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The Secret of Christian Living (I)

1.Read carefully Romans 7:14-24. Select from the following words those which describe the experience of this chapter: peace, freedom, conflict, bondage, satisfaction, joy, rest, discouragement, disgust, misery, disturbance, victory, defeat.)

2.What indications do you find in the portion that this might be the experience of a Christian?

3.Is this a description of what the normal Christian life should be? Explain your answer, with Scriptural basis. Consider Matt. 11 :28-30, John 8:36, Galatians 5:16-25.

4.What word is repeated most often in Romans 7:14-25?

5.How do you account for the experience described in this portion?

6.How many times do you find in Romans 8 the word which is repeated so often in Romans 7?

7.What word do you find repeated most often in Romans 8 :1-27. How many times do you find it?

8.From the words listed in No. 1, select the ones which describe the experience of this chapter.

9.How do you account for the difference in the experiences recorded in these two chapters?

10.What is the way of bringing about this change in a person's life? Romans 6:11; Galatians 5:16.

11.What two words declare the wonderful release which is the portion of those who are in Christ? 8:1. this release automatic in the life of the one in Christ, or does it need to be found? Cf. I John 3:19-21, Matt. 11:28-30.

13.What two laws are named in Romans 8:2?

14.Explain the significance of these two laws. Cf. Gal. 5:16-25. (Dictionary definition of a law: "A sequence of events in nature or in human activities that has been observed to occu~ with unvarying uniformity under the same conditions." Example-the law of gravity.)

15.What is the relationship of these two laws, and what determines which one is in operation?

16.Why is a law of restrictions and commands which is imposed from without ineffective in producing a holy life? Romans 8:3; cf. Eph. 4:22.

17.What remedy to the problem did God provide? Romans 8:3. Cf. 6:6.

18. What is the intended accomplishment in the child of God? 8:4.

19.In whom is this accomplishment realized? 8 :4.

20.The work of what two Persons is set forth in Romans 8:3-4?

21.How is the work of each associated with us? (Consider the use of the prepositions "for" and "in".)

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The Secret of Christian Living (II)

1.What two groups of people are indicated in Romans 8:5?

2.How are they distinguished?

3.What are the two contrasting products of the mind of the flesh and the mind of the Spirit? 8:6.

4.Why is it impossible for people who are in the flesh to please God? 8:7-8.

5.What makes the difference between being in the flesh and in the Spirit? 8:9.

6.What is absolutely necessary in order to be one of God's own? 8:9.

7.What part of man's threefold being (I Thess. 5:23) experiences the new birth? 8:10.

8.To what provision for their bodies should Christians lay claim? 8:11.

9.What two alternatives are set before the child of God? 8:13.

10.What is the& distinctive mark of the sons of God? 8:14.

11.What does the verb indicate regarding the attitude the child of God is to have toward the Holy Spirit? Cf. Romans 6:16.

12.How will this distinctive mark be manifested in the life? 8:12-14; Gal. 5:16, 22-24.

13.What is the opposite of the person and work of the Holy Spirit? Romans 8:15.

14.What confidence does the Holy Spirit give to the Christian? 8:15-16.

15.With what part of the child of God does the Holy Spirit communicate? 8:16.

16.What does the Holy Spirit enable the child of God to do? 8:15b and 8:26.

17.For what else are we dependent upon Him? I Cor. 2:11-14.

18.If a Christian is deficient in the areas dealt with in the two preceding questions what does this indicate?

19.What is the great work the Holy Spirit is seeking to accomplish in us? Gal. 4:19.

20.What is the great hindrance to His work? Galatians 5:17.

21.What has been done about this hindrance, and how is this made effective in our lives? Gal. 5:24; Romans 6:11; 13 :14b.

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The Christian and His Sins

1.What is the unchanging way of approach the Christian has to God? Hebrews 10:19.

2.With what attitude is it possible to approach God? Why? Heb. 10:19; 4:16.

3.What kind of a throne do we approach, and what is the significance of this? Heb. 4:16; cf. Rev. 4:2-3 and 20:11-15.

4.What is the confident assurance of those who walk in the light? I John 1 :7. ("To walk in the light is to live in fellowship with the Father and the Son." Scofield Bible.)

5.What does the Christian on earth still possess? I John 1:8; Romans 7:17; Eph. 4:22.

6.What do we do if we deny this? I John 1:8.

7.Of what are we guilty if we make the claim that we have not committed acts of sin? I John 1 :10.

8.What deficiency does this reveal? 1:10.

9.What happens to the Christian's relationship to God when he sins? Cf. I John 1 :3b, 7a, and Isaiah 59:2.

10.What are Christians to do about their sins? I John 1:9; cf. Prov. 28:13.

11.What is involved in this?

12.When and how often should it be done?

13.What attributes of God come into play when the Christian meets this condition? I John 1 :9.

14.What double action does He perform? 1:9.

15.What is the difference between these two acts of His?

16.What is the basis for His action? Romans 3 :24-26.

17.What happens to the child of God if he does not meet the condition set forth in I John 1:9? I Cor. 11:31-32; Hebrews 12:5-7.

18.What is the reason for this action by the Lord? Cf. I Cor. 11:2; Heb. 12:10.

19.Of what two things is it evidence? Hebrews 12:6-7.

20.To whom does this action of God yield fruit? Hebrews 12:11.

21.What is true of the professing Christian who Does not experience the hand of God upon him even though he does not judge the sins in his life? Hebrews 12:8.

22.To what should God's provision of forgiveness for His Children encourage them? I John 2:la.

23.Of what can the child of God be assured regarding his record and standing before God, even if he does sin? I John 2:lb-2.

24.What fact concerning the Lord Jesus Christ assures the eternal redemption of those who come to God by Him? Hebrews 7:25.

25.What kind of a life will the person who really lays hold of these truths want to live? I Peter 1 :13-16.

26.What teaching does free grace give as to the manner of life of its recipients? Titus 2:11-12.


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The Christian and the Cross

2.What does the cross always represent? Cf. Phil 2:8b.

3.What participation in the cross of Christ does the child of God have? Gal. 2:20.

4.What two facts are true of every child of God through his union with Christ? Colossians 3:3.

5.What are three relationships that have been ended through participation in the cross? (Gal. 6:14; Romans 1.What estimation should we have of the cross of Christ? Galatians 6:14.

6:6; 7 :6. See margin for correct rendering of Romans 7:6).

6.Because of the cross, what is true of all Christians? Galatians 5 :24.

7.What twofold relationship does the Christian have to the world? John


8.What care must he be sure to exercise with regard to this present world? Romans 12:2a.

9.What does an attachment to the world indicate? I John 2:15-16.

10.What is every one who would follow the Lord Jesus Christ to do about the cross? Luke 9:23.

11.What is the basic attitude for doing this? Romans 6:11.

12.In what practical way is the application of the cross constantly to be made? Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5

13.What further deliverance is the cross intended to work in the life? Colossians 2:20-22.

14.Where is the cross to be carried? II Cor. 4:10.

15.What happens to those who really live in Christ? II Cor. 4:lla.

16.What are some of the ways in which this takes place? II Cor. 4:8-9.

17.Can you suggest some other ways? II Tim. 2:10-12; 1:15; cf. II Cor. 4:17; 6:4-5; 12:9-10.

18.What is accomplished through the inner cross? II Cor. 4 :10b, 11b.

19.If the cross is allowed to do its work in our inner beings, what will be the result in those to whom we minister?

II Cor. 4:12.

20.What goal is thus being accomplished in us also? Galatians 4:19.

21.What statement makes it clear that the work of the cross in us is to be a continuing process? Philippians 3:lOb.

22.From the following portions, list some of what we have in Christ: Eph. 1:3, 7; 2:18; 3:12.

23.What are we in Him? Col. 2:10 and I John 4:17b.

24.From the following portions, list what Christ is to the Christian: John 14 :27, 15:9, 11; I Cor. 1:30; II Cor. 12:9; Colossians 3:4, 3:11.

25.What continual substitution is to be wrought through the cross? Galatians


26.What is to be the result? Phil. 1 :21a.

27.What change in the direction of the life will be the result of participation in the cross? II Cor. 5:15.

28.What are practical ways in which this is done? II Cor. 5:19-20; Gal. 6:10; Col. 1:24.

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