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Romans: 3 Key Therefore’s!!

May 25, 2016.Joel.0 Likes.9 Comments

The Book of Romans is a beautiful epistle written by the Paul in about 57 A.D. on his way to Corinth.

 

In the book of Romans there are three key therefore’s found in Romans 5:1, 8:1, and 12:1.

 

Romans 5:1 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” First we must understand that justification does not come by any action we can take. We are completely incapable of providing our own justification and it cannot be earned. In verse 9 we find that we are justified by His blood. In Chapter three and verse twenty four it states we are justified by His grace. God loved us so much (John 3:16) he took up on flesh (1 Timothy 3:16) and shed his blood for our sins so that we might be saved. Leviticus 17:11, “… For it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.” While in the Old Testament this made reference to a blood sacrifice, the blood of an animal could not save us from our sins but simply pushed the sin forward until the day the perfect blood was shed. (Heb. 10:4) (Rom. 3:25)  This scripture ends stating we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Mankind has fallen into sin which seperates  man from God and brings upon three kinds of death. There is a spiritual, physical and eternal death. The spiritual death took place the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God. They were immediately cut off from God. That is why before we are reconciled with God through his blood we feel an emptiness. However we have been restored through Gods grace and once again can dwell in Gods presence and now are able to escape eternal death. And while we still have to face a physical death if we follow the plan of salvation (see Acts) the Holy Ghost will quicken our mortal bodies and we shall experience everlasting life.

 

Romans 8:1 – “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirt.”  In Jude verse 1 states we are preserved in Jesus Christ. The statement, them that are in Christ Jesus, is quite amazing that fallen man can be brought back into a relationship with a holy God. We are no longer bound by our own flesh and weakness but become a new creature, not defined by our past but instead by Gods grace.

 

Romans 12:1 – “I beseech you therefor, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Our path does not end with salvation! We must follow the path of sanctification always striving to live a righteous life. Verse two states, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Conformed means to have the “fashion, or appearance of another” we cannot allow ourselves to look like the world because we are not of the world! In this 2nd verse “this world” comes from the Greek: aion, which means age or time period. We cannot not allow our culture to change us. The world will change but the church cannot!

 

In conclusion these three scriptures tell us that we are justified due to God’s love and brought into a relationship with him, we are to no longer carry around the condemnation of our past but look forward and walk after the spirit, and finally we should live a life that shows our true identity, a child of the one true God!

 

 

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