Romans

Lesson 20—Romans 5:3-5

The Way of the Justified—The Wilderness Journey We have been looking at the blessings of the justified. We have been together in the “Palace Beautiful,” we have joined in the song of the redeemed rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God. Now we turn to the pathway that leads to the glories yonder. Although rough and rugged it is a bright shining pathway. “The path of the just is as a shining light that shineth MORE and MORE unto the perfect day.” We are brought suddenly from...

Lesson 21—Romans 5:6-11

The Wonderful Love of God Enjoyed by those Who Believe. We are journeying home to heaven. The road is rough but our hearts are light for the Holy Ghost makes real to us the love of God and occupies us with it all the way. This is the sunlight that brightens the way. We cannot always trace the way Where Thou, our gracious Lord dost move, But we can always surely say That God is love. We must not make the mistake of looking within our own hearts to discover the love of God there...

Lesson 22—Romans 5:12-21

From Condemnation to Justification of Life. In Adam or In Christ In our last lesson we learned of the rich blessings that are ours in Christ. Once we were far from God by nature and by practise. Now we are reconciled and brought near to Him through our Lord Jesus Christ and God Himself is the source of our joy (vs. 11). We are going to look back now to the fountain from whence all these blessings come to us. We trace sin to its source and grace to its source, and we find that two men stan...

Lesson 23—Romans 5:12-21

From Condemnation to Justification of Life. We have been standing before the picture of our first parent Adam. What a sad story of sin and sorrow we read there. That story is a continued one, it is told anew in the life of every child of Adam. We will turn from this picture to gaze upon the other. What a contrast! Here is a man, another man. Unlike the first man, He is shrouded in glory, and “grace abounds” wherever He goes. There are those who follow Him as He leads the way out of...

Lesson 24—Romans 6-8

Deliverance Rom. 6:1-5 When Israel was in Egypt, God placed them safe beyond the reach of judgment by the blood of the lamb, but their salvation was not complete until they had crossed the Red Sea and were delivered forever from the dominion of Pharaoh. Standing on the other side of the Sea they could look back to the scene of their former bondage. They were out of Egypt and slaves no longer. The waters of death rolled between them and their former masters. They were in a new position as ...

Lesson 12—Romans 3:25-31 (Cont'd) The Mercy Seat

The trial of man has ended. We have seen the guilty sinners received by the Judge. We have heard His words of welcome and we have seen that the place where they met was a “mercy seat.” Let us linger a while longer and learn more about this wonderful place where a righteous God can meet a guilty sinner in mercy because of the blood of Jesus. We read about the mercy seat in the book of Exodus. You remember God said concerning it “There will 1 meet with thee and commune with thee from ...

Foreward

Peter J. Pell, Jr. Gospel Folio Press P.O. Box 2041 Grand Rapids, Ml 49501 Foreword These studies in the Epistle to the Romans were originally prepared as weekly Bible Class lessons for young believers, covering the period of one year. This accounts for the form they take and the questions which follow each of the fifty-two sections into which these studies are divided. The questions remain permanently useful, for the reader may use them to test his own grasp of the instruction...

Lesson 1 - Romans 1:1-7 The Gospel of God

We are going- to travel through the book of Romans together. This book is really a letter, written by the apostle Paul to the Christians living long ago in the city of Rome.

“Paul a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.”

Now that is what Paul is writing about—“The Gospel” —and this letter might well be called the gospel according to Paul. Twice in this book we read the expression “my gospel.” Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each wrote gospels, but they wrote mostly for sinners. One of them said,

“These are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name. John 21: vs……

Paul, however wrote his gospel for saints. In his gospel he tells believers the wonderful story of God’s salvation—how lost sinners are redeemed by blood and made the saints and servants of God.

Now we will stand together in the vestibule of this epistle and take a look at the things we will study together.

In verse one we are introduced to the writer who has three things to say about himself. First of all, he is a

Servant

of Jesus Christ. The word is really “slave.” Of course, he means that the Lord Jesus Christ had bought him with His precious blood—he was no longer his own. Then he tells us he is an apostle. That means a

Sent One

You remember how he was saved on the way to Damascus. He saw the Lord of glory and was told then that he must go to those still in darkness as the sent one of Jesus Christ. “Unto whom now I send thee.” (Acts ch….vs…). The third thing he tells about himself is that he is

Lesson 2 - Romans 1:8-17 The Need of Salvation

Having told us about the gospel we now see the dear apostle Paul on his knees. I am writing to you, he says, but I want you to know that I never cease to pray for you and thank God for you. The reason for his thanksgiving was that the Roman Christians were not only saved but they let everybody know that they were. Paul had never seen them but wherever he went, he heard about them and this caused him to thank God for them, (vs………).

He calls God to witness that he always remembered them and mentioned them in his prayers. When he thought of them he longed to see them and asked God to prosper his journey to them.

Three Things He Desired For Them By His Coming To Them

The first was to share with them all the rich gifts he had received from God, thus he wanted them to be established in the faith. He also desired that together they should be comforted by each other’s faith. He would not only bring them a blessing when he came, they would be a blessing to him as well, (vs……….).

Now he had many a time purposed coming to them but was hindered. The obstacles, however, had not changed his purpose. He felt under obligation to them and he was ready to discharge the debt he owed them (vs……….). He would preach the gospel in Rome also. He loved to tell the gospel story. He was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Why should he be, “for it was the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (vs……….). Now believing is different from working. The law said “do” but it never enabled the sinner to do what it demanded. In the gospel, God provides for the sinner His own righteousness, and it is ours in believing. As we travel through this letter, we will notice that its great theme, is

Lesson 3 - Romans 1:18-32 Down and Out Sinners

1. They are Under the Wrath of God. vs. 18

Because of man’s evil heart—(ungodliness) and his evil ways (unrighteousness) the dark cloud of God’s wrath hangs over the heads of guilty sinners. This wrath is revealed from heaven. When God drove Adam and Eve out of paradise He showed His wrath against sin. When He sent the flood and later on when He wrapped Sodom and Gomorrah with a winding sheet of fire He revealed His wrath. But it was not until His Son hung on Calvary that there was the full revelation of God’s wrath from heaven. Then the Saviour suffered for the sinner. But for those who are without Christ “there is wrath” and “because there is wrath beware” Job 36……

Revelation gives us a detailed description of the bursting of the terrible judgment clouds when those not sheltered by the Lamb will be swept by the awful storm into a lost eternity.

2. They Are Without Excuse. vs 19, 20

Some would tell us that the poor heathen are excusable, but God says they are not. God has given them His great picture book—Creation. This book was easy to read. All around them were the things God had made. “The eternal power and divinity of God” were “clearly seen” by the things that He made. The word Paul uses here is the Greek word “Poima” from which we get our word “poem.” Creation is God’s poem and as we read in Psa. 19:………, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”

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