Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christ's Righteousness Transforms Our Lives (Romans 13)

Text: Romans 13

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...

5. In Transformation (12-16)
B) Towards Society (12:17 - 13:14)

Since God established them (1), to avoid punishment, and for the sake of conscience (2-5) believers should submit to governing authorities (cf. 1 Peter 2:13-17; Acts 5:29) by doing good (3-5), paying taxes (6), and giving them honor (7).  Towards society, believers should let no debt remain outstanding (8), love their neighbor (8b-10), lay aside immoral conduct (11-13), put on Christ, and "make no provision for the flesh" (avoid packing a sack lunch which makes it easier and more tempting for you to commit sin--14).

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.