Our current series, The Power of the Gospel in Romans 1-8, continues with message #10, The Gospel is Righteousness.
To this point in his letter, the Apostle Paul has made it crystal clear that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. It cannot be earned and we certainly do not deserve it. Yet believing this leaves an opening for some to think that the gospel is a free pass to keep sinning after we’re saved. After all, God’s grace will cover it! That’s what Paul is addressing in chapter 6, and as we look at 6:15-23 this Sunday, we’ll see that far from abusing grace in this way, Christians are called upon to be “slaves of righteousness” and no longer “slaves of sin.”
The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1-8)
The Gospel is Righteousness
Sunday, January 24, 2021
I believe the gospel and choose to live a righteous life…
By grace…not the law (v. 15)
If one claims to be “under grace” and yet lives as a slave to sin, then the claim is nullified by one’s conduct…Paul refused to accept any abstract understanding of grace separated from concrete daily living. Thomas R. Schreiner
As a slave of obedience…not of sin (v. 16)
He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood availed for me
Charles Wesley, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Committed to the Word…not rejecting it (v. 17-18)
First one sheep jumped to his death. Then another and another, and then dozens more. Having left their herds to graze while they ate breakfast, stunned Turkish shepherds now watched as nearly 1500 others leapt off the same cliff. The first 450 animals died under the billowy pile.
Associated Press; quoted in While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, Tim Laniak
Increasing in sanctification…not increasing in sin (v. 19)
For those who have been saved by Jesus…
(a) It is not about rule keeping anymore
(b) The lack of rule keeping doesn’t give us a license to sin
Free from sin…not free to sin (v. 20-22a)
Without God, what am I but a guide to my own destruction?
Anticipating eternal life…not second death (v. 22b-23)