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Some thoughts on Romans 3 and delivery.

Went to a bible study recently before going to work. Oh my that was painful. Here is the jest of it. Studying (a very loose concept) the book of Romans; a book that I have come to love. It is expansive, filled with freedom, and constantly revealing things to me that I have never seen before. (At least not paid attention.)
Average age among the 8 that showed up, 65. Even I call this group "old school". Having gone the week before I knew that we would be covering chapter 3 starting at about verse 9. I will be honest with you. If I were leading this group there would be some nights that we would not make it off of one verse. So much depth and FREEDOM. I have seen the freedom in there, but struggle to grasp, as well as live in it, because I am constantly trying to break away from the ill-founded traditions that I was mired in.
Let me take a moment to expound upon traditions. Have you ever heard the story of the family, that for generations, prior to insertion into the oven, alway…

Enduring chastisement. What does that mean?

Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
2. hupomeno (G5278), a strengthened form of No. 1, denotes "to abide under, to bear up courageously" (under suffering), Mat_10:22; Mat_24:13; Mar_13:13; Rom_12:12, translated "patient"; 1Co_13:7; 2Ti_2:10, 2Ti_2:12 (KJV, "suffer"); Heb_
Total KJV Occurrences: 18
endure, 5 Mar_13:13 (2), 2Ti_2:10, Heb_12:7, Jam_5:11; endured, 3 Heb_10:32, Heb_12:2-3 (2); endureth, 3 Mat_10:22, 1Co_13:7, Jam_1:12; patiently, 2
1Pe_2:20 (2); abode, 1 Act_17:14; behind, 1 Luk_2:43; patient, 1 Rom_12:12; suffer, 1 2Ti_2:12; tarried, 1 Luk_2:43
The NIV puts it this way: Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
If I am "to bear up courageously" under hardship at then at least there is the hope  that there may be no future punishment. That would seem to be the whol…

What of Jacob, or Can a woman really heal what is broken in you?

This covers a lot of ground, so if you are interested look at Genesis 25 -31.
Church Saturday night. Pastor is talking about relational issues between husbands and wives, and tonight brings up Jacob. He, of course had to do the fast recap of who Jacob is and what "created" him. What I mean by created is the dynamics within his family that made him respond to situations the way he did. This equates to, in this case, a broken man, Jacob, that looks to a woman, Rachel, to bring him wholeness.
Here is a shocker! We are all broken and though we may not want to admit to it, most of us are looking for something that helps to dull the pain and take our mind off of it for at least a few moments. Sometimes, in the case of a man, it takes the form of a woman because she quiets the storm momentarily. If a man could be honest, he would tell you that there is little that takes away the hurt inside. Come on. Scripture tells us that all of creation is crying out for redemption, so how can yo…

it was for this that he called you

2Th 2:14 it was for this that he called you by our gospel, to gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Context is everything . If I read this as a stand alone then I would have to ask the question: What is the "this " that he called me for?

The word reference is primarily going back to 2:13 where Paul wrote, "because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation,"

Our salvation comes through a continuing process of sanctification by the Holy Spirit, and our believing the truth.

The Modern KJV says: belief of the truth,

The truth then, is "respecting God and the execution of his purposes through Christ,"
(Webster's )

Truth is integrated into our salvation, for we have to believe the truth, which is Christ Jesus, and his word.

Salvation might well be extrapolated as:
In English Versions of the Bible the words salvation and save, are not technical theological terms, but denote simply deliverance , in almost any sense the latter word can have. I…

God chose you

2Th 2:13  But we, brethren beloved by the Lord, ought and are obligated [as those who are in debt] to give thanks always to God for you, because God chose you from the beginning as His firstfruits (first converts) for salvation through the sanctifying work of the [Holy] Spirit and [your] belief in (adherence to, trust in, and reliance on) the Truth.

"brothers loved by the Lord,.."
Paul had only moments before been talking about the lawless one and those deceived by his signs, because they are perishing, essentially describing those attempting to live with out Christ, therefore not brothers in the Lord.

"because from the beginning God chose you.."
- We are talking about some point before God even created the worlds and time.
How would I know if I had been chosen? If I have a relationship with Him then I was.

Alright then, what about the others, those outside of his love?
Look at this verse:
The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, a…

Our being gathered to Him.

A look at 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11
Now as to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our meeting with him, it is our desire, my brothers, That you may not be moved in mind or troubled by a spirit, or by a word, or by a letter as from us, with the suggestion that the day of the Lord is even now come; Give no belief to false words: because there will first be a falling away from the faith, and the revelation of the man of sin, the son of destruction, Who puts himself against all authority, lifting himself up over all which is named God or is given worship; so that he takes his seat in the Temple of God, putting himself forward as God. Have you no memory of what I said when I was with you, giving you word of these things? And now it is clear to you what is keeping back his revelation till the time comes for him to be seen. For the secret of evil is even now at work: but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way. And then will come the revelation of that evil…