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Monday, June 28, 2010

Roaming Through Romans (Romans 5 & 6)

Roaming Through Romans (Romans 5 & 6)

There are so many treasures to be found in the book of Romans, so many truths to be discovered. Gods’ Word, the Bible is a miraculous living book that will change us if we read it and believe it. And the book of Romans is commonly considered the greatest exposition of Christian doctrine anywhere in the Bible. Let’s read through several more chapters of Romans and see what we can find.

Romans 5:1&2 tells us that we are “justified by faith” and that we have peace with God through Jesus Christ, by whom we have “access by faith into this grace in which we stand ...”. Here again we learn that God has prepared a special place for us to stand in His grace; a place of hope, joy, peace and salvation. The ticket to this grace place is faith, and we are taken there by Jesus Christ. He is our transport, but without faith there is no access. I want to have the faith to go there. I want to stand in this grace place –this special place of mercy that God has made for us, don’t you?

Reading on to Romans 5:18-19 we learn that we inherited our sinful nature from our forefather, Adam. But we are born again and made righteous through Christ, the second Adam. We are in Adam by birth, but we are in Christ by faith. Again our all important faith is required.

Reading on to Romans 6:3 we find: “Or do you know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” Romans 6:5 goes on with: “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” When we are persecuted and rejected we act as if something strange is happening to us. But Scripture tells us that when we follow Jesus we will share His sufferings. If the world hated Christ it will hate us too. As the bride of Christ we will be identified with Him and carry His cross. But we will also share His resurrection! We see these mysteries through a glass darkly now.

As we move on we come to another treasure in Romans 6:7 : “For he who has died has been freed from sin.” Other scriptures state this same truth. Perhaps we get so used to living in this sinful world with our sinful selves that it is hard for us to imagine that when we die we will be instantly transported to a sinless place where we will be changed and will be completely sinless ourselves.

As we continue to read through Romans we come to some powerful promises that we can use when we resist sin. Romans 6:11 says: “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:14 reads: “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” These passages in Romans as well as others throughout the Bible impart the truth that we never have to say that we are defeated by a sin.

Another scripture, 1 Corinthians 10:13 speaks to this same amazing promise. “”No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” Although we can never say in this life that we are free from all sin, we can know that through Christ we can overcome any sinful addiction. Romans 6 expounds on the fact that we no longer have to be “slaves” to sin. Christ has set us free and Scripture says that we never need to be trapped in a sin. Sometimes we don’t appreciate it but through faith in Christ we have been given this power to resist sin. Let’s take advantage of our freedom!

You see, I told you that there are many treasures to be found in the book of Romans, and many truths to be discovered. Take these truths we have discussed and make them your own. Stand on these promises. And read through Romans 5 and 6 and see how many more treasures you can find that we didn’t mention here.

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