Freedom from self-centeredness, freedom from hostility and bitterness,freedom from anxiety and all kinds of fears, freedo… Who would dare even to point a finger? That's why Romans 5:8 points to the death of Christ. Is good just as dangerous as evil?” No again! For without the law sin was dead. 7 1-3 You shouldn’t have any trouble understanding this, friends, for you know all the ins and outs of the law—how it works and how its power touches only the living. Conference Message. Is there no one who can do anything for me? For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?" For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. 21-23 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. Is there no one who can do anything for me? The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Amplified: To those who by patient persistence in well-doing [springing from piety] seek [unseen but sure] glory and honor and [the eternal … By hiding within God’s good commandment, sin did far more mischief than it could ever have accomplished on its own. 8-12 Don’t you remember how it was? Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! 8 ThereisthereforenownocondemnationforthosewhoareinChristJesus.12 ForthelawofhtheSpiritoflifeiha… Romans 10:16 "But they have not all obeyed the gospel. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. In between, the argument progresses in two main stages with a conclusion. 8-12 Don’t you remember how it was? In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. But once sin got its hands on the law code and decked itself out in all that finery, I was fooled, and fell for it. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW NIV Study Bible Notes, Fully Revised Edition. In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths. When Christ died he took that entire rule-dominated way of life down with him and left it in the tomb, leaving you free to “marry” a resurrection life and bear “offspring” of faith for God. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. But if he dies, she is quite free to marry another man in good conscience, with no one’s disapproval. Paul explains how that happened in Romans 5:6-8. First 30-days on us! That’s certainly not true. 7 We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. It would be easy to select just about any verse from chapter 8 to be on the list. I’m doing God a favor.” Some people are actually trying to put such words in our mouths, c | The Message (MSG) | Download The Bible App Now My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. And this made us all the more rebellious. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. Romans 5:8 teaches us that the heart of God's love for us is, while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Utterly unfounded, in fine, is the objection of clumsiness (Hofmann); the symmetrical fulness of Romans 2:7-8, has a certain solemnity about it. That’s certainly not true. And this made us all the more rebellious. When Christ died he took that entire rule-dominated way of life down with him and left it in the tomb, leaving you free to “marry” a resurrection life and bear “offspring” of faith for God. 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This is part two of my series the “Four Season of Life.” Last week I talked about our spiritual winters and this morning we will be examining our spiritual fall. For instance, a wife is legally tied to her husband while he lives, but if … By confessing with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and by believing this in our hearts, we are saved—nothing more, nothing less. Jesus laid down his life for you. … Scripture: Romans 8:3–4. John Piper ... Sep 21, 1980 37 Shares Sermon. 9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Paul emphasizes this in our text with a series of synonyms: we were helpless (5:6); ungodly (5:6); sinners (5:8); and, enemies (5:10). Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. But the law code itself is God’s good and common sense, each command sane and holy counsel. If there had never been any law, there could not have been any sin, because sin is a breaking of law. Jesus laid down his life for us. * 1 Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. 7 1-3 You shouldn’t have any trouble understanding this, friends, for you know all the ins and outs of the law—how it works and how its power touches only the living. Romans 7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Believers United to Christ. With God on our side like this, how can we lose? We are enlarged in the waiting. When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. Underlying question to this chapter that is still bothering some of you Jews, “Is the believer under the law?” Already told you Romans … 25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. John Piper Feb 8, 1981 2.5K Shares Sermon. For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. 22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. Conference Message. 13 I can already hear your next question: “Does that mean I can’t even trust what is good [that is, the law]? Twelve Theses. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. 31-39 So, what do you think? And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun. Romans 10 teaches the word of faith. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. 17-20 But I need something more! There is no way! Union with Christ: Mind-Renewing Foundations Desiring God 2014 Conference for Pastors. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? If she lives with another man while her husband is living, she’s obviously an adulteress. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. Apr 8, 2008. What more could God have done to show you how much you matter to him? 4-6 So, my friends, this is something like what has taken place with you. I do, perfectly well. Is good just as dangerous as evil?” No again! The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. 12-14 So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. For instance, a wife is legally tied to her husband while he lives, but if he dies, she’s free. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. Died To The Law - Romans 7:1-6 A. Romans 3:7-8 It’s simply perverse to say, “If my lies serve to show off God’s truth all the more gloriously, why blame me? A new power is in operation. Scripture: Romans 8:1–35. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. The law code had a perfectly legitimate function. 15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. This is a combined, edited version of two articles that were first published in Norwegian: “Do you believe Romans 8:28?” from BCC’s periodical “Skjulte Skatter”(“Hidden Treasures”) in June 1949, and a transcript from a message by Elias Aslaksen in January 1976, “Everything Works Together for … 13 I can already hear your next question: “Does that mean I can’t even trust what is good [that is, the law]? He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. 29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. 2 For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death. The text says this: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be. Paul reveals to us that salvation is about grace alone, about faith in what He has done – “the righteous shall live by faith.” 8 1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. What Does It Mean to Fulfill the Law in Romans 8:3–4? We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. 7 But I can hear you say, “If the law code was as bad as all that, it’s no better than sin itself.” That’s certainly not true. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. Romans Children's Sermons for Romans 1 Romans 1:1-7 Hear the Call (Edstrom) Romans 1:16-17: 3:22b-28 It's Free (Edstrom) Children's Sermons for Romans 4 Romans 4:7-8 Be Happy (Edstrom) Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 Promise of Grace (Edstrom) Children's Sermons for Romans 5 Romans 5:1-11 The Right Fit (Edstrom) Romans 5:12-19 The Best Gift (Edstrom) The good news is not only a gracious offer but a command to believe and repent. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. 14-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. To understand how the gifts of the Spirit are to operate in a local fellowship of Christians. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. I’m at the end of my rope. Christ is the end of the law so we can be justified and made righteous by faith in Jesus alone. If she lives with another man while her husband is living, she’s obviously an adulteress. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. Commentary on Romans 8:32-39 (Read Romans 8:32-39) All things whatever, in heaven and earth, are not so great a display of God's free love, as the gift of his coequal Son to be the atonement on the cross for the sin of man; and all the rest follows upon union with him, and interest in him. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. 1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Romans 7:8: But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. That is what the gospel is all about -- freedom! Reiche and Hofmann, following Oecumenius, (616) Estius, and others, arrange it so that to δόξαν κ. τι΄. We are not speaking about that. Romans 7:5; Romans 7:8 Read chapter in The Message Bible. Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. As a recap from last week, I told you that the Holy Spirit gave me an analogy about how we experience spiritual seasons. 3-4 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God. Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 2:7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life (NASB: Lockman). God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. 7 Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I am speaking to those who know the [] Law), that the [] Law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. But if he dies, she is quite free to marry another man in good conscience, with no one’s disapproval. But once sin got its hands on the law code and decked itself out in all that finery, I was fooled, and fell for it. Romans 7 and 8 as he states is the home of … Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. But the law code itself is God’s good and common sense, each command sane and holy counsel. The first stage is verses 1-17, whose focus is the ministry of the Spirit. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him! For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. Romans is the fort Knox of the Christians faith, written to the center of the Roman civilization, it is the doctrine of the gospel – the problem with mankind and the living hope in Christ. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me. The Flesh and the Spirit. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us. The law code had a perfectly legitimate function. As we have been reading through this great letter from Paul to the Romans, we have seen the gospel of Jesus Christ which is able to set men free. Authority Of Law - Romans 7:1. I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. A new power is in operation. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. Sin simply did what sin is so famous for doing: using the good as a cover to tempt me to do what would finally destroy me. Romans 12:7-8 - We look today at the gifts of teaching, exhortation, giving, mercy, leading and serving. To get a more biblical philosophy of the church. 26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. In Context Parallel Compare. I do, perfectly well. Isn’t that the real question? IV. Scripture: Romans 6:1–14. 5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. 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