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Romans

In ancient biblical times, when a letter was written by an authority figure and sent to a congregation of believers, the letter in its entirety was read aloud for all to hear. In light of that understanding, Romans is an authoritative letter written by the Apostle Paul and read aloud by a woman named Phoebe to a Jewish Christian Congregation in Rome.

Released from the law

The letter to the Romans addresses the history, concept, and meaning of Justification by faith, which is God’s free gift of Grace through redemption that came by Jesus Christ

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Unpacking Justification by Faith

The biblical patriarch of “Justification by faith” and who’s life preceded the “10 commandments” is Abraham. His life and journey is recorded in the book of Genesis
Abraham was a Old Testament patriarch who’s life and journey was recorded in the book of Genesis
According to the biblical timeline, Abraham lived approximately 900yrs before God personally engraved the 10 commandments on two stone tablets for Moses and the Jewish people (see ; )
I am Yahweh your God, you shall have no other gods before Me
You shall not make for yourself an idol
You shall not misuse the name of Yahweh
Remember the Sabbath
Honor your father and mother
You shall not kill
You shall not commit adultery
You shall not steal
You shall not bear false witness
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, wife, and/or anything that belongs to your neighbor
900yrs before “The Law” was given to Moses, God has already declared Abraham justified by faith and it was therefore credited to him as righteousness (see )
The Apostle Paul says, by faith Abraham believed in God’s supernatural power and promise
Romans 4:19–22 NIV
19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”

However, when God gave “The Law” to Moses and the Jewish people it increased trespass against Him

Prior to “The Law”, judgment followed one man’s sin (i.e. Adam) and brought condemnation and death
The Greek word for “trespass” is “paraptōma”, means breaking trust with God
After “The Law” was given it created more awareness of sin and so trespass increased
However, in Christ grace increased all the more and brought justification for many
Romans 5:18–19 NIV84
18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Romans 5:18-19

Does God’s increasing grace mean we should continue to sin so grace can continue to increase?

By no means! Placing our faith and allegiance in Jesus means our old nature was buried with Christ through baptism into death
Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, in the same way, we live a new life

Does being under God’s grace rather then under “The Law” mean we can continue to sin?

By no means! Christ death has set us free from sin and made us slaves to righteousness
Romans 6:18 NIV
18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Romans 6:18
Paul uses an analogy of the binding law of “union in marriage” and compares it with the binding grace of “union with Him
By law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive
If her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man
In the same manner, we were bound to “The Law” and repeatedly reminded that we were controlled by the sinful nature bearing fruit to death
But we have now died to “The Law” through the body of Christ and are Released from “The Law” to serve in the new way of the Spirit in order that we bear fruit to God
We now belong to Him who was raised from the dead

How does God’s grace credit righteousness for our justification?

We must believe in God who delivered Jesus over to death for our sins and raised Him back to life for our justification
The Greek word for “trespass” is “paraptōma”, means breaking trust with God
Romans 4:23–25 NIV
23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Romans 4:23-
The Greek word for “trespass” is “paraptōma”, means breaking trust with God
The Greek word for “trespass” is “paraptōma”, means breaking trust with God

Does God’s grace mean we can sin without measure?

paraptoma”, means breaking trust with God

So what are we justified from?

We are justified from The Law because it brings wrath
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Romans 3:21 NIV
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
Romans 3:28 NIV
28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
Romans 3:
Romans 3:23–24 HCSB
23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:23–24 NIV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
The letter address the concept and meaning of Justification
The letter address the concept and meaning of Grace
God declared Abraham justified because he believed in the power and promise of God and therefore God credited
Romans 4:19–22 NIV
19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Romans 4:19-22
Romans 4:21–22 NIV
21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Romans 4:21-22
and Grace which is the free gift of God that sets us free from The Law of sin
These major faith defining topics is the Good News that that liberates us from the law

Indicted by the Law

Indicted by the Law

What is an indictment?

The evidence against me that I am guilty
Romans 4:23–25 NIV
23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

What is Grace?

Romans

What is Grace?

Grace is the unmerited gift to justify me despite all the evidence

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