Can all believe or only the chosen?

Can all believeIs Paul saying in Romans 3 that all have the ability to be justified by grace?  Can all believe or only the chosen?

Your confusion comes from taking these two verses out of their larger context in Romans 3. When we take verses 24-25 out of context, we lose sight of what Paul meant when he used the word “all.” So by returning to the context of the passage, we find the intended meaning of the word “all.” Continue reading

What Does it Mean to Put on The Whole Armor of God?

The Whole Armor of GodWhat does it Mean We Need to be Strong by Putting on The Whole Armor of God?

Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 6:13-17 on the “whole armor of God”

This is a great passage of Scripture, one we need to understand and follow. First and foremost, we need to put this passage into context, so let’s look at the verses prior to this passage.

At the beginning of chapter 6 of Ephesians, Paul instructs us regarding certain relationships (children and parents, fathers and children, slaves and masters, masters and slaves). He then moves to verse 10, exhorting us to be strong in the Lord, and we do this by putting on the full armor of God: Continue reading

Romans 7-6 The Spirit Battling the Flesh

Consequences for our Salvation by Faith – The Spirit Battling the Flesh                                               ROMANS 7-Part 6 (concl)

Paul starts talking about the consequences of being saved and yet we’re still in this fleshly body. He describes the conflict in the next passage:

Romans 7:15-20 (NKJV)

15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will (want) to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If then, I do what I will not (do not want) to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will (want) is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will (want) to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not (do not want) to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not (do not want) to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

Paul speaks of himself here, but he is describing the experience of every Christian. First, we see ourselves sinning. Coming to faith and coming through that process, we come out of that process and we go back to regular life so to speak. You get done with the altar call and you start going to church and you fall into regular Christian life whatever that looks like for you. Continue reading

Romans 7-5 Consequences for our Salvation by Faith

faithConsequences for our Salvation by Faith – The Law Cannot Save Us                                                          ROMANS 7 – Part 5

Romans 7:9-12 (NKJV)

I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

Conversely, in verse 9, Paul says he was “alive” apart from the Law. He means he was ignorant of his own sin. Alive means being self-righteous, thinking yourself approved before God because you are too foolish and ignorant to know how much sin you really have. But then as the Law is made known in his heart, Paul says two things happened to him. First, he said sin became alive him. It was awakened to the possibilities of opposing God, like a sleeping lion aroused by an intruder. Once your flesh understands what God wants or doesn’t want you suddenly have a plan of action against Him. And secondly, Continue reading