A Collection of Topical Articles

I love to write through chapters of the Bible or spend time on thinking and writing through Biblical topics. Here is that collection, arranged easily to be able to find what you are looking for. Here is the list of things I have written on.

Most Recent Blog Articles


   

By Faith We Are Justified—Romans 3:22-24

By Faith We Are Justified—Romans 3:22-24

"This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:22-24)

We memorized hundreds of verses as kids. Even today, I baffle people with how quickly I recall passages of scripture—quite a party trick!

They always come out in King Jimmy Jive, too, because that is how we memorized them.

Today, I am grateful for the scriptures tucked away in my memory.


Since the Law was set up to condemn us, which it did perfectly, God’s solution was to justify us, taking away the charge of the Law
 

One of the first verses I memorized was Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

It’s true: we’ve all sinned. We’ve all fallen short in many ways, and this is important to recognize, but this is only the partial truth. The main emphasis of this thought bookends this verse.

Continue Reading

Righteousness Apart From the Law—Romans 3:21

Righteousness Apart From the Law—Romans 3:21

"But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify" (Romans 3:21)

I remember a lunch with a young friend who believed in Jesus. She had grown up in the church her entire life and had recently graduated from a Christian college. Through our discussion, she made it clear that she was trying really hard to be a “good” Christian.

When I probed her about her efforts, she became a little defensive, and I left feeling sorry for her because she was missing the whole point of Jesus. In the end, it was evident that she was trusting in her own efforts to be right with God.


At this point in Romans, there is a paradigm shift in thinking that must occur to understand the rest of the letter. In total, this is it: The righteousness we need cannot be obtained by our efforts.
 

At this point in Romans, there is a paradigm shift in thinking that must occur to understand the rest of the letter. In total, this is it: The righteousness we need cannot be obtained by our efforts.

The good news is that in our lacking is where we discover God’s provision. The righteousness we need comes from Him independently and apart from the Law.

Continue Reading

The Purpose of the Law—Romans 3:19-20

The Purpose of the Law—Romans 3:19-20

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin" (Romans 3:19-20)

This came as a complete shock!

I assumed the Law was given as the way to God until the time of Christ. In the deep recesses of my mind, Jesus was Plan B when God got tired of the lack of obedience. In His wisdom, He sent a Savior, then defaulted back to Plan A as the necessary boundaries in relating to Him.


Why didn’t anything change in my relationship to God after this sacrifice?
 

This played out in the way we lived. I got invited to a birthday party in the 4th grade, but since the group was going to a movie I didn’t get to go to the party until the end. It was so awkward, but the rules of our church said we could not go to movie theaters, and we related to God by following the rules so this became a necessary sacrifice.

But nothing changed after that, except perhaps that I was a little resentful that I didn’t get to go to the movies with my friends.

Why didn’t anything change in my relationship to God after this sacrifice?

Continue Reading

No One is Righteous—Romans 3:9-18

No One is Righteous—Romans 3:9-18

"What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit."  "The poison of vipers is on their lips." "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know." "There is no fear of God before their eyes" (Romans 3:9-18)

This statement begins the closing argument of the entire case against humanity. The first chapter of Romans highlights the Gentiles’ guilt before God because of their innate knowledge and refusal to glorify Him. Chapter 2 shows the Jews were worse off than the Gentiles because they had the Word of God but did not keep it. So chapter 3 summarizes everyone’s guilt by using several Old Testament passages that support this claim.


Unless we accept that sin has defeated us, we will never fully understand the depth of how Jesus rescued us from its grasp.
 

The bottom line: Apart from Christ, mankind is hopeless.

Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. The Amplified Bible describes this state as “held down by and subject to its power and control.” This grasp is so controlling that there is no hope in us because no one is righteous. This collage of Old Testament scriptures magnifies our desperate need for a savior.

Continue Reading

Slanderous Reports—Romans 3:7-8

Slanderous Reports—Romans 3:7-8

"Someone might argue, "If my falsehood enhances God's truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?" Why not say-as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say-"Let us do evil that good may result"? Their condemnation is deserved" (Romans 3:7-8)

To preach the full gospel opens you up to criticism. I know from experience. It always surprises me how quickly others are to denounce what I’ve written, accusing me of giving people a license to sin. All because I’ve written extensively on the complete forgiveness of sin once and for all.


The more in-depth I study what Jesus accomplished for us, the more convinced I am that it is radical, that we need spiritual insight to understand it and that we need to leave behind our preconceived religious ideas to embrace it.
 

Sharing as I have has opened me up to personal attacks. I’ve been criticized on forums, other’s blogs, and even my in own comments section. And the truth is, sometimes it bothers me, but the fact remains that the more in-depth I study what Jesus accomplished for us, the more convinced I am that it is radical, that we need spiritual insight to understand it and that we need to leave behind our preconceived religious ideas to embrace it.

I think this is where Paul was at. His revelation of grace was hard to swallow and still is for many Christians today because religion has taught us differently. This understanding was unrivaled among his peers so he had to constantly defend the truth by combating objections and excuses others were making.

Continue Reading

Is God’s Wrath Unjust?—Romans 3:5-6

Is God’s Wrath Unjust?—Romans 3:5-6

"But if our unrighteousness brings out God's righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?" (Romans 3:5-6)

In college, I got written up at work when a server on my shift walked out because one of the line cooks was targeting the wait staff with a squirt gun. At first, I thought this was unfair because I was not participating in any way. Most thought it was a joke and laughed, so I didn’t see any harm in allowing it. However, the server who quit wasn’t laughing. I was slow to realize that my lack of leadership did deserve the written warning. And when it all came down—I had no excuse, although I’m sure I tried several.


When in error, we naturally try to find an excuse, and when that doesn’t work, we question authority.
 

When in error, we naturally try to find an excuse, and when that doesn’t work, we question authority.

Here was mankind’s challenge: Is God unjust in bringing His wrath on us?

Our unfaithfulness magnifies the mercy of God in an exponential way. So if our sin promotes and amplifies His holiness, why are we still being judged for sin?

Continue Reading

The Faithfulness of God—Romans 3:3-4

The Faithfulness of God—Romans 3:3-4

"What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written:  "So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge" (Romans 3:3-4)

The question Paul addresses is important: What if some did not believe God, will that nullify the promise of God? Does our lack of faith cancel God’s faithfulness? The answer is an emphatic and resounding no, God forbid, never, absolutely not! God’s faithfulness is not dependent on humanity’s faithlessness; rather, it is dependent on His character.


Our faith is a response to His faithfulness, but our lack of faith doesn’t change His faithfulness to us; instead, it magnifies it.
 

But sometimes living in the midst of this broken world, it is hard to always see God’s plan and faithfulness toward us. So one thing we must settle in our hearts is that no matter the circumstances, what we feel or even experience, we must decide that God is true and everything contrary to His Word is a lie.

God’s promises are always true, even when we struggle to believe or experience them.

Continue Reading

The Jews' Advantage—Romans 3:1-2

The Jews' Advantage—Romans 3:1-2

"What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God" (Romans 3:1-2)

I am sure by this point, the Jews reading this letter were feeling beaten down. Paul ended Chapter 2 by revealing that they had misunderstood God’s covenant. They were operating under the assumption that because they were circumcised and the natural descendants of Abraham, they had an advantage with God. But all of this had been shattered by Paul’s declaration that a true descendant is one whose heart has been circumcised by the Spirit of God (Rom. 2:29).


The Jews had the monumental task of taking the Word spoken to the and recording it and preserving it.
 

So the question becomes: What advantage is there in being a Jew?

Continue Reading

We Overcome

We Overcome

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11a).

I sat with rapt attention while listening to a former meth user, a drug dealer and a runaway. Her life was in shambles before she encountered the Lord—and to be honest—it has been ever since.

Even after finding peace, she struggled for years occasionally returning to her past lifestyle of drug use, men use, and living on the streets.


When we share our struggles, we highlight what God has done, causing others to marvel at Jesus.
 

However, something beautiful and unexpected happened when she opened up to bare her soul. Before me, I didn’t see someone chained to a life of drugs. Instead, I saw a beautiful woman, with physical scars, but still deeply loved by God, and she was teaching me something about forgiveness.

Continue Reading

Worthy of the Gospel—No Grumbling (Video Teaching)

Worthy of the Gospel—No Grumbling

Watch this video teaching by Juli entitled Worthy of the Gospel—No Grumbling*

Are we pre-conditioned to grumble and complain?

Complaining is a natural default for many, but Paul observes in the Book of Philippians that a mark of Christian maturity is doing EVERYTHING without grumbling or complaining (Phil. 2:14-15). 

This teaching will hit many people right between the eyes as Juli examines the devastating effects of constant grumbling and complaining. She will offer three practical steps on how to be “complain-less.” She finishes with a message of hope for those of us who struggle with grumbling and complaining.

*Juli taught this sermon at Orchard Hill Church on March 6, 2016.

Continue Reading

Juli Camarin

My passion is to share as the Word of God [ read more ]

The Gospel 

This is the MOST IMPORTANT link you'll ever click [ read more ]

My Mission 

My mission is spreading the gospel of Jesus [ read more ]

Subscribe 

Subscribe & receive each post in your inbox [ subscribe now ]