The Book of Romans
In the first four chapters of Romans, the Apostle Paul laid down the foundation that justification and righteousness always comes by faith, and not through the keeping of the law. Using Abraham, and his faith that resulted in righteousness as his example, along with the Abrahamic Covenant, Paul addressed the beliefs of both the Jews, and the Gentiles. Establishing that God always intended that the descendants of Abraham were to be all those who believed God. Which included those who trust Christ for salvation.
The Results of Justification by Faith
Proof of the doctrine of justification by faith now concluded, in chapter five the apostle begins to deal with the results of justification by faith.
This past Sunday June 30th, we started Romans chapter five, covering the first eleven verses. As we move forward we will see the comparison and contrast of the first Adam, and Christ the second Adam.
Romans 5:15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. NKJV
In Romans chapter six we find the believers identification with Christ, and the wonderful news that there is freedom from our sin nature as the master of our lives.
“..the believer too has died to sin; he is one with Christ, in the likeness of Christ’s death (Romans 6:5). And as the knowledge that Christ died for sin as our atonement is indispensable to our justification; so the knowledge that Christ and we with Him in the likeness of His death, are dead to sin, is indispensable to our sanctification”. Andrew Murray
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.