world to know”.

New Jerusalem=Revelation 21- The old is new. (The new is the old) can you see it? (The old is fulfilled in the new)

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