Wednesday, October 31, 2018

GOD Gave The Law On Mt. Sinai, But GOD Gave HIS SON JESUS On Mt. Calvary

Romans 7:1-25 NIV

Released From the Law, Bound to CHRIST

1Do 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? 2For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

4So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the Law through the Body of CHRIST, that you might belong to another, to HIM WHO Was Raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for GOD. 5For when we were in the realm of the flesh,a the sinful passions aroused by the Law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the Law so that we serve in the New Way of The SPIRIT, and not in the Old Way of the Written Code.

The Law and Sin

7What shall we say, then? Is the Law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the Law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.”b 8But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the Commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the Law, sin was dead. 9Once I was alive apart from the Law; but when the Commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10I found that the very Commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the Commandment put me to death. 

12 So then, the Law is Holy, and the Commandment is 

Holy, Righteous and Good.

13Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the Commandment sin might become utterly sinful.

14We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the Law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21So I find this Law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in GOD’S Law; 23but I see another Law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 

24 What a wretched man I am! 

Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 

25 Thanks Be To GOD, WHO Delivers me 

through JESUS CHRIST our LORD!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to GOD’S Law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Dead to Sin, Alive in CHRIST

Romans 6:1-23 NIV

Dead to Sin, Alive in CHRIST

1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into CHRIST JESUS were baptized into HIS Death? 4We were therefore buried with HIM through baptism into death in order that, Just As CHRIST Was Raised from the dead through The Glory of The FATHER, we too may live a new life.

5For if we have been united with HIM in a death like HIS, we will certainly also be united with HIM in a resurrection like HIS. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with HIM so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,a that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

8Now if we died with CHRIST, we believe that we will also live with HIM. 9For we know that since CHRIST Was Raised from the dead, HE Cannot Die Again; death no longer has mastery over HIM. 10The Death HE Died, HE Died to sin once for all; but The Life HE Lives, HE Lives to GOD.

11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to GOD in CHRIST JESUS. 

12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to GOD as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to HIM as an instrument of righteousness. 

14For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the Law, but under Grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the Law but under Grace? By no means! 16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 

17But Thanks Be To GOD that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 

18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of GOD, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 

23 For the wages of sin is death, but The 

Gift of GOD Is Eternal Life in CHRIST 


Death Through Adam; Life Through JESUS

Romans 5:1-21 NIV

Peace and Hope

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wea have peace with GOD through our LORD JESUS CHRIST, 2Through WHOM we have gained access by faith into this Grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of The Glory of GOD. 

3Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, Because GOD’S Love Has Been Poured Out Into our hearts through The HOLY SPIRIT, WHO Has Been Given to us.

6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, CHRIST Died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8But GOD Demonstrates HIS OWN Love for us in this:

 While we were still sinners, CHRIST Died for us.

9Since we have now been justified by HIS Blood, how much more shall we be saved from GOD’S Wrath through HIM! 10For if, while we were GOD’S enemies, we were reconciled to HIM through the Death of HIS SON, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through HIS Life! 11Not only is this so, but we also boast in GOD through our LORD JESUS CHRIST, through WHOM we have now received reconciliation.

Death Through Adam, Life Through CHRIST

12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

13To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no Law. 14Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of The ONE To Come.

15But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more Did GOD’S Grace and the Gift that came by the Grace of The ONE MAN, JESUS CHRIST Overflow to the many! 16Nor can the Gift of GOD Be Compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive GOD’S abundant Provision of Grace and of the Gift of Righteousness reign in life through The ONE MAN, JESUS CHRIST!

18Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also ONE Righteous Act Resulted in justification and life for all people. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the Obedience of The ONE MAN the many will be made righteous.

20The Law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,  

21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring Eternal Life through JESUS CHRIST our LORD .

We Are Justified (=Made Righteous) Before GOD Only By Faith In JESUS CHRIST

Romans 4:1-25 NIV

Abraham Justified by Faith

1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter?2If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not Before GOD. 

 3What does Scripture say? 

“Abraham believed GOD, and it was credited to him 

as righteousness.”

4Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5However, to the one who does not work but trusts GOD WHO Justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 

6David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom GOD Credits righteousness apart from works:

7“Blessed are those

whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

8Blessed is the one

whose sin The LORD Will Never Count against them.”

9Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13It was not through the Law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14For if those who depend on the Law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15because the Law brings wrath. 

And where there is no Law there is no transgression.

16Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be By Grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the Law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 

17As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”c He is our father in the Sight of GOD, In WHOM he believed—The GOD WHO Gives life to the dead and Calls into being things that were not.

18Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”d 19Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 

20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the Promise of GOD, but was strengthened in his faith and gave Glory to GOD, 21being fully persuaded that GOD Had Power To Do What HE Had Promised. 

22This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 

23The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24but also for us, to whom GOD Will Credit righteousness—for us who believe in HIM WHO Raised JESUS our LORD from the dead. 

25 HE Was Delivered over to death for our sins and 

Was Raised to life for our justification.