Color of Love

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Romans 8 is a much loved chapter of the Bible. Many theologians claim Romans 8 to be their favorite chapter of the Bible. Because it is a chapter that helps us understand the doctrine of eternal security, it is also loved by regular Christians who would not claim to be Bible scholars.
The essence of Christianity is that God is the supreme value in the universe, that we do not honor him as supremely valuable, that we are therefore guilty of sin and under his all-powerful wrath, and he alone can rescue us from his own condemnation, which he has done through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, for everyone who is in Christ. Knowing this, if what we promote is housing, jobs, health care, sobriety, family life minus this message, we are not Christian – we are cruel. We comb man’s hair in the electric chair and hide his freedom in our hands.

Romans 1–7 lays it all out: holy God, sinful man, coming wrath, perfect Savior, Jesus Christ crucified and risen, justified and kept by faith. And now Paul sums up the message of Christianity in the great conclusion of Romans 8:1, “Therefore [in view of all that] there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” That’s the essence of Christianity. That’s the central, foundational message of God to the world. This is what we announce. This is what we plead. This is what we lay down our lives to communicate to the nations and the neighborhoods: No condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

God is For Us

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Romans 8:31-39 The important truth that is expressed here is as simple as it is profound: God is for YOU. These four words are loaded with theological, practical, and emotional depth. To say that God is for us means that everything in God’s sovereign plan, his redemptive acts, and the situations in our lives have […]

Gospel Resources

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Romans 8:12-30 If your life is really going to be equipped in any spiritual way for real life, we have to see how it is that faith in Christ or how it is that Christ actually does prepare you to face the unavoidable brutalities of life. This passage gives us four gospel resources to face […]