Monthly Archives: February 2015

Romans 8:26-28 — A reason for hope

This is one of my favorite passages in scripture.  Actually, from here all the way on down to the end of the chapter is one of my favorite passages in scripture.  Why?  Because it’s a passage of hope. Many people … Continue reading

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Romans 8:16-25 — Why do we have to go through suffering?

As I look at Romans 8:16-17, it starts out very encouraging. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ… Who doesn’t … Continue reading

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Romans 8:12-17 — Led into a whole new relationship

I think that as Paul wrote this, he probably looked back at his words on Romans 6, and felt he needed to make some clarification.  In Romans 6, he talked about how we used to be slaves to sin, but … Continue reading

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Romans 8:5-16 — When we belong to Christ

Looking at this passage at first glance, I wondered if verses 5 to 8 is referring to the non-Christian or a carnal Christian.  Is it referring to the person who doesn’t know God at all and follows after his sinful … Continue reading

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Romans 8:1-16 — Not one sentence of condemnation

One of my favorite films is A Few Good Men.  And one of the most striking scenes to me is the one where sentence is handed down to the defendants.  Just prior to this, a colonel had just incriminated himself as the … Continue reading

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Romans 7:14-25 — Hope

As I mentioned before in my last blog, I do believe there is room for hope in our fight against sin. The main problem Christians fight in their struggle against sin is despair.  And the question that most people ask is, “Am … Continue reading

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Romans 7:14-25 — Why we struggle with sin

Having given my prologue, let’s look at the text.  Like I said, I can see why some people say Paul is speaking as a Christian and others say that he isn’t.  Let’s start with the latter. If you look at … Continue reading

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Romans 7:14-25 — Is our sinful nature really dead?

There have been many questions I have struggled with as I’ve been going through the past several chapters.  One is the question I’ve put as the title of this post.  “Is our sinful nature really dead?” However you answer that … Continue reading

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Romans 7:7-13 — Just how bad is sin?

Paul says in verse 5, that while we were married to the sinful nature, the law aroused sinful passions within us. The natural question then becomes, “Is then the law bad?  Is it in fact equal to sin?  After all, … Continue reading

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Romans 7:1-6 — Married to Christ

One of the problems of interpreting Romans 7:1-6 is trying to determine who’s the husband in Paul’s illustration and who’s the wife.  I think it’s pretty clear from the illustration that we are the wife.  The question is, “Who were … Continue reading

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Romans 7:1-6 — The jurisdiction of grace

I must admit (for the second day in a row), I had a blog all written out to post, but as I looked at this passage again, I started to wrestle with it all over again about what it meant.  As a result, … Continue reading

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Romans 7:1-6 — Dead to sin? Dead to the law? Dead to both?

I must admit that I’ve wrestled with this passage more than almost any other I have come across.  The reason?  The illustrations and the words that Paul uses are almost impossible at first glance (and second, and third, and fourth) … Continue reading

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Romans 6 — True freedom

Why do so many people flee from following God?  I suppose it comes from a desire to be free.  What does freedom mean to most people?  It means being able to live however they want to.  But if they follow … Continue reading

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Romans 6 — Going back to misery

I wonder when Paul wrote this if he thought back to the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt.  He certainly makes the parallel in I Corinthians 10, when he compares the Israelites going through the Red Sea to baptism in Christ. But … Continue reading

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Romans 5:20-21 — A grace that reigns

These two verses show two things:  The weakness of the law, and the power of grace.  It says in verse 20, The law was added so that the trespass might increase. That sounds a little weird.  God gave us the … Continue reading

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Romans 5:15-21 — Good infection (aka, the Walking Living)

I’d love to take the credit for the phrase “good infection,” but I must give credit to C.S. Lewis.  I can’t even remember how he used it, but I did read Mere Christianity, and somehow, that term must have floated … Continue reading

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Romans 5:12-14 — Bad infection

This is admittedly a tough passage to completely fathom, though I get the general gist.  The most difficult part, I suppose, is our relationship to sin.  The big questions we need to ask is, “Are we sinners because we sin, … Continue reading

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Romans 5:1-11 — But isn’t God punishing me?

I talked about verses 6-8 in yesterday’s blog, but I think it would be good to place them back in their context, so that we can get the full picture of all that Paul is saying. Paul was talking about how … Continue reading

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Romans 5:6-8 — What grace is all about

I have memorized many Bible verses in my lifetime.  But one of the first passages I memorized was this one, and though I haven’t really tried to recite it in some time, I’m pretty sure I can still get it … Continue reading

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Romans 5:3-5 — Coming through the fire

Every once in a while, something in the Bible will puzzle me.  This passage certainly qualifies.  Paul writes, Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And … Continue reading

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Romans 5:1-2 — The grace in which we stand

It would be so easy to just zoom past these passages, having read them so often.  But I can’t help but linger here, and think about all Paul is saying here. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we … Continue reading

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Romans 4:16-25 — Fully persuaded

It’s always cool to find something new in scripture, even after having read it all my life. The verses that strikes me here are verses 16-17, and especially 17. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by … Continue reading

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Romans 4:4-5 — Salvation: gift or obligation? (Continued)

I wanted to touch on this a bit more because it’s a point that people often struggle with.  It’s a simple point, but even from the time of Jesus, you see this kind of thinking in the minds of people. … Continue reading

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Romans 4:4-16 — Salvation: gift or obligation?

In this passage, Paul takes on a very important issue.  Is salvation from our sins and eternal life with God a gift from Him, or an obligation on his part to give us what we deserve? Paul is very clear here.  He … Continue reading

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Romans 4 — Righteousness by faith: a new idea?

It would be easy to think that this idea of being made righteous by our faith is a new thing.  That it was an invention of Paul and the other apostles.  It was, in fact, a contention that Paul probably … Continue reading

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Romans 3:31 — Completely throwing out the law?

I suppose the logical question to all that Paul is saying is, “If the law can’t make us acceptable before God, can’t we just toss it?  I mean, it’s worthless if it can’t do that, right?” But Paul answers here, … Continue reading

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Romans 3:27-30 — No room for boasting

One of the big conclusions that Paul comes down to in this passage is found in verses 27-30. Where, then, is boasting?  It is excluded.  On what principle?  On that of observing the law?  No, but on that of faith.  … Continue reading

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Romans 3:25-28 — Forbearance and justice

Paul puts in some very interesting thoughts concerning those who lived and died before Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.  He said, God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.  He did this to demonstrate his justice, … Continue reading

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