Ignite Day 15 Father Of Light: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) How does the gospel act as the power for salvation?

2) How can I live by faith?

3) What can I do if I don’t agree with what I read in the Bible?

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith

Original Intent

1) How does the gospel act as the power for salvation?
When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans, Rome was one of the most important cities in the world.  In His supreme wisdom, the Lord had orchestrated history and the timing of gospel’s proclamation so that when Paul wrote to the Romans from Corinth, the world would be impacted in far-reaching ways because of Rome’s pivotal influence. As the church in Rome was taught the full gospel, it would be dispersed far and wide. The word gospel literally means “good news,” and Paul was intent on spreading the gospel message himself while encouraging other believers to do so as well because it was the only way to salvation for sinners.  People had to realize that they were sinners in need of a Savior, and the gospel was the wonderful means by which people could recognize their sin and be introduced to the One who died to rescue them from sin and its consequence of death. (The Power of God for salvation at ligonier.org)

2) How can I live by faith?
Paul quotes the Old Testament book of Habakkuk when he writes, “The righteous will live by faith” in Romans 1:17. Habakkuk likely prophesied during the reign of King Jehoiakim to the troubled nation of Judah (609–598 BC)  God’s people were on the brink of defeat and destruction, which was a consequence God allowed due to the sin of the people. Habakkuk preaches that no matter what the wrath of God will bring, the righteous will live by their faith. John Piper suggests Habakkuk believes that righteous people “are people of faith, and faith is what secures their life and keeps them safe for eternity.”  Piper also says this faith “means banking your hope on God no matter what.” The apostle Paul referenced this verse to show the Romans that the “doctrine of the gospel, concerning a righteousness by faith, is attested even by the prophets” (Macknight in Benson Commentary.)

3) What can I do if I don’t agree with what I read in the Bible?
Paul did not agree with or understand the message of Christ until he was apprehended by the truth on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19). Until he was blinded by the light of Christ, he was blind to the truth of the gospel. In fact, he hated Christians and the Christ they preached; he did everything in his power to impede them. But when Jesus stopped him in his tracks and he accepted Christ’s love and sacrifice for his sins, Paul’s heart and mind were changed and he devoted his life to spreading the gospel.  Paul asserted he was not ashamed of the gospel in Romans 1:16, even though preaching the gospel caused him much difficulty during his life.  He was often ridiculed and persecuted for his belief in Jesus as the Messiah.  Many times Paul and company were beaten, stoned, chased out of town or imprisoned because of their faith in Jesus and their preaching of the gospel. Eventually, preaching the gospel would cost Paul his life. Even so, Paul did not stop proclaiming the gospel because he knew firsthand the life-changing power of following Christ.

Everyday Application

1) How does the gospel act as the power for salvation?
With so much chaos and trouble in the world, I find I gravitate to uplifting news stories, inspirational videos, and “feel good” social media posts.  I want to see ALL the surprise soldier homecomings, creative gender reveals, and heartwarming adoption tales. I crave some good news! It is so fitting that the word “gospel” means good news, because hearing the gospel changed my life forever for the better.  Without hearing the good news of God’s plan for my salvation, I would still be a slave to sin and fear, but ever since I heard about His love for me and His death on the cross to take my sins away, I have been grateful for the power of the gospel in my life. The good news brought me to a meaningful life in Christ.   Pastor Mark Denver asks the question, “. . . have you heard the Bible’s great message about God and us? Does it sound like the best news you’ve ever heard? Old sins forgiven! New life begun! A personal relationship with your God, your Creator, now and forever! What better news could you hear?”  Indeed, no news is better than the truth of the gospel!

2) How can I live by faith?
Living by faith may seem like an ethereal concept, but the Bible lays out clearly how believers can live by faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says we live by faith, not by sight. Living by faith is to believe that God’s Word is true (John 17:17) and to trust in His promises no matter what my circumstances may tell me.  I live by faith when I trust God with all the details of my life. The Bible tells us it is by faith we stand firm (2 Corinthians 1:24) and that faith helps us defend against the evil one (Ephesians 6:16). Jesus even tells us if we have faith as tiny as a mustard seed, we can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). Living by faith means letting God have control of everything and trusting in His plan, even when I don’t understand (or particularly like) His plan. When I trust that God knows best, I live by faith because I know His character and heart are good!

3) What can I do if I don’t agree with what I read in the Bible?
For me, there are some problematic topics in the Bible and things I don’t understand like violence and the role and treatment of women. When I question the Bible, I take the matter to the Lord in prayer, study other parts of Scripture, and seek counsel from those who have studied the Bible longer than I have. I describe my struggle to understand and accept His ways, and I ask for revelation and clarity from the Holy Spirit. I also acknowledge the Bible as God’s infallible, inerrant Word (Psalm 119:160), even if I don’t see how it all fits together perfectly. My inability to see all the mysterious things, does not dictate its truth. If I disagree with what is in the Bible, I know that I am the one in error. The Lord gives me the grace to struggle, to seek and to adjust my perspective to match His. Pastor Ben Hicks teaches, “When what you read in God’s Word doesn’t line up with what you think, respond in faith to the God whose character you can trust, yield yourself through prayer, and allow God to bend your thinking and your will to his, rather than the other way around.” The Bible promises me that though now I only understand things partially, one day I will know fully (1 Corinthians 13:12). The Bible also urges me to seek wisdom and pursue knowledge (Proverbs 2:1-6) because He is the author of all wisdom. God wants me to believe His Word, but He also helps me understand His Word. If you are struggling, take heart! God is big enough to handle your exploration! Keep seeking Him; He will never turn away a heart truly desiring to know Him!

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Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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