All episodes / Pr. Immanuel Raj Christopher

Justification by Faith
 

The Book of Romans - TAMIL / October 22, 2017

In the plan of salvation, each of us is the criminal. The Substitute, Jesus, has a perfect record, and He stands in the court in our stead, His righteousness accepted in place of our unrighteousness. Hence, we are justified before God, not because of our works but because of Jesus, whose righteousness becomes ours when we accept it “by faith.”

 
The Human Condition
 

The Book of Romans - TAMIL / October 15, 2017

From the Fall onward (The fall of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden), we have all been contaminated by sin. The expression ‘all are under sin’ must be taken in a spiritual sense; that is to say, not as men appear in their own eyes or in those of others, but as they stand before God.

 
The Controversy
 

The Book of Romans - TAMIL / October 08, 2017

The issue for the early Jewish believers was whether Jews had to become Christians in order to accept Jesus and whether Gentiles had to become Jews before they could accept Christ. In the Jerusalem Council, was there a firm answer they made the decision not to trouble the Gentiles with a host of regulations and laws. That is, Gentiles didn’t need to become Jews first in order to accept Jesus. However, some teachers continued to plague the churches by insisting that Gentile converts to the faith were required to keep these rules and laws, including circumcision.

 
The Apostle Paul in Rome
 

The Book of Romans - TAMIL / October 01, 2017

Context is always crucial when seeking to understand the Word of God. Paul was writing to a specific group of Christians at a specific time and for a specific reason; In Rome he stated his position on the questions which were agitating the Jewish and the Gentile churches, and showed that the hopes and promises which had once belonged especially to the Jews were now offered to the Gentiles also.

 
Boasting in the Cross
 

The Gospel in Galatians - TAMIL / September 25, 2017

True religion does not consist of outward behavior alone but in the condition of the heart. When the heart is surrendered to God, a person’s life will more and more reflect the character of Christ as he or she grows in faith. The heart must be subdued by Christ; when that happens, all else will follow.

 
The Gospel and the Church
 

The Gospel in Galatians - TAMIL / September 18, 2017

The indication of God’s presence among His people is in the Christlike spirit manifest within the church. It can be seen in the way forgiveness and restoration are extended to those who err, in how they help each other in trials, and in intentional acts of kindness shared not only among themselves but also with unbelievers.

 
Living by the Spirit
 

The Gospel in Galatians - TAMIL / September 11, 2017

Although in the life of all believers a conflict exists between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit, the Christian life does not have to be doomed to failure. Because Christ has conquered the power of sin and death, the Christian life can be a life in which the Spirit reigns, bringing us a daily supply of God’s grace to enable us to keep the desires of the flesh at bay.

 
Freedom in Christ
 

The Gospel in Galatians - TAMIL / September 04, 2017

Freedom is one of Paul’s favorite words for defining the gospel. It includes both what Christ has done for us in freeing us from bondage to the world and also how we are called to live the Christian life. We need to be careful, however, that our liberty does not fall prey either to legalism or licentiousness. Christ did not set us free so that we could serve ourselves but so that we might give our lives in ministry to our neighbors.

 
The Two Covenants
 

The Gospel in Galatians - TAMIL / August 28, 2017

The stories of Hagar, Ishmael, and the children of Israel at Sinai illustrate the foolishness of trying to rely upon our own efforts to accomplish what God has promised. This method of self-righteousness is referred to as the old covenant. The new covenant is the everlasting covenant of grace first established with Adam and Eve after sin, renewed with Abraham, and ultimately fulfilled in Christ.