God’s Salvation By Faith (Part 3 of The Sufficiency of Christ’s Righteousness)
ROMANS 5 (cont.)
Romans 5:12 (NKJV) **
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned
**All scripture is from the New King James Version unless other wise noted
In verse 12 Paul says, through Adam sin entered the world. So Adam ate the fruit in disobedience to the word of God and at the moment he did, sin entered the world. Right before that moment, God proclaimed that if Adam were to disobey His word concerning the fruit, He said to Adam, You shall surely die. Continue reading
God’s Salvation By Faith (Part 2 of The Sufficiency of Christ’s Righteousness)
ROMANS 5 (cont.)
We endure suffering for His name sake, in whatever form it comes. Paul says as trials come and we endure them, perseverance becomes a product of that. Why do you persevere in the face of trials? Why don’t you let it get you down or discourage you or put an end to your walk with Christ? Because of what you just read. It exaggerates your hope in what is coming after it. And as we persevere in that way, Paul says that perseverance grows our spiritual character. Strengthening our resolve all the more so the development of spiritual character through trials is the blessing God gives to the believer because that character growth lasts into eternity and it’s the basis of our reward. James says, count it all joy brethren when you face various trials and he goes on to explain the effect of those trials and you will end up with being perfect, complete, lacking nothing, speaking of your reward in the kingdom.. A persecuted church in general is a strong and growing church while a comfortable church is a weak and lethargic church. Continue reading
God Made Promises to Abraham and He Believed – Inheriting Eternal Rewards
ROMANS 4 (cont.)
In support of what we read in Romans 4 we go to other scripture. This is exactly how we follow in Abraham’s footsteps in obtaining God’s righteousness as he did.
- We receive a promise that God will bring new life from our dead spirit.
- That by faith in Christ we may be born again. Made new spiritually in the likeness of Christ.
As Jesus told Nicodemus:
John 3:3-6 (NKJV)
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again (from above), he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Here we have someone being told he has to come to life in a new way. And if he contemplated his own body what would he say? Contemplating his own body, Nicodemus said: Continue reading