But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! So nobody has a good excuse.
What happened was this: They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us.
Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches. And then all hell broke loose: They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating.
Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way.
Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And not the godly but the ungodly are justified. This is good news indeed — this is the mighty and merciful message of Romans. In chapter 5, Paul sums up with verse 1: Verse 3 tells us why we can rejoice in tribulation — it leads to patience, approvedness and hope.
Then against the backdrop of this tribulation he argues exactly the same way he does in chapter 8 — from the greater to the lesser — if God can do a hard thing, he can do an easy thing. Recall in Romans 8: The point is our hope and security in the face of suffering and death, is just like it is in Romans 8. Normal Christianity is tribulation.
Death is a massive reality in all cultures. If you have a gospel you must have some explanation of death and some hope in the face of death. That is what Paul takes up in Romans 5: Verse 19 states the contrast most clearly: Then, Paul sums up the triumph of grace through Christ in verse This led to a problem that had to be solved: If we are really justified by faith alone and where sin abounds grace abounds all the more, then why not sin that grace may abound?
And Paul answers this in chapter 6 with the teaching that faith unites us to Christ in a real way so that we actually experience with him a death to sin and a deliverance from its slavery Romans 6: All justified people are being sanctified. Then in chapter 7, Paul argues that it is not an orientation on law-keeping that sanctifies us — or makes us like Jesus.
He is the might and the mercy and the model and the mandate of the Christian life. This brought us then in these recent weeks to Romans 8 — the great 8. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ verse 35?
Do you see the connection between that and Romans 7: Dead to the law so that we might belong to another — to him who was raised from the dead, Jesus Christ. That is the key to living and the key to dying. Message of Colossians and Philemon. Oneness of God Pentecostal Theology.
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Live under his lordship, die under his lordship. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. This man read the book on the train back to Montana, and by the time he reached Great Falls, he was a transformed man. Chapters nine-eleven illustrate this for us in the nation Israel. The message of Romans, by touching the lives of individuals and revitalizing the spiritual life of the church, has restored an understanding of what God did and continues to do in Jesus Christ. Try it free for 30 days!
Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Highly recommended book for anyone looking to dig deep into the book of Romans. I own many David Bernard books they are all excellent. David Bernard is great at bringing truth and perspective to all his books. Any Christian would do well to begin a library using any and all of his writings.
I "love this book in its entirety". Pastor Bernard did not leave any stones unturned. This book is surely written by inspiration of Christ. Completely understandable as well as deep.