Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,
says Yahweh of Hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of Glory may come in! Who is this King of Glory?
Yahweh of Hosts: He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24:9-10
Paul argues that all men are without excuse for not glorifying God. He goes on to say that in turning away from God, they began to practice two heinous sins. What were they?
Paul asks what advantage there is in being a Jew. His answer: "Much in every way"! What is the advantage he states?
God forgave those who put their faith in God in the Old Testament. But how could he do that and also be just?
Paul anticipates two questions a Christian might raise in order to continue sinning. What are they?
Paul lists a number of blessings that belong to Israel. Name three of them.
Paul makes the following statement:
For He says to Moses, "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION." So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH." So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
Then Paul anticipates an argument that is still heard today:
You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?"
What is Paul's answer?
What does Paul claim is absolutely true about his brothers, the people of Israel?
What does Paul say about the "hardening" that has come upon Israel?
Paul states that as far as the gospel is "they [Israel] are enemies for your sake." But what does he immediately add?
In Paul's conclusion of the Book of Romans, how does he claim to preach Jesus Christ?
Complete Paul's following statements:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, . . .
"But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, . . .
"Therefore, having been justified by faith, . . .
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, . . .
"But where sin abounded, . . .
"For sin shall not have dominion over you, . . .
"For the wages of sin is death, . . .
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, . . .
"For to be carnally minded is death, . . ."
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, . . ."
"So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, . . ."
"So then faith comes by hearing, . . ."
"Even so then, at this present time. . ."
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, . . ."
"Owe no one anything except to love one another, . . ."
"We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, . . ."
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