242 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 2 - Book 21 - Old Adam Crucified - Romans 3:19-22

242: Old Adam Crucified – Romans 3:19-22 – Part 2 – Lesson 1 Part 2 Book 21

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LESSON 1 * PART 2 * BOOK 21

OLD ADAM CRUCIFIED – ROMANS 3:19-22 – Part 2

Remember in the last lesson we were saying the Law does nothing but condemn a person. The Law can do nothing that helps us get to heaven. You can keep the commandments until you’re blue in the face, and it won’t cut any mustard at the Great White Throne Judgment. And remember Jesus Himself told so many, “And they will say in that day, `But Lord didn’t I do this and didn’t I do that.'” But the Lord will say to them, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” And why didn’t he know them? Because they had never come God’s way. Those of you who have been with me for a long time know that I have two statements that I call absolutes of Scripture. Those two absolutes are in the Book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:6

“But without faith it is impossible to please him (God):…” And the other one in Hebrews Chapter 9 is just as important.

Hebrews 9:22b

“… and without shedding of blood is no remission.” So never lose sight of those two precepts. Without faith you cannot please God, and you can get nowhere with God without the shedding of Blood, which of course now goes back to the Cross. Now quickly review Romans 3 verse 20 in order to go into verse 21:

Romans 3:20,21

“Therefore by the deeds (or the keeping of the) law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge (or the awareness) of sin.” And I told you that was old Adam. Law could do nothing but condemn, it had no power even to the Jew to help them be a Law-keeper, but rather all it could do was condemn him. But look at the verse 21 and see the flip side.

“But now the righteousness of God (not human righteousness, remember that’s like filthy rags) without the law (can you get it any plainer than that?) is manifested (put in the spot light), being witnessed by the law and the prophets;”

Paul, you see, comes on the scene rather late in the progressive revelation doesn’t he? Here we have come all the way up through the Old Testament even in our study, as we started back there in Genesis and past the flood, the tower of Babel, and to the call of Abraham. Then through the Covenant promises, Isaac and Jacob, and finally here comes the Nation of Israel out of Egypt and into the Sinai, and they receive the Law under Moses. Then along come the prophets all pleading with the Nation of Israel to straighten up their act, because if they don’t this is what is going to happen to them. That’s prophecy. And finally prophecy was fulfilled to a great degree when Christ came the first time, every jot and tittle concerning His first coming. And then Israel, under Peter and the eleven, continued to reject all these offers, and when Israel was just seemingly going further and further away, then God did something totally different that even the Jew couldn’t understand. He saved another little Jew and told him from day one that He was going to send him to the Gentiles.

I know this is hard for some people to swallow. Turn to the Book of Ephesians. I’m so thankful so many of you are writing and calling and telling me that for the first time you are understanding your Bible, and that finally you are understanding the difference between Law and Grace, and the difference between Peter and Paul. God dealing with Israel through Peter (Gal. 2:7-9) and God dealing with the Gentiles through Paul. You have to get that straight if you’re going to understand what God is trying to say. Until you get that straight you’re going to be living in a half-world of confusion. Ephesians Chapter 2, and I know we have looked at these verses many times. Remember, the same Apostle that wrote the Book of Romans, writes now to the Ephesians.

Ephesians 2:11,12

“Wherefore remember (and understand), that ye being in time past Gentiles (not Jews) in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision (Jews) in the flesh made by hands.” The Jew referred to the Gentile as uncircumcised.

“That at that time…” What time? While God was dealing with the Jew under Law. Those 2000 years from Abraham until the Apostle Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles (Rom. 11:13), comes on the scene. This is what Paul is looking back at and he says, “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:”

Remember everything that God was doing for the Jew didn’t apply to the Gentiles because we weren’t a citizen of Israel (Matthew 10:5). The Book says it, I’m not! Gentiles have never had any part of the Covenant promises, nor did they have God in the world as verse 12 says. No wonder they were all pagan. I’ve said before there wasn’t a single person at that time that had the knowledge of the one true God except when God was able to go down and touch Abraham, knowing that he would be a man who would respond. Then beginning with Abraham, God made the promise, “You are going to have a nation of people that are going to be the only people on earth who have a knowledge of the one true God.” At that time the whole then-known world was steeped in paganism.

We have just returned from a glorious trip to Greece, and Ephesus, and Corinth. All we saw in those ancient cities were temples to the gods and goddesses. All that heavy work that went into building those temples for a female goddess. Think about that. The ancient world was steeped in that kind of idolatry and paganism, with no knowledge of the one true God, and that is what the Apostle Paul is reminding us. Now let’s read on and see the flip side of this.

Ephesians 3:13

“But now (oh what a difference. God isn’t saying he’s only dealing with the Jew, but now he’s saying based on the finished work of the Cross that God is now dealing with us Gentiles)in Christ Jesus ye (Gentiles) who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” I’ve told you without faith you can’t please God, and without the shedding of Blood there can be no remission of sin.We see that in this verse.

Now back to Romans, and remember the only way you can deal with old Adam is on those two premises. Faith and the shed Blood; you can’t escape them. If you think that you can try your dead level best by making sure you are in Church, remember none of that gains you points for your salvation. There is many a soul in Hell tonight who never missed filling their pew on Sunday morning. They thought they were gaining their salvation by good works, but they never understood they were riding that tremendous horse I told you about in the last lesson. That beautiful horse was just loaded with energy to do evil, but they were able to keep it curried, combed and dressed, and maybe they went through life and had themselves fooled all the way. But if the Law could have really manifested itself then their beautiful horse would have exploded also.

Romans 3:21a

“But now…”

This side of the Cross. My class people tell me all they hear Sunday after Sunday is sermons from the Four Gospels. Many pastors refuse to get into Paul’s doctrines where the meat is. All of Paul’s writings are Holy Spirit breathed, and you have to get into these writings of Paul because in the Four Gospels the Cross hasn’t been accomplished yet. Why can’t people realize that? Christ wasn’t preaching death, burial, and Resurrection during His earthly ministry. How could He, it hadn’t even taken place. Oh He knew it was coming, and you know I have shown you Luke 18:31-34 so often.

Luke 18:31-34

“Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, `Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: and they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.’ And they (the Twelve) understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.”

So after all these things have been kept hidden for so long, now after Christ has finished the work of the Cross, and ascended back to glory and has sent the Holy Spirit. Now He reveals to this other apostle (Paul), the one nearly everyone likes to push back in the corner. See, they don’t want to fool with Paul’s writings. But it’s to that apostle that all these great truths of salvation are now revealed. And that’s why Paul can say it here in verse 21: But now as a result of the ascended Lord revealing to him that the finished work of the Cross did something for the human race, it did the things that man can’t do. Reading it again:

Romans 3:21

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;”

That’s the Old Testament, absolutely. When I stress the Apostle Paul, you will never hear me say to ignore the Four Gospels, or the Old Testament. Take the whole Book from cover to cover. But you must begin with some basics, and a verse comes to mind that we need to look at. And if these things aren’t true then Paul is going to have the hottest corner in the lake of fire. That’s right. If what Paul writes is not true then he is the biggest liar that ever walked, then he’s the biggest impostor that ever wrote. But he’s not!

I Corinthians 3:9,10a

“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation,…”

If Paul didn’t lay the foundation, then Paul’s a liar, and if Paul is a liar then his writings have no business in this Book. But they are in this Book, because he’s not a liar. The Holy Spirit inspired the man to write exactly what he wrote, and so Paul says that he is the masterbuilder. When does the masterbuilder come onto the scene? When the building is half-way up? No, from the ground up. Paul doesn’t come in as a masterbuilder and continue on with something that has been building for years and years. Paul comes in and starts with a brand new foundation which is Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen again! See the difference? That’s where he starts his building. And that’s what he says in the next verse.

I Corinthians 3:11

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

We are being confronted today politically and every other way with a consortium of the religions of the world coming together. I had a young man call me from Iowa, and his pastor had made the statement the previous Sunday morning that all the religions of the world that are monotheistic, in other words they worship the one God; they are all in Christ, they’re all believers and they’re all going to heaven. And this young man told me that he didn’t know much, but he had been watching some of our videotapes with a friend and he knew that what his pastor said was not right!

I guess that’s not right! These other religions of the world know nothing of Jesus Christ as their foundation, and here is where we have to be adamant. Yeah that’s very narrow, I grant you it’s narrow, but remember this is a narrow Book, and when people come to me and say, “Now wait a minute the Koran, and the book of this and the book of that, are they all wrong?” I always come back with another question. “Can you name me one other book besides this one that predicted things thousands of years in advance and they happened? Do you know of another religious book that can tell prophecy even five years in advance? The Bible is the only one, and that’s why we don’t have to take a back seat when we defend this Book. Prophecy has secured it’s accuracy. If you can see that what was foretold concerning Christ’s first coming, and it all happened, about 360 individual prophecies all fulfilled completely, and then you say that the rest of this Book and future prophecies may not be true, then there has to be something wrong with your thinking. But it is true. Now back to what Paul has just said.

I Corinthians 3:10

“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation,…” Jesus Christ is the only Foundation for what we believe. Back to Romans 3:22:

Romans 3:22

“Even the righteousness of God (man’s righteousness is never brought in here. Not a thing of man’s good works) which is by faith (or faith in) of Jesus Christ (watch how it is appropriated) unto all and upon all them that (what’s the next word?) believe:…”

Here is another one of the places I tell people to analyze how many different things the world’s religions have to put in there. But it doesn’t, it’s not in there. It says all of this has happened to them who believe plus nothing. You must believe the Gospel for your salvation (I Corinthians 15:1-4). And when it’s belief plus nothing I know it riles people up but I can’t help it. I’m not about to say this verse says to them that believe and repent, and are baptized, join a Church, or anything else you want to put in this verse. But remember it doesn’t say it, and we have no right to put it in there.

This is a whole new concept now on this side of the Cross. That because Christ died, shed His Blood, and was able to scream in His final words from that horrible cross, “It is finished!” And what is the human race trying to do? Add to it, because they think our Lord didn’t quite finish it. “I’ve also got to do this or that,” they say, but remember that’s not what The Book says, The Book says it’s finished. It’s complete! God has done everything that needs to be done to take care of old Adam, to give us a new divine nature, to set our feet on a Rock, all the things that you want to put in there, it was all accomplished when He said, “It is finished!” And we just can’t add anything to it. And when we talk about believing, I’m not talking about a simple acknowledgment that “yeah, I guess that’s the way it was.” That’s not what we are talking about, we’re talking about a genuine heart condition, when that old Adam has been convicted by the Law that has condemned him and then we realize that all of God’s mercy has already been poured out, and we merely appropriate it. Thank you Lord I believe it!

I can’t understand or comprehend how the Creator Himself came down and took on human flesh, lived those 33 years on the dusty, dirty road of Israel, went to the most horrible death ever dreamed up by mankind, and did it willingly and obediently simply because He loved the human race; and did all that needed to be done in order to just pour it out if they will just believe it. Believe it, believe it, believe it! And then when we believe it for our salvation then God gives us the power again to live it. How many people have told me over the years,“Well, I’ll get saved when I can live it.” You can’t live it until you’re saved. Until we let God get rid of old Adam we are going to be law-breakers, because it’s our nature. But when we get to the place we can say, “All right Lord, crucify old Adam,” (we’ll look at that in the weeks to come) then we’ll get to the place where you can say, “Here I am Lord, do what you want.”

241 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 1 - Book 21 - Old Adam Crucified - Romans 3:19-22

241: Old Adam Crucified – Romans 3:19-22 – Part 1 – Lesson 1 Part 1 Book 21

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LESSON 1 * PART 1 * BOOK 21

OLD ADAM CRUCIFIED – ROMANS 3:19-22

As we begin this book let’s continue in the Book of Romans, beginning in Chapter 3. In our last lesson we wound up with God’s great controversy with the human race and how He had built His case as a prosecuting Attorney, not against any one segment, race or class, but against the whole human race. And in Romans Chapter 1 we looked at the immoral man; and God tells us why they are guilty. Then we looked at moral man, who on the outside is good. There is nothing anybody can find wrong with him, but God has just as much to say about him as He does the immoral man. The third category was the religious individual who thought because of his religion he had everything he needed to meet his Maker. Then we came to that great conclusion as we left our last program that all have failed, all are guilty, there is none righteous, no not one.

So we pick up at verse 19 of Chapter 3, and when I teach this chapter I always like to make a statement that there are two chapter 3’s in The Bible that I think are mandatory for every believer to understand. The first one is in the Book of Genesis Chapter 3 where we have the account of sin making its appearance, when Adam rebelled and ate of the forbidden fruit. In Chapter 3 then, mankind is a fallen race, totally disobedient to everything that God says and as a result of their fall we’ve seen the 6000 years of human suffering, of degeneration, corruption, evil and wickedness; and it all begin back in the Garden of Eden.

So God comes to that conclusion here in Romans 3 that this is the problem, and the only remedy is the one God Himself has provided. This flies in the face of human reasoning, and we will see why here in just a moment. Now as we come in to verse 19 just glance at the verses ahead of it, and you will notice that it isn’t a very pretty picture. But that’s what God sees whenever He looks at a human being still in Old Adam. That’s where He saw me and you, and that’s where He still sees every lost person. We are an open sepulcher, our mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. We have no fear of God so that’s the picture of the unbeliever that God sees.

Romans 3:19

“Now we know (and when Paul says we know, he’s talking about something that is solid ground. This isn’t just wishful thinking, this isn’t something that only a theologian could dream up. This is basic scriptural fact) that what things soever the law saith it saith to them who are under the law:…”

I don’t think any of you here in the class have any trouble answering the question, “Who was under the Law?” The Nation of Israel – the Jew! And that’s why they were put in that place of special responsibility. God gave them the Law, printed on the tables of stone and it was as plain as day. And the Jew had the whole system of what we call law, the religious, the ritual, the sacrifices, the priesthood, the civil law, and it then all comprised what we call the Law. But at the heart of the Law are the Ten Commandments. So as we study these terms, in Romans especially, we are always going to be careful. Are we talking about the Ten Commandments or are we talking about the whole system of law? In other words if a Jew misused his neighbor, the civil law stipulated how he had to make things right. The ceremonial law designated under a certain circumstance of sin or wrong doing he had to bring such and such to the priest, and so on and so forth. But at the heart of all these laws is the moral Law, or what we call the Ten Commandments. So I think here in the first part of verse 19 Paul is talking about the Ten Commandments, the moral Law. Let’s look at the verse again:

Romans 3:19

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith (thou shalt and thou shalt not), it saith to them who are under the law (the whole system of law. The Nation of Israel and they alone were under that. But it doesn’t stop there. Now it goes on and says that not just Jewish mouth, but rather ): that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

Who does that include? Everybody! Jew and Gentile, black and white, rich and poor. Regardless of a person’s status he’s under that demand of the Law. Most people think that if they can just keep the Law then they become righteous, but that verse says they become guilty before God. We can’t stop there without taking the next verse.

Romans 3:20

“Therefore (since the Mosaic Ten Commandments makes everyone guilty, therefore) by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight (now look at this last statement): for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Now underline that word `sin,’ because for the first time that we have really seen it in the Book of Romans where it will take the application or the definition that I like to make of the word `sin’ Those of you who have been with me during a study of Romans know what I’m going to say. You can put in its place, I think, without exception “old Adam” throughout the Book of Romans (of course if it doesn’t fit somewhere then back away from it). The old sin nature that each of us are born with. Now let’s read it that way, substituting the word `sin‘ with old Adam.

Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of old Adam.”

Now I want to give you a couple statements, and I trust you will write them in the fly leaf of your Bible. The first one is this. We are not sinners because we break the Law. That’s hard to swallow isn’t it? Most everyone thinks the reason we are sinners is because we have committed adultery, or have stolen and cheated. But contrary to that we break the Law(The moral ten) because we are sinners, and sons of Adam. Now that is contrary to what most religions teach and contrary to what probably nine out of ten church members think today. They think the reason we’re sinners is because we are always breaking the Law, and that’s not the problem. The problem is we have something within us that wants to constantly break the Law, and then of course when we break the law we are guilty.

But now we need to go back to Adam again don’t we? Because that’s where it all began. When Adam was created he was perfect, there was not an ounce of sin in him, not even a sinful thought. He was as pure, I think, as Christ Himself was in His earthly advent. But how long did it last? Until Adam took that step of disobedience back there in the Garden of Eden, and it was a simple step. He simply took and ate of that fruit that was forbidden, and immediately he became a sin-nature individual. Then all he could think, in spite of himself, constantly was that which was contrary to the very laws of his Creator God, and every human being has inherited that ever since. So this is where we are then in the statements I just gave you.You are not a sinner today because of anything you have done so far as actively performing a sinful act. You are a sinner because you are a child of Adam, and being a child of Adam everything that God says to do, then old Adam says to do the opposite.

I’ve been trying to think of a good illustration of this old sin nature because we have millions of people all around us that are good people. You can hardly find a flaw in their lifestyle. They have a beautiful home and family, their children are well behaved, they have never cheated a person out of a dime, they have never been unfaithful to each other, and from all outward appearances they are good people. I don’t know if this illustration will make sense to you or not but I want to try it. Take an individual who has a beautiful horse, well trained and groomed. This owner is so proud of that animal that he takes him to the show places, and puts him through his paces. And of course the owner is well-dressed himself. They are a beautiful pair to behold. But after this particular show (and he has won his purple ribbons, and he’s sitting there on his beautiful steed accepting all the applause of what they have accomplished. His animal is standing there perfectly contented, beautiful, being held in awe), all of a sudden, as if someone hit that horse with about ten electric cattle prods, that horse just bucked wildly.

Now that is about the end of the analogy because you can never carry spiritual things very far. Alright, that beautiful steed I’m telling you about is a picture of old Adam. You see we can groom him, we can control him a lot of the time, and make him just fool the world that, “Hey, he’s okay.” But all of a sudden something makes old Adam just erupt like this animal that had been hit with a bunch of cattle prods. Here is what I want you to answer me. What am I likening the cattle prods to? What causes old Adam to suddenly lose his poise, suddenly realize that all that pent up power for wickedness came to the fore front? The Law! Do you see that?

People can have themselves all veneered and be so beautiful, and have everything under control, and then one day the Law comes and they’ve read it and memorized it, but they never heard it. Then one day the Law comes and it just smashes old Adam, and he erupts. Now let me take you to Romans Chapter 7. It’s this chapter that the theologians like to banter back and forth, and I’m not going to pay any attention to their arguments, but rather look at the way this old layman sees it. Start with verse 9. This verse has raised a lot of eyebrows or has caused people to just skim right over it, because they don’t understand anyway. Now don’t forget the story of my beautiful horse. Here is the Apostle Paul under that same set of circumstances. He’s got his life, religiously he thinks, under complete control. A religious zealot who was admired and looked up to by the whole Jewish religious community. Then all of a sudden that horse beneath him erupts, and it changed his life.

Romans 7:9a

“For I was alive without the law once:…”

What does he mean? He knew the Law from the time he was at his mother’s knee let alone Gamaliel’s. The Law had already been in force for 1500 years before Saul came along. So he says I was alive without the Law. How could he have been? Because he was part and parcel of that Judaistic society. I’ll tell you where Saul was, and that’s where most people are today when they read their Bible. They read, but most of the time it goes right over their heads. And the same way with Saul. He thought he knew the Law from cover to cover. He thought he knew those Ten Commandments forward and backwards, but you know what? He had never understood what they really said, it was just so many words. But there on the road to Damascus as he was confronted with the ascended Lord, all of a sudden the Law meant what it said to Saul of Tarsus. And what happened? He realized that he was the biggest law breaker of all. And that’s why he claims that he was such a sinner, he had persecuted the believers. But it was when the Law finally got hold of Saul, that he had to recognize, “I’m nothing!” So what happened? He said, “I died.” Let’s look at the verse again.

Romans 7:9

“For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

We know he didn’t die physically, so where did he die? That old Adam. Old Adam has to die, and that’s the theme of this Book of Romans, to deal with that old sin nature that is constantly making man rebel against the very tenets of God. By now you should be able to see what I’m driving at. Is that something we can do in the energy of the flesh? No! There is no way you can deal with old Adam in the flesh, because just like the gentlemen with the beautiful horse. He had trained that animal, he’s gained his rewards over him, but then one day when that horse was finally exploded with an outside source of energy, it showed itself for what it really was. It could be just as cantankerous, it could buck him just as far as the worst bronco ever could, and that’s where our old Adam is.

And we have to come to grips with that old Adam, and you can’t do it by joining a church. Now I’m not against the church, don’t ever let anyone get that idea, but rather I’m using the Church as an example that that is not what we have to do in order to get right with God. We have to first and foremost deal with this old Adam, and remember he’s in the area of the invisible. You can’t lay him out on the table and examine him. Old Adam is in the area of the spiritual, he’s in the invisible, and consequently when we start dealing in the area of the invisible there is only One that knows how to do it, and Who is it? The Creator Himself! He is the only One that can delve down into the depths of the spirit. So we have to deal with old Adam then through the work and power of our Creator, our Saviour and our Lord. Now Romans Chapter 3, verse 19 again:

Romans 3:19

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law (Israel): that every mouth may be stopped,…”

Now just think about that for a moment. I try to prepare my classes for this and it happens all the time. That good neighbor, friend, or good customer or client comes in and the conversation comes around to these things, and that person will say, “I’m doing the best I can, I think I’ll make it. Don’t give me a hassle because I’m pretty good. I’m keeping the commandments, I’ve joined the church, I’m a good family man, I give, so don’t talk to me about my having any problem facing eternity.” But you see they haven’t dealt with the core problem. “Old Adam!” And so the Law is the only way that God can come to that kind of a person and say, “You’re Guilty!” Do you see that? I don’t care how good they have been, or how good their record is. God still looks back and sees that throat like an open sepulcher. He still sees a mouth that is full of cursing, and thought processes that are as immoral as anybody can get and that is all coming out of old Adam.

Another good illustration is back in the 30’s during the bootlegging days. They could outlaw the consumption of alcohol if they wanted to, but you can’t stop people from getting it, so the only way they could really deal with the alcohol problem was to find where it was being made, and they tried to get rid of the stills. If you could get rid of every still in the world there wouldn’t be any alcohol, and that would get rid of the problem. It’s the same way with old Adam. He’s just like a still, he just keeps putting it out, and putting it out and putting it out, and I don’t care how you try to cover it up or wallpaper over it, it just won’t work until we deal with old Adam. Now verse 20, and you can’t approach God on the merit of what you have done. We have to come back and realize that God says, “we can doing nothing to merit favor with Him.”

Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” We are going to see when we get into Chapter 4 that it’s so plain. The Apostle Paul tells us in verse 3 the following.

Romans 4:3

“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” And it was his believing that caused God to call him a righteous man, and verse 2 tells us that it was not by works lest he should boast.

Romans 4:2

“For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory: but not before God.”

You know I’ve made the comment to my classes and maybe even here on the program several years ago the following. Have you ever envisioned heaven and you are there because of what you did down here to merit it? You know what I’ve told people? Everybody would be crossing the street to avoid someone because they wouldn’t want to listen to someone tell them over and over all they had done to get there. That wouldn’t be heaven, that would be awful. But it won’t be that way, because everyone of us is never going to be able to say a thing that we have done got us to heaven. It was only the work of a merciful God. Now let’s look at verse 20 again in Chapter 3.

Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

The knowledge of sin or the knowledge of our old Adam. And it’s the only place you will find it. Now again you won’t find language like this back in the Four Gospels. Jesus didn’t get into this part of the whole problem. Jesus was more or less just dealing with the Jews under the Law, but now you see the Apostle Paul is speaking out by Holy Spirit inspiration of course and is delving into the whole human race. Not just the problem in Israel and the Jews but everyone. Look at your newspaper today, the whole front page on any paper is covered with the same kind of stuff. Murder, rape, terrorism, crime, immorality. And why? Because the world is under control of that old Adamic nature with Satan at the top of it. And this is what we must understand. It’s old Adam who is at the heart of the sin program. It’s old Adam in the realm of the spirit that we have to deal with through the power and mercy and the Grace of God.

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