What is the Gift of Christmas?

Romans Part 2″ In Need of a Savior”

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The book of Romans does not open with the birth of  baby Jesus, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  It does not give an account of three wise men following the star to Bethlehem. There is no mention of gifts for the baby Jesus. We do not have an account of Mary and Joseph, but we do have the story of Christmas!

Romans 5:12-21 is an account of why Jesus came to earth as a baby. Luke says, “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Christ grew up in the dark world that He came to save.

We will end our study of Romans Part 2 with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, “The Christmas story.”  I am going to record verses from Romans 1-5 to show us why Jesus came into this world as a baby. We will learn why and how God rescues His people from their sin.

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Why Did Jesus Come into The World As A Baby?

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Are You Praising God For Your Tribulation?

Paul ends Romans 5:2 with us exalting and praising God for the hope that we have received through the atoning work of Christ. It is easy to praise God for the works of Christ. After all, He is the One who took on our punishment and suffered and died. We have received all that God requires for salvation, no works required. There is much to praise God for. We should never forget or take for granted what God in Christ has done for those who believe! But, when we look further into this passage we learn that not only are we to glory in God for His gift of grace but we are also to exult or glory in our tribulations! I forget sometimes to praise God for His gift of grace, I certainly do not praise Him as I should for my tribulations!

The Spirit of Christ is telling us to praise God for our tribulations and He gives us three reasons to do so. We are going to look at the three fruits but firsts I want us to read the verses and then look at the definition of exult.

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Exult In Hope EXULT IN TRIBULATION

Exult Means: To rejoice, feel great delight, joyful confidence.  To joy in the privilege of God. Exult expresses an unusually high degree of confidence in God for what he has done. Faith implies the surrender of self-glorifying. We exult in God for salvation. The same definition applies to both circumstances!!!

Three Fruits of Tribulation

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;and perseverance, proven character; and proven character hope; Romans 5:3-4

Tribulation produces:

  1. Perseverance
  2. Proven Character
  3. Hope

Tribulation means: To crush, press together, hem in. It conveys the idea of being squeezed or placed under pressure or crushed beneath a weight.

Tribulation brings about perseverance.  Look at how Harry Ironside describes this work:

Harry Ironside explains that “tribulation worketh patience” if we accept it as from our loving Lord Himself, knowing it is for our blessing. Out of patient endurance springs fragrant Christian experience, as the soul learns how wonderfully Christ can sustain in every circumstance. And experience blossoms into hope, weaning the heart from the things of earth and occupying them with the heavenly scene to which we are hastening.

Perseverance brings about proven character. Look at how Ray Steadman describes this work:

Ray Stedman – We have all seen the tire advertisements on television. A car is equipped with four tires and is put through horrendous tests — driven through desert sands, bogs, swamps, and marshes, driven over rough, hard, cobblestone roads, over roads with holes and chuck-holes, over boards studded with nails. The tire is twisted and pulled and stretched in every direction, and you are amazed at what that tire can take! After the test is over, they hold the tire up and it looks like it’s never been out of its wrapping! Then the ad comes: “Buy Sock’em Tires! They’re tested, proven!” Now that is what this word character means. God is building you up so he can hold you up and say, “He’s approved, he’s tested.” God is in the process of making veterans. I have always liked that word. A veteran has been through something and has been tested and proven.

Proven Character brings about hope. Look at how Ray Steadman describes this work:

Ray Stedman– “Suffering produces character. Character (gradually growing into true manhood and womanhood) makes us hope, for we see that the job is being done, and we know that God is at work and that we need not stand at last ashamed and disappointed before Jesus Christ when he comes. All this, Paul says, is because God loves us — so, when suffering comes, it is not a mark of God’s anger; it is a mark of his love.

Hope Does Not disappoint

And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

Why does hope not disappoint? The word because is going to bring us to a conclusion. This is the result, the LOVE of God has been poured out into our hearts!

The Holy Spirit of God pours God’s love into our hearts that we may not grow weary or faint! We know that our tribulations are producing for us an eternal weight of glory.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The Spirit in James 1:4 is saying, “Let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Dear Ones, If you are in a trial right now, do not lose heart. Your Tribulation is producing for you:

  • An Eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17)
  • A steadfast Hope( Romans 5:5)
  • The peaceful fruit of righteousness(Hebrews 12:11)

Tribulation produces a hope that does not put us to shame but stands us  up by faith in the grace of God!

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Do You Understand the Blessing of Not Working For Salvation?

ROMANS BIBLE STUDY PART 2 “IN NEED OF A SAVIOR”

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Paul makes this statement in Romans 3:19-20:

Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may be accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

In  verses 21-26 Paul lays out the work that Christ did on the cross to teach us that justification comes through His work  and not our own attempts of working. For all those who believe, the righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

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God is the just One and He alone is  the justifier of the one who places his gift of  faith (Ephesians 2:8) in His Son Jesus Christ. Our justification comes through the Atoning work of Christ!   Romans 3:25 teaches us that God displayed Christ  publicly as a propitiation. Christ was the perfect Lamb of God that would shed His own blood for the forgiveness of our sin. Praise God, He  was satisfied with the sacrifice of His perfect Son.

Where Then Is Boasting?

Romans 3:27, “Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of Law? Of Works? No, but by the Law of faith.

In this verse God throws out all possibility of boasting in our own works for earning our  salvation. There is no boasting except in the law of faith. This means that the believer by faith believes and trusts in the work of Christ alone for his, redemption, sanctification, and justification.

Blessed is the Man who is Justified by Faith Apart From the Works of the Law.

In Romans 4:1-5 Paul uses Abraham as our example to explain this truth of justification through faith alone in Christ alone.  He pulls out his Old testament scrolls and records this verse, ” Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6.)

In  Romans 4:6-8 Paul uses yet another Old Testament example to prove this same point. In verse 6 Paul says that David speaks as a man who understands that God credits righteousness apart from the works of the Law. You remember David, the adulterer, the murderer, the liar! The man who broke all the Ten Commandments, God’s Law.

We believe that this Psalm was written by David after his affair with Bathsheba.

Words of David in Psalm 32:1-2:

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD will not take into account.

Righteousness is Credited Not Earned!

We learn from the life of David that if righteousness was earned by the works of the law he would be excluded from the grace of God! David and Abraham both understood that salvation comes from God through Christ on the basis of His work and not their own.

Grace is no longer grace when it is earned. Romans 4: 4 says, “to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. After reading the first three chapters of Romans, our works earn us death and condemnation, not grace!

But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.

Do you understand the Blessing of not working for salvation? Oh, I pray you do!

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Do You Think You Are Better Than Everyone Else?

Walking Through Romans

“In Need of a Savior”

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This post goes along with the free lessons posted at the end of this article!

We have spent much time in this series learning from Romans that all men, Jew and Gentile, are in need of The Savior! Paul has written verse after verse explaining this great need of us all. He goes so far as to separate people into two groups to explain to them specifically there need. I love that Paul does not let anyone off the “hook” if you will! He has presented this message with great boldness and great love for his own country men, the Jew, and the Gentile.

God is no respecter of persons. Join Conforming To The Truth as we do an inductive Bible study in the book of Romans to learn and understand that we are no better than anyone else. Print your free lessons today.

 

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Why Do I Need the Grace of God Given to Me?

Walking through Romans

“In Need of A Savior”

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  • I love YOU and I want to take care of YOU!
  • I want to give YOU everything YOUR heart desires!
  • I will move heaven and earth to make YOU happy!
  • You are MY hearts desire!

Wow! How wonderful to think that someone cares that much about me! Sounds like a love letter doesn’t it?

What if I told you that is what our flesh speaks to us everyday? Startling isn’t it? Deep, deep down inside this is what our fallen nature is. It is all about ME and no one else. It certainly does not honor and fear God!

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