Sermons on Romans
What is justification? God, motivated by grace, declares guilty people to be righteous. God is both just and the justifier, sending His son to be the atonement for our sin.
The Gospel is an announcement of good news. Salvation is our rescue from guilt, separation from God, slavery to sin, and eternal death. Salvation is also rescue for life, adoption as children of God, and blessedness. The Gospel message is filled with the inherent power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
In Psalm 32 King David expresses the blessedness of forgiveness. David had committed sins of which the consequences of those sins still occurred, but he received forgiveness and a restored relationship with the Father when he cried out to God. Righteousness comes through faith to us as well. It is credited to us as a gift, apart from works.
In Romans 9:1-5, Paul declares his sorrow over Israel’s rejection of Christ, the Messiah. Paul proclaims the deity of Christ: “God overall, forever praised.” Christ is the one true living God, sovereign over all. He is worthy of our praise, today and for eternity.
Romans 4:7-8 Quotes the psalmist, King David, after he cried out to God for forgiveness. These verses include three different Hebrew words for sin, including the idea of having a twisted, rebellious nature, crossing the line (transgressing), and falling short of God’s commands. Because of Christ’s substitutionary death on our behalf, we can be forgiven of these sins and credited with righteousness as a gift of grace. When this happens, we are truly and eternally blessed.
Romans 8 begins with the promise of “no condemnation” and ends with the promise of “no separation.” God demonstrated His love for us by sending Jesus into the world to pay the penalty for our sin and save us from condemnation. When we believe in Him and ask for His forgiveness, we are forever His. Nothing can ever separate us from His love.
The Gospel is the good new to all who will believe and receive God’s forgiveness, deliverance, and salvation. The Gospel comes from God, who desires to give people grace for the glory of Jesus’ name and for our good. It is not a plan, but instead it is a person: Jesus Christ, who shares God’s nature and was sent to redeem.
How can we love Jesus more? Thomas shares a few of the ways that he has seen the power of the gospel at work transforming the lives of people and how that has caused both praise and thanksgiving to our Savior to be built up within his own soul.
Have you ever wondered why difficult things happen to you? Difficult trials are inevitable in this life because we are a fallen people living in a fallen world. Pastor Becker explains how God provides us with everything we need to reach the glory God has in mind for his children.
Romans 9:1-5 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises.…
Galatians 3:23-29 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There…