Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | July 28, 2006

It’s All Greek to Me – Part 2

This is the second of a three part Bible study series that I just completed.  I’m not sure when I’ll have time to get back to the Belgic Confession.  Hopefully these are a sufficient substitute for this interim period.

Have you ever been rescued or known someone to be rescued from a dangerous situation? 

Rescued, The Good News – Part 2: Matthew 19:16-26 

1.       Do you believe the gospel?  Why? Or why not?

2.       What are Christians saved from? 

Matthew 19:16-22 

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.  

3.       Was the Rich Young ruler being honest with Jesus?

4.       Is it possible for somebody to keep all the demands of God’s Law?

5.       Are we saved by works?

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.   

6.       Whose works are we saved by?

7.       Is Jesus saying that we need to sell all of our possession in order to saved?

8.       Jesus says there is only one who is good, does this mean that there are no other good people?  Romans 3:9-20

9.       Why is the inability to be good a problem for the human race? Let’s read Isaiah 6:1-7 and determine if this tells us why. 

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.  And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for 

10.   What Divine attribute does this passage tell us is problematic for the human race?

11.   What significance does the burning coal have?  Did the coal save Isaiah?

12.   How are we rescued from this dilemma?  Galatians 3:13

13.   Does this mean that we don’t have to worry about how we live?  Romans 6:1-2

14.   How does the good news help us in our daily lives? 

Romans 3:9-20:  What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written:  “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin 

Galatians 3:13: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 

Romans 6:1-2:  What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

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