Romans (Program #46) – Saved in Life from Self-Likeness (2)
Today we come to Romans to see Christ in a new way as the firstborn Son of God, and to see our experience of Christ in a new way as His many brothers.
Today’s message is going to touch a verse in chapter 1, verse 4, dealing with designation and also connected to Romans 8:29 where we see the firstborn Son and the many brothers. We don’t often think of Christ as the Firstborn, I think it’s more normal for us to consider Him the only begotten from John 3:16.
It’s very good that we came in our study of Romans to this point where we are considering Christ as the Firstborn. This is distinguished from Christ as the eternal Son of God in John chapter 3 and many other places. Here He is the firstborn Son of God. This has to do with His status among the many born. We are the many born sons of God, He is the firstborn Son of God. more…
Romans (Program #45) – Saved in Life from Self-Likeness (1)
Sometimes our environment seems terrible and hard, but we need to remember this verse, “All things work together for good” (Rom. 8:28). The “good” in this verse is that we would be transformed and conformed to the image of Christ.
Romans chapter five unveils our salvation in two marvelous aspects. We have been reconciled to God eternally by the death of Christ on the cross, but much more we shall be saved in His life. It’s this “much more salvation” that we’re going to look at again today on the life study of the Bible.
Romans (Program #44) – Saved in Life from Divisiveness
In practicing the church life and the Christian life revealed in the book of Romans, we need to be exercised to keep the oneness by receiving with grace, all genuine believers in Christ, even as God in Christ has received us.
We are going to talk a lot today about the tendency in human beings to be divisive. Of course, this is really just an extension of our tendency toward individualism. Individualism is something that we esteem quite highly actually in our American culture. I think we view it more as a virtue in that context at least. Why is it not such a virtuous thing, in our Christian life, our church life?
Romans (Program #43) – Saved in Life from Individualism
Salvation is a very comprehensive term. It involves taking sinners all the way from being redeemed and regenerated to be being glorified with Christ in His glory.
We are going to look again at Romans 5:10 today. This has become quite a favor verse in the life study of Romans. We seem to come back again and again. One of the significant aspects of this verse is that it refers to both our objective salvation, accomplished by Christ’s death and our subjective salvation, which is by the operation of His life. Why do we need a salvation that is both objective and subjective?
Romans (Program #42) – Saved in Life from Naturalness
Romans can be summarized three words: redemption, life and building. The matter of life is stated clearly in Romans 5:10 “…much more we shall be saved in His life”. If we don’t know life and building, we’re missing two-thirds of God’s salvation.
Romans is arguably the definitive book of the Bible regarding Christian doctrine but we’re finding out that it is much more than that. It is really a book opening the way for all of us, as believers in Christ, to enter into the rich experience of the saving life of Christ everyday.
Romans (Program #41) – Saved in Life from Sin and Worldliness
We can draw water from the wells of salvation and we can be saved day by day in His life. The Bible is a book of life. The gospel of John reveals Christ as life to us but Romans brings us fully into the experience of this life.
This is easily one of the most important portions of the Bible for our Christian life. What is the most marvelous relationship that we’re going to see between the gospel of John and the book of Romans? John shows us that Christ as life meets the need of every man’s case – whatever our case is, whatever kind of need we have, whatever kind of condition or situation we’re in – Christ as life meets our need! But John doesn’t show us in particular the way we can experience Christ as life. more…
Romans (Program #17) – The Freedom of the Spirit in Our spirit (3)
What’s so marvelous is Romans 8 shows us that Christ as the Spirit of life comes into us and He dispenses Himself as life into our whole being!
What we see in Romans and what we see from this wonderful life study is that Romans shows us the complete salvation of God. A key verse in the book of Romans is Romans 5:10 which tells us that on the one hand, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son but this verse goes on to say that there’s much more to the Christian life. This much more is that we are saved in His life. This verse shows us the complete salvation of God. On the one hand, we’re redeemed objectively but then the Lord goes on after we’re redeemed to save us in His life. That means He dispenses Himself as life into our entire being to make us men of life for the building up of the Body of Christ. This is the complete salvation of God in Romans and this is what this wonderful life study unveils to us. more…
You have to look at Acts 7:56 where Stephen when he was being martyred, he looked up in the heavens and he said, “I see the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God”. Our Savior Christ in the victory of His resurrection today is in the heavens and on the throne of God. But is He there as God only or is He enthroned also as a man? We will explore this profound item from the book of Hebrews on today’s life study of the Bible.
We’ve been given two keys in the early programs of our life study of Hebrews: (1) river-crossers; (2) seeing so great a salvation. What are these two keys about and how are they connected? more…