Romans

Studies in Romans 8

In Romans 8:33-39, Paul asks three different questions. Who shall accuse us? Who shall condemn us? And who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Let us examine this last question. Paul affirms that nothing, not even trouble, difficulties, tribulations, anguish, calamity, misfortune, nor distress can separate us or part us from Christ. We can be assured in this truth that persecution, famine, nakedness, peril of our lives, nor the sword of our enemies can separate us from Christ.

Faith and Its Reward

Genesis 15:1-6

In Romans 4:1-5, Paul asks, “How was Abraham saved? Was it by faith or by the works of the Law?” In the first three chapters of Romans, Paul has shown the utter depravity of man, and his complete inability to save himself by his own works, or by trying to keep the Law. How was Abraham saved? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” In modern language that would mean, “Abraham believed God absolutely and God canceled his sins and declared him fit for heaven.” Abraham was saved by faith, four hundred years before the Law was given. This was the principle of salvation in the O.T., and it is the same today. [Discuss briefly here some people’s attitude, trying to work for salvation] Notice also the difference between believing God and believing in God. Most people believe in God, but hardly believe a word He says.

Studies in Romans 5

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the Holy Spirit who was given to us has poured out the love of God in our hearts. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Studies in Romans 12

Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

This part of Romans teaches us not to let the world around us squeeze us into its mold and not to live according to the fashions of the times. The term “world” here means the society or system that man has built to make himself happy without God. When we come into the kingdom of God, however, we should abandon the thought pattern and lifestyles of the world and adopt a new worldview that places Christ as Lord reigning over the earth. We can understand this as the believer not being ruined for God by living in the world, but ruined for God by the world living in Him. As believers, we should never feel fully at home here on earth, rather, we should be storing up treasures in heaven where our eternal home will be.

Judgment

In Romans 14:11-12, Paul records, “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” One day everyone on Earth will face the Lord in judgment and will give an account of their lives to our eternal Master, the Lord Jesus. Several scriptural passages refer to the surety and unavoidable reality of the judgment to come in the future. In Hebrews 9:27, the author says, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” We are also convinced that the Lord, the only one who is truly holy and just, will be the Judge, not any mere mortal man. In 1 Corinthians 11 Paul tells us, “Let a man examine himself…many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Romans

Introduction to the Epistles

So far, we have discussed the historical section of the New Testament, namely the Gospels and Acts. We now turn our attention to the epistles, which could be termed the doctrinal section. Of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, twenty-one are in the form of letters. Each writer, though inspired by the Spirit, leaves the impress of his own personality on his writings. For instance:

- Paul is the apostle of faith.

- Peter is the apostle of hope.

- John is the apostle of love.

- James is the apostle of works.

- Jude is the apostle of vigilance.

 

The New Testament is broken up into three groups of writings.

1. Nine Christian Church epistles (Romans – II Thessalonians)

The Imperial Cult And The Resurrection Of The Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:3-4)

Introduction

In 1987, I was participating in the “Who is the Pharaoh of the Exodus?” conference in Memphis, TN. During one of our lunch breaks, a group of us, who were alumni of the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, went to a local eatery. Sitting opposite me was Bishop Mesrob Mutafyan, a bishop of the Armenian Church in Istanbul, Turkey. (He has since been elevated to one of five Patriarchs in the Armenian Church). During our conversation, the subject of liturgy and creeds came up. Since I was from a non-liturgical church I asked him why they repeated the liturgy and creeds over and over again. His answer was very helpful. He said that historically, many people in the churches had never learned to read. When they repeated the liturgy (which is mostly Scripture verses) over and over again, it helped them memorize the Word of God. By repeating the creeds, the participants became grounded in the doctrinal truths of their faith.

One creed that the Western Church recites is the so-called Apostle’s Creed. While it was not composed by the early apostles, one church historian described it as “by far the best popular summary of the Christian faith ever made within so brief a space,” and went on to say “It is not a word of God to men, but a word of men to God, in response to His revelation” (Schaff 1990:1:15, 16). It is solid theology in a concise creed. I believe that Romans 1:3-4 was one of the original creeds concerning the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Literary Structure

The creed in Romans 1:3-4 is composed of two lines with three clauses in each line and a summary statement at the end. It was formulated by either the Apostolic Church in Jerusalem, or by the great Hebraic minds of the apostle’s Peter (cf. Matt. 16:16) or Paul, based on the prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures (Romans 1:2).

The Assurance of Faith

Genesis 15; Romans 4:1-5

 

Paul is asking in Romans, “How was Abraham saved? Was it by faith, or by the works of the law?”

In the first three chapters of Romans, Paul has shown the utter depravity of man, and his complete helplessness to save himself by his own works, or by trying to keep the law.

How was Abraham saved? Quote v. 3—“Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”

In modern language that would mean, “Abraham believed God absolutely, and God canceled his sins and declared him fit for heaven.”

Abraham was saved by faith, four hundred years before the law was given.

This was the principle of salvation in the OT, and it is the same today.

Discuss briefly her some people’s attitude, trying to work for salvation, etc.

Faith's Demands

Genesis 12:1-9
Hebrews 11:8-10

 

God finds the sinner.

Notice where God found him (Abraham).

In Ur of the Chaldees—far from the promised land.

“Ur” means flame—“Chaldee” means destruction.

God found Abraham in the place of a flame and in the land of destruction.

This is where God finds every sinner.

In Adam we are alienated from God, we come under His judgment, and live on an earth destined to destruction.

Ephesians 2:12—“That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.”

Preface to Romans

H. A. Ironside

Originally published in 1920.

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Scripture quotations marked RV are from the Revised Version of the Holy Bible (Church of England, 1885).

Lectures On The Epistle To The Romans
Preface

The present volume consists of notes of lectures on the Roman Letter, substantially as given to the students of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Illinois; the Evangelical Theological College of Dallas, Texas; and at various Bible conferences throughout the United States and Canada in recent years.

They are sent forth in printed form in response to the earnest solicitation of many who heard them, and in the hope that they will be used of God to the blessing of numbers who cannot be reached by the spoken word.

The author is indebted far more than he realizes to writers and speakers who have gone over the same ground before him. No claim is made for originality. It is God’s truth—not that of any teacher—and as such it is committed to His care for His glory.

H. A. Ironside

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