Call-In Classic Christianity Radio – Bob George P694 (12-10-21)
Context is Important for Proper Understanding of the Word of God
Context of scripture is key to understanding the Word of God. We are all guilty at times for glossing over key parts of the bible and tend to base our analysis of a verse of scripture here or there, based on our own understanding or those traditions that have been taught to us by other men. Bob George would say repeatedly, “don’t believe what I say, but check it out for yourself in the word of God.” He emphasized that he could be saying something wrong himself and to be a Berean and go back and verify things. Ultimately, trust in the Holy Spirit to teach you the meaning of the word of God.
First off, it is important to understand that the Apostle Paul was an Israelite. We tend to overlook the obvious so many times in scripture. So when Paul speaks of two different groups of people he is speaking in terms of the Israelites of being under the Old Covenant, and now Gentiles and Israelites in the New Covenant as one group of people. We are all one in Christ Jesus, the Church, the Ekklesia, under the New Covenant of Grace. This is another mystery revealed by Paul in his writings.
1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.
The first caller, Gary called from Decatur Georgia. He had a question about Romans chapter 11:22,23 and being “cutoff.”
Bob George points out that context is key to understanding the word of God.
22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
In the end times, all of Israel shall be saved. God knows who true Israel is. Thus it will be the case that all of Israel shall be saved according to the word of God.
25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”
The second caller, Gary called from Bakersfield California. He was inquiring about depression during the holidays. He himself was struggling with this himself.
Bob George shares some insights on the decisions we have made in life and how our lives are affected by these decisions we have made.
The third caller, Bill called Chilliwack British Columbia. He had a question in regards to the New Covenant.
Bob points out that the law was given to the Israelites. It was not given to the Gentiles. Now there are the laws of Jesus, the laws of love are placed in the hearts of believers today.
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
Another caller Ian called from Denver Colorado in regards to given rewards in heaven to believers.
Bob goes into some information in regards to the Bema Seat of Christ.
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