Romans (Page 2)

Romans (Page 2)

Romans 6 | The Highway of Holiness

Romans chapter six saved my life.  It happened many years ago. As a new believer, I was still struggling with old habit patterns—the behaviors that had caused a horrible mess in my life. Deep inside I wanted to change, but old habits have a way of wrapping their tentacles around you a squeezing tight. Someone challenged me to memorize Romans chapter six, and everything changed. I am fairly convinced that I would not be alive today had I not experienced…

Romans 5 | When We Suffer

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and werejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the…

Romans 4 | The New Covenant; It’s Older Than You Think!

“The words, ‘It was credited to him’ were not written for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” Romans 4: 23-24 NIV Romans is unique among the New Testament epistles in that Paul is mainly concerned with presenting New Covenant theology. After making the case in Romans 1-3, that the righteousness of the saints is by faith in Christ alone, Paul, shows…

Romans 3 |Speechless Before God

I had nothing to say. I had done the deed and was caught. I knew the rules and I had thought it through. I had calculated the punishment and decided it was worth the risks. So, even though underage, I took my parents car on a joy ride with my friend Greg. The adventure went well until we stopped at a convenient store to get a chocolate milk and a honey bun (staple foods for a teenager). Backing out of…

Romans 2 | Why Everyone Is Guilty

This portion of Romans is not easy to understand. Paul uses somewhat archaic language to describe why even the non-Jewish world, who lived without the written Law, was guilty before God. This is what he means when he opens this section with the statement, “all who have sinned without the law” are guilty before God.  He is addressing the guilt of the Gentile world that were without the law in terms of having it in written form. How then can…

Romans 1 | When God Lets Us Go

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth (Rom. 1.18). As I read these words from chapter 1 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, I am reminded of the 1971 John Lennon song, ‘Imagine’ in which he envisions a world without God and says, ‘… It’s Easy if You Try’. Lennon himself described the song’s meaning and explained its commercial appeal: “Anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic,…

Romans 4 | An Open Door to Truth

Today I am writing from the 4th chapter of Romans, but I will focus on two verses, two very important verses. Not that the others are less important but sometimes we only need a few words to open an entire realm of truth, these two verses do just that. Verses 7-8 say: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” First…

Romans 14 | Convictions, Not Commandments

I have often referred to our reading today, the fourteenth chapter of Romans, as a miracle of grace! Paul is writing to a church comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. Without going into the specifics regarding each group’s scruples, suffice it to say that both groups had very specific convictions about such things as what to eat, what to drink, and what days to observe. And these personal convictions apparently were affecting the unity of the church at Rome. So…
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