The Argument of the book of Romans: Salvation: Sanctification and Glorification

Sanctification is the process of living a holy life (6:1–14). Once one is justified, he is now dead to sin (6:1–2). He needs to realize that he is a new creation (6:3–10). His desire to live in his old ways should be gone, and he should consider himself dead to sin (6:11). Absolutely, one must present his body to God as an instrument of righteousness (6:12–14). There should be a contrast between one’s new life and his old life, since he has a new Master to serve (6:17–23).

There is a future glorification that a believer is guaranteed, and the present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to it (8:18). All of creation, including believers, groans because it is awaiting the future glorification of God’s children (8:19–25). Even the Holy Spirit groans and intercedes for the believer (8:26–27). Since God is in complete control, the believer has the assurance that God’s plan can not ever be interfered with. Even if the believer has to go through suffering, it is part of God’s plan to bring glory to himself (8:28–30). The one who is justified can not ever be separated from God, because no one can bring a charge against God’s elect. (8:31–39).

Argument of the book of Romans: Condemnation

Paul begins his argument by saying that all of mankind is condemned and that God’s righteousness is needed (1:18–3:20). God’s wrath is being shown to man because they continually reject him (1:18), and the wrath that is coming is definitely deserved (1:19–32). Man even knows within his heart that there is a God, but he still rejects him. The creation is even crying out to mankind, “Look, there is a God” (1:20–21). Unfortunately, man still rejects God. All of mankind is in opposition against God, and man is without an excuse. Since God has revealed himself in the creation, man cannot defend himself (1:20).

Paul continues to argue that all Gentiles are condemned (1:18–32), to which the Jewish audience was probably saying, “Amen.” Then Paul continues to show how the Jews are in just as bad of shape as the Gentiles (2:1–3:8). The Jews even had many advantages compared to the Gentiles, but this just helps show the wickedness of man’s heart. It is interesting how Paul shows that the Gentiles do not have the Law, but they do things of the Law, because the Law is written on their hearts (2:14). The Jews, who had the Law, and the Gentiles, who only knew the Law in their hearts, are both condemned because righteousness does not come from the Law, but from God.

Now that Jews and Gentiles have been shown that they are in rebellion against God, Paul shows that man is helpless unless God intervenes. Paul continues his argument by saying that there is absolutely no one who is righteous or even seeks after God (3:9–18). Man’s only hope without God is to keep the Law (3:19a). Unfortunately, no one can keep the Law fully. The only thing that the Law does is condemn mankind (19b). Without a doubt, the Law can not justify anyone (1:20). This leaves man totally helpless to save himself. He is in desperate need of God’s righteousness. If God does not do any thing to reach out to man, then man will be lost forever.

Tomorrow: Part 2: Salvation

Power to Create

I like it when God told Moses, “I am who I am.” God didn’t need an introduction to the sons of Israel (Ex 3:14). He is the all-powerful creator who spoke the entire universe into existence with his powerful word; just “I am” was enough to describe everything that they need to know about God. His presence, power, and glory are seen throughout creation. It is obvious that he is pre-existent and is eternal. Jesus himself made this same claim (John 8:58) to show his equality with the Father and basically claiming to be God.
Christ showed his equality with God several times in the Bible. Many of the times that Jesus made these claims; the religious rulers understood what he was saying because they would pick up stones to try to kill him (John 8:59). People would bow down and worship Jesus and he would even receive worship from them (Matt 28:9). Even the angels worship Jesus in the book of Hebrews.
John chapter one shows Jesus’ eternality, showing how he was there at the beginning when everything was created. Colossians shows his omnipotent power in how he created everything and he is even the super glue that holds all the planets in their orbit. He also reflects the radiant glory of God and he is the exact representation of God himself. (Heb 1:3)
It is interesting to think about Jesus’ life, with the claims of deity that he made. You cannot just accept him as a good moral teacher, the claims that he made about himself were too outrageous. C. S. Lewis said it best when he said that Jesus would either have to be a liar, a lunatic, or God.