God also taught us that we have a third problem. The first problem was that we were in danger of judgment for our sins (chapters 1 to 5). Christ died for our sins to set us free from judgment. God delivered us from the penalty of sins by Jesus being our substitute. The second problem was that we can not produce fruit for God because of sin in us (chapters 5 to 8). By dying and rising with Christ to new life, we are set free from sin’s bondage. God delivers us from the power of sin by Christ being our representative.
The third problem is that we have bodies that are corrupting because of sin (second half of chapter 8). We received these mortal bodies from Adam. But any minute now it will be seen that our life really is in Christ now, not in Adam! God will deliver us from sin’s effect in our bodies! We will be given glorified bodies like Christ’s resurrection body! Praise the Lord! I can hardly wait!
So we see that God is for us! He loves us! He has dealt with all our problems, and now teaches us how He solved them!
Have you believed God’s message? Have you agreed with God? He said there is no one righteous. He said the only way to be righteous is by faith in Jesus Christ. Have you submitted to God’s gospel?
If you have, all these blessings are yours in Christ. Live in the good of them. Now God wants to teach us how this gospel should affect us. God’s gospel changes lives. Let’s learn how we should be changed by His gospel. The first thing is to have a changed view of life on earth.
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In love God gave us the letter to the Romans in His Word. In this letter God teaches us His gospel and then teaches us how this gospel should affect our lives. Let’s review what God taught in chapters 1 to 8.
God’s gospel is His message of good news to man. God tells us what He thinks, and tells us what we need to hear. God shows us in Romans that all of us are unrighteous. All people have sinned. Not one is perfect. So all are under God’s judgment because God is a righteous judge. So no one will be called righteous by God by works.
But God has made it possible for anyone to be righteous by faith in what Jesus Christ did. Christ died for our sins. God is satisfied with the Lord Jesus’ blood. If I believe that I have sins and put my trust on Christ as my Savior, God will declare me to be righteous.
Have you ever realized you deserve to be judged by God and cast away from Him into the lake of fire forever? You need to see this is true. God told us so.
God also told us we can know we will be in heaven forever if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ! That is good news! Christ was perfect, but He took all the judgment on Himself when He died on the cross. By faith in what Christ did, we have peace between us and God.
God also teaches us that we have another problem. The first problem was a legal problem with our sins. The second problem is an internal problem with sin. The nature we got from Adam (the first man) is no good! This nature is called the flesh. Sin came into the world by Adam’s sin, and sin now has control of the flesh in every person.
But God has made it possible for anyone to live a righteous life. It is by not trying to live by the flesh’s power. I need to consider myself dead, and now let Christ live in me. By the Spirit of Christ in me, my body has a new energy source. I do not look to the flesh any longer.
Have you ever realized there is nothing good in your flesh? God knows it is true. He condemned it as no good when Christ died. God’s good news is that when Christ died, all believers in Christ died. And when Christ rose again to new life, all believers rose again to newness of life.
So I need to be done with myself. I am crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. By letting Christ live in me, I can have peace in my walk, because I can actually do what pleases God!
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This is the first installment of a new series of posts prepared to help us better understand the effect of God’s good news as taught in Romans chapters 9 through 16.
There are 20 lesson units plus a final review unit… our plan is to post a new unit every Tuesday and Thursday. Occasionally helpful illustrations will also be posted to further aid us in our understanding of the effect of God’s gospel or “good news”.
You should first study how God teaches His Gospel in Romans 1 through 8. Digital Sojourner previously posted a series of lessons covering Romans 1-8. You can read those lessons online beginning here or download all of the lessons in PDF ebook format here.
Visit Digital Sojourner every Tuesday and Thursday for each new installment. You may also subscribe to Digital Sojourner’s RSS feed here.
At the conclusion of the series all of the lesson material, plus review questions for each lesson and additional bonus material, will be made available as a single PDF file for you to download.
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