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Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH or What Is the Real Gospel?

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

Welcome to RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH IN THE END-TIME. This Bible study course is designed to introduce you to some basic concepts in understanding God’s plan of salvation and how you can access it. Each lesson has Bible verses with questions regarding the content of that verse, which you are encouraged to answer. When you finish one lesson, you will be able to move on to the next lesson in the sequence, and so progress through each lesson of the course. Happy studying!! This study is also available as a MS Word download. Introduction Salvation is simple. It is the purpose of this course to study the basic elements of the gospel directly from the Bible. The study of doctrines and prophecy is a fascinating and productive area of study, and should never be neglected by one who is trying to learn God's will for his or her life. The best Biblical introduction to this course is found in Romans 1:16.

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 1 Before we begin our study of the Bible, we have to lay out some basic issues which will guide all of the studies to come.

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

The pivotal issue in any study of the gospel is the simple question, What Is Sin? It is sin which has caused us to be lost, and the gospel is the good news of how God saves us from sin. Now most of us have assumed that we know what sin is, but as is typically true for most things that we assume without examining them carefully, our assumptions may simply be unproved suppositions that need careful rethinking.

Right at this point, we are a little like a patient who makes an appointment with a physician. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 2 Before we can understand what sin really is in our personal experience, we need to look back to what happened when Adam and Eve sinned in the beginning of this world's history.

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

What did God do in that emergency, when all of God's plans for the human race were being altered by the choices of His first created beings? This is a puzzling verse, because we know that Adam and Eve did not die immediately. Yet God was very clear that immediate death would be the penalty for disobedience. Adam and Eve did not die on the day that they sinned because the Substitute was placed between the penalty of death and Adam that very day. There is a remarkable insight on what happened in the Garden of Eden in the following comments. What we have learned is that Jesus' atoning death directly affected Adam and Eve and the whole human race. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 3 Is it really true that guilt is the result of one's personal choice and is not the result of our birth as children of Adam?

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

Does the Bible teach that sin and guilt and condemnation come from choice, not from the fact that we are born into the human family beset with the inherited results of sin? It is a knowledge of God's law that makes us sinners in God's sight. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 4 If the Bible does not teach that we are sinners by nature, condemned and lost because we are born in a world of sin, why has original sin become the majority belief among most Protestant and Catholic Christians?

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

As is true for most errors in doctrine, there are some texts which seem to support the doctrine of original sin. This final lesson will look at these texts, to see if they really teach that we are born condemned and lost. Notice that David does not say that he was a sinner from birth. Some Bible versions say this, but that is a theological interpretation rather than a correct translation. This text clearly says that our fallen natures deserve nothing but wrath. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 5 Why should we study the subject of Christ coming into our world as a human being at this point?

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

Because just about everything we need to know about salvation and righteousness by faith can be learned by a careful study of the life of Christ. Most of the misunderstandings about how a person is saved can be easily cleared up by studying how Christ came into our world, how He lived on a day-to-day basis, and how He met the temptations of Satan. So we will study the most important subject in the world in the next four lessons. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 6 Much debate has centered on whether Jesus took our fallen nature or Adam's nature before the fall.

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

Even though this may seem like an unimportant point, it really has tremendous implications for the kind of life we can live day by day. What kind of human being was Jesus? What kind of inheritance did Jesus receive from Mary? Was He exempt from the laws of inheritance by which we are born? The first thing to understand is that the word "flesh" in this text, and in many other New Testament references, means fallen nature as we know it in our own natures. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 7 No Sinful Habits As important and comforting as it is to understand that Jesus took our fallen nature when He came into our world, there is another aspect of the Incarnation that we must study if we are to correctly understand how He lived while taking human form.

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

Jesus really was different from us in several ways, and we must understand these differences if we are to have a balanced picture of the Incarnation. Modern errors in the study of the Incarnation have usually been the result of overemphasizing either the ways in which Christ was like us or the ways in which He was different from us. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 8 How Was Jesus Tempted?

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

On the basis of the previous three lessons, we can now come to some practical conclusions. We want to know what difference all of this makes for our daily lives. I am tempted constantly, both by outward and inward temptations. How does Jesus' life help me with my daily struggles? We begin this study with the most important text on this subject. But this text says that Jesus living without sin was not because He avoided 90% of my temptations by not taking a fallen nature, but He lived without sin in spite of being tempted in all the same ways that I am tempted.

Why would it be necessary for Jesus to say this if His own will was perfect and could be trusted implicitly, because it was part of a perfect nature? The following insight may be helpful here. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 9 Justification Declared We are all sinners.

Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith

Not by birth or by inheritance or by bad luck, but by our own choices to do things our way instead of God's way, the only way of happiness and peace. This means that all of us, no matter how cultured or refined we may we, are condemned, lost sinners. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 10 Justification Experienced Just as with every crucial aspect of salvation, Satan has provided a counterfeit justification, by which salvation is promised but not delivered.

Just as there were false gospels masquerading as the truth in Paul's day, so we have false gospels today promising what they cannot deliver. And multitudes of sincere Christians have bought into Satan's version of the gospel, because it sounds so good. What is this popular counterfeit of true justification? Look carefully at how God saves us. When this washing and renewing have been accomplished by Christ and the Holy Spirit, then I am justified and saved. Jesus did not use the word justification as often as Paul did to describe the work of salvation, but Jesus was very clear about how we are saved. To be in Christ is to be in salvation, or to be saved. The old man is our old way of living, in which selfishness and self-love rule our lives. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 11 Sanctification Declared Justification and sanctification are terms to describe two parts of the process of salvation. It is critically important to understand their relationship to each other and to the status of the one who wishes to be saved by the atoning death of Jesus Christ.

What part does sanctification play in the saving process? Two different gospels arise from two answers to this question. The most basic meaning of sanctification is "to set apart for a holy use. " Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 12 Sanctification Experienced What we studied in Lesson 11 about sanctification is not the usual understanding of sanctification that comes to our mind. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 13 Is Perfection Really Possible? Perfection is a troublesome word. What does it really mean? What doesn't it mean? Some believe that it is spiritually unhealthy to emphasize the subject of perfection. Only God can be described in this way. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 14 Victory Over Sin While definitions are very important in understanding perfection, it may be even more important to search the Bible for realistic, practical ways of experiencing what the Bible promises. It is at this point that we need to have that faith, that complete trust in God that will believe what God says even though it sounds impossible.

We know enough about our weakness and our failures. What we want to know is God's power and His promises. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 15 The Final Generation. Bible Study: Righteousness by Faith. Lesson 16. Everlasting Gospel. What is the Real Gospel? Lesson 1 - TWO DEFINITIONS OF SIN. Before we begin our study of the Bible, we have to lay out some basic issues which will guide all of the studies to come. The pivotal issue in any study of the gospel is the simple question, What Is Sin? Lesson 2 - Result of Sin and Penalty of Sin. Before we can understand what sin really is in our personal experience, we need to look back to what happened when Adam and Eve sinned in the beginning of this world's history. What did God do in that emergency, when all of God's plans for the human race were being altered by the choices of His first created beings? Lesson 3 - Sin As Choice. What About Original Sin? If the Bible does not teach that we are sinners by nature, condemned and lost because we are born in a world of sin, why has original sin become the majority belief among most Protestant and Catholic Christians?

As is true for most errors in doctrine, there are some texts which seem to support the doctrine of original sin. This final lesson will look at these texts, to see if they really teach that we are born condemned and lost. THE WORD BECAME FLESH. Lesson 6 - Christ Took Our Nature. Much debate has centered on whether Jesus took our fallen nature or Adam's nature before the fall. Even though this may seem like an unimportant point, it really has tremendous implications for the kind of life we can live day by day. Lesson 7 - No Sinful Habits. Lesson 8 - How Was Jesus Tempted? Lesson 9 - Justification Declared. Lesson 10 - Justification Experienced.

Lesson 11 - Sanctification Declared. Lesson 12 - Sanctification Experienced. Lesson 13 - Is Perfection Really Possible? Lesson 14 - Victory Over Sin. Lesson 15 - The Final Generation. Lesson 16 - Why Is It So Important?