Do you want to be free indeed? The Jews have just heard Jesus explain who he is and what he has come to do. In this section, we see that the Jews have believed in him; however, this belief was a nominal belief. The Jews did not have genuine saving faith. Jesus teaches the Jews about the truth and obedience in this section, but more importantly he shows them that if they wish to be free from the bondage of sin then they must trust in the Son who can set them free.
There is something universal in the celebration of mothers, or motherhood. No matter what our life situation may be, or have been, we were all born of a mother. Spiritually, the Bible tells us we are all born of one of two mothers; according to flesh, or according to promise; slave or free. These women are two covenants; Hagar is Mount Sinai, while Sarah is New Jerusalem; works and grace. Understanding this contrasting analogy helps us to think rightly about our relationship to God through Christ.
Questions of adultery, hypocrisy, and conspiracy all meet the Lord Jesus Christ outside temple walls. In John 8 the Pharisees are trying to trap Jesus by bringing a woman who has been caught in the act of adultery before Him. The Pharisees give him two options: either he can stone the woman or let her go free. Jesus, in all of wisdom, brings the weight of the Law to reign down on the Pharisees. Then we see a beautiful glimpse of His mercy towards the adulterous woman.
At this point in chapter 10, Paul is continuing to use the tragic error of the Jews to highlight the incredible gift of God’s grace to the nations. As the Apostle quotes from Deuteronomy 30, he is demonstrating how Christ is the fulfillment of everything God promised to Israel. Through the clear contrast of law and gospel, we are meant to realize once again that human effort has no part in our salvation and that God, in Christ, deserves all the glory in our gospel obedience and witness to the nations.
Piety is a combination of reverence for God, love of His character, and the exercise of these affections in obedience to His will and devotion to His service. This personal holiness is the means of enjoying fellowship with Christ for God’s glory. The Bible teaches that we grow in true godliness as both our life and doctrine become consistent with the gospel. Having asserted the great doctrine of justification by faith, and introduced the idea that where sin abounded grace abounded much more, Paul now wonders, in Romans 6:14, if someone might take this truth to imply that it doesn’t matter if a Christian puts to death sin in his life, because God will always overcome great sin with greater grace. Paul argues that since we are born again in Christ, we are indeed dead to sin, though sin may not yet be dead in us. In this verse we find a test, a promise, and an encouragement.
Why did Jesus cleanse the temple? In what manner did Jesus cleanse the temple? What does this sign teach us today? Listen to this sermon to find out?
After the amazing pronouncement that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Paul continues in these next three verses to explain the foundation and the result of that truth. As we explore his words, we see that our justification is the necessary ground of our sanctification, and that the only sin we are capable of conquering is one that has been forgiven in Christ.
In the latter part of Romans 7, Paul has been sharing his own testimony of how his “Inner Man” or new, regenerate nature wrestles with his “Old Man” or the “Law of Sin” still present in his members. His words here reflect the anguish of a saint who too often finds himself taken captive by his old nature. Must he simply try harder to keep the law? Does God forsake His children who struggle with sin? Absolutely not. The answer is that Christ will be the One who ultimately sets the Christian free from this body of death, and therefore we press on in the battle with our flesh knowing that, in Christ, we are forgiven.
Though we are completely saved when we are united with Christ by grace through faith, we remain attached to our body of sin, our old crucified self, throughout the remainder of our earthly life. This reality means that sanctification is a battle. To illustrate that truth, here in Romans 7, Paul begins sharing his own testimony of how his “Inner Man” or new, regenerate nature wrestles with his “Old Man” or the “Law of Sin” still present in his members.
Jesus Christ came into this world to identify with sinners and to reveal God to men. When He came, He brought with Him a new covenant. Listen to this sermon to find out how Christ identifies with us and how we are no longer under the old law covenant, but that grace and truth has arrived in Jesus Christ.