The Tragic History of the First Sin and Resulting Death, As Told in Romans

A tree in a desert in Africa.

Last time we studied from Romans we took great encouragement by God's love being shown through Jesus' death for us while we were yet sinners. His sacrifice was an incredible event, and with the resulting resurrection, we have great hope today. As the passage continues, Paul goes on to discuss another action that had a great impact on us all. That being the sin of Adam and death that follows to this day.

Romans’ Connection Between God Commending His Love Toward Us and Christ Dying for Us

An illustration showing Jesus and the two criminals hanging from their crosses.

To those who are not Christians, it can seem that those who follow Christ are obsessed with His death. I don't deny that. The same can be said for His resurrection. One reason is because the Bible mentions them extremely often. For example, in Romans chapter five the apostle Paul refers to it three times in less than ten verses. In it, he connects God's love for us with Jesus' death.

Jesus’ Resurrection and Our Justification, As Taught in the Book of Romans

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Although the concept of a resurrection is not natural, it is spoken of repeatedly in the New Testament, and is often connected with Jesus Christ. Many of the letters explicitly mention it. All the Gospel accounts share testimonies of the Lord after He rose from the dead. As we know, the apostle Paul used Christ's Resurrection in many of his teachings too. One place where he does so is at the end of the fourth chapter of Romans.

Jesus’ Death, and Its Critical Importance for Us, As Found in the Book of Romans

A sculpture showing the body of Jesus hanging from the cross.

Last time we studied from the book of Romans we considered the patriarch Abraham and him being accounted righteous apart from works of the Law. This truth was, and is, a fundamental part of us becoming Christians. It's also non-negotiable, as is the case for many other topics in the New Testament. Two of these include Jesus' death and resurrection, the former of which we'll examine today.

Romans Teaches That Abraham’s Faith Was Accounted for Righteousness

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Sometimes it is good to return to core principles of the Faith. Not necessarily to learn something entirely new, but rather to be refreshed and reminded again. Such is the case for our examination of the apostle Paul's teaching on Abraham's faith in Romans chapter 4. Let's explore some main ideas from it in relation to righteousness.

Romans Teaches That Even Though All Have Sinned, All of Us Can Still Be Justified Through Christ

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One of the most famous verses in the Bible is Romans 3:23. As many of us know, it teaches that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. As we go through the book of Romans together, I felt that it was necessary for us to study this humbling truth, and the justification that is available through Christ.

What is the Meaning of Being Circumcised of Heart, or the Circumcision of Christ?

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Students of the Bible will be aware of the act of circumcision that was performed in the Old Covenant. It was commanded of Abraham, and also in the Mosaic Law. These are good to remember, but some may be surprised by other circumcisions in the Bible. Those being the circumcision of the heart, and the circumcision of Christ.

The Apostle Paul Was Unashamed of the Gospel, and We Should Follow His Example

A close-up of a statue of Jesus. He is carrying His cross with a crown of thorns on His head. Drops of blood can be seen on His forehead, and other places of His head.

Paul's boldness was remarkable. He preached the Good News of Christ to Jews and gentiles alike, regardless of their economic or social standing. He taught the poor and rich, men and women, Jew and Gentile. He declared the resurrection of Jesus Christ to kings, and others in authority. All of which was without shame or embarrassment.