Romans, Lesson 20

Lesson 20

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omans 8: 28-30, the pinnacle of Romans

The climax, highest point, or pinnacle of the Book of Romans is Romans 8:28.

V 28, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

We know for certain that God will make everything work together in unison for the good of a Christian according to His purpose. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. He arranges and rearranges all of life’s events behind the scenes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure a good final outcome for us. When we looked back at life’s events after many years, we will see God’s hands of providence at work. All coincidences are God’s incidences. This is a memory verse and a conditional promise to claim. The recipients of this promise are Christians, who are called by God according to His purpose

2 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”.

Romans 8:38, ”in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”.

Proverbs 3:5, ”trust in the Lord your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.

Genesis 50:20, ”But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive

VV 29-30, 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

God foreknew, predestined, and conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. He predestined, called, justified, and glorified us. He had us covered from eternity past to eternity future. In eternity past, he foreknew and predestined us. At the present time, He called and justified us. In eternity future He will resurrect and glorify us.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we claim the promise of Romans 8:28, that all things work together for good to those who loved you and are called according to Your purpose. If You are working for us, then we have absolutely nothing to fear, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Romans, Lesson 19

Lesson 19

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omans 8: 19-27, Groans, Faith, and Hope.

VV 19-22, 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Creation awaits for Christians to be revealed. Creation had been subjected to corruption and decay after the sin of Adam. She is waiting for God to rescue her from corruption by groans of labour pains.

Genesis 3:17, ”Then to Adam He said, Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’, ”Cursed is the ground for your sake, In toil, you shall eat of it, all the days of your life”.

Colossians 3:4, ”When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”.

V23, Not only that but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Not only creation groans, even spirit filled Christians groans in anguish awaiting adoption, redemption, resurrection, glorification, and the second coming of Christ.

2 Cor 5:5, ”Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee”.

VV 24-27, 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Hope that is seen is not hope. We hope for what we do not see and wait patiently for it to be fulfilled. Hope produces faith, character, and perseverance. The Holy Spirit helps strengthen our weaknesses during prayer when we do not know what to pray. He searches our heart to pray in the will of God.

Romans 5:3-4, “and not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character, and character, hope”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for sanctification through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for all that You have done for us in our lives. Help us to walk worthy of our calling, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Romans, Lesson 18

Lesson 18

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omans 8: 12-18, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creation

Becoming a Christian is a total transformation.

2 Cor 5: 17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”.

VV 12-18, 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”.

Addressing his audience, as us, Paul said, we are not indebted to the flesh but to the Holy Spirit. The flesh is death, the Spirit is life. We are sons of God by adoption, led by the Holy Spirit, to call Him Abba Father. We are not only children of God, but heirs of God and co-heirs of God with Christ. The sufferings of this world at present will be compensated by the future glory of heaven.

Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”.

Ephesians 1:5, “having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will”.

2 Cor 4:17, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”.

1 Peter 4:14, “but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for transforming and conforming us to the image of Your Son Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for the promise of heaven and eternal life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Romans, Lesson 17

Lesson 17

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omans 8: 1-11, no condemnation

V1, there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

There is now no more condemnation to those who are in Christ because He had conquered sin and death on the cross and had condemned sin in the flesh. To be in Christ is to be a born again believer who had surrendered his/her life to Jesus Christ. Greek for condemnation is “katakrima” which means penalty or punishment. When Christ died on Good Friday, He said, it is finished. Greek for it is finished is “tetelastai’ which means paid in full. Christ paid our sin debt in full on Good Friday to purchase our salvation.

John 5: 24, NIV, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life’’.

VV 2-4, 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

The law of the Holy Spirit sets us free from the law of sin and death. God did what the law could could not do, by sending Christ to die in the cross as a substitutionary atonement for our sin.

2 Cor 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”.

V 5 , For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Those who lived and walked in the flesh are dead and un-regenerated. Those who lived and walked in the Holy Spirit are born again and made alive in Christ.

VV 6-11, 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

To be carnally minded is death, to be spiritually minded is life and peace. To be carnally minded is to be in enmity with God. To spiritually minded and in Christ is to have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead and gave us eternal life. A person who is not filled by the Holy Spirit is not a Christian.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we claim the promise of the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit to sanctify and empower us to live and walk in the Spirit filled life in Christ, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Romans, Lesson 16

Lesson 16

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omans 7: 1-25, war of the flesh, Part 2.

Christians have the incredible hulk, the flesh, and Dr Banner, the Spirit living in the same body, waging war against each other.

Galatians 5:17, “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want”.

VV 1-6, 1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

Speaking to the Jews, Paul said the law has jurisprudence to them only when they were alive but not when they were dead. A woman is bound by the law of marriage as long as husband is alive, but if her husband is dead she is freed from that law. A Jew who had died to himself and born again in Christ is set free from the Mosaic law and is free to be married to Christ. The born again believer in Christ bears the fruit of God. The un-regenerated person in sin bears the fruit of death. Having died to the law, we are to walk and live in the Spirit.

VV 7-11, 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.

Is the law sinful?

Certainly not! If there is no law, we will not know what sin is. The law is a mirror that reflect our sin. The law is a school master who disciplines the students. The law cannot save us. The law revealed that we are sinners in need of a Saviour.

Galatians 3:24, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith”.

Paul quoted the 10th commandment, “you shall not covet’’.

VV 12-20, 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. 13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

Has the law, which is holy, just, and good, become death to me?

Certainly not! Sin produced death through the law so that sin might become more sinful. Paul said the law is spiritual but he is sinful. Paul tried to do what was good but could not do it because of his sinful nature. What he wanted to do, he did not do. What he did not want to do, he ended up doing.

2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness”.

VV 21-25, 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind, I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul delights in the law of God in his spirit-man to do good but was defeated by the law of sin to do bad. Out of desperation he cried out that he was wretched man! He acknowledged his sin and cried out to Jesus Christ to rescue him from sin. He found victory over the war of the flesh by confessing his sin and surrendering his struggle to Christ. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law for us by living a perfect and sinless life.

Romans 8:1, ‘’Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’’.

Romans 8:3-4, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did; sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit’’.

Galatians 5:16, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh’.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You that there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ. Thank You that we can have victory over sin by acknowledging and confessing our sin and rendering our struggle to You. Thank You for defeating sin and condemning sin in the flesh, in Jesus’ name, Amen.