The four Gospels are filled with demands from Jesus. 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! Donât worry about knowing Godâs eternal decrees. That person has become eternally enrobed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Paul said that he endured all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. Why is it important to base our joy on Godâs sovereign grace rather than on the results of our service for Him. What has he done? The third level is rejoicing "in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation." Christians always have grounds for rejoicing. So it is a very, very important passage. His chief longing has always been relationship with us, and by your faith in Jesus Christ you have given him what he has always wanted. When we see and know the love of Jesus, we know the heart of God. Not only does death come to us at the end of our life because of Adam, but it reigns throughout our life because of Adam. Paul's argument is simply this: Death is the punishment for breaking a command. So the verses that follow draw both a comparison and a contrast between Adam and Jesus. Clearly, what made Him exult was the report of the 72 and the thoughts about the sovereign grace of God in salvation as He expresses it in 10:21-22. Why God allows Satan to have dominion over this fallen earth for as long as He does, no one knows. How do you do that? Yet Jeremiah said that Godâs word brought him joy. For all these reasons and more, Jesus rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit when He thought about Godâs sovereign grace in salvation. They were excited about how God had used them in defeating Satanâs forces through their ministry. 1 John 1:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. But as Paul explains, God will destroy the wisdom of the wise through the power of the message of the cross: âFor since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believeâ (1 Cor. He was enthroning himself as a god, in the place of God. God doesnât give us commandments that are impossible to keep! They are not harsh demands originating from a selfish desire to control, but rather loving directions for our good and ultimate satisfaction. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Godâs will for you in Christ Jesus. 2. We've never sent him to school to learn how to disobey. In a world where death and life hang closely together all around us, in faith we live and serve, we're comforted and challenged by our Good Shepherd who knows his own, and whose own know him; the one who passionately brings us also to God, bruises, stains, scents and all. Paul is making a comparison here. Why? First, Verse 15: But the gift is not like the trespass. This is talking about more than just the funeral at the end of your life. This is Jesusâ gentle correction to the 72 in verse 20. And as we suffer, knowing we are undergirded, protected, and covered over by the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, we learn to rejoice in our sufferings. We are enjoined to rejoice evermore. Since that first study, Rahima has studied the Bible with us several more times. Notice again that Paul, as he so frequently does, reminds us that everything that comes to us comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. That is life. Now that we are God's friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ's life! Sometimes this happens without outward rebellion. Sermon Theme â The angelic announcement of the miraculous birth of Christ demands a response of faith and praise, for God looked upon our humble estate and sent His Son, Jesus, to â¦ The Book of Revelation assures us that Christ has purchased with His blood some from every tribe and tongue and people and nation (Rev. Did he just marry a beautiful young woman? Godâs sovereign grace means that salvation is totally from God and not at all from man. Adam brought that death to us. He becomes a lamb of God, and Jesus said: âI give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish.â This repentant one is as good as in heaven the moment he truly repents and trusts Christ. The Greek text actually has an "even so," but for some reason, the New International Version doesn't translate it, so we'll correct it. I think any line of evidence will substantiate that. You are what God has most desired in the earth. Paul says it is by understanding the reconciliation. He himself said so: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. Death reigns because of Adam's transgression. What we lost in Adam, we regain in Jesus, plus so much more. He requests that we acknowledge His greatness, His power, and His glory. As Paul points out, God did this while they were still in the womb, before they had done anything good or bad, so that His purpose according to election might stand (Rom. He wants us to be in His arms of care. Whether you understand it or not, this passage reveals the fact that when Adam sinned, he plunged the whole race into disaster. These demands are Jesusâ way of showing us who He is and what He expects of us. As in the example of my grandson, the Law makes you want to do wrong even more. We can take the gift of worth over and over again. Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. Jesus exulted in this truth. Life is love, joy, and excitement. Did he just get elected to a high public office? So should we. When we open our mouth wide in rejoicing, the Lord is faithful to fill our souls. Donât envy him for a second. So Christ Jesus is greater than Adam; for though the trespass of Adam brought death once, the sacrifice and the death of Jesus brings life a thousand times. But sin is not taken into account where there is no law. I have found that, if you get involved in the details of the passage, and it would be easy to do so, it would be possible to preach a month of Sundays on this one section alone. Rejoicing in God our Saviour can never co-exist with unconfessed sin, and the psalmist clearly understood this. We can have all that we want, anytime we need it. The gift, what every human being is always looking for, is the gift of righteousness, a sense of worth, a sense of significance to life. Clearly, Jesusâ words would make no sense if He revealed the Father to everyone equally. He is delivered from misery, into union with God, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost; no longer a stranger and foreigner, but a fellow heir, rejoicing in Christ Jesus, and in the hope of His glory. Paul's answer is, "The Ten Commandments never were given to make men do right." Is God unfair because He condemned all the fallen angels to the abyss without any chance of salvation? If you fight against this doctrine (and most of us do, at some point), I would suggest that it is because you have too high a view of man and you donât have a high enough view of God in His absolute holiness. Observe, to whom the believer refers us as the Author of this salvation â "God." Paperback. And it comes as a gift from the Lord Jesus. 14:31) do not seem to bring joy. (Romans 5:19 NIV). There are some who may not accept the idea of sin. God exults over you today just as you are. That means right now, today, in this moment, in this situation, with the body I have, the job I have, the home I have, the circumstances I find myself in. G. K. Chesterton said, "Whatever else may be said of man, this one thing is clear: He is not what he is capable of being." The apostle answers: through one man. As revealed throughout all of Scripture, God chooses certain individuals and reveals Himself to them, but He lets others continue on in their spiritual darkness. You are a new creation. Luke 13:17. I am going to read that verse again to you, because I don't agree with this translation. Love, joy, peace, glory, and gladness fill our hearts even in the midst of all the heartaches and pressures of life. What is life? (Romans 5:17 NIV). 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. Jesus states that He reveals the Father to whomever He (the Son) wills (10:22). We can rejoice because any shackle that keeps us from knowing and communing with God can be smashed by the merciful love of our Savior. All that he is is available to us. God demands worship because He and He alone is worthy of it. And so do you, so don't look so pious! 4:4). The striking and remarkable thing is that it is found in babies. When that happens we learn that the grace of God will abound more and more, for the increase of sin only increases the grace of our Lord Jesus. Only Christ can set us free. The proud man thinks that he can approach God in his own way, on his own terms, and through his own merits. At this point, many people say, "Well, that isn't fair! 1:8). People invariably get lost in the argument and lose the main point the apostle wants to make, which is: The greatness and the glory of the Lord Jesus -- the reason why we can rejoice in God through him. The three kinds of rejoicing described in Romans 5 represent three levels of maturity. So in these two forces that have been introduced into humanity, we have a pair of royal tyrants who rule over men. Isn't that strange? Or, as Peter puts it, âthe prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry.â But, âit was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heavenâthings into which angels long to lookâ (1 Pet. He has no morals, no knowledge, no skills. As we cross over this bridge by our faith in Jesus, our relationship with God is restored. Sometimes we become frustrated and hard and cynical. He discovered that God was able to work for good in the lives of those around him and also in his own life. When we see the greatness of Jesus, we see the greatness of God. 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 was a pattern of the one to come. The most important phrase in this paragraph is the last one: Adam "was a pattern of the one to come." Adam's single trespass brought in judgment, i.e., death. That was not merely a little incident, a peccadillo, Adam actually was choosing to be an independent creature and denying his dependence upon the God who made him. 9:11). From that time on, to fail to stop at that intersection is to break a command. When Jesus says that God has hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to babes, He does not mean that no wise or intelligent people will be saved, whereas those who lack intelligence will. In the Garden of Eden, God said to Adam, "Do not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of evil. MARY'S SONG: REJOICING IN GOD Christ Proclamation Church Luke 1:26-55 December 16, 2018. How could that be, if death is the result of breaking a command? He is dirty. For permission to use this content, please review Thus, It should bring great joy to us for the same reasons that it brought great joy to Jesus, namely, because it glorifies the Father, it defeats the power of Satan, it humbles the proud sinner, and it promotes holiness in His elect. 9:16). It was an act of rebellion; it was an act of idolatry. That is what is called "original sin." God is punishing us for Adam's sin, and that's not fair!" But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Joy is a frequent theme in Luke, but this is the only time that we read of Jesus rejoicing greatly. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. No man [-- no man --] comes to the Father but by me," (John 14:6 KJV). They were given to show men how wrong they already are. If it seems youâve lost your joy, simply remember what God has done for you through Jesus Christ. How much of your life is made up of death? In other words, salvation does not depend on human will or human effort. Notice again that Paul, as he so frequently does, reminds us that everything that comes to us comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. His argument: Adam's transgression permitted sin to reign over the whole race. We rejoice in who he is, and what he has come to do in our wretched, miserable lives. 20The law was added so that the trespass might increase. I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. No matter how many trespasses are involved in your record, there is freedom in Christ and forgiveness for all of them. See the bounty that waits for you at His table. No matter what happens, you have a ground for rejoicing. This is Paul's argument. People who talk that way think of themselves as individuals quite separate from other people when, as a matter of fact, we are tied in together, all a part of one great bundle of life. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His Gospel is Peace. Paul is contrasting two men, actually, Adam and Jesus. Everyone acknowledges the universal presence of death in our society. Did he just get a promotion in his career? Book Condition: New. It is something that has gripped the race. 2 Corinthians 1:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. Is it contradictory to appeal to sinners to believe in Christ when we know that they cannot believe by themselves? Adam trespassed once and brought death to all that were in him. If he could only see as God sees, that successful man would gladly and quickly trade places with the person whose name is written in the book of life, even if that saint were suffering from terminal cancer! But, Paul tells us, Jesus has launched another avalanche of grace, and in him there is ample counteraction against all that Adam has brought. The point of all this is that the one who breaks through is Jesus. Luke 10:25-28  On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. In Verses 11-21, we learn to rejoice in our great and glorious God. Rejoicing in the Lord means knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior, and Treasure. Thus. Prisoners are open to Christ because they have allowed the law to drive them into trespass to such a degree that they are ready to hear the gospel. Rejoicing in the Lord. And he gobbles them up. He was put in the federal penitentiary because of his involvement in some of the things associated with Watergate. Earlier in Paulâs ministry, when the Jews stubbornly rejected the gospel and opposed Paul, he turned to the Gentiles. They are not necessarily chronological levels, but they are levels of understanding truth and responding to it that reflect a continually growing and deepening maturity. If you want to know how great a person is, you look at the record of his achievements. Three times in this chapter we are given reasons for rejoicing, as believers: First, we rejoice in our spiritual position. What if Iâm not one of the elect? Every time a soul is saved from hell, it is a foretaste of Godâs final and complete victory over Satan. God has had our best interests at heart from eternity. But it is equally true to say of that child, "Here is someone who is starting to die," because death is at work in that child from the moment of birth. Those who know the greatness of Godâs holiness, His glory, and His saving grace in Christ, will constantly judge their pride and rely on Him for everything that is needed to live in holiness. WITH RESPECT TO HIS AID. 2:25-26). He's only two years old, but he knows how to resist instruction and command; he wants to do what he ought not to do. Then the Lord added, âFor I have many people in this cityâ (Acts 18:10). Some people never seem to have anything but death in their lives. The moment we believe in the Lord Jesus, we can rejoice in the hope of sharing the glory of God. It is a remarkable paragraph. Nevertheless, 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 was a pattern of the one to come. Therefore, we are to rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Later on in this passage Paul says, "Death reigned." From Verse 12 of Romans 5 to the end of the chapter is a record of the greatness of Christ, his achievement of what Paul calls the reconciliation. In the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die," (Genesis 2:17). Paul is saying that death is the result of breaking a command -- and you need a law in order to be able to break a command. Perhaps some of you are thinking, âI can accept the doctrine of Godâs sovereign grace in salvation, but I canât rejoice greatly in it.â If that is so, it reveals an area where you are not yet conformed to the image of Godâs Son. As Jesus has revealed to us the true character of the Father, so we are to reveal Christ to a world that does not know His tender, pitying love. Message transcript and recording © 1976 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. - Romans 5:10-11 (GNTD) Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. Jesus tells us: Abraham rejoiced to see My day; ... Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is his pleading prayer, and grant us Your salvation! They rebelled and they have no claim on Godâs mercy. He said, âAll that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast outâ (John 6:37). (Romans 15:13) 4:4-7), 3. (John 1:1, 1:14 KJV). That is the contrast. What will be, will be.â But as we saw in our last study, Jesus commands us to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers (10:2). Rejoice a lways! In studying humanity, the commission came to this frightening and factual conclusion: Every baby starts life as a little savage. Certainly, all the saints before Christ were saved and looked forward to being with God throughout eternity. Every joy that the person outside of Christ enjoys is temporal. So, instead of dwelling on the argument in detail, I want to summarize it for you. King Sin and his evil and cruel queen, Death, who hold in their remorseless hands every human being, without exception. Paul's conclusion is: The whole race actually sinned when Adam sinned. (Romans 5:15b NIV). The same is true of rebellious, fallen man. If you fail to stop, you are subject to a penalty, even though you have been driving through that intersection without stopping for years without any penalty. Paul is saying that since we are born in Adam, sin and guilt are not an option with us -- we have no way of choosing. A bridge has been built through Jesus Christ. The chapter closes with a brief explanation of the relationship of the Law to all of this (Verses 20-21). It is a gift from Adam. Respond to Christâs invitation. We are born to die. REJOICING IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY The apostle Paul learned to rejoice even in the midst of difficult situations. We turn to the Scriptures now for our lesson. Obviously, Paul himself was an intelligent, well-educated man. Life in the midst of death! You have too high a view of man in that you think that God is somehow obligated to show mercy to everyone equally. It Ended in the Light: Rejoicing Comes in the Morning By Diane C Shore Dcshore Publishing, United States, 2015. It is vitality, enrichment, power; it is fulfillment in every direction, in every possibility of your being. The judgment followed one sin, and brought condemnation. Through the rest of this passage, the apostle is going to show us how Adam is a kind of picture of Christ; and yet there is a great contrast between the two, as well. You too will rejoice when you discover that God is able to work good even in the midst of bad situations! He himself said so: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. Christ is the way to God. Then we are to rejoice in our growing conformity to the character of Christ. Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Jesus doesn t want us in a pit of despair. Suffering helps us to become like Jesus now. In His Word we find this promise: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. We can take life from Jesus a thousand times a day. That is what righteousness means. His promise if for you: Come to Jesus and He will give you rest in your soul! The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. It increases the trespass. We have been provided the best possible example of remaining joyful in the life of the Lord Jesus. Hardened, violent, brutal men, who had spent their lives in resistance to right and truth and good, and had given themselves over completely to hardness and cynicism and brutality, began to break and to find forgiveness. And each time, she brings a new neighbor or friend to join us. We only die once, don't we? Other times when Jesus speaks, His words bring correction. You can have joy today because your God sees you as a triumph. Just as a climber on a mountaintop can dislodge a pebble which rolls on and accumulates others until it begins to launch an avalanche that will move the whole side of a mountain, so Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden dislodged a pebble that has built into an avalanche of sin and death that has swept through our entire race. People who argue that way simply are revealing how little they understand the facts about the nature of our humanity. 1:10, 12). 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. This is the argument of Verses 13-14: For before the law was given, sin was in the world. Scripture is clear that âGod is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humbleâ (Prov. This section also lays the groundwork for all that Paul is going to say in Chapters 6, 7, and 8. Why envy a man who in a short time will be cast into the lake of fire? First, Verse 18: Consequently, just as the result of the one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. These demands are Jesusâs way of showing us who he is and what he expects of us. God must do it for us (2 Tim. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep. 2:10). Having been justified by faith, "we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, here is the complete answer to those who doubt the historicity of Adam and Eve. But Scripture is clear that God is not obligated to show mercy to anyone. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, Adam, 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! Perhaps someone is thinking, âWhat if God didnât write my name in His book of life before the foundation of the world? Martin Luther comments, âHere the bottom falls out of all merit, all powers and abilities of reason, or the free will men dream of, and it all counts as nothing before God; Christ must do and must give everythingâ (cited by Lenski, p. 593).
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