My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. 7 But I can hear you say, “If the law code was as bad as all that, it’s no better than sin itself.” That’s certainly not true. Romans is the fort Knox of the Christians faith, written to the center of the Roman civilization, it is the doctrine of the gospel – the problem with mankind and the living hope in Christ. 9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Romans 7 and 8 as he states is the home of … 4-6 So, my friends, this is something like what has taken place with you. 14-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. 8 ThereisthereforenownocondemnationforthosewhoareinChristJesus.12 ForthelawofhtheSpiritoflifeiha… We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. I do, perfectly well. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. Jesus laid down his life for us. Without all the paraphernalia of the law code, sin looked pretty dull and lifeless, and I went along without paying much attention to it. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. CHAPTER 8. Without its clear guidelines for right and wrong, moral behavior would be mostly guesswork. The law code had a perfectly legitimate function. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. 7 We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. We go through exactly what Christ goes through. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. The text says this: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be. All manner of concupiscence - It showed what was evil and forbade it; and then the principle of rebellion, which seems essential to the very nature of sins rose up against the prohibition; and he was the more strongly incited to disobey in proportion as obedience was enjoined. The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. If there had never been any law, there could not have been any sin, because sin is a breaking of law. For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! A new power is in operation. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. Is good just as dangerous as evil?” No again! 7 But I can hear you say, “If the law code was as bad as all that, it’s no better than sin itself.” That’s certainly not true. 13 I can already hear your next question: “Does that mean I can’t even trust what is good [that is, the law]? With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s! Is good just as dangerous as evil?” No again! These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. This is part two of my series the “Four Season of Life.” Last week I talked about our spiritual winters and this morning we will be examining our spiritual fall. I’m at the end of my rope. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. John Piper Feb 8, 1981 2.5K Shares Sermon. III. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. Feb 4, 2014. But if he dies, she is quite free to marry another man in good conscience, with no one’s disapproval. Union with Christ: Mind-Renewing Foundations Desiring God 2014 Conference for Pastors. Scripture: Romans 8:1–35. 25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. For instance, a wife is legally tied to her husband while he lives, but if he dies, she’s free. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely, Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our new, The Message, Ministry Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language, The Message: Solo - An Uncommon Devotional, The Message Large-Print Devotional Bible, softcover, The Message Large-Print Deluxe Gift Bible--soft leather-look, navy. Contemporary Comparative Side-by-Side Bible (NIV, NKJV, NLT, THE Message), The Message Pocket Paperback Edition: New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs, The Message Raspberry Blossom, Personal Size + Topical Concordance, The Message Gift and Award Bible, Imitation Leather, Burgundy, The Message, Numbered Edition, Personal Size, with Topical Concordance, The Message Deluxe Gift Bible, Brown/Saddle Tan Leather-Look. In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths. Delivered by the Spirit Romans 8:1-4. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. I. 2 For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death. 5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us. 22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:7-8). So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. As a recap from last week, I told you that the Holy Spirit gave me an analogy about how we experience spiritual seasons. 21-23 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. Jesus laid down his life for you. The grand theme is assurance, from ‘no condemnation’ at the start to ‘no separation’ at the end of the chapter. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. Without its clear guidelines for right and wrong, moral behavior would be mostly guesswork. Romans 3:7-8 It’s simply perverse to say, “If my lies serve to show off God’s truth all the more gloriously, why blame me? There is no way! And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun. Paul reveals to us that salvation is about grace alone, about faith in what He has done – “the righteous shall live by faith.” But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. Next message: Carl W. Conrad: "Re: Romans 7:7-8" Previous message: Carl W. Conrad: "Fwd: Re: Iliad/ Odyssey" Next in thread: Carl W. Conrad: "Re: Romans 7:7-8" Maybe reply: Carl W. Conrad: "Re: Romans 7:7-8" Messages sorted by: [ attachment ] Mail actions: [ respond to this message ] [ mail a new topic ] For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?" 7 Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I am speaking to those who know the [] Law), that the [] Law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? Underlying question to this chapter that is still bothering some of you Jews, “Is the believer under the law?” Already told you Romans … John Piper Dec 9, 2001 491 Shares Sermon. 14-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. It is the message of good news which those feet carry that is so welcome. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. 3-4 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. However, here are some of the most loved verses. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. Romans 2:7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life (NASB: Lockman). Defeated by the Law Romans 7:14-25. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. * 1 Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Scripture: Romans 6:1–14. Romans 12:7-8 - We look today at the gifts of teaching, exhortation, giving, mercy, leading and serving. In between, the argument progresses in two main stages with a conclusion. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. What more could God have done to show you how much you matter to him? Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. Love is sacrifical, read John 15:13. What happened, though, was that sin found a way to pervert the command into a temptation, making a piece of “forbidden fruit” out of it. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). 7 But I can hear you say, “If the law code was as bad as all that, it’s no better than sin itself.”. So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. If she lives with another man while her husband is living, she’s obviously an adulteress. κ. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). Is there no one who can do anything for me? It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? What happened, though, was that sin found a way to pervert the command into a temptation, making a piece of “forbidden fruit” out of it. Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. 17-20 But I need something more! Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Greek: tois men kath hupomonen ergou agathou doxan kai timen kai aphtharsian zetousin (PAPMPD) zoen aionion,. Romans 7:8: But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. … 13 I can already hear your next question: “Does that mean I can’t even trust what is good [that is, the law]? We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. Romans 10:16 "But they have not all obeyed the gospel. Freedom from self-centeredness, freedom from hostility and bitterness,freedom from anxiety and all kinds of fears, freedo… And this made us all the more rebellious. I do, perfectly well. Reiche and Hofmann, following Oecumenius, (616) Estius, and others, arrange it so that to δόξαν κ. τι΄. 18-21 That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. By hiding within God’s good commandment, sin did far more mischief than it could ever have accomplished on its own. Paul explains how that happened in Romans 5:6-8. If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths. Isn’t that the real question? And this made us all the more rebellious. Dealing with Romans 8:4-7, the flesh opposed to the Spirit. Romans 8:15-17 For ye have no… 7 1-3 You shouldn’t have any trouble understanding this, friends, for you know all the ins and outs of the law—how it works and how its power touches only the living. The law is good. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. By hiding within God’s good commandment, sin did far more mischief than it could ever have accomplished on its own. Who would dare even to point a finger? In Context Parallel Compare. For instance, a wife is legally tied to her husband while he lives, but if … I realize that I don’t have what it takes. If she lives with another man while her husband is living, she’s obviously an adulteress. Apart from the succinct, surgical command, “You shall not covet,” I could have dressed covetousness up to look like a virtue and ruined my life with it. Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. The law code had a perfectly legitimate function. Twelve Theses. Without its clear guidelines for right and wrong, moral behavior would be mostly guesswork. That’s certainly not true. What astounds me as we look into Romans 12 is the universality of the gifts of the Spirit and the call to all of us to do our part in a godly way. But the law code itself is God’s good and common sense, each command sane and holy counsel. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God. When Christ died he took that entire rule-dominated way of life down with him and left it in the tomb, leaving you free to “marry” a resurrection life and bear “offspring” of faith for God. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. This is the central declaration of the gospel: Christ has come, he has died, he has risen again, and he has come into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit in order that we who believe in him might be free. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. We are enlarged in the waiting. That’s certainly not true. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW NIV Study Bible Notes, Fully Revised Edition. Paul emphasizes this in our text with a series of synonyms: we were helpless (5:6); ungodly (5:6); sinners (5:8); and, enemies (5:10). 29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. I’m at the end of my rope. With God on our side like this, how can we lose? We’re also feeling the birth pangs. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Sinclair Ferguson Feb 4 ... Romans 6:12–14. That's why Romans 5:8 points to the death of Christ. Authority Of Law - Romans 7:1. John Piper ... Sep 21, 1980 37 Shares Sermon. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. But the law code itself is God’s good and common sense, each command sane and holy counsel. Apr 8, 2008. 17-20 But I need something more! God’s Spirit beckons. 25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. Scripture: Romans 8:3–4. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. Utterly unfounded, in fine, is the objection of clumsiness (Hofmann); the symmetrical fulness of Romans 2:7-8, has a certain solemnity about it. Apart from the succinct, surgical command, “You shall not covet,” I could have dressed covetousness up to look like a virtue and ruined my life with it. Conference Message. The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. Christ is the end of the law so we can be justified and made righteous by faith in Jesus alone. Romans Children's Sermons for Romans 1 Romans 1:1-7 Hear the Call (Edstrom) Romans 1:16-17: 3:22b-28 It's Free (Edstrom) Children's Sermons for Romans 4 Romans 4:7-8 Be Happy (Edstrom) Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 Promise of Grace (Edstrom) Children's Sermons for Romans 5 Romans 5:1-11 The Right Fit (Edstrom) Romans 5:12-19 The Best Gift (Edstrom) Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? But once sin got its hands on the law code and decked itself out in all that finery, I was fooled, and fell for it. 31-39 So, what do you think? Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him! So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. To get a more biblical philosophy of the church. 8 1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. IV. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. Sin simply did what sin is so famous for doing: using the good as a cover to tempt me to do what would finally destroy me. Died To The Law - Romans 7:1-6 A. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. Treasuring Christ and the Call to Suffer Part 1. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. 15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. Before we look at these terms, note: 24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. 8 But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. Commentary on Romans 8:32-39 (Read Romans 8:32-39) All things whatever, in heaven and earth, are not so great a display of God's free love, as the gift of his coequal Son to be the atonement on the cross for the sin of man; and all the rest follows upon union with him, and interest in him. Romans 10 teaches the word of faith. 24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! Scripture: James 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. 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