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Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series) by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones | Monergism

Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series) by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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I have personally been impacted by Martyn Lloyd Jones commentary and teaching on Romans immensely.  I encourage you to dig into these. He has a 14 volume commentary on Romans that is kinda awesome.  If I had the ~$300 to drop right now  I would have it in my library right now. I am in the proces of picking a volume up here and there.

I recommend diving into Romans 5-8 to begin with. Stay there for two to three months. It will change your life. Hold your theology loose, let God help you keep the life and sift out the stagnant parts. In the past 14 months I have let God shake my foundation.  He has,  oh he has. It is and has been the best thing I have ever let happen.

(Click here to access MP3’s)

No New Testament epistle is more foundational to the faith than Romans, and no exposition of Paul’s letter is more insightful than that of Lloyd-Jones.

Drawn from his messages at Westminster Chapel from 1955 to 1968, this masterful series of sermons blends evangelical interpretation with practical applications to provide sound doctrinal teaching on this fundamental document. This series is also available in Hardcover.

Exposition of Romans (14 Volume Set)
by Martyn Lloyd Jones

Enter His rest….

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“In Christ the Sabbath rest is no longer a shadow prefiguring the real, a token holy day in the week, but the celebration of a perfect redemption in which the exact image and likeness of God is revealed and redeemed in human form. Man’s innocence is redeemed.  “Having made purification for sins, he sat down…” The executive authority of his throne is established on the fact of our innocence! Sabbath is now a place of God’s unhindered enjoyment of man and man’s unhindered enjoyment of God. Through the torn veil of hia flesh, he has triumphantly opened a new and living way for mankind into the life of their design in the loving embrace of their Maker.”
Francois du Toit Intro to Hebrews, Mirror Word

Hebrews 4:3-4 MW

3 Faith (not our own works) realizes our entrance into God’s rest (into the result of his completed work). Hear the echo of God’s cry though the ages, “Oh! If only they would enter into my rest.” His rest celebrates perfection. His work is complete; the fall of humanity did not flaw its perfection.

(Some translations read, “As I have sworn in my wrath” derived from orge, meaning passionate desire, any strong outburst of emotion. “Oh! If only they would enter into my rest.” First Adam failed to enter into God’s finished work, and then Israel failed to enter into the consequence of their complete redemption out of Egypt, and as a result of their unbelief perished in the wilderness. Now let us not fail in the same manner to see the completed work of the Cross. How God desires for us to see the same perfection; what he saw when he first created man in his image and then again what he saw in the perfect obedience of his Son. God is not “in his rest” because he is exhausted, but because he is satisfied with what he sees and knows concerning us! He now invites us with urgent persuasion to enter into what he sees. His rest was not at risk. “His works were finished from the foundation of the world.” The word, apo, translates as away from, before and katabalo, cast down, the fall of humanity, sometimes translated, foundation [see notes on Eph  1:4 ] “This association goes back to before the fall of the world, his love knew that he would present us again face to face before him in blameless innocence.” The implications of the fall are completely cancelled out.)

4 Scripture records the seventh day to be the prophetic celebration of God’s perfect work. What God saw satisfied his scrutiny.

(Behold, it is very good, and God rested from all his work. [Gen 1:31, 2:2] God saw more than his perfect image in Adam, he also saw the Lamb and his perfect work of redemption! “The Lamb having been slain from the foundation of the world.” [Rev 13:8] “That which has been is now; that which is to be, already has been” [Ecc 3:15])

Enter His rest….

Belief & Identity

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Believing what God already believes about you will change everything!

His beliefs about you are so much greater than anything you will even be able to remotely comprehend!

Let Him establish your identity no other source. All others sources for your identity are inferior. His beliefs and view of you are perfect.  Rest in that thought…..

2 Corinthians 3:18
The days of window-shopping are over! In him every face is unveiled. In gazing with wonder at the blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form, we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves! Every feature of his image is mirrored in us! This is the most radical transformation engineered by the Spirit of the Lord; we are led from an inferior mind-set to the revealed endorsement of our authentic identity. Mankind is his glory!

A mirror shows what is directly in front of it. It does not show a past or future version of what is in front of it but that which is there at that immediate moment. He is mirrored perfectly in us, we are mirrored perfectly in Him right now.

He is my identity! What’s true of Him is true of you!

(The word, anakekalumeno, is a perfect passive participle from anakalupto; ana, a preposition denoting upward, to return again, and kalupto, to uncover, unveil. The word, katoptrizomenoi, is the present middle participle from katoptrizomai, meaning to gaze into a reflection, to mirror oneself. The word metamorphumetha is a present passive indicative from metamorpho; meta, together with, and meros, form. [The word commonly translated for sin, hamartia, is the opposite of this as ha, means without, and meros, form.] The word, eikon, translates as exact resemblance, image and likeness; eikon always assumes a prototype, that which it not merely resembles, but from that which it is drawn; doxa, glory, translates as mind-set, opinion from dokeo, authentic thought. Changed ‘from glory to glory’,  apo doxes eis doxan; eis, a point reached in conclusion; apo, away from, meaning away from the glory that previously defined us, i.e. our own achievements or disappointments, to the glory of our original design that now defines us. [Paul writes in Romans 1:17 about the unveiling of God’s righteousness and then says it is from faith to faith. Here he does not use the word apo, but the preposition, ek, which always denotes source or origin.] Two glories are mentioned in this chapter; the glory of the flesh, and the unfading glory of God’s image and likeness redeemed in us. The fading glory represented in the dispensation of the law of Moses is immediately superseded by the unveiling of Christ in us! Some translations of this scripture reads, “we are being changed from glory to glory.” This would suggest that change is gradual and will more than likely take a lifetime, which was the typical thinking that trapped Israel for forty years in the wilderness of unbelief! We cannot become more than what we already are in Christ. We do not grow more complete; we simply grow in the knowledge of our completeness! [See Col 3:10] We are not changed “from one degree of glory to another,” or step by step. How long does it take the beautiful swan to awaken to the truth of its design? The ugly duckling was an illusion! Whatever it was that endorsed the ‘ugly duckling’ mindset, co-died together with Christ!)

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Enjoy the Journey

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My last post, Total Totality, told how mankind is God’s glory.  I started out with Romans 3:24 “Jesus Christ is proof of God’s grace gift; he redeemed the glory of God in human life…” This morning I was with a group talking over the James 1 and John 1. I really enjoy hashing out scripture with others. I hear others and what they are thinking and working through. I am reminded of the story of the 12 blind guys describing an elephant feom their vantage point.  It takes multiple views to get a full picture not necessarily a perfect picture but a better picture than one going at it alone.

James 1:22-25 Mirror Word

22 Give the word your undivided attention; do not underestimate yourself. Make the calculation. There can only be one logical conclusion: your authentic origin is mirrored in the word. You are God’s poem; let his voice make poetry of your life! (The word, akroate, means intent listening. James is not promoting the doing of the law of works; he is defining the law of perfect liberty. Doing the word begins with your undivided attention to the face of your birth. A doer of the Word, poetes, means poet. Make the calculation, paralogizomai, from para, a preposition indicating close proximity, union, and logizomai, to reckon the logic in any calculation.)

I really like the language “do not underestimate yourself. ” and “there can only be one conclusion: your authentic origin is mirrored in the word.  You are God’s poem; let his voice make poetry of your life! ” Of your life!  I was talking with a friend who was down on himself after 10+ years of making music and being involved in ministry he was feeling burnt out and looking to gey a vocation. We talked and I realized that he was compartmentalizing his life. I have been seeing things differently than I  used to. In evangelical and charismatic teachings  it was always taught to me:

  1. God
  2. Family
  3. Ministry
  4. Job and whatever else

But….

We are His glory, our lives are an expression of His glory.  I don’t just do this when I am creating or singing or ministering!  That’s me all the time, His Glory!  In my ups and in ny downs,  in my success and failure,  I am His glory.  I am, mankind is, His poetry. We are his artwork!  Our lives are the paint on an eternal canvas. There is beauty in us beyond our comprehension.  Take the Mona Lisa vas an example.  If you were to look at it without knowing the painter who made it it would just be old paint on an old canvas. It’s the artists touch and renown that gives it its value.  The artist/creator defines it.

Mankind is defined by its creator. Your creator is God of the universe. His act of creation defined you! You are his masterpiece.  You are his poem.

23 The difference between a mere spectator and a participator is that both of them hear the same voice and perceive in its message the face of their own genesis reflected as in a mirror;

When you understand who you are, when your identity is revealed, the revelation changes your perception of everything. You are God’s poem. You are a direct result of His creation (pre-dirt).  2nd  Corinthians 5:17 < <In the light of your co-inclusion in his death and resurrection, whoever you thought you were before, in Christ you are a brand new person! The old ways of seeing yourself and everyone else are over. Acquaint yourself with the new!
(Just imagine this! Remember we are not talking law language here! The ‘If’ in, “If any man is in Christ” is not a condition, it is the conclusion of the revelation of the gospel! Man is in Christ by God’s doing [1 Cor 1:30 and Eph 1:4]. The verses of 2 Corinthians 5:14-16 give context to verse 17! >> In Him you are a new person a new masterpiece!  There is nothing left from the delusions and lies of your past you!

24 they realize that they are looking at themselves, but for the one it seems just too good to be true, he departs (back to his old way of seeing himself)

It is not to good to be true! You can never over exaggerate or underestimate God.  You are His masterpiece!  Don’t forget that!

25 The other one is mesmerized by what he sees; he is captivated by the effect of a law that frees man from the obligation to the old written code that restricted him to his own efforts and willpower. No distraction or contradiction can dim the impact of what he sees in that mirror concerning the law of perfect liberty (the law of faith) that now frees him to get on with the act of living the life (of his original design.) He finds a new spontaneous lifestyle; the poetry of practical living. (The law of perfect liberty is the image and likeness of God revealed in Christ, now redeemed in man as in a mirror. Look deep enough into that law of faith that you may see there in its perfection a portrait that so resembles the original that he becomes distinctly visible in the spirit of your mind and in the face of every man you behold. I translated the word, parakupto, with mesmerized from para, a preposition indicating close proximity, originating from, denoting the point from which an action originates, intimate connection, and kupto, to bend, stoop down to view at close scrutiny; parameno, to remain captivated under the influence of; meno, to continue to be present. The word often translated as freedom, eleutheria, means without obligation; spontaneous.)

I’m going to repeat myself,  It is not to good to be true! You can never over exaggerate or underestimate God.  You are His masterpiece!  Don’t forget that!

So you are His masterpiece. Every part of your life is included. Your eating, sleeping, ministry,  worshipping,  family time,  working, are all part of you being His glory.  Being found In Him defines you. Being In Him completes you and fulfills you. The walking out of your daily life is a journey into being His glory. There is no price you have to pay to enter. There is no conditions to meet. He has done it, paid the price of admission fully. Live your life in that reality.!

Life is a journey, go live it!

101 Lies taught in the church (Steve McVey)

Below is an intro for Steve’s YouTube channel. He has a book on the first 52 but has added more via YouTube.

It’s worth the time…

Addendum:

We were talking about his book where he deals with 52 of these lies. Someone made the comment “oh the chaprter a week for a year un-devotional”
loved it!

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Steve’s McVey’s YouTube Channel

Lie 01 Salvation is giving your life to Jesus Christ

Lie 02 Christians are just sinners saved by grace

Lie 03 When you become a Christian God changed your life

Lie 04 Becoming a Christian means having your sins forgiven

Lie 05 0ur sins are under the blood of Jesus Christ

Lie 06 Your greatest need is to love God more

Lie 07 The answer to weak commitment is to rededicate

Lie 08 The Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of their sin

Lie 09 The Christian life is all of Him and none of me

Lie 10 You can go to far with grace

The list goes on

Singing into existence, breathing into existence (Resonance)

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Here is a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come. And after she’s heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the child’s father, and teaches it to him. And then, when they make love to physically conceive the child, some of that time they sing the song of the child, as a way to invite it.

And then, when the mother is pregnant, the mother teaches that child’s song to the midwives and the old women of the village, so that when the child is born, the old women and the people around her sing the child’s song to welcome it. And then, as the child grows up, the other villagers are taught the child’s song. If the child falls, or hurts its knee, someone picks it up and sings its song to it. Or perhaps the child does something wonderful, or goes through the rites of puberty, then as a way of honoring this person, the people of the village sing his or her song.

In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.

 

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The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.

And it goes this way through their life. In marriage, the songs are sung, together. And finally, when this child is lying in bed, ready to die, all the villagers know his or her song, and they sing—for the last time—the song to that person.

You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn’t. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you’ll find your way home.

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Thegodmolecule (Nudity)

My outtake:

Ones original identity comes from the breath of God prior to the creation of the earth (Gen 1:26-27).

26 Then God said, “Let us make manh in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
     in the image of God he created him;
     male and female he created them.

 

Mankind was created in God’s image. He is our template our design. Our original identity is Him! We were formed with His identity as our basic foundation. The third word in verse 26 is “said”. He formed us first in His consciousness with his voice (His breath) in His image. in verse 27 man is then created in his own image

Francois du Toit writes in the “Mirror Word” a story of an eagle:

The Free Eagle

“During our honeymoon in January, 1979, in the Blydeiver Canyons in Mpumalanga, South Africa,  Lydia and I met a nature conservation officer who told us off of fascinating incident when they released a black eagle a week prior that had been in the Pretoria zoo for 10 years. This was the day for this eagle too deep fried and to return to the life of its design. But their excitement turned to frustration when, after opening the cage, the bird refused to fly! Ten years of cadged life seemed to have trapped its mind in an invisible enclosure! How could they get the Eagle to realize that it was indeed free? No amount of prompting and prodding seem to help. Then, after some hours the bird suddenly looked up, and in the distance they heard the call of another eagle, this was the moment of true freedom! Immediately the zoo Eagle took off in flight! No flying lessons are required when truth is realized!

The dramatic story left a deep impression on my mind. I knew that in the light of Paul’s revelation of the good news, we are left with one for urgent priority, which is to announce to the nations with bold confidence and mirror-reflect the integrity of there redeemed in a sense reflect the integrity of there redeemed innocence.

This gives such clarity and content to the fact that Jesus came to the planet not to upgrade the cage of Judaism or any other religion by starting a new one called Christianity, but to be the Incarnate voice of the likeness and image of God in human form! He came to reveal and redeem the image of God in us! His mission was to mirror the blueprint of our design, not as an example for us but of us! (Col 1:15, 2:9, 10)

In God’s faith in mankind is associated in Christ even before the foundation of the world. Jesus died humanities death and when the stone was rolled away, we were raised together with him! Every human life is fully represented in him (Hos 6:2)

If the gospel is not the voice of the free Eagle, it is not the gospel.”

 

The similarities between the above article and creation and the gospel are thought provoking.

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I particularly like how they realign or reconcile their children by communally reminding them who they are via song.

 

This actually brings up some of my thoughts on quantum physics, sound waves, creation, and physical/spiritual realms.

 

(Check back I may add more later)

Are you looking for something you already have?

Disney does it again.

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I posted the other day on the revelation found within the movie The Lion King. Basically it speaks to your identity and Christ in you.  Rafiki (the gibbon) has Simba (the young lion) look into the water and asks him to tell him what he sees.
Upon looking into the reflection he responds “no, that’s not my father.” Rafiki says “look harder. .. . You see, he lives in you.”

Mufasa “you have forgotten me, so you have forgotten who you are, look inside yourself Simba, you are more than what you have become…Remember who you are, you are my son.”

In a way that is the gospel,  Christ came to show us who we are. We are all God’s sons and daughters.  The finished work of the cross is the act that provides this as revelation.  It is that realignment of out thoughts and beliefs as to our identity.

In the Lion King post I stated I get things out of Disney movies. In the movie Mulan there is as good of an analogy of grace as I have ever seen.

Mulan comes home

If you will notice in the YouTube clip, Mulan wants to come to her father and be accepted and forgiven. She thinks that by bringing medals and the sword she can gain it. Next notice her father response. 

Fa Zhou: Mulan…
Mulan: [kneels] Father. I brought you the sword of Shan-Yu, and the crest of the Emperor. They’re gifts, to honor the Fa family.

[Fa Zhou drops the sword and crest on the ground and embraces Mulan]

Fa Zhou: The greatest gift and honor… is having you for a daughter.

I know personally I have always felt like I have had to work to attain some kind of spiritual ok-iness (my own word). I was taught to do this and do that and I would gain righteousness.  I was taught I had to work to gain access to God. When all along (pre-dirt, Gen 1:26) I was made in God’s image. I have had His DNA before the earth was created. All along I have been his son. All mankind is His sons and daughters. We have been deceived into believing we are less. We have been deceived into believing we could do some 7 step method to gain righteousness.

Grace, salvation,  and righteousness are all free gifts that we can fo nothing to gain on our own accord.

Are you looking for something that is already inside you?

“You have forgotten who you are!”

 

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Disney movies have spoken to me; “The Lion King“,” “Mulan,”Mulan 2A Bugs Life,” and so all have messages with in them.  Watch the section of the Lion King.

Now after watching it read the verses below:

2 Corinthians 3:18

The days of window-shopping are over! In him every face is unveiled. In gazing with wonder at the blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form, we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves! Every feature of his image is mirrored in us! This is the most radical transformation engineered by the Spirit of the Lord; we are led from an inferior mind-set to the revealed endorsement of our authentic identity. Mankind is his glory!

 

James 1:23-25

They realize that they are looking at themselves, but for the one it seems just too good to be true, he departs (back to his old way of seeing himself) and immediately forgets what manner of person he is; never giving another thought to the one he saw there in the mirror.

The other one is mesmerized by what he sees; he is captivated by the effect of a law that frees man from the obligation to the old written code that restricted him to his own efforts and willpower. No distraction or contradiction can dim the impact of what he sees in that mirror concerning the law of perfect liberty (the law of faith) that now frees him to get on with the act of living the life (of his original design.)

He finds a new spontaneous lifestyle; the poetry of practical living. (The law of perfect liberty is the image and likeness of God revealed in Christ, now redeemed in man as in a mirror. Look deep enough into that law of faith that you may see there in its perfection a portrait that so resembles the original that he becomes distinctly visible in the spirit of your mind and in the face of every man you behold. I translated the word, parakupto, with mesmerized from para, a preposition indicating close proximity, originating from, denoting the point from which an action originates, intimate connection, and kupto, to bend, stoop down to view at close scrutiny; parameno, to remain captivated under the influence of; meno, to continue to be present. The word often translated as freedom, eleutheria, means without obligation; spontaneous.)

We have forgotten who we are! We are all created in God’s image (Gen 1:26). We all have our start IN HIM. Our original DNA is HIS. Through the cross we have the ability to have our spiritual DNA restored. He is in us! He is the I am in me!!  He is not far from me/you!

Can or should I work it out through fear and trembling? @tonyseigh

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Tony Seigh
GRACE WHACK

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling…” – Philippians 2:12

A misunderstanding and misuse of this verse has brought many people into feeling like they are supposed to be afraid of God and that it’s up to ourselves to “work out” or work for our salvation.The word translated as “work out” in the Greek is KATERGAZOMAI. According to the Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament, it means “‘to carry to its ultimate conclusion”. Understand and bring this great salvation to it’s ultimate conclusion!

Fully engage with what happened on the cross and see it play out in it’s full reality! This is the point…not your working for it..

When we read the rest of the sentence in verse 13 we see that “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” He even makes this come to pass, from beginning to end.

Yes, Tony, but what about the ‘fear and trembling’ part?

The Amplified Bible translates ‘fear and trembling’ as ‘reverence and awe’. It is also translated as “awe and self-distrust”, don’t trust in your own ability to save yourself, trust that he already did! God has saved us singlehandedly, we should be in awe of such a great salvation, not in fear that we may lose it if we don’t do enough stuff. We must remember, “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” (1 John 4:18) Many have used this verse to make people fear if they are really even saved and then put it on the people’s shoulders to make sure they work it out themselves, and that they should fear not being saved. This is nonsense.

Jesus is the savior of the world, carry out this fact to it’s ultimate conclusion, and let it inspire awe and wonder in your heart!
                           By Tony Seigh

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It’s not about you…

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Todd White
It’s not about you