{Did You Know Sin Is Dethroned?}

Are you living your life for God or for yourself? As a believer we should desire to live our lives to God. Romans 6 teaches us why and how to live our lives to God. print your Free Romans lessons today.What is reigning in your life? Is it sin or is it Christ? Do we honor God and Christ above all our lusts? Paul has spent the first half of Romans 6 teaching what Christ has done on the cross and how that affects the believer. Since we know what the work of Christ has accomplished we have no excuses to still live in sin.

Why would we want to?

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{Did You Know Death is Worthy of Celebrating?}

I do not normally celebrate a death. How about you? But according to the Bible there is great reason to celebrate our death. Please join Conforming To The truth as we study inductively through Romans. Print your Free Bible study today.As I was reading through Romans 6:1-11  in preparation for this post, I noticed the words die, death, died and dead appeared  in 9 of the eleven verses. I could not help myself, I had to count them! I found these words, collectively, recorded {for us} 18 times! We know that when a writer repeats a word  in Scripture he is trying to teach us something.  I do believe that God through the Spirit is flashing a bright light right before our eyes trying to get our attention. It has my attention, what about you? Continue reading

{Should We Continue In Sin So Grace Will Increase?}

watts-1012402_1280Paul has spent the first five chapters of the book of Romans teaching the depravity of all mankind and their need of a Savior. Along with this teaching, he has also introduced us to the provision and the grace of God that came through His Son Jesus Christ.

The main themes we have seen in chapters 1-5 are:

  • God’s wrath against unrighteousness
  • Mankind’s Depravity
  • Grace through Faith Alone
  • Justification, (God declares us righteous by imputing Christ’s righteousness to our account.)

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What Are The Foundation Stones of the Gospel?

Romans Bible Study Part 2

“In Need of a Savior”

Week-3|Day-3| Lesson- 13

Paul moves back and forth in his teaching, with the corruption of man, the love of God, the work of Jesus Christ; the corruption of man, the love and justice of God, the work of Jesus Christ. Each time giving us a better understanding of where we were as lost sinners and the need for the grace of God through the perfect sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Paul taught in the first three chapters of Romans the corruption, the depravity of man. He taught in the first chapter of Romans God’s wrath on mankind because of their corruption and their irreverent fear of Him. We move to chapter 5 of Romans and again we see Paul teaching on the corruption of man and the Love and Grace of God. Each time these teachings bring a greater manifestation of the love and grace of God and the means He went to, to save a lost and dying people. This time, in Romans 5 he is going to go back to the fall and show us where this corruption and our need of grace originated. At the same time showing us His provision of salvation through His Son, His One and only Son.

The section of scripture is the foundation stones of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have spent much time in the first 5 and a half chapters  of Romans looking into the depravity of man. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Paul has called all men into account. All men are guilty and in need of a Savior. Today we are going to divide Romans 5:12-21  into two parts. The one man Adam and the One Man Jesus Christ. To help us understand what Paul has been teaching so far in this book we are going to contrast and compare Adam and Christ. I am going to bounce back and forth in the remaining section of Romans 5. This is on purpose. I think by listing what took place at the fall of Adam and then listing what was accomplished by the one work of Christ, we will have a better picture of the gospel.

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The one Man Adam

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, ” From any tree of the garden you mat eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned_ for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offence of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. Romans 5:12-14

Through the one man Adam:
  • Sin entered into the world.
  • Death entered through sin.
  • Death spread to all men BECAUSE ALL sinned!

We cannot blame Adam and Eve for our sin. Two verses in this passage shut us all up under sin. Romans 5:12, ” Death spread to all men because all sinned.  And  Romans 5:14, ” Death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.”  We know that physical death still reigns. The fall included three deaths, spiritual, physical, and eternal. In this verse, Paul is speaking of physical death to show that all men had sinned.

Through the one man Adam:
  • The many died: Romans 5:15
  • Judgement arose from one transgression: Romans 5:16
  • Resulting in Condemnation: Romans 5:16
  • By the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one: Romans 5:17
  • Through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men: Romans 5:18
  • Through the disobedience of the one, the many were made sinners. Romans 5:19

The one Man Jesus Christ

Paul is comparing the transgression of the one man Adam with the Righteous Act of the One Man Jesus Christ! Adam was the federal head or the head of the human race. When Adam fell all mankind fell with him in his first transgression.  Jesus Christ  is the head of the church. Through His one act of obedience all who believe in Him and His work of redemption on the cross are saved and secure in Him. 1 Corinthians teach that God is the head of Christ and Christ is the head of the church. The church being the believers that Christ has come to save. Christ overcomes the transgressions of the many by bringing the free gift of grace through His life, death, burial, and resurrection.

But the free gift is not like the transgression.

and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed: He will bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him in the heel. Genesis 3:15 ( The first prohecy of Jesus Christ)

Much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. Romans 5:16

Through the One Man Jesus Christ
  • The free gift arose from many transgressions: Romans 5:16
  • Resulting in justification: Roman 5:16
  • By the righteousness of the One, those who receive the abundance of grace and of the righteousness will reign in life through Jesus Christ: 50mans 5:17
  • Through the act of righteousness, there resulted justification of life to all men: Romans 5:18
  • Through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous: Romans 5:19

The gospel message

This section of Scripture has summed up the gospel in 10 verses. There is, however, a lot of doctrine and theology in these passages, but these verses are the foundation of the Gospel message!

Adams transgression resulted in condemnation.

But through Christ, the free gift of grace arose resulting in justification.

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Believers Are Secure in the Grace of God!

Romans Bible Study Part 2

“In Need of a Savior”

 Week-3|Day-1| Lesson 13

Paul begins Romans 5 with the word “therefore”. He is pointing us back to chapter 4 where he spent much time  teaching and discussing justification through faith alone! There is no work on our part that is either accepted or required.  This in itself should cause all believers everywhere to jump for joy and find complete rest!

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand: and we exult in hope of the glory of God.            Romans 5:1-2

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I want us to pay close attention to the phrase Paul uses verse 1, “having been justified by faith.” There are two points to consider as we look at this part of the verse:

  1. Having been is a past completed action. Justification is a one-time act that is completed at the time of conversion.
  2. Justification is through faith alone.

I believe the definition of justification may help clarify this verse. The Westminster shorter Catechism gives this definition of justification:   Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein God  pardoneth all our sins  and accepteth us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone

We are Secure in Christ

We can look at this past completed action of justification as security. Security means that we are in a state of being free from danger or threat. In the context of these verses we are secure in the peace of God, and we stand secure in His grace!

In verse 1 we learn that we have peace with God. The peace that we have according to the context of this verse is not peace of God, but peace with God. The word used in this verse means, to bind something together which had been separated. Sin had separated us from God, but justification brings us back into a relationship with Him.

Peace with God means we are no longer:

  • Enemies of God- Romans 5:10
  • Under the wrath of God- Romans 1:18
  • Condemned- Romans 8:1

Christ Has brought us to God

Through Christ, we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand. What is this grace in which we stand? The grace in which we stand is  the unmerited, undeserved,  favor of God.  God’s grace, love, and mercy have reconciled His enemies to Himself.   To get a good, understanding of what this verse is teaching let’s look closely at its definition:

Definition is copied from Precept Austin:

ntroduction (4318)  literally means a bringing near, a leading or bringing into the presence of. The act of bringing to, a moving to. It means providing admission or access (freedom, permission and/or the ability to enter) with the associated thought that the one gaining access has freedom to enter by virtue of the assistance or favor of another. It includes the idea of the right to address someone, the one addressed being of higher status. It describes the approach to one we could never approach in our mortal unredeemed flesh. In the secular use a “status factor” is implied as in the statement “access to Cyrus for an audience”.

Summary of this definition:

  • Christ has brought us near to God.
  • Christ has provided access to God
  • Christ has given us the ability to enter the presence of God

God provides all that is Needed for salvation:

  • Grace
  • Faith
  • Mercy
  • Hope
  • Justification

Through Jesus Christ, we exult in hope of the glory of God. Our hope is steadfast and secure! We exult or praise God for the wonderful things He has done for us through Jesus Christ!

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