Though the analogy isn’t perfect, something like that was true of Adam--but his “constituency” was the entire human race! Because of Christ, the true peace of God can fill our hearts. As a young monk, trying through asceticism and self-mortification to find peace with God, he was challenged by his mentor, Johann von Staupitz, to study and teach the book of Romans. Then, having an appropriate fear of the Lord, we find deliverance from other fears that plague our lives. and he was called the friend of God. Few things of value are inexpensive. In the early 1800s, the term was popularized by the writings of Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle, who was protesting governmental foot-dragging. For just $19.95, plus shipping and handling, you can get a practical summary of the lies the devil would have you believe concerning adultery.—Bill White, Paramount, California. By Lois Parker Edstrom. To my delight, it held me up. Romans 1:16 truth from us. The Gospel's Supernatural Power to Rescue - Romans 1:16 - Lauren Kornacki is glad she took that summer CPR class, but she probably never thought she would have to use it so soon and on someone she loves. 5:2) God’s throne is the throne of grace (Heb 4:16). They have suffered so many defeats that they think they will never make any progress. Some fancy that they have done a great many good works. —Romans 1:21. Are you learning to trust Him more? . Attending church and being involved in religious activities? Many years ago, when I was a young Salvation Army officer, it was my privilege to participate in a most unique service at a wide street intersection in the heart of the city of San Diego, California. My friend had the opportunity to interact on a regular basis with a nonbeliever of that country who is a highly educated professional. John 1:12), life reigns (John 1:17). Full recompense was made. When Tom faced a challenge, he would put on his thinking cap and work through the matter with his faithful sidekick Mighty Manfred, the Wonder Dog. With joy in his heart, the man related how he had been delivered from a life of sin. Paul pinpointed the problem in Romans 1. Romans 5:10 Twice Paul states that God required a payment for sin 'to demonstrate His justice' (Ro 3:25-26). A few years ago, our commissioners went to the Governor of the State, and got him to promise that he would pardon five men for good behavior. This is a sermon illustration used by Pastor Jack Olsen for a sermon on Romans 6:6-7. Cases such as this one can produce some knotty legal and moral issues. He has made His existence plain by means of the created world (Romans 1:19-20). Romans 5:9 Actually, the evidence favors His reality. But try as you might, you’ll have difficulty coming up with a useful function for a used match. Trusting only Thee; Through faith alone in Christ who died It is part of the make-up and constitution of our moral nature. His handiwork in nature speaks so strongly for His existence and power that Paul used it as an argument to establish man’s guilt and condemnation. Ladder to Heaven - Those using the law as their ladder to heaven will be left standing in hell. That the Lord who reigns from above To eyes made blind because they will not see, It requires a divine love which goes "be­yond all human measure. —Havergal. Certainly not! Romans 5:1-11 Roosevelt was perplexed. His mother couldn't disguise the golf clubs inside. and he points to the float­ing carcases of innumerable thousands that died because of sin (Gen. 7:21). UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources... Signup for FREE! Be sure to encourage in all that you say. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The creativity we express in music and art reflect the same attribute that the Creator possesses (Ex. But you lay it down on the newly fallen snow, and you wonder how you could ever have thought it to be white at all. To cleanse us without and within. God . Paul doesn't say we will have to answer for Adam's sin. But our striving leads to discouragement and disappointment when our ability to imagine perfection exceeds our ability to implement it. He said he was happy with his beliefs. That Book, the Word of God, gives us real hope—a hope backed by all the authority, truth, and power of God. Sir Arthur was a frail eighty-six years old when two scientists paid a visit to his home. In heaven multitudes will ascribe glory to God for His work of salvation (Rev. His heroic act reminds us of what Paul says in Romans 5:7, "… yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die." Revenge the death of Christ on your sins, but keep to Christ's cross for power to do it. That historic act endeared Lincoln to the world as the Great Emancipator. Even Christians sometimes have a difficult time believing that all of us were somehow present 'in Adam' when he sinned. Romans 6:1-4. Those who joy in wealth grow avaricious. I tell you it’s too late now or any other time. Have you let God credit your account with Christ’s righteousness where sin’s penalty used to be? He declared, “No man can come to the throne of God and say, ‘I’m a better man than Rousseau.’” When he knew death was close at hand, he boasted, “Ah, how happy a thing it is to die, when one has no reason for remorse or self-reproach.” Then he prayed, “Eternal Being, the soul that I am going to give Thee back is as pure at this moment as it was when it proceeded from Thee; render it a partaker of Thy felicity!”, This is an amazing statement when you realize that Rousseau didn’t profess to be born again. You cannot reach the righteousness that God demands, no matter how far you climb. It was interesting to hear what these 9- and 10-year-olds said. Accept God’s free gift of salvation today! No one will be declared righteous in [God's] sight by observing the law. —F. These dominos are falling, and our one prayer and hope is REVIVAL. If there is no Designer—no Creator God—how is it that our universe can be a law-abiding system marked by beauty and simplicity? It has thorns. People who engage in these destructive acts don’t see the inconsistency of their behavior and haven’t taken to heart the words of the apostle Paul: “Let love be without hypocrisy” (Romans 12:9). 41:3). But we see the beautiful butterfly, the beautiful flower, and the beautiful though unconscious cooperation between the two. A glut of factual data and visual experiences doesn’t guarantee an increase in wisdom. He died, our sins upon Him laid; A child’s security depends on a parent’s promise to keep him or her safe. —DJD. We have access into grace (Rom. It is important to see how Paul describes it. Ask Noah as he looks out of his ark, "Does sin bring bitter­ness?" Nobody did, and the mimicking continued. That question is as shocking as an ice-cold shower, but I know from personal experience that self-deception is possible. The apostle Paul put it this way: “To him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5). Grace points to the past—our salvation goes back “before the foundation of the world” (Eph. They were breaking the news that after a half-century of study, Piltdown Man was a hoax—an old human skull, the jawbone of an orangutan, and a dog’s tooth. That’s part of the picture here in Romans 5, but there’s more. TODAY ALONG THE WAY - Verse 24 says that we are called to faith in God whose ultimate life-giving act was to raise Jesus from the dead. The word ought lies behind conscience, investing it with the certainty and irresistibleness of the throne of God. Imagine a debt-free life—an existence without the irritation of those nagging payments hanging over your head every month. “Then what does this verse promise?” he prodded. Bathhouses offered the freedom to engage in orgies of homosexual behavior. The verse that changed Luther’s life–and also the course of history–was Romans 1:17. For God has not darkly shadowed His glory in the creation of the world, but He has everywhere engraven such marks that even the blind may know them. It is impossible to fathom how a holy God should so love sinners that He would actually give His very own Son to die that they might be saved. Romans 5:1 —2 Corinthians 4:7. Not only had a needy sinner been rescued, but a Christian had been brought into a deeper experience of Christlike compassion. What has that empty sepulcher to say to you and me? —Bliss. Standing on the promises that cannot fail, —Sper. Frankly, I don’t blame that confused man for saying to me, “I don’t want to read any pamphlets or tracts. When our lives become cluttered with worldliness through spiritual neglect, the Holy Spirit will help us get rid of the junk and clean the dirt. In Romans 2 the apostle Paul exposed the hypocrisy of self-righteous religionists. Lord, I believe. What a contrast! Keep praying and sharing the gospel with others. put it into the story, put it big and plain: Instantly the chains were broken never to be forged again — the passion for drink was taken away! Nobody else is going to save you but yourself.”. He admitted to being sexually active, but denied being gay, though evidence indicated otherwise. Our salvation actually rests on law. —Luke 15:10. That is, He tells us how we can share His righteousness and be restored into good standing with Him. When asked to put his message into one short sentence, he replied, “My life is my message.”, Certainly we should explain the gospel message as clearly as possible. The man runs into a shack. Romans 6:1ff . . Bats locate their prey with their complex sonar, then attack at 75 miles per hour. Our faith is strengthened by accounts like this. We can’t earn God’s gift of love, but we have an obligation to share it with others who need Him. When it comes to the burdensome worry of how to get out from under the weight of my sin, I don’t have a care in the world. 3: 9, 12). INSIGHT: Abraham was 75 when God first told him that he would be the father of many nations (Gen. 12:4). M Adryael Tong. He indignantly spurned the suggestion. 3:25-26). Then we will become examples and reporters of good news that never becomes old. It is much better to lose an eye or a hand than to lose your soul (Mark 9:47). Died He for me, who caused His pain? 5:21). That’s part of the picture here in Romans 5, but there’s more. —Anon. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from “Aurora Leigh”, People who don’t attend church often give some rather interesting reasons for not doing so. Romans 15:1-7 enhances the Scriptures we just mentioned by providing 4 suggestions for enhancing the defeat of selfishness in our lives. It shows God’s mercy. Renowned preacher Robert Dale was walking one day in Birmingham, England, where he was pastoring the great Carr’s Lane Church. Intro: Up until this point, the Apostle Paul has been building a case for the necessity of … Doubtless conscience may be impaired in its action by long neglect, or by the determined preference of human maxims as our rule of action; but it is always liable to resurrection when the voice of God is sounding. He “was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Rom. This was so perfectly accomplished that Jesus told His disciples, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). alone for forgiveness, you will be reconciled to God. Many years ago a friend sent me an article that included these words: “Some men say, ‘There is no God.’ All the wonders around you are accidental. . —Romans 1:14. It is only by enduring that we learn to endure, even as by swimming men learn to swim. Please help us to rest in You. A grumbling mood of discontent Past generations of Christians have called creation the “Book of Nature,” which reveals God generally, just as the Bible reveals God specifically. It tells us that we can be forgiven because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. In his book The Resurrection of Jesus the Christ, Fred John Meldau underscores the significance of Jesus’ resurrection by describing Israel’s annual Day of Atonement ritual. He knew that the gospel was “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” because Jesus had dramatically changed his life and its direction. 3:20). In response to God's comforting words, Abram asked hard questions about His promises (Ge 15:1-3). —Acts 13:39, One day Bible teacher and evangelist R. A. Torrey spoke with a woman who lacked assurance that her sins were forgiven. —Fitzhugh. We see a sin in another person’s life and we rise up in pride to correct that person. —Dennis Fisher, Sometimes there’s just one step to go Christians have also recognized the need to change their methods of reaching out to non-Christians with the gospel of Jesus. Our hearts are restless till they find their rest in God. But his unstaggering faith arose from his great thoughts of Him who had promised. Of course, this is a true thought and marvellous. The bottom line is that with Adam, one sin brought us deserved condemnation; with Christ, one act of righteousness brought us undeserved salvation (Romans 5:18-19; cf. Romans 1:19 3:3), and there is an appointed portion of grace that will sustain us (2 Cor. That gives me courage and hope and cheer Romans 5:5 Some spectators asked, “How far across the canyon did he get?” But that wasn’t the point. And we have hope, love, and salvation. Then descending, he set fire to the whole pyramid which went up in a great blaze as a the song of the Lord continued. Grass or weeds? Read: Romans 5:12-19