The Christian and the Governing Authorities, Romans 13:1-14 Continued

April 10, 2015 | no responses

In Romans 12:1,2, St Paul calls Christians to continue their conversion by transforming their minds—and not conforming to the world, or the culture around them. In chapter 14 we see that this involves trusting that God is in control of our Country, our government, and its leaders, to whom we are to submit. But what […]

Paul’s Suggestions or Crucial Criteria for Salvation, Romans 13:1-14

April 2, 2015 | no responses

Today’s email points to the need the Church to instruct us on the seriousness of scriptural exhortation like those of St. Paul, including those we will discuss today from Roman’s 13. All of this relates to salvation, and to verse 13:14: “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, […]

Question About the “Invisible Church” and Romans 12:9-21

March 25, 2015 | one response

Email: Mr. Grodi, I have heard you quip many times & in your books that when Scripture says (1 Tim 3:15) that the pillar and bulwark of the truth is the Church, Jesus could not have meant the thousands of denominations divided by contrary interpretations of Scripture we now have in our world, for how could […]

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed”, Romans 12:1-8

March 11, 2015 | no responses

Some key points in today’s passage: (vs. 1) The idea of “sacrifice” is still very much an important aspect of our Christian faith; (vs. 1) Our entire person—body and soul—is our personal share in the daily sacrifice of the Body of Christ; “what we do in the body” daily, as St. Paul say elsewhere, is […]

Emails on the Justice of God and “Be Transformed,” Romans 12:1-2

March 5, 2015 | no responses

Some key points in today’s passage: The idea of “sacrifice” is still very much an important aspect of our Christian faith; Our entire person—body and soul—is our personal share in the daily sacrifice of the Body of Christ; “what we do in the body” daily, as St. Paul say elsewhere, is how we “suffer with […]

Jews and Gentiles Continued, Romans 11:25-36

February 25, 2015 | no responses

A few thoughts to consider concerning today’s text, Romans 11:25-36: 1) Verses 23-24 set the context with Paul’s insistence that faith on the part of the Jews is a condition for their being re-grafted back in.  2) What is the mystery that Paul is speaking of?       a) (25) partial hardening (What does […]

Jews, Gentiles, & the Development of Modern Protestantism, Romans 11:11-24

February 19, 2015 | one response

Today Marcus and Ken discuss Romans 11:11-24 in which St. Paul explains God’s mysterious plan of incorporating the Gentiles into his plan of salvation. Using the imagery of the vine from the Old Testament, Paul calls Gentile Christians to humility and hope for the return of the Jews to their Messiah.  Listener Email: Dear CHN, God […]

Has God Abandoned the Jews? Romans 11:1-12

February 11, 2015 | 2 responses

Today on Deep in Scripture, Marcus and Ken discuss Romans 11:1-12 where Paul asks, “Has God rejected his own people?” and look at Paul’s emphatic denial that God has abandoned the Jews. Also, they comment on a Facebook debate about the Catholic Church and the Early Church Fathers. Deep in Scripture Notes for February 7, […]

Being Sent to Preach the Good News, Romans 10:13-21

February 4, 2015 | no responses

St. Paul quotes Joel that all who call upon the Lord will be saved. Did the Old Testament prophet Joel mean everyone or just the Jews? Building upon other OT prophesies, St. Paul emphasizes that for a person to call upon the Lord, that person must first believe the gospel, and for them to believe […]

St. Paul, Why Haven’t Jews Responded to the Gospel of Christ? Romans 9:30-10:13

January 28, 2015 | 2 responses

Continuing our study of Romans, we’re right in the middle of the section in which Saint Paul addresses the question: “Why haven’t all the Jews responded to the Gospel of Christ?” They were the chosen people, but yet the majority of the Jews did not accept Jesus as their Messiah. Why? In this first half […]

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