Is Jesus our Friend when Life Goes Wrong?

“Where were you? Why were you not a friend to one of your children. Why did you stand back and allow this situation to take place?” We often sing Joseph Scriven’s words and quote them in prayer: “What a Friend we have in Jesus All our sins and griefs to bear What a privilege toContinue reading “Is Jesus our Friend when Life Goes Wrong?”

FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE; Romans Part 21

Justified by Faith (g) Faith in Christ Alone Romans 4:23-25 In this chapter Paul has been expounding the various aspects of the great doctrine of Justification by Faith. He has been answering the question posed by Job, “How should man be just with God?” (Job 9:2). Paul using the examples of Abraham, and to aContinue reading “FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE; Romans Part 21”

THE CHARACTER OF TRUE FAITH: Romans Part 20

Justified by Faith (f) The Character of True Faith Romans 4:18-22 In this chapter where Justification by Faith is taught from the ancient example of Abraham, Paul now addresses the subject of faith. While he has examined the primacy of grace and the exclusive nature of faith he now examines and defines the character ofContinue reading “THE CHARACTER OF TRUE FAITH: Romans Part 20”

FAITH ALONE; Romans Part 19

 Justified  by  Faith (e)  Faith  Alone   Romans  4:13-16 In  this  passage  which  essentially  teaches  the  Gospel  from the  example  of  Abraham,  who  is  the  Father  of  all  them  who believe,  the  Apostle  now  identifies  the  importance  of  faith. He  deals  with  faith  in  both  the  negative  and  the  positive, therefore  enabling  us  to  observeContinue reading “FAITH ALONE; Romans Part 19”

OUR FATHER ABRAHAM; Romans Part 17

Justified by Faith (d) Our Father Abraham Romans 4:9-12 After using the example of David to teach the antiquity of this doctrine of Justification by Faith Paul returns to Abraham. Paul, as is his frequent practice, anticipates the objection of the Jewish people to this doctrine. In v9 he introduces the pride that the JewsContinue reading “OUR FATHER ABRAHAM; Romans Part 17”

ABRAHAM AND GRACE ALONE; Romans Part 16

 Justified by Faith (b) Abraham and Grace Alone Romans 4:1-5 In explaining this doctrine of Justification by Faith Paul, in ch 4, focuses upon two Old Testament examples. While the bulk of the chapter is taken up with Abraham v6-8 are taken up with an example from the life of David; “What he (Paul) doesContinue reading “ABRAHAM AND GRACE ALONE; Romans Part 16”

RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT THE LAW; Romans Part 15

Justified by Faith (a) Righteousness without the Law Romans 3:21-31 Paul has spent over two chapters exposing the terrible ruin that sin has inflicted upon humanity. His picture of mankind is of a corrupt race who deserve nothing but the terrible unleashing of God’s justice. As he expounded the spiritual needs of men the keyContinue reading “RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT THE LAW; Romans Part 15”