Pax Romana

Notes taken while listening to espisode 3 of Romans video series on RightWay Media (by Mart De Haan [with Jimmy DeYoung]).

Ceaseria Phillipi (named in honor of Caesar Augustus) was the administrative center (for the Romans) of Palestine.

Herod was put in by the romans as the ‘King of the Jews’. He had a palace in Jerusalem. He also built up Ceaseria and had a palace there.  (Herod, of course killed all the babies at the time of Jesus’ birth.)

Roman tax in Jesus time was lower than US tax in America (today).

The Romans had lots of gods (to who laid the rail), but they didn’t have an answer for mortality and what happens after death.  This was a big flaw, a gaping hole, in fact, in the system of gods the Romans had.

The book of Romans (by Paul) was circulated throughout the Romans Empire and had widespread affect.

Much (most) of the New Testement is counter-cultural.

In chapters 3 and 5 of Romans explains how we ‘get right’ with God. This would have been welcomed by many at the time.

Treasured Truths – Adoption

Notes from the Treasured Truth podcast (Pastor James Ford, Jr.) [5 parts (podcasts) in Moody Radio app]

Gal 4

God ‘removed’ slave or free, male or female, etc. (In Gal 3 he removes barriers.) However, this was on a spiritual level. He did not remove the physical/practical differences – e.g. Males and females are physically and practically (inherently) different)

When he gave everyone sonship. Sons, in that culture, received an inheritance. Girls did not receive an inheritance. So everyone (including girls) rec’d sonship. This mean everyone gets inheritance. Back then, women did not have rights.

We are adopted as a child of God (and you are sons).

Pastor Ford’s FAITH: Forsaking All, I Trust Him.

Word: anachronistically: to see from a parent perspective.

God sent Jesus at the perfect time.

  • Pax Romano – time of peace
  • Garrisons
  • Roads
  • Rome: Domination without assimilation. The did NOT require a change in culture, language, and god.
  • Greek language was widespread (NT in Greek)
  • Synagogues dotted everywhere

*Disclaimer: These notes are in random order. There is a lot of meet here. (Needs to be sorted/organized)

Eph 1: 3-14 is an amazing summary of the Gospel. (And strongly related here to Gal 4)

Security of Christ

Sufficiency of through Christ

Strength is from Christ.

Parental incorporation – adopted into the family of God.

  • The Father (back then) had the right of adoption. [We are chosen (not ‘had’ as a natural child)] We are adopted because he wanted to. [podcast part 2 begins roughly here]
  • Given the family name. Identity/Identify Christians
  • Severs all legal (and social) ties to the natural family. In this case, we are no longer tied to Adam (with a sin nature). We are tied to Christ.
  • Placed permanently in the new family.
  • All debts and obligations are settled — like they never existed.

God (Christ) is our peace. He does not ‘give us’ peace. By his internal dwelling we have peace. The indwelling of Christ.

God has chosen us. We are going to do things which will bring glory to God.

5 rolls given to a man for the household  Pastor, provider, protector, priest, and  patriarch.

Establishments and Institutions

Sermon idea: 

I like institutions (look up definition). They exist to carry out a needed duty.

‘The establishment’ on the other hand seems to mainly be there to maintain itself. 

In Yancey’s ‘The Jesus I Never Knew’ book he says, on page 197, that Jesus posed a genuine threat to the establishment in Jerusalem.

More later (e.g., pg 203). It was very ironically, the supposed church of God that had Jesus killed. As an establishment, they had spiraled far away from God.

The institution that Jesus was proposing was to  love your neighbor sacrificially. This was certainly difficult to comprehend and to grasp by even the disciples. But the institution of loving one’s neighbor sacrificially proposed a threat to the good-ol-boy establishment. Enough of a threat that it got him killed.

Loving one’s neighbor sacrificially is the opposite of an establishment, which is inward looking/self-centered. 

An institution, by definition is outward looking/other-centered.

We, as the church, need to be careful that we don’t turn from an institution to an establishment.

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Fun to look at the words

establishmentarian 

disestablishmentarian

antidisestablishmentarian

Golden and Platinum Rules

The Golden RuleWhat-Are-You-Doing-for-Others-7.25

Matthew 7:12 (ESV) 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Kant’s Categorical Imperative

[Disclaimer: This is slightly off topic, because Immanuel Kant  (in the top 5 philosophers of all time) was not a Christian. He did have a strong moral sense, and his categorical imperative is central to his philosophy.]

Act (do unto others) only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.

Wikipedia has good explanation.

Platinum Rule

“Treat others the way they want to be treated.”

Site by Tony Alessandra (has book)

http://www.platinumrule.com/ site

Platinum 1a Rule

By Boyd Bailey from http://www.wisdomhunters.com/what-are-you-doing-for-others/

The Golden Rule is empowered by the Platinum Rule: to see others as God sees them, to serve others as Jesus would serve them and to love others as the Lord loves them.  [my emphasis] Our love alone is inferior—it only takes us so far, but when our love is infused by the Holy Spirit it is superior in its ability to go the second, third and fourth mile for the sake of others. Our visible love is sustained by God’s invisible love.

Faith devo.

This devotion has a good story of faith growing from a mustard seed.

Through our faithful witness, we can bless future generations to come. Let’s strengthen our homes and produce, by His grace, a legacy for the Lord.

A Legacy for the Lord

Did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring.
Malachi 2:15

Recommended Reading: Malachi 2:10-16

Jane, 18, a widow with two small children, descended into deep depression. One day while walking along a river with thoughts of suicide, she heard a ploughman on the other bank. As he began his work in the fields, he whistled Christian hymns and something about his spirit touched Jane. If a simple ploughman could display such enthusiasm for the mundane work of his life, why couldn’t she? Armed with a new perspective, Jane returned to Dublin where she answered the call to follow Christ. She began praying earnestly for her children and for the next twelve generations who would follow her.

Among the results? Her son, Grattan, became a minister and helped trigger the 1859 revival in Ireland. From his descendants alone have come a host of Christian workers who have traveled the world with the Gospel, including the noted Christian author Dr. Os Guinness.1

Through our faithful witness, we can bless future generations to come. Let’s strengthen our homes and produce, by His grace, a legacy for the Lord.

A Single Thought: Wherever life takes us, our witness goes too—it is the legacy of a believer in Jesus Christ.

 

http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/magazine/daily_devotional.aspx 5/24/2016

 

Four Alls of the Great Commission

http://www.cmfnow.com/articles/pt570.htm

http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1104232498086-161/The+Four+Alls+of+the+Great+Commission+-+Copy.pdf

Matthew takes us from the particular to the universal (Jewish disciples to disciples from all nations

The Four “Alls” of a Truly Comprehensive Vision

The Four “Alls” of a Truly Comprehensive Vision