Romans: Week 6- Day 4- Romans 6:8-11

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  (9)  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  (10)  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  (11)  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:8-11 

Explanation:

Paul continues to think through the implications of Christ’s death and ressurection.  The crucifixion of Christ lead to his resurrection.  Death no longer has power over Christ. He only had to pay for sin one time.  Sin’s consequence is death, and since sin has been paid for sin is no longer demands the death of Christ.  Death has no power over him.

It is the same for us that are in Christ.  So Paul makes this incredible statement in one key word.  The word is “reckon”.  Strongs concordence defines the word translated “reckon”, λογίζομαι (logizomai), this way:

to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): – conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

Strongs Concordence

It is an accounting term.  Paul is saying when you estimate yourself in relationship to sin, run the numbers, and come to the right conclusion.  You and I who are in Christ are dead to sin.  We are also alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Justification doesn’t just lead us to right standing, it leads us to right living.  We’re not just positionally right with God, now we’ve been given the power of God to be alive to Christ and dead to sin.

Application:

The problem with “reckoning” ourselves dead to sin is that we must believe this truth by faith.  Just as we are justified by faith, we must also be sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ.  You may not feel dead to sin in the moment, but it’s precisely in that moment of temptation where we must consider ourselves dead to sin.  “I’m dead to that.”  These 4 words might be exactly the right words to say by faith when temptation comes.

Response:

Do you consider yourself dead to sin and alive to Christ?  Try it today when you face temptation.

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Romans: Week 5- Day 5- Romans 5:9-11

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  (10)  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  (11)  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Romans 5:9-11 

Explanation:

Paul, having the experience and the influence of being around jewish rabbis, was used to a teaching method of teaching from the lesser to the greater.  “Much more then” is  a classic example.  What is amazing about the truth that he is expounding is that the “lesser” is already pretty incredible.  What has he said?  We have peace with God. We have been given access to God through a position of grace.  God became flesh and died for us while we were sinners!  Now he goes on to this incredible truth.  Because of the blood of Jesus Christ we will be saved from the wrath of God.  No punishment.  No hell.  No pain.  No separation from God.  It was all poured out on Jesus on the cross for us.  

We were reconciled, or brought near by the death of Christ.  Now that we’ve been reconciled, we will be saved by the life of Christ.  This brings us joy and fulfillment in God through Jesus Christ right now.  It impacts our past in that all of our sins have been forgiven, it impacts our future, in that we will be saved by His life and won’t go to hell, and it impacts our present because we joy in God having received this atonement!

Our sins are forgiven.  Our punishment has been given.  God’s wrath has been satisfied.  Now we are living the benefits, and looking forward to the benefits to come!  

Application:

All of these benefits come by faith.  Justification with God comes by faith through grace.  Have you put your faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins?

What about your friends?  Family? Co-workers?  Neighbors?  Do the know?

Response:

1. Trust.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  (10)  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  (11)  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  (12)  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  (13)  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:9-13 

2. Praise.

In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,

Fullness of God in helpless babe.

This gift of love and righteousness,

Scorned by the ones He came to save

Till on that cross as Jesus died,

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live.

“In Christ Alone” – 2001- Townsend and Getty

Romans: Week 1- Day 5- Romans 1:17

17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Rom 1:17

Explanation:

It is in the Gospel that the righteousness of God revealed.  The word revealed has the idea of “uncovered”.  This is a theme in Paul’s letters.  Paul was the apostle called by God to proclaim the message of the Gospel and its implications that had been purposed previously in redemptive history and had been realized in the person and work of Jesus.  In other passages he spoke of the “mystery” of the Gospel.  It speaks of that which is now made known that was previously hidden.

What is the “righteousness of God” here?  It could speak of God’s righteous works in redemptive history now being revealed by the Gospel.  It could mean that God is making those who believe righteous through saving them.  It could mean that God is righteous in saving those that believe.  God’s righteousness is revealed in all three ways.  We may favor the interpretation that God is making those who believe righteous because of his quote:

Hab 2:4 (KJV)

4  Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Application:

It is faith in Christ that justifies the believer.  When we accept Christ as Savior we are made righteous by Christ.  It is an “alien” righteousness in that it is a righteousness that is not our own.  We must believe the Gospel to be saved.  We are made righteous positionally in Christ through justification, and then we are made actually righteous as we trust Christ to grow us day by day through sanctification.

Response:

  • Have you trusted Christ as Savior?
  • Are you growing in righteousness?
  • Take some time today to thank God for His righteousness!

Week 12: Day 4- Deuteronomy 30:19

(19) I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Deuteronomy 30:19

Explanation:
Moses sums up his entire message in these last two verses beginning with today’s text. He does so by calling “heaven and earth” as witnesses against them. How can heaven and earth be a witness? Well both angelic and human witnesses are being claimed here. There were those in heaven that would be a witness, including angelic beings and even God, Himself. There were those on earth who would be called to witness.

To what were they a witness? They were witness to the fact that Moses had presented to the nation of Israel a choice. The choice was between life and death, and what would result. To obey God would bring life and blessing. To disobey God would bring death and curse. The choice was clear.

But the choice wasn’t to be made just once. It was a continual choice that they would have to make, and teach their children to make. Notice what he said in the verses leading up to today’s text:

(15) See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
(16) In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
(17) But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
(18) I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

Deuteronomy 30:15-18

You see, it was a call to decide to continue to make a certain kind of decision. Much like choosing a path. They could make the initial choice to go down a certain path, but as one travels down the road they could choose to turn around. They could leave the path and go their own way. Moses was calling them to a decision to keep making the right decisions.

Application:
This was the nature of the law, and the problem with the law is that no one can keep it entirely. The Bible says that the law was our schoolmaster teaching us that we were sinners in need of a Savior. The good news for us is that there is a new covenant that has been made. When we are justified by faith in Christ we are given peace with God. God promises to save us, to make us alive spiritually, and to adopt us into His family. He imputes Christ’s righteousness to us, and our sin He will remember no more! We can rest in the truth found in Romans 8:1.

(1) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:1

Now as a loving Father to those who know Him as Savior, we know that God blesses obedience, and He corrects disobedience in His kids. In that way we ought to choose life and blessing, rather than disobedience and chastening. This ought to be our response.

(1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Romans 12:1

Response:

  • Take a few moments today to thank the Lord that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ!
  • Are there life choices you are making that are bringing the chastening of the Lord? Repent! Choose blessing rather than chastening!