Scripture: Romans chapters 1-8
Over the last several weeks I have been laying out some truths from God’s word that will help us to live as Christ wants us to. This session will be in two parts. It will focus on the first 8 chapters of Romans which is the “Essential Book.” Not only does Romans teach us the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, but also the true philosophy of life. The philosophy is the key to God’s dealings with men. It gives us a complete picture of what we are before salvation, what Christ has done for us and what we are in Christ as a result.
Just what is the true philosophy of life? Simply put, it is the study of conduct—morals and behavior. Reading the first chapters of Romans is almost like reading a newspaper or listening to a newscast today. It describes the sinful conduct and heart attitude of depraved man.
God has given the human race what is called two federal heads: Adam and Christ, who is called the second Adam. God treats all men as in one or in the other. Before we trust Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, God sees all of us “In Adam” and He deals with us positionally. The following describes how this affects us.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
All are identified with him. All are under sin. “There is none righteous, no, not one.” Rom 3:10
Adam’s sin affected the entire human race: in sin, in condemnation, in death
Through Adam’s disobedience and offense “judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation.” Rom. 5:18
When one trusts Christ as their personal Savior the following is true:
IN CHRIST: God deals with us personally.
Because of His obedience, we are made righteous, and are justified, and given eternal life.
We identified with Him in death and resurrection. (ch. 6)
Victory is ours (ch. 7: 24,25)
There is no condemnation (ch 8).
He identified with us in living presence.
He lives in us!
The question asked is “why is it every man needs to be saved? Simply because he has been born into a race that a righteous God must condemn completely. But God provided a remedy:
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” Heb. 2:14
In summary: this is the philosophy of God’s dealing with men—through “one” to “all.” (Rom. 5:12-21). There can be NO exception.
A word to remember: “PROPRITIATION” –Christ completely satisfied the just demands of a holy God for judgment on sin by his death on the cross. We are no longer identified IN ADAM but IN CHRIST. We should say, “Praise the Lord!” and thank Him for His grace and mercy.