Concerning Good Works – part 5

Scripture Text: Joshua 1:5–7

We must hold the ground of the gospel and not give an inch. When the choice is between Scripture and tradition, the choice is clear even if it is sometimes difficult.

Concerning Good Works – part 4

Scripture Text: Isaiah 53:4–6

The Father’s purpose in sending his Son into the world was so that the Christ would bear our sins. Nowhere has God’s plan been that we should bear our own iniquities.

Concerning Good Works – part 3

Scripture Text: Romans 3:26

God, who is faithful and just, forgives us of all sins and cleanses us from unrighteousness. He alone is legally and ethically righteous and honorable to forgive. He is the just justifier.

Concerning Good Works – part 2

Scripture Text: John 3:12-15

It is hard to believe. But it is true and must be believed. Christ came to save poor sinners—and he does not need our help. Our works are not the way; Christ is. Religion is not the truth; Christ is. Our devotion is not the life; Christ is.

Concerning Good Works – part 1

Scripture Text: Ephesians 2:8-10

The gospel clearly teaches that people are forgiven for Christ’s sake. The Apostle Paul instructs us in no uncertain terms that we are not saved from sin and death because of our works.

Concerning Free Will – part 9

Scripture Text: Genesis 6:5

God did not establish a world where sin existed. He created all good things and all things good. He did not create evil. Nevertheless, it is within his will that we may sin—otherwise, we could do no evil.

Concerning Free Will – part 8

Scripture Text: Acts 2:37-38

The young man in Matthew 19 had been keeping the commandments his whole life, or so he claimed, but still knew something was lacking. So he asked Jesus, “What good deed must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Concerning Free Will – part 7

Scripture Text: Romans 13:1

Everyone is able to abide by the laws of the land, else the Scripture would not command us to do so. Furthermore, one may choose to obey the laws of the land or not.

Concerning Free Will – part 6

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:28–31

Faith is a gift from God; it is not something that we can conjure by reason or industry. Do you truly fear, love, and trust God? Then you have been regenerated or born again and faith is at work in you.

Concerning Free Will – part 5

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 1:8–9

A person who is not enlightened by God’s Holy Spirit—an “unspiritual” or “natural” person—does not, by natural reasoning or abilities, perceive or receive anything pertaining to God’s will and divine gifts.

Concerning Free Will – part 4

Scripture Text: John 3:16–18

But when one comes to the understanding that he is a sinner, through and through, always has been, and always will be, that person may then have the hope of finally pleasing God.

Concerning Free Will – part 3

Scripture Text: Ephesians 2:1–3

Without the Spirit, people walk along the natural course of the world. This is the path of sin and death. We cannot do otherwise; we cannot move toward God on our own.

Concerning Free Will – part 2

Scripture Text: Romans 2:14–16

Without having ever taken a confirmation class, everybody knows that they should honor their parents. Do we need to understand that it is the sixth commandment in order to know we ought to be faithful to our spouses?

Concerning Political Order – part 3

Scripture Text: Ecclesiastes 8:2–5

The gospel does not give us new laws, nor does it call us to replace existing laws with the old Jewish law code. Instead, we are to obey the laws of the land while also living according to the rule of a higher kingdom, a spiritual kingdom.

Concerning Political Order – part 1

Scripture Text: 2 Chronicles 19:6–7

God is the final authority; all authority comes from him. Every governing power exists because of God. This is why Christians may serve in public office or be otherwise employed by governments.

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