web analytics

Travel Tips And Advice

A List of Travel Tips to Make Your Vacation Planning Easier

Good News Bible Romans 5

More Travel Tips:

Read Scripture Series Letter to the Romans Ch 516

Paul's letter to the Romans. Check outthe first tutorial where we explored who Paul was and why he wrote this letter andwhere we trace the core ideas through chapters one through fourthat humans are anamazing but hopelessly screwed up and sinful mess and so need to be saved byGod's grace, that people are saved by trusting in what Jesus the Messiah did forthem and not simply by trying to obey the laws in the Torah, and that God'spurpose all along was to have a multiethnic family of Abraham that'sspreading throughout the whole world. So in the remaining three sections of theletter he's going to develop a whole bunch

of ideas that he's planted here in thebeginning but now draw out their implications. In chapter five Paul beginsby saying that when people trust in Jesus' death and resurrection for them,they are justified through faith, by which he means to be forgiven and putinto a right relationship with God and also given a place within God's family. Now he wants to show how that truth should reshape every part of their livesbecause God is not only making a new family for Abraham, he's making new kindsof humans, a whole new humanity in Jesus. This is why Paul goes back to the firsthuman character in the biblical story,

Adam, whose name means quot;humanity.quot; Paul saysAdam and all humanity after him have chosen sin and autonomy from Godand so now they face God's judgment, they've become slaves to sin's influence,and it's all resulted in death. He then contrasts Adam with Jesus, who Paul says is anew Adam, a human who perfectly obeyed God in an act of sacrificial love and who nowoffers his life as a gift to others so that they can be justified before God. Andso Jesus stands as the head of a whole new humanity that's being transformed byHis love and His gift. Which leads Paul to chapter six. Paul reminds these Christiansin Rome that when they chose to follow

Jesus, they made a choice to leave theold Adamlike humanity and to enter into the new quot;Jesus humanity.quot; Then he highlightstheir baptism as a sacred symbol of that transition. Their old humanity has diedwith Jesus and their new humanity was raised with Jesus and so now our livesare joined to Jesus's lifewhat's true of him is now true of us. It's when weaccept our identity as new Jesuslike humans, we're liberated to become what wewere always made to bewholehearted people who love God and love ourneighbor as ourselves. Now if creating this new humanity was always God's purpose,Paul asks in chapter 7, a question: What was

the whole point of God giving Israel thelaw, or in Hebrew, the quot;Torah.quot; Now, side note: When Paul uses the word quot;lawquot;sometimes he means the storyline that unifies the first five books of theBible, the Torah. But other times he's more specific. He's referring to the sixhundred and thirteen commands given through Moses to Israel at Mount Sinai. The second meaning is Paul's focus here. What was the purpose of all of those commands,thené Chapter 7 is Paul's answer. The commands of the Torah are good, Paul says.They showed God's will for how Israel should live. But if you go read thebiblical story, Israel broke all of the

commands. The more laws they received, themore they replayed the sin of Adam and rebelled. And so here's the point. Even whenGod gave his own people specific moral rules to obey, that didn't fix theproblem of the sinful human heart. In fact, paradoxically those laws that aregood made us more guilty. But, Paul says, thatparadox is the point. God's goal was to make it crystal clear that it is evil andsin that have hijacked the human heart and the Torah, as good as it is, can't doa thing about it. But, Paul says as he moves into chapter 8,

Read Scripture Series Letter to the Romans Ch 14

Paul's letter to the Romans it's one of the longest and most significant things that this man ever wrote. As you may remember, Paul he was formerly known as Saul of Tarsus. He was a Jewish rabbi, he belonged to this group known as the Pharisees, and he was super passionate and devout to the Jewish Torah of Moses and to the Jewish practices and traditions of his people. And from his point of view, Jesus and his whole movement and followers were

a threat to the stability and security and safety of God's people. And so he later had a radical encounter with the risen Jesus himself and he became one of His followers surprisingly, so his name was changed to Paul and he was even commissioned as an Apostle, like an official representative of Jesus.So Paul, he went about as a missionary telling people about Jesus all over the ancient Roman world and people would become followers of Jesus and form into these Jesus communities, or churches as he called them. And as time went on he would

write letters to these churches to help foster their faith or address problems that were coming up or to answer their questions and so on. The letter to the Romans is one of these. We also know from the book of Acts you should check out Acts chapter 18 verses one and two we know that the church in Rome consisted of both Jewish Christians, followers of Jesus, but also NonJewish, or Gentile Christians.

And a number of years before Paul wrote this letter the Roman Emperor, a guy named Claudius, he had all the Jewish people expelled and run out of Rome for about five years until he died and so 5 years later then all those Jews, including Christian Jews, were allowed to come back to Rome in return. But when they did they came back to their church community and realized it had become very NonJewish in their customs, and practices, in the way they talked,

and so you can imagine there's all these tensions that arise. So should NonJewish followers of Jesus celebrate the Sabbathé Should they eat according to the Jewish kosher dietary lawsé Should they be circumcisedé And so on. So he says right at the beginning and at the end of the letter he wants this church to become unified as one whole family of people in Jesus, and for a clear reason. He wants this church to become a staging ground so that they can

send him as a missionary to go even further west, past Rome, all the way to Spain. And the letter, its long and has one connected flow of thought, but it's broken up into four really clear kind of movements of thought. So in the first main movement, chapters one through four, Paul makes some foundational points that he's going to develop throughout the whole rest of the letter. In chapter one, he starts telling a story about the NonJewish

Travel Tips And Advice © 2017 Frontier Theme