Friday, April 6, 2018

Driving Out Our Spiritual Enemies


Read Judges 1:27-36.  

Although the LORD had allotted the land and promised victory over the inhabitants of the land, the tribes of Israel did not drive out the wicked, idolatrous nations but lived among them. In the case of Asher and Naphtali, the situation was worse: Asher and Naphtali "lived among the inhabitants of the land." The Amorites actually "forced the sons of Dan into the hill country, for they did not allow them to come down to the valley . . . but when the power of the house of Joseph grew strong, they became forced labor." (1:34, 35) 

There is a powerful lesson here for Christians: God has promised us spiritual rest (Hebrews 3 & 4), secured for us by Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Yet there are enemies -- "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life" (1 John 2:16) -- for us to drive out. We must "put to death the deeds of the body" (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5). Yet we have the tendency to allow these enemies, the natural "inhabitants of the land," to dwell in our midst, in our thoughts and their resulting actions. What's worse, we sometimes feel we can put these subtle sins to useful work, even the Lord's work. So the arrogant man parades his sin from the pulpit as if it were authority, conviction, or even the filling of the Holy Spirit! The stubborn man may prize his gift as stalwart conviction. The bully sees himself as assertive and the schemer, a problem solver.

Who are the Amorites, Perizites, Jebusites, and Canaanites that we allow to dwell in our "land," our Christian walk with Christ? Are we tolerating them as harmless neighbors? Are we even trying to put them to "forced labor" either for our personal gain or for our service for Christ? Eventually these enemies will corrupt our faith and testimony and even alter our beliefs. As someone has said, "Our beliefs must change our behavior, or our behavior will change our beliefs." That is what happened to the Israelites. They decided that Baal and Ashtoreth were more congenial gods (Judges 2:11-14).  We must give no quarter to sin. We must drive out every sin, every natural "inhabitant of the land," if we hope to enjoy a peaceful, happy, and productive Christian life.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Esau's Reward vs. Israel's Reward

'To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau, and to Esau I gave Mount Seir to possess it; but Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt. (Joshua 24:4)

The LORD gave Esau Mt. Seir, but sent Israel into Egypt, where they remained for 400 years. God’s people may be tempted to envy the wicked (see Psalm 73), and to wonder why God gives them hardship while worldly people enjoy the comfort and pleasures of this world. The LORD is good and gracious even to unbelievers (Matthew 5:45), but since they do not value spiritual, eternal treasures, their reward is limited to this life. “Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full” (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16). 

But God is working to prepare His people for something infinitely better than what this fallen world can offer. And He is reserving the wicked for judgment (Psalm 1:5; 2 Thess. 1:5-6), as He demonstrated in Egypt.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

LIVING THROUGH CHRIST: A New Testament Word Study of the Greek Word dià (‘by, rhrough, because of’)

            One of the most common formulas for successful Christian living has been, "Let Christ live His life through you."  This is the central theme of the doctrine of sanctification long promoted by the Keswick Bible Conferences, and it is very common in books on spiritual living.  The idea is that the Christian is but a channel for the life of Christ to flow through.  The Christian is told to "let go and let God," and to let Christ live through him.  While there is an element of truth in the teaching, it is carried to an unbiblical extreme that can actually hinder, rather than promote spiritual living.
            For many sincere Christians who have been seeking to live a victorious life to the glory of God, this doctrine has a strong appeal.  I must confess that it strongly influenced my thinking when I was in Bible college.  I still remember with some nostalgia the powerful speakers we had in chapel, many of whom promoted the Keswick doctrine of sanctification.  The British preachers seemed to impress us the most.  It was as if we were hearing the great Charles Spurgeon himself just because of the accent! (Ironically, Spurgeon himself never participated in the Keswick conferences.)
            Occasionally, usually at the annual Spiritual Life Conference at Detroit Bible College, the speaker would invite anyone who wanted to have victory over sin to respond to an invitation to come forward and "do business with God".   We were told that it was a once and for all act of surrender and faith.  It was sometimes equated with the filling of the Spirit.  One preacher paraphrased F. B. Meyer who seemed to hear God telling him, "As you accepted salvation from the hands of a dying Savior, won't you accept the filling of the Spirit from the hands of the living Savior?"  A Christian psychologist who held that view once said, "It's as easy as taking a bath."
            So we responded, confident that now we would live the victorious, powerful Christian life that we had read about in the biographies of Hudson Taylor, F. B. Meyer, D. L. Moody, George Mueller, and many others.  For a time we did experience new joy, new power, and new victory.  But many of us found that after the excitement of having "found the secret" wore off, we were more discouraged than ever, because we found ourselves defeated again in the same areas as before.  Yet we sincerely believed that we had surrendered our lives to Christ, and we truly desired that He live His life through us.  Other revivalists would claim that there was some secret closet of our lives that we had not really opened to Christ and His Spirit.  But after repeated self-searching, we had to conclude that if there was some area of our lives that we had not yielded, God had not revealed it.
            I don't mean to imply that any of those preachers, British or American, were anything less than outstandingly dedicated men of God.  Would that we had more Christian leaders of their moral and spiritual character today!  Nor were they promoting a gross heresy.  Most of the content of their messages was solid Christian doctrine.  It was, in fact, more heavily doctrinal than today's audiences will tolerate.  The Keswick teachers and preachers have simply carried certain biblical truths to unbiblical extremes.
           My experience of seeking to live a holy life led me to test the foundation upon which the Keswick doctrine was built: can we indeed negate our own identity in such a way that Christ alone is living through us?  And more impor­tantly, is that what the Bible really teaches about the Christian life?  Consequently, I began to question the popular statement, "Christ living through you," and its related admonition, "Let go and let God." 
           The logical place to start my study was with the Greek word normally translated 'by' or 'through' in the New Testament.  Surely, if this doctrine is true, it should show up quickly in the usage of this word in the New Testament.  My findings were very reveal­ing: they showed just the opposite of the popular view of sancti­fication.  The New Testament teaches that we are to live our lives through Christ, not vice versa.  Indeed, God "did predestinate (believers) to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brethren (Romans 8:29).  Christ is not looking for zombies through whom to live His life; He is seeking and saving men and women whose individual lives will be conformed by God's grace to the character of Christ so that he will have many "brethren," siblings. 

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
            By God's design, each Christian has a unique personality and special talents, and God's plan is that we should glorify Him through our individual characteristics.  The Psalm­ist revealed that God formed each one of us in our mother's womb according to His divine plan.

For Thou didst form my inward parts;
Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb. 
I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13‑16). 

            God wove togeth­er the genes and chromosomes that would determine our inherited characteristics.  Having created this masterpiece in each one of us, is God now commanding us to deny our individuality and become nondescript channels for the life of Christ?  No, according to the New Testament, the "secret" to the abundant life in Christ is to practice living our individual lives through Christ, drawing upon his power, identifying with his person and charac­ter.  This will become clearer as we examine the biblical refer­ences in the word study.

Christ Who is Our Life
            But doesn't Colossians 3:3, and 4 say "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God, and that Christ is "our life"?  Certainly.  But notice that it is "your life" that is hidden with Christ in God.  You have not totally disappeared.  It is also true that the true Christian, as opposed to the professing Christian, has no life apart from Christ.  He energizes our new life to His glory.  When we were outside of Christ, we thought we had life, but we were actually "dead in your trespassses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1).
            Now, as those who have been raised spiritually from the dead, we must draw upon His life to experience abundant life ourselves and to bear fruit that is pleasing to God.  This is what Jesus was teaching in John 15:1-5—

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 
(Joh 15:1-5)


            We must not minimize this great truth that our only true life comes to us from the True Vine, Christ, and that life does flow through us to bear fruit.  But let us notice again that we, as responsible individuals, are to "abide in Him" and "bear fruit".

When God works through humans
            There have been times in the history of God's people when God worked through people, they were His channels or instruments.  In fact, the majority of references to the Greek word dià in the Book of Acts (9 of 13) refer to God working or speaking through men.  But these acts of God were extraordinary, miraculous acts for a special purpose.  One category is divine inspiration. For example, Acts 2:16 says, "but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel . . ."  Another category is miracles and signs which were designed to confirm the Word.  Acts 5:12 states, "And at the hands of (lit. 'through') the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people . . ."  Many other references refer to the same extraordinary acts of God through men.

Salvation through Christ
            It will undoubtedly surprise many Christians to discover that other than the above mentioned miraculous interventions of God in giving and confirming the Scriptures, there are no references to Christ living His life or working through believers.  In fact, Christ is shown to be exactly what First Timothy 2:5 says he is: the "one mediator between God and men."  Christ stands as the mediator for all the Father's dealings with us and also as the mediator for our approach to the Father.  It is through Christ  that we live our lives to God's glory.  This places Christ at the very center of all interaction between God and His people.  And this is perfect­ly in accord with the fact that only Christ is both God and man.
            First of all, the uses of  dià in the New Testament teach us that we are saved through Christ.  A very clear statement of this is found in John 3:17: "For God sent not His Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world might be saved through Him."  In John 10:9 Jesus says, "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."  Again, in John 14:6 Jesus says, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father, but through Me."

Access to the Father through Christ
            The New Testament also makes it clear that our access to the Father is through our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:18 says, "for through Him we both have access in one Spirit unto the Father." And Hebrews 7:25 says, "Hence also He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them."

Worship through Christ
            Often we read or hear a speaker say that we should let Christ do through us what we find difficult (nay, humanly impossible) to do, even though the Bible clearly exhorts to do it.  For instance, consider the exhortation, "In everything give thanks..." (I Thessalonians 5:18).  This seems humanly impossible at times, but the New Testament states that we, through Christ, can and should offer thanksgiving to God.  Hebrews 13:15 says it well: "Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name."  (See also Romans 7:25)
            Another challenge we think of as impos­sible is: "Love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44)!  Since love is the most distinctive characteristic of the Christian life (I Corinthians 13, Romans 13:8‑10), we can justly say that it is the heart of the "spiritual sacrifices" that we are to offer to God.  And how do we offer those sacrifices?  Consider what Peter says: "You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ" (I Peter 2:5). Through Jesus we can offer any and all spiritual sacrifices.

Victory through Christ
            "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:57).  Paul indicates that the spiritual power we need for daily victory is available to us through the Holy Spirit (who is also referred to as the Spirit of Christ, Romans 8:9).  Paul prays "that He might grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man" (Ephesians 3:16).  And, of course, Paul states triumphantly, "But in all things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us" (Romans 8:37).
            When dià is used in a particular grammatical construction (i.e. with the accusative case) it has the meaning "because of."  In Revelation 12:11 we see a beautiful picture of the ultimate Christian victory because of Christ: "And they overcame him (the devil) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even unto death."
            When we sing "Victory in Jesus," we are singing the truth. We are more than conquerors through Christ and because of what Christ has done. Christ's victory on the cross "disarmed the rulers and authorities," (Col. 2:15) and secured our salvation.  Because of His finished work, we can now have victory through Him.

Total Christian life through Christ
            From our initial salvation to our final victory, our Chris­tian life is to be lived through Christ.  The Scriptures do not exhort us to "let go and let God,"  but to cultivate active fellowship with Christ in every aspect of our lives.
            John sums it up when he writes: "By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him" (I John 4:9).  

Exceptions?  What about "dying to self"?
            Another popular phrase in the Keswick vocabulary is "dying, or death, to self". Three verses come to mind that do not use the word dià but do nonetheless relate to our thesis. 
            The first is Colossians 3:3‑4, which states, "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory."  If this is viewed out of context, it could be used to imply that we have no life of our own and that Christ is merely living His life through us. 
            First, the passage does not say that Christ is living His life through us; it states that Christ is our life.  When God created Adam, "He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7).  Man was not created to have a life independent of God.  Adam's sin was his declaration of independence from God when he ate the fruit that Satan claimed would make him and Eve like God.  In Adam's fall, all mankind died spiritually, and we can only be made alive by reuniting with God in Jesus Christ.  Through faith in Christ as the God-Man who paid the price of our sins as our substitute, we have new life in Him and we are said to be "raised up with Christ" (Colossians 3:1) and "renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created [us]" (Colossians 3:10). 
            As with many passages used to support a particular doctrine, Colossians 3:3‑4 is usually taken out of context.  Nothing in the context of Chapter 3 indicates that the believer loses his or her identity or ceases to live his or her own life.  It simply states the grand truth that the source of our new spiritual life is Christ.  But it is still spoken of as "our life," and we are actively (not passively) to live it.  In fact, verse one says, "If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God."
            The same sort of distortion is often seen in the interpreta­tion of Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me."  At first glance, this passage seems to strongly confirm the Keswick doctrine of Christ living through us.  But here again it does not say Christ lives through us, but in us.  Here again, the context puts this verse in perspective.  In Galatians 2 Paul is not teaching the doctrine of sanctification, but justification.  He is very forcefully saying that through the Law we die, but through grace we live.  Paul is saying that the man he once was is dead and Christ is his new life.  The immediate context makes this clear.

For through the Law I died to the Law, that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly (2:19‑21).

            Notice that Paul is saying essentially what he said in Colossians 3, that is, that Christ is his life.  But notice that he immediately adds, "the life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God..." Paul is still living his life, but it is not independent of the life of Christ. Without Christ he wouldn't have real life at all.  Paul's old life in the flesh is dead; now Christ is his life.  He says the same thing in a parallel statement in Romans 6:6, "knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin." 
            Likewise, we would never take Galatians 2:20 to mean we must "die to self" (in the sense of losing our identity) and let Christ live His life through us if we were to see that verse first in the context of Galatians 2, rather than in the context of popular modern teaching on sanctification.
            The final verse we need to discuss is Philippians 1:21 — "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain."  What does Paul mean by "For me to live is Christ"?  Isn't this an example of Christ living His life through us?  Once again, the context shows that this verse lends no support to the Keswick doctrine.

            For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.  But I am hard pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake (Philippians 2:19‑24).

            It's not hard to see that Paul is saying that he has only one reason to go on living — to magnify Christ.  And that is his active pursuit.  This is certainly not a man who has merely let go and let God!

VII. How do we live through Christ?
            It is not enough to point out that the New Testament says we are to live our lives through Christ, and not the other way around.  Every true Christian wants to know how to have spiritual victory in his or her life.  While it is beyond the scope of this treatise to fully expound how we are to live through Christ, some basic principles should be understood so that readers can further explore the biblical teaching and apply it to their lives.
            First, if we are to live our lives through Christ, then we must focus our attention on Christ, on His character, His attributes, His work for us, and our relation­ship to Him.  Our relationship to Him is expounded in detail in Romans 6.  In that chapter, Paul says that through our faith in Jesus Christ we are identified with His death and resurrection. This identification is not just theoretical. The Holy Spirit actually works a change in us so that the person we once were is dead and we are spiritually raised to a new life created in the image of Christ.  Jesus described this as being "born again," or "born from above" (John 3:3,7).
            To understand this better, we must realize that ever since Adam fell into sin, each human being has found his or her identity in the flesh.  We thought of ourselves as fleshly beings and we sought to please the flesh.  God created us to be spiritual beings who manifest God's likeness in the flesh.  Since Adam fell only one man has ever manifested God's likeness in the flesh ‑‑‑ Jesus Christ.
            When we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, His death for our sins becomes our death to sin, that is, the death of the "old man" who was fleshly and under the total domination of sin.  And Christ's resurrection becomes our spiritual resurrection to new life in Him.
            In Romans 6 Paul uses three words to indicate the steps we can take in our mind and will to live our lives through Christ: (1) know (v. 6), (2) consider (v. 11), and (3) present (v. 13).  These are not steps that can be taken once and for all.  We will have to remind ourselves of these truths over and over during our sojourn here on earth.  But as these truths become more a part of us, living through Christ will become more habitual, and the old habits of the flesh will fall away.

            Romans 6:6‑8 says,

. . . knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him...

            The first step is to know the truth about our relationship with Christ.  We can never rise above our beliefs.  Our beliefs must change our behavior or most certainly our behavior will change our beliefs.  That is why Paul had a habit of expounding the doctrinal basis for the Christian life in his epistles before he went on to the practical applications.  We must know, then, that when we received Christ, the old person we were died.  That life was truly gone for good, and we were spiritually raised to a new life, a life empowered by the Holy Spirit after the nature of Christ.
            If this be true, then why do we still feel the impulse of sin, and why do we sometimes stumble into actual sin.  Paul explains this problem in Chapters 7 and 8 of Romans.  Paul points out that our bodies are not yet redeemed and the "law of sin" still resides in our "members". That vestige of sin in our flesh is all that remains of the dead old man.  In fact, Paul calls it a "body of death" (Romans 7:25).  The good news is that while sin is still resident in us, it is no longer president in us.  We can and will have victory over it by God's grace which works mightily in us through the Holy Spirit who lives in us.  "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace" (Romans 6:14).
            The second step is to consider ourselves dead to sin, and alive unto God.  To reckon means to count on the fact.  Once we know the truth, we must count on it when temptation comes.  Paul says,

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey its lusts.  (Romans 6:11‑12)

            We can illustrate this principle by thinking of a nation that was under the domination of a tyrannical dictator and was forced to obey his every command.  Finally, the dictator was overthrown and banished from the country.  The citizens were free from the tyrant and protected by the army and police force of the new democratic government.  But the old ruler began to make clandestine radio broadcasts into the country, making the same old demands on the people, and some were terri­fied by his voice and felt that they should obey him. They needed reassurance that the old dictator had no power over them.  His power was broken and they were free to serve the new benevolent government that existed for their welfare.
            In the same way, we may feel the impulses of sin in the flesh, but the power of sin in broken through our relationship with Christ.  In fact, it is even better than the illustration: we actually died to the old dictator and have been raised with Christ to a new life!  Many people wish they could be considered dead and begin their life anew.  Only reborn Christians can do that.
            The final step is to present our members as "instruments of righteousness unto God" (Romans 6:13).  While sin resides in the members of our body, the body is not sinful in itself.  When we speak of a glass of water, we do not mean that the glass is made of water.  It is merely a container for water.  In a similar way, "the body of sin" (Romans 6:6) may contain sin, but it is not in itself sinful.  Our members can be made useful to God's glory, and when that happens, sin cannot operate.  That's what Paul means when he says, "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). 
            In conclusion then, when you feel the impulses of the flesh to sin, you should recognize that the temptation does not come from your inner self, but from the last vestige of the old man who is dead.  You need to remind yourself that "if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness" (Romans (8:10).  In other words, the real you is a spiritual and righteous person because of Christ's Spirit.  And your inner desire is to glorify God. By God's grace we all can offer our members as instruments of righteousness to God.  It is the most natural thing for a saint to do. 
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APPENDIX

References to dià in relation to salvation and the Christian Life

John 3:17                     "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the
                                    world; but that the world might be saved through Him."

John 6:57                     "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father;
                                    so he who eats Me, he shall live because of Me."

John 10:9                     "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved,
                                    and shall go in and out, and find pasture."


John 14:6                     "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no
                                    one comes to the Father, but through Me."

John 15:3                     "You are already clean because of the word which I             have
                                    spoken unto you."

Acts 1:16                     "Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy
                                    Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who
                                    became the guide to those who arrested Jesus."

Acts 2:16                     "but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel..."

Acts 2:43                     "And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders
                                    and signs were taking place through the apostles."

Acts 3:18, 21               "But the things which God announced beforehand by the
                                    mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ should suffer, He has
                                    thus fulfilled . . . God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets
                                    from ancient time."

Acts 4:16                     "What shall be do with these men?  For the fact that a
                                    noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to
                                    all who live in Jerusalem . . ."

Acts 5:12                     "And at the hands of (lit. "through") the apostles many signs
                                    and wonders were taking place among the people . . . "

Acts 10:43                   "Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name
                                    every one who believes in Him has received forgiveness of
                                    sins."

Acts 13:38                   "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him
                                    forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you."

Acts 14:3                     "Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with
                                    reliance upon the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of
                                    His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their
                                    hands."

Acts 15:11                   "But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the
                                    Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."

Acts 18:27                   "And when he wanted to go across Achaia, the brethren
                                    encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to            welcome him;
                                    and when he had arrived, he helped greatly those who had
                                    believed through grace."

Acts 21:4                     "And after looking up the disciples, we stayed there seven days;
                                    and they kept telling Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in         
                                    Jerusalem."

Acts 28:25                   "And when they did not agree with one another, they began
                                    leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, 'The Holy
                                    Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your
                                    fathers . . . "

Romans 1:2                 "which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the
                                    holy Scriptures . . . "

Romans 1:5                 "(Jesus Christ our Lord) through whom we have received grace
                                    and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all
                                    the Gentiles for His name's sake . . . "

Romans 1:8                 "First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because
                                    your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world."

Romans 5:1, 2             "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with
                                    God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we
                                    have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which
                                    we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God."

Romans 5:5                 "and hope does not disappoint; because the love of God has
                                    been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who
                                    was given to us."

Romans 5:9                 "Much more then, having been justified by His blood, we shall
                                    be saved from the wrath of God through Him."


Romans 5:11               "And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord
                                    Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the
                                    reconciliation."

Romans 5:17               "For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through
                                    the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace
                                    and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the
                                    One, Jesus Christ."

Romans 5:21               "that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through
                                    righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Romans 7:4                 "Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law                               through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another,                                     to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit         
                                    for God."

Romans 7:25               "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, on
                                    the one had I myself with my mind am serving the Law of God,
                                    but on the other, with my flesh, the law of sin."

Romans 8:3                 "For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the
                                    flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful
                                    flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh 
                                    . . ."

Romans 8:11               "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells
                                    in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give
                                    life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you." 

Romans 8:37               "But in all things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him                        
                                    who loved us . . . "

Romans 11:36             "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To
                                    Him be glory forever. Amen."

Romans 12:1               "I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to
                                    present your bodies a living sacrifice,             acceptable to God, which
                                    is your spiritual (or rational) service of worship."


Romans 12:3               "For through the grace given to me I say to every man among
                                    you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think
                                    . . ."

Romans 15:18‑19        "For I will not presume to speak of anything except what 1             
                                    Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience
                                    of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and
                                    wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and
                                    round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel
                                    of Christ."

I Cor. 15:57                 "but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our
                                    Lord Jesus Christ."

II Cor. 1:5                   "For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so          
                                    also our comfort is abundant through Christ."

II Cor.3:4‑5                 "And such confidence we have through Christ toward God.                       
                                    Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as
                                    coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God."

Galatians 1:1               "Paul, an apostle (not sent from men, nor through the agency          
                                    of man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father who              
                                    raised Him from the dead), . . . "

Gal. 3:14                     "in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might                                    
                                    come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of         
                                    the Spirit through faith."

Gal. 3:26                     "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus."

Gal. 4:7                       "Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son,           
                                    then an heir through God."

Gal. 6:14                     "But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of
                                    our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been    
                                    crucified to me, and I to the world."

Ephesians 2:1              "for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the         
                                    Father."

Eph. 3:16                     "that He might grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
                                    to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner         
                                    man."

Phil. 3:9                       "and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my          
                                    own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in
                                    Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis         
                                    of faith."

Col. 2:12                     "having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were
                                    also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God,         
                                    who raised Him from the dead."

Hebrews 7:25              "Hence also He is able to save forever those who draw near to
                                    God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession
                                    for them."

Hebrews 12:28            "Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be
                                    shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God
                                    an acceptable service with reverence and awe..."

Hebrews 13:15            "Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of
                                    praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His
                                    name."

I Peter 2:5                   "you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house
                                    for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable
                                    to God through Jesus Christ."

I John 4:9                    "By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has
                                    sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live
                                    through Him."

Rev. 12:11                   "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and
                                    because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love
                                    their life even unto death."



(All Bible references are from the New American Standard Bible)