Posted by: StrongStakes | April 23, 2010

How were Abraham & David saved?


Before we answer that question, here is the quote that Bill shared last Monday from his “Bible Study Fellowship” notes on the significance of “propitiation” (3:25):

“Although propitiation means turning the wrath of God aside, in the Bible this is never presented as human beings appeasing God’s wrath.  Rather, God Himself satisfies His wrath through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.  In pagan rituals, sacrifices were made by people trying to placate God.  This was their error.  In Christianity, it is never we who take the initiative, or make the sacrifice.  It is God who makes the way by which His wrath may be averted.  Indeed He Himself is that way in Jesus.”

In fact, we saw that Jesus is everything for our salvation:

  • The “lid of expiation” or mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:17).
  • The high priest who enters the “Holy of Holies” to offer the atoning sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:11).
  • The “sacrificial lamb” slain in our place (Revelation 5:12).
  • The actual blood of this sacrifice (Hebrews 9:14).

As we begin our study of Romans chapter 4, here are questions to help you prepare:

  1. Why does Paul introduce Abraham to the discussion in v. 1?
  2. What O.T. scripture is quoted in v. 3?
  3. How was Abraham saved?
  4. Describe the transaction of v. 5 in your own words.
  5. Why does Paul introduce David to the discussion in v. 6?
  6. What scripture is quoted in vv. 7 & 8?
  7. Read the historical/biblical context for vv. 9-12 in Genesis 11:26 – 17:27.
  8. Where is the “promise” of v. 13 found?

Download the handout for this study at the “Media Drop Box” located at the right-side toolbar, under “Bible Study Tools.”

Brent’s daughters are baking a special “OC Bereans” cake! … which will be served at 7 pm.

We also have a special guest and video presentation that will be shown shortly after 7, with the study starting after that.

~ tr

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