Romans (Program #33) – The Consummation of the Gospel
In God’s salvation, He does not just wash us from our sins, forgive us and make us clean, but He imparts His very life into us. He does this in order to make us His sons. So sonship or being sons of God is a matter of receiving the life of God.
God’s plan or eternal purpose cannot be realized without genuine sons of God that are match to Him in righteousness, holiness and glory. But all He has to work with is just sinner like you and me. How can He accomplish such a lofty goal?
We have a favor theme of Romans as our focus today and that is God is making sons out of sinners. This seems out of comprehension to most of us. But what does it mean really to make such a statement?
The book of Romans in its final three verses concludes with a beautiful offering of praise to God. Theologians have dubbed it a doxology; though it might aptly be called a melody, a melody of praise that we can fully enter into. It’s the peak of the gospel of God as presented in Romans.
This message begins with a concise overview of the entire book. The perspective is that of the revelation of God’s entire economy revealed in the New Testament. And the feeling is that in our experience and practice, we should have a book of Romans with sixteen chapters, that is with all of the stations or all of the sections, and not just part. We appreciate the fact that when the reformation began, God used a segment of the book of Romans to recover a tremendous truth – that of justification by grace, through faith. This is the first major station in the book of Romans. The station or section of justification. The importance of this can hardly be over-emphasized…
Romans (Program #31) – The Consummation of the Gospel
Today we come to the conclusion of the gospel of God in the book of Romans. The book of Romans, perhaps the most doctrinally complete book in the New Testament, has a surprising and non-doctrinal conclusion concerning what God wants for every believer.
The gospel of God refers to the entire speaking of the book of Romans. Here in the book of Romans, Paul gives perhaps the most complete doctrinal portrait of the gospel in its fullness than in any other book that he has written. Romans begins with man in condemnation and then shows us how God takes him through the steps of justification, sanctification, glorification, selection, and transformation – a panorama of God’s organic salvation. Now we come to the conclusion of the gospel, and this conclusion is surprisingly non-doctrinal, after the marvelous picture that Paul painted in the process of that salvation. The goal of that salvation is given in a very experiential way that is surprising to the readers of the rest of the book.
Romans (Program #14) – The Bondage of the Law in Our Flesh (2)
Simply speaking, we just need to turn to the spirit in our spirit, set our mind on the spirit and switch on the law of the spirit of life. Then we can overcome the law of sin and death in our being; and spontaneously, we live Christ and express Christ.
If you have ever struggled with wanting to do the right thing, but failing and feeling condemned. You are experiencing what Paul talked about in Romans chapter 7. And you won’t want to miss today’s life study of Romans with Witness Lee. Thank you for joining us today as we explore one of the most perplexing aspects of the Christian life..
Romans (Program #13) – The Bondage of the Law in Our Flesh (1)
Today we come to the wonderful truth in Romans chapter 7. Though a little difficult to understand, if any Christian sees the truth in this chapter, his Christian life will be liberated and revolutionized and he will know the real way to experience Christ.
Today we are coming to one of the most critical and striking of all the messages in this life study of Romans. We will be brought into a view today that will surprise and enlighten us very much.
Romans chapter 7 is a continuation of Paul’s explaining to the Romans how they can live in grace… Abraham was justified by faith, but then God expected him to enjoy grace to bring forth Isaac, and this Isaac is the experience of Christ. This is a continuation of explaining how you can practically experience living this kind of life and grace. And in particular, in this chapter, he stresses how we are free from the law…
In this life study of Romans, we see that all that we have in Adam. We also see all that we have in Christ. All we have in Adam is but sin and death; I in Christ inherit life and righteousness – what a debit in Adam, what a credit in Christ!
From time to time, the Bible gives us a heavenly accounting lesson. Today is one of those lessons from the book of Romans.
We have been seeing there is a major shift in Romans chapter 5. A shift from the realm of man’s doings and deeds to the man himself, his person. Romans 5:12 is a very clear verse – “Therefore just as through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin, death; and thus death passed on to all men because all have sinned.” This book marks a great turn in the book of Romans. more…
Matthew 24:14 says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
All believers would like to know when the Lord Jesus will come again. Even many who do not profess to believe are intrigued by this question as well. The gospel of Matthew, more than any other book in scripture, gives us clear and definite signs. The chief among all its prophecies is one contained in this verse. The preaching not of the general common gospel, but rather the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom.
For a Christian, no other event recorded in scripture can compare with the resurrection of Christ. It uniquely embodies the critical component of our faith. To many, it demonstrates God’s ultimate power. But if our eyes are open, even I would say “blessed”, we see not God’s power manifested in the raising of Christ Jesus from the dead so much as we see His righteousness.
Matthew (Program #73) - Man’s Unrighteousness and God’s Righteousness
The Crucifixion of Christ – probably no other deed in human history manifested so completely the depths of unrighteousness that mankind is capable of. Yet at the same time, no other event afforded God such an opportunity to manifest His Righteousness so perfectly.
Matthew (Program #72) – Judged, Crucified and Buried
The Gospel of Mark, chapter 15, tells us that Jesus was crucified at the third hour of the Jewish day, or nine o’clock in the morning. He hung there for six full hours before yielding His final breath – six hours, unlike any other in human history. For in that day, both the wickedness and unrighteousness of man were displayed as never before or since; as well as the absolute righteousness of our Holy and Just God. The account of these 6 hours in the gospel of Matthew is surely something that no one should miss.