verses for this week: 1 John 1:3 That which we
have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have
fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and
with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:4
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be
Introduction: In chapter one, we found that Christ is the head of
the church, and unless we let him direct the church, we will not be
effective nor successful. God’s
plan for the church can not be improved upon.
And you hath he quickened, who were
dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked
according to the course of this world, according to the prince of
the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of
We are dead spiritually until we find Christ as our
Lord and Savior. God
makes the sinner alive when he or she accepts Christ as our Savior. The lost sinner is spiritually dead, and has no power in
himself to bring about the second birth.
If a man is ever saved, it will be all of God and by God’s
grace. All we do
is accept or reject Christ.
Being dead in trespasses and sin, we walked according to the
course of this world. If we accept the prevailing standards of the
world as our basis for our morals, we will have no morals since the
standards change day by day. The
world wants to leave God out, and have no exact true standard for
right and wrong. But
God has set standards that will never change.
We need to know that the world is an enemy to God. The prince and power of the air is Satan.
2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel
be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the
lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the
mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith
he loved us,
We see that we were all found to be under the
domination of the desires of the flesh.
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any
man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all
that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he
that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
lust of the flesh is not of the Father.
Friendship of the world is enmity with God.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of
the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend
of the world is the enemy of God.
nature, we are all sinners.
In Adam, we all die.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam
all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might
shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us
through Christ Jesus.
loved us when we were dead in our sins.
But after we know Jesus as Savior, He has made us to sit in
heavenly places, and promises us the great riches in his grace.
8 For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
verses are simple and very clear.
They plainly state that a man is saved by grace without
regard to works. Some
verses that back this up can be found over in Romans.
Abraham was justified by believing.
We need to understand that a man is justified by faith
without the deeds of the law.
The law was given to show us that we are guilty in the sight
of God. We can’t
boast of anything before God… our salvation is totally a gift from
Romans 4: 1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining
to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works,
he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the
believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the
deeds of the law.
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them
who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the
world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be
justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
thought J. Vernon McGee’s comments on these verses was good.
are the great verses that consummate this section on the
believer’s past, present, and future. We were dead in trespasses
and sin, God saved us by His grace, raising us now to heavenly
places in Christ Jesus, and we will someday be in heaven displaying
the grace of God. None of this depends on our own works or merit,
“for by grace ye have been saved.” Notice I have changed it to
the literal phrase “the
grace.” The article points out that it is something special. The
great emphasis is upon the grace of God. It is favor bestowed on the
unworthy and undeserving.
don’t come along and say, “I hope to be saved.” If you have
put your trust in Christ, you can say, “I am
saved.” Someone may say, “Oh, I wouldn’t dare make a statement
like that because I don’t know what the future holds.” Friend,
your salvation rests upon the grace
of God—not upon your faithfulness. You can be confident of this
very thing, “… that he which hath begun a good work in you will
perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). If you are
a child of God, you may wander from Him, but He will always make a
way back for you because it is by His grace and that alone that you
are saved. You have a finished salvation. On the basis of what
Christ has done for you and on the fact that the Holy Spirit has
inclined you toward Christ and you have believed the Word of God and
have trusted Him, you can say, “I am saved.” It’s not an “I
hope so” salvation or an “I’ll try” salvation. It is a
salvation that is by the grace of God, by means of faith, and it is
not of yourself. It is a gift of God.
Try Child of God is to Do Good Works
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Good works do not cause or contribute to our
salvation, but they flow from it.
We work for the Lord because of the debt we feel towards God
for what He has done for us.
Those works come into play in regards to our rewards, not to
determine if we have or keep our salvation.
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived,
serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy,
hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and
love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying,
and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which
have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These
things are good and profitable unto men.
1 Cor 3:11
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid,
which is Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 3:12
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver,
precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1 Cor 3:13
Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall
declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall
try every man's work of what sort it is.
1 Cor 3:14
If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he
shall receive a reward.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but
he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Gentile Position by Nature
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the
flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the
Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye
were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,
and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and
without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who
sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
notice several things in these verses in regards to the gentiles in
were separated from Christ. The
had no knowledge of Him or any interest in him.
During this time, salvation was of the Jews.
John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know
what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
were alienated from the commonwealth of Israel – as uncircumcised
and not entitled to citizenship in it.
were strangers from the covenants made with Abraham or any of his
had no hope.
were without God in the world.
They had many ‘gods’, but did not have nor know the true
and living God.
were afar off.
Romans 1:18 For
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God
hath shewed it unto them. 20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not
as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their
imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing
themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory
of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man,
and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of
their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and
served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.
Amen. 26 For this cause
God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did
change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And
likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned
in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is
unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error
which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in
their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those
things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication,
wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder,
debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God,
despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient
to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without
natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit
such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have
pleasure in them that do them.
the blood of Christ, the Gentiles were made nigh. I am so thankful that all those (including us) that were
non-Jews were given the opportunity for salvation just like the
Jews. We are
living in the era of the Gentiles today, but this will end when the
Seven Years of Tribulation begin and God opens the eyes of the Jews
to the truth about Jesus being the True and Living Messiah.
Both Jew and Gentile in One Body (the Local Church)
14 For he is our
peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall
of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the
enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to
make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
has broken down the middle wall of partition between the Jew and the
Gentile. In His flesh,
Christ destroyed the ground of our enmity, the law of enacted
Colossians 2:14 Blotting
out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was
contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his
cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a
shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect
of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of
The Believers Study Bible had these notes on
The “middle wall of separation” refers to the Mosaic Law, but
may be symbolized by the wall in the temple which separated the
court of the Gentiles from the court of the Jews—the wall beyond
which no Gentile was permitted to pass. Stone markers, engraved in
Hebrew and Greek, warned Gentiles against crossing the line on pain
of death. One complete marker and a fragment of another have been
excavated from Herod’s temple. In Acts 21:27–29, Paul was
falsely accused of bringing the Ephesian Trophimus into the Jewish
area and desecrating the temple. The elaborate Jewish observances of
the law, including the painful rite of circumcision, had long
represented hindrances to the Greeks’ coming into the synagogue as
full Jews. Many preferred to remain “God-fearers” and worship
God at a distance. There was no longer any reason for one to feel
left out of the full worship of the true God.
Christ took the Jew and Gentile and made them as
one. There is no
difference between the Jew and Gentile as both are born again and
have the new man when they receive Christ as Savior.
They become new creatures in Christ.
Galatians 3:26 For
ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as
many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross,
having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off,
and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access
by one Spirit unto the Father.
the Jew and Gentile are united in “One Body”, the church.
We all now have access to the Father by one Spirit.
King James Version Study Bible elaborated on how God brought the
Gentiles and Jews together into one body.
2:19, 20. Now
draws a conclusion from verses 14–18: Christian Gentiles are no
longer alienated from God, but now enjoy the same intimate
relationship with Him and the same spiritual blessings as do
Christian Jews. Three figures express this unity and equality
existing between believing Jews and Gentiles. (1) A city: This
figure comes from the Greek city-state political concept whereby all
inhabitants of a particular city-state were
fellow citizens enjoying the same privileges. (2) A family:
Since Gentiles have been reconciled to God (v. 16) and to His people
(v. 15), they are now members
of the household of God, that is, children of the divine family.
(3) A building: Believing Jews and Gentiles are part of the same
divine structure, the church. The church’s
foundation is composed of
the apostles and prophets, its
chief corner stone is
Christ, and its superstructure is composed of Christians.
Oriental architecture placed greater importance on the cornerstone
than on the foundation, for it connected the walls and concentrated
the weight of the building on itself, thus bonding and holding
together the whole structure.
Each True New Testament Church is a Temple for the Habitation
19 Now therefore ye
are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the
saints, and of the household of God;
Gentiles were no longer strangers and foreigners, but were now
saints and of the household of God.
20 And are built
upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner stone;
true church is built on the one foundation which is Jesus Christ,
the tried and true Cornerstone.
1 Peter 2:5
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Jesus Christ. 6
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in
Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on
him shall not be confounded.
1 Corinthians 3:11
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is
21 In whom all the
building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the
Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of
God through the Spirit.
New Testament Church is fitly framed together and is the habitation
of God through the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit dwells inside the believer, and He is with
the Church always.
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your
own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in
your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Acts 1:8 But
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he
was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
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