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Romans

No Condemnation For Those In Christ



In Romans 7:7-25, we are introduced to a person who wanted to please God by how he lived, by what he thought, and by what he desired, yet he was frustrated because of his continued failure to live a life pleasing toGod no matter how hard he tried (Romans 7:14-20).

The standard for this person’s behavior was the Ten Commandments, the law (Romans 7:7).

This man delighted in the Ten Commandments (Romans 7:22).

He knew the law was holy, righteous, and good (Romans 7:12).

He understood from Psalm 1 and Psalm 119 that to live according to the Ten Commandments would bring, life, freedom, and peace.

Not Ashamed Of The Gospel In Context - Romans 1:16-17

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” ”

The word gospel means good news.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, the good news he teaches about is the good news of God’s grace that God has freely given to us in Jesus for the purpose of giving us the gift of righteousness - a gift we receive simply by faith - and reconciling us to himself in a love relationship where we know God as Father.

What Does It Mean To Worship By The Spirit?

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those workers of evil, those mutilators of the flesh! For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.”
Philippians 3:1-3

So often when people comment on the meaning of a verse, or apply a verse to their lives, they do so without first determining the author’s original meaning of the verse.

Are The Grace Of God And The Wrath Of God In Conflict?

Are The Grace Of God And The Wrath Of God In Conflict?

The biblical answer is no.

Rather than being in conflict, God's wrath and God's grace are complimentary of each other.
 
The Bible speaks of God's wrath as the process of purifying the earth from all that is evil, sinful, and hurtful, and creating a new earth that is free from all that is unrighteous and ungodly...an earth where there is no more sorrow, pain, death, tears, etc...
 
It is a new earth that reflects his love.
 

We Can't Live By Faith And Live By The Law...It's One Or The Other

The law is the righteous requirements given to the nation of Israel to keep them seperate from the Gentile nations for the purpose of being a light of God's love to the Gentile nations. The law was the standard of righteousness.

This would include the Ten Commandments and the two great commandments to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as you love yourself. It would also include everything else in Exodus 19-Deuteronomy.

The Gentiles were never under the law.

Are The Grace Of God And The Law Of God In Conflict?

Are The Grace Of God And The Wrath Of God In Conflict?

The biblical answer is no.

Rather than being in conflict, God's wrath and God's grace are complimentary of each other.
 
The Bible speaks of God's wrath as the process of purifying the earth from all that is evil, sinful, and hurtful, and creating a new earth that is free from all that is unrighteous and ungodly...an earth where there is no more sorrow, pain, death, tears, etc...
 
It is a new earth that reflects his love.
 

The Grace Exchange

In the Bible, Jesus is called the Righteous One (Isaiah 53:11, Acts 13:14, 7:52, 22:14, 1 John 2:1).

This means Jesus was completely pure, clean, loving, holy...without a sinful thought, desire, or deed.

Everyone else is unrighteous (Romans 3:10).

Isaiah 53:11 revealed the Righteous One would come and make the unrighteous righteous by bearing their sinfulness and giving them his righteousness.

This is the Grace Exchange.

The Grace Exchange is when Jesus exchanged his righteousness for our sinfulness.

Limiting Our Liberty With Love

Romans 14 and 15 teach grace believers to limit our liberty with love.
 
But why?
 
In Romans 14-15, liberty is the freedom to make lifestyle choices, since we are not under law but under grace, in areas the Bible remains silent.There were believers in Rome who were publically using their liberty in grace to live in a way that was harmful to others. This wasn’t an immoral lifestyle they were living, but it concerned grey areas as well as matters of the Mosaic Law, specifically days and diets mandated by the Law of Moses that were abolished through the death of Jesus.

Are Teachers Of Grace Lawless?

The most common attack made against teachers of the gospel of grace is that we are lawless, meaning against the Ten Commandments.

It is an attack that has been made against me since 1991 (26 years).
 
This attack is nothing new.

It is the same attack made against Paul when he proclaimed the good news of God’s grace.
 
Like Paul, we do teach that we are not under Law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).

But we do not teach, as we are and Paul in his time was accused, that since we are not under Law then people are free to sin as much as they want.
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