“ For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. “
“ For when we were yet without strength, “
Before we come to believe in Jesus Christ we are in 4 categories of condition.
1.) without strength - meaning weak, unable to overcome sin.
2.) ungodly - meaning, wicked.
3.) sinners - meaning, headed for destruction, searching for the right way but missing the mark - that is, missing the life and relationship with God that He intended for us.
This is why Jesus said;
“ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. “ Matthew 7:13-14
This is why Solomon said;
“ There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. “ Proverbs 16:25
4.) enemies - ( verse 10 ) meaning, odious, disgusting, hateful, adversary ( just like satan ), hostile.
‘The Holy Bible is the only book that teaches we are born in sin, born sinners and born in all these conditions from physical birth. Most people believe we become sinners during the course of life.
“ in due time Christ died for the ungodly. “
“ The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. “ Mark 1:15
“ But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, “ Galatians 4:4
“ The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. “ Genesis 49:10
“ until Shiloh come;” refers to the Messiah, Jesus, particularly when He returns the second time to set up His Kingdom in Israel after the 7 year tribulation period.
One thing for sure, God set an appointed time for Jesus to be born and die and has likewise appointed a time for when He returns to set up His earthly Kingdom.
" For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: “
Paul is making the point that if we were already just and righteous, Jesus would not have needed to come and die.
“ yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. “
Paul continued to say that some people might give their life for someone they love, a friend or whoever.
“ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. “ John 15:13-14
Jesus was telling His disciples and followers we are His friends…that is, if we obey Him.
Technically, Jesus told His disciples not only with them being in the 4 conditions I listed above, He was going to die for them as friends.
If you remember in my earlier study in the book of John we learned that Thomas and the disciples, which, by the way, at this time included Judas ( the one who later betrayed Jesus and Peter who denied Jesus 3 times and Thomas who could not believe Jesus arose from the grave ) were all planning to die along with Jesus when they thought the Jews were going to stone Jesus to death;
“ Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. “ John 11:16
They obviously loved Jesus.
“ But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. “
“ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. “ John 3:16
God loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die in hope that all of us would repent and believe in His Son.
Through the death of His Son Jesus God provided redemption, forgiveness, grace and mercy.
However, God knew that not all people will believe in His Son Jesus.
If only one human being repented and believed in His Son Jesus, I believe Jesus would have died for that one person.
God is patient and waits, giving “whosoever will “ the chance to repent and believe.
Peter said about Jesus‘ return;
“ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. “ 2 Peter 3:9
My friend, God still “ loves the world “.
I will continue with verse 9 in the next study.
“ And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. “
“ And hope maketh not ashamed; “
Paul also said;
“ According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. “ Philippians 1:20
Just as Paul said in our earlier study;
“ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. “ Romans 1:16
Paul is also telling us in the verse of our study that this “ hope “ that provides pleasurable confidence makes him not ashamed in living for the Lord, belonging to the Lord, expecting things from the Lord, being used by the Lord and people seeing the Lord in him.
“ because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. “
The Greek word “ ekkachutai “ translated “ is shed abroad “ means poured out, run greedily.
In other words, God’s love is overwhelming and has been gushed into our heart by the Holy Spirit of God.
Paul’s whole statement to the Philippians coincides with the verse of our study;
“ For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. “ Philippians 1:19-20
My friend, the Lord loves us.
I will continue with verse 6 in the next study.
“ And patience, experience; and experience, hope: “
Paul continues his line of thought…
“ And patience, experience; “
The Greek word “ dokimen “ translated “ patience “ means test, by implication trustiness, experience, experiment, proof, trial.
It is interesting that Webster defines the word “ trustiness “ or “ trusty “ as - “ a convict granted special privileges as a trustworthy person. “
Intesting what Paul said in the verse of our study.
Keep in mind as we go through these verses Paul is telling us the result that is produced by the preceding.
The same Greek word Paul also used in 2 Corinthians 8:2 translated “ trial “;
“ How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. “
and in 2 Corinthians 9:13 translated “ experiment “;
“ Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; “
and in 2 Corinthians 2:9 translated “ proof “;
“ For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. “
and in 2 Corinthians 13:3 translated “ proof “;
“ Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. “
and in Philippians 2:22 translated “ proof “;
“ But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. “
My friend, if we pay close attention to the content of these verses we will realize though we claim to be “ perfect in Christ “ based on our so called faith in Him but do not live, talk, think and act different from the world then this claim is as James clearly said, “ faith without works is dead “;
“ For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. “ James 2:26
“ and experience, hope: “
The Greek word “ elpida “ translated “ hope “ means to anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence, faith, hope.
Here in America we have an expression - “ to get off on something “.
Usually it is used as a sinful lustful way to express sexual feeling but is also used as an expression for an insatiable desire for anything in life such as money, food, luxurious living or whatever is desired and wanted so much.
The Greek does imply an inner feeling of pleasure to go along with the expectation in this “ elpida “ or “ hope “ Paul refers to.
When we are not using the verses that tell us we are perfect in Christ as an excuse for living in sin but instead actually try to live by our professed faith in Christ - as John said it is only when we are walking in the Light that we are forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus;
“ If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. “ 1 John 1:6-7
then we can have this pleasurable hope and expectation for answers to our prayers.
When we are living in accordance to our professed faith in Christ then what the writer of Hebrews said works;
“ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. “ Hebrews 11:1
If we are church leaders and have made our prosperity from clever sales and business transactions, inheritance from parents or financial assistance from rich friends and rich church members who support the church or high paying jobs, clever investments, then we should be honest and straightforward and tell our congregation this is where our prosperity came from and not make it look like God made us prosperous.
God did not need any of these things to prosper Solomon.
God can do these things on His own as He did with Solomon who by the way, did not even ask for prosperity but rather asked God for an understanding heart to judge his people.
The kind of hope Paul talked about is in God…not in rich friends, clever business manipulation, inheritance or winning the lottery.
God is able to bless us without these things.
I will continue with verse 5 in the next study.
“ And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; “
“ And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: ”
The Greek word “ kauchometha “ translated “ we glory “ means to vaunt, either in a good or bad sense, boast, joy, glory, rejoice. It means to brag about.
The Greek word “ thlupsesin “ ( and it is in the plural ) translated “ tribulations “ means pressure, tribulation, trouble, anguish, burden, persecution, affliction.
The truth is, what Paul said is reality in living for Jesus.
Jesus Himself promised a hundredfold to His faithful followers but even then, it comes with trouble;
“ Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. “ Mark 10:28-30
Yes my friend, Jesus added to all the blessings of money, lineage and eternal life… persecution;
“ with persecutions; “
This is what will throw the faith of many evangelicals from the gospel to “ apostasy “ before Jesus returns.
Be watching for my “ This week’s Sermon “ video on the topic of the Biblical truth of what Paul called “ apostasy.” I will explain it Biblically since it is presently happening today. According to Paul. apostasy is one of most important signs Jesus is returning.
Paul also said to those who believe in Jesus who actually try to live a life pleasing unto Him;
“ Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. “ 2 Timothy 3:12
“ Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; “ Titus 2:12
“ knowing that tribulation worketh patience; “
The Greek word “ hupomonen “ translated “ patience “ means cheerful, hopeful, endurance, constancy, patient continuance, waiting.
This is also contrary to today’s modern evangelical preaching, even since the 1500’s, and since the year 1836, and ever present today.
This is why Paul said to Timothy before his departure;
“ Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. “ 1 Timothy 6:12
“ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: “ 2 Timothy 4:7
“ Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. “ 1 John 2:24
And yes my friend, the Greek does say the conditional particle “ ean “ translated “ if “.
In other words, not all born again christians will remain in “ the faith “ to the end.
Jesus Himself said that not all will remain saved;
“ They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. “ Luke 8:13
And yes my friend, Jesus admitted that for a while they actually believed;
“ which for a while believe, “
In other words, they were saved to begin with.
Paul said that not only are we perfect, complete, whole, righteous, etc… we are also still waiting for all this;
“ But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. “ Romans 8:25
“ For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. “ Galatians 5:5
“ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. “ Matthew 7:21-23
Patience, as a result of enduring tribulations and afflictions can make us more grounded in " the faith."
" But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. " Matthew 24:13
So, to wrap up what Paul is saying in the verse of our study, troubles while even being a born again christian, being perfect, righteous, whole, complete, a saint, etc… can either make us anchored in Jesus to the end of life or like Demas, depart from Jesus.
The choice is ours.
Always keep your faith in Jesus.
I will continue with verse 4 in the next study.
“ Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. “
I know I said I would continue with verse 3 in this study but I feel the need to discuss the phrase when Paul said;
“ By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, “
“ By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. “
I know this is difficult for many evangelicals to understand.
Even during the present time of grace in which we live, things happen to disobedient born again christians.
There is a trend of preaching grace within evangelicalism today leaving people with the idea they can live in sin, disobey God, and care nothing about pleasing Him…since we are under grace.
Any attempt for a follower of Jesus in trying to live different from the world is considered “ legalism “.
Therefore, many evangelicals including church leaders reject these verses in the Bible.
Paul gave this warning to born again christians in the present time of grace;
“ For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come. “ 1 Corinthians 11:26-34
This is rejected by evangelicals today with the excuse that we are complete and perfect…and under grace.
Then this would mean Paul lied to us...which I sincerely doubt that Paul lied.
Luke wrote about 2 born again christians who were also under grace when this happened to them;
“ But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. “ Acts 5:1-11
This statement also refers to born again christians who were under grace.
“ And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. “
Even with God’s wrath being restrained though momentarily from unbelievers because of God’s grace through the death of His Son Jesus this still happened to an unbeliever;
“ And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. “ Acts 12:21-23
Jesus, the source of God’s grace in which we stand and have peace with God gave this warning even during the present time of grace;
“ There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. “ Luke 13:1-9
John, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God wrote these words about born again christians who were under grace, perfect and made complete;
“ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. “ 1 John 1:8-10
Paul knew because of grace there would be born again christians who would think it is okay to live in sin and since born again christians are perfect and made complete living in sin would not even be noticed by God nor would bring us repercussions and consequences for our actions.
This is why Paul clearly said;
“ What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? “ Romans 6:15-16
Jesus, the source of the grace in which we stand also gave another warning to born again christians who were under His grace, perfect and made complete;
“ I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. “ Revelation 3:15-19
These are only a few of the many verses throughout the Holy Bible that evangelicals reject today.
However, on the positive side of grace in the verse of our study;
“ By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. “
God’s grace will keep us out of hell when we physically die if we remain in the faith and continue in it to the end of our life.
“ Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. “ 1 John 2:24-25
This is by keeping our faith in Jesus always.
Another sure thing about grace is that as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ we are free to come literally before God and ask for help concerning any issue in life.
The writer of Hebrews said;
“ Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. “ Hebrews 4:14-16
Also, because of God’s grace believers in Jesus will literally some day in the future become like Him;
“ For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. “ Romans 8:29
Notice Paul did not say we are predestined to be saved but rather those of us who belong to Jesus are predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus.
John said about our future as a born again believer in Jesus;
“ Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. “ 1 John 3:2
As we stand in God’s grace we as believers in His Son Jesus are joint heirs with Him and heirs of the promise God made to Abraham;
“ And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. “ Romans 8:17
“ And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. “ Galatians 3:29
“ That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. “ Titus 3:7
Because of grace, when we as born again christians stand before God in judgment it will not be concerning our eternal destiny since because of our faith in Jesus God’s grace allows us to be in Heaven forever.
Our judgment will have to do with rewards.
I will continue with verse 3 in the next study.