There is some meaty stuff in Romans 4-7!
In Chapter 4, Paul talks of the founder of the Jewish nation, Abraham, or at least human speaking he was. In fact the whole chapter is devoted to Abraham and in particular his faith. It reminds me that the key difference between being a Christian and having a religion, be it Christianity or any other Religion, is faith. Religion is about doing good things and keeping rules religiously! Being a Christian is having a relationship with Jesus and living by faith; such a big difference!
In Romans Chapter 5, we learn how faith brings joy and Paul shows the contrast between Adam and Christ:
For this one man Adam brought death to many through his sin. But this one man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s mercy’ (Romans 5:15)
Awesome! We really needed Christ to save us and boy do we still need him!
Great news in Chapters 6 and 7, the power of sin in our own lives and in this world has been broken, by Jesus dying on the cross and rising again.
The explanation of the struggle we have within ourselves around sin in Chapter 7 verses 14 to 25, is so accurate. Here Paul sums up our battle to do good, but ending up doing wrong, even when we didn’t want to. I love the sort of tongue twister in verses 19-20:
‘For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.Now 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’
I do what I don’t want to do and I don’t do what I do what to do, aaah, somebody help us!
As Paul points out somebody did come to help us, to get us out of the mess, to set us free from sin:
‘Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free.’ (Romans 7:25)
As it says in John 8:36:
‘So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free’
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