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Abraham — further illustrations of the gospel. By E.J. Waggoner

In the fourth chapter of the book of Romans we have faith in a concrete form. The narrative of the lives of Abraham and Sarai, in connection with the birth of Isaac, furnish a practical example of justification by faith. Abraham was not justified by works; but he believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Abraham received the seal of circumcision. Why? To cause him to believe? No, but because he had believed. It was a...

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Abraham — an illustration of righteousness by faith. Life, righteousness, inheritance — gifts of God. By E.J. Waggoner

The principles laid down in preceding lessons cause us to wonder that any should ever suppose that the doctrine of justification by faith is going to lower the law of God. Justification carries the law on the face of it. The only danger is in not getting it. It establishes the law in the heart. Justification is the law incarnate in Christ, put into the man, so it is incarnate in the man. The third chapter presents the principle of...

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Justification by faith alone. Christ — Creator and Preserver of the new heart. By E.J. Waggoner

The basis of the lesson of the evening is the latter half of the third chapter of Romans, beginning with the 19th verse. “Now we know that whatsoever things the law saith, it saith to them that are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Verses 21-23 contain in condensed form all that is treated of in the remaining verses of the chapter. The remainder of the chapter is an...

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Romans 3 – Responsibility of Sharing God-Given Light By E.J. Waggoner

  In our study of the first and second chapters we have found that knowledge without God is foolishness and immorality, and that a high profession, or, as Paul states it, circumcision of the flesh profits nothing, where the thing which that sign was given to indicate—the righteousness of God by faith, the circumcision of the heart — is not present. Verses 1-4. “What advantage then hath the Jew?” “Chiefly, because that unto them were...

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Romans 2 – Obedience from the heart. By E.J. Waggoner

  Romans 2  –  Obedience from the heart. The first chapter of Romans, after its introduction, can be summarized as the condition of man without God, and how he gets in that condition. The cause of this condition can be stated in one word — unbelief. Coupled with unbelief is self-exaltation; with faith, humility. They lost God, “because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became...

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Romans 1 – The condition of man without God. By E.J. Waggoner

Romans 1 – The condition of man without God. This book is one of the most wonderful in the Bible. In the sixteen possible lessons before us, we shall be able only to touch, in the briefest manner, upon the general outline of the book. We shall expect to find things we cannot understand, even as we cannot understand how the infinite God upholds the universe by the word of His power. We believe that which we cannot understand, because...

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