When I introduced the book of Romans, I wrote these words:
Some women shy away from this book because it is heavy on the doctrinal side but together we will find how alive and exciting and practical doctrine is to our daily lives.
So here is where the hard work begins, as we try to bridge the gap between the doctrinal side of Romans and the practical side of Romans. I want to stay true to my word and give you both sides of the coin. Let’s get started!
The Key Vocabulary Words Found throughout the Book of Romans are:
- Law, judge, judgement
- Righteous, righteousness
- Grace, Faith, Believe
This is a short list. Other words that could be included would be: Jesus Christ, Israel, Gentile, circumcised, uncircumcised, predestined, foreknew, chosen, propitiation, wrath, flesh, master, slave, works, death, and life. If you want to go deeper in your understanding of this book of the Bible, I encourage you to research each one of these words on your own.
Once we understand the book of Romans and the meaning of these words above, we will have a complete understanding of the gospel and salvation and be able to detect any false gospels.
So let’s cover our short list of vocabulary words together here.
The Intensity of Our Sin
In Romans 1, we see the intensity of man’s sin. In verses 29-30, it says man was filled with “evil, covetousness, malice, envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness, gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.”
The Seriousness of Our Sin
Romans 2:2 says: “the judgement of God rightly falls on those who do such things.”
And in verse 8 it says, for those who “obey unrighteousness there will be wrath and fury.”
God does not wink at our sin. It’s not cute or funny, as many television shows or youtubers may want us to believe. It is very serious.
It is worthy of judgement.
No one is Good
Once we understand the intensity and the seriousness of our sin – we realize we really aren’t as good as we thought. One of the biggest lies of Satan is that there are good people. So many believe that if they are just “good” they will make it to heaven. They are deceived by their own goodness and will face the wrath and fury of the Lord, unless their eyes are opened to truth.
Romans 3:10 tells us that “none is righteous, no, not one.”
We Are in Dire Need of a Savior
Romans 3:20 tells us “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”
The law, which absolutely no one can fulfill, reveals to us that we are in dire need of a Savior.
We cannot be saved, until we realize we are a sinner.
We cannot be found, until we are first lost.
Through the law, comes knowledge of sin and the fact that we are in dire need of a Savior. Once our eyes are opened to this truth, there is hope of salvation!
The Sweetness of the Gospel
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Let me break this down into it’s simplest form…
Salvation is a sweet gift.
We have all sinned and none of us are good.
Salvation comes through Jesus Christ and his work on the cross. When we have faith and believe in him, we are declared righteous and justified, by his grace. We are redeemed and his blood covers over our sins.
Salvation means delivered from harm, ruin or loss.
Faith means to believe or to have complete trust.
Grace means the free and unmerited favor of God.
Justified means declared righteous by God, even though we are unrighteous.
Redemption means the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt. We have been bought with the price of Jesus’ blood.
Righteous means right standing with God. It is not based on our doing but on Christ’s.
In just the first 3 chapters of Romans, we find that we are sinners and apart from Jesus there is no hope. But through our faith in Jesus’ saving grace, we are justified, redeemed and declared righteous!
Friends, if that does not make you fall to your knees in praise of your God, who deeply loves you and accepts you as you are, I don’t know what will?
As you continue your study through the book of Romans, verse by verse and chapter by chapter, you will continually see these same words repeated over and over. Some other words you will see, that are important to understand are:
Reconciled which means the end of the estrangement, caused by sin, between God and us.
Sanctified which means set apart or declared as holy.
Glorified which means made glorious.
So why does this all matter?
5 Ways the Gospel Should Affect Our Daily Lives
1.) Be humble. We are all sinners. Every single day we sin. There is no room for pride in the church. Our salvation comes: by grace alone, through faith alone, through Christ alone, to the glory of God…alone!
2.) Be authentic. I am drawn to believers who are transparent and obey God’s Word. The world is looking for authentic people. The definition of a hypocrite is a pretender. Many times the world has labeled Christians as hypocrites. This is because we are still sinners – only we are forgiven! Let’s not pretend to not sin but rather proclaim the name of the one who has forgiven us, of all of our sins.
3.) Be bold. Do you have a list of unsaved friends and family who are lost? If you don’t – make one. Then pray for opportunities to be bold and share the gospel. The gospel is the power of God for salvation. So speak it. Give this sweet gift away!
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. (Romans 1:16)
4.) Be hopeful. We will all face seasons of life when disaster hits and it’s hard and we are hurting. But Christ is our strength. Though we may not feel happy – we can feel hopeful because we are forgiven and redeemed and our future is secure in Christ!
5.) Be grateful. Sometimes our hearts grow numb to hearing the message of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. We hear it over…and over…and over and at times, it becomes old news rather than good news!
Friends, let’s not take our salvation for granted! This is HUGE – through Christ we are justified and declared righteous. We have been redeemed and reconciled. We are being sanctified and eventually glorified! (Romans 8:28-30)
Do you see how exciting the gospel is? Let’s not lose that fervor!
Will you share today? Write your testimony in the comment section below.
When did you realize for the first time that you were a sinner in need of Jesus and his saving grace? Who told you the gospel? How did it happen? Let’s rejoice together in the saving work of our Lord and Savior.
Walk with the King,