Monthly Archives: April 2017

Paul’s Anguish

I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Part Four and the Problem Posed by Israel

Romans 9-11 As we begin the fourth main section of Romans, we enter an entirely new conversation; there is not connection or transition between 8:31-39 and this unit and the abruptness of Paul’s change of subject is stark to say … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Section Recap

With the previous post, we have completed the third main section of Romans comprised of Romans 6-8. The proposition that Paul set about to prove is: Grace gives us total victory over sin. As we saw in our tour of … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Love Assures Us of His Grace

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

When I am Weak, He is Strong

We now continue in this section where Paul is making the point that grace gives victory over sin, and that victory is assured. As always, it seems to be one thing to say so, and another thing in daily life; … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

God’s Children

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Solution to the Problem

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Paul Begins His Next Point

Romans 7:14-25 We are still in the third main section of Romans where Paul is proving that grace gives victory over sin. In his first supporting point, he has shown that any notion that grace makes sin unimportant is simply … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

The Fall, Falling and Figuring Things Out

Romans 7:7-13 My normal practice here is to simplify the complex. If I am criticized for being too simplistic or basic in my explanation, I figure I’ve done my job. For this post, I’m going to do the opposite (just … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Released from the Law

Romans 7:1-6 Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments