Weekly Rap-Up with Shai Linne
The book of Romans is a masterpiece of gospel explanation. Paul covers the depravity of man, salvation of man, sovereignty of God, struggle with sin, and the glory of eternity. It may be the one book that surveys all of the Christian experience of the salvific work of Christ. Here is Shai Linne’s survey.
Gospel Music (Romans)
I’m not ashamed of the gospel, y’all. It’s the power of Christ that can save us all. In the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed. And who lives by faith? The righteous will!
Awake from your slumber, rise! A letter from the wise. The book of Romans – the Christian faith summarized by Paul, a bondservant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel (1:1). Chapter 1:16-17 is the thesis because our sins are colossal, hearts are harder than fossils (1:21, 29-31, 2:5). That’s everybody’s plight; can’t solve it- goodnight! How do sinners get right in a Holy God’s sight? Amazing is the answer, see – Romans states it candidly, the first three chapters – God’s case against humanity. Whether it’s idolatry (1:23) or religious hypocrisy (2:1, 23). No one can possibly see the charges and say “It’s not for me.” Everybody’s guilty, everybody’s filthy (3:9-19). Before God on judgment day is where everybody will be (2:5, 16). For those who believe in Jesus who suffered and died, “It feels so good to be justified” (3:21-26).
At the cross the wrath of God was spent on Jesus on behalf of all who repent and believe this (3:25). We receive His perfect righteousness (4:5). In exchange, believers cursed lives are His (4:25). Behold the blessedness for earth’s cold residents. Chapter 4, Paul defends it from the Old Testament (4:1). Up to this point, we saw the need for justification (3:19-20). In chapter 5 and following, we see it’s implications (5:1). In service and purity, we yearn for maturity empowered by Christ, who gives eternal security (5:9-11). Slowly but surely, He removes every vice. Raised to newness of life through our union with Christ (6:4, 14, 17). But chapter 7 finds us struggling with sin (7:15, 21). It’s buggin’ us within but He loves us to the end (7:24-25). Even with complications through sin’s occupation. For God’s consecrated there’s no condemnation (8:1). The Holy Spirit inside, He comforts like no other. He convinces us we’re God’s children even when we suffer (8:16-17). Nothing in creation could ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus who saved us (8:39). In chapter 9 we see God is sovereign in His mercy (9:15). His dealings with Israel shows He’s working out His purposes (9:11). By the end of 11 it’s jew and gentile together, united in Christ to His glory forever!
So in view of God’s mercies, we remove our worldly uniforms and throw on crucified jerseys. Holy and acceptable, ruled by the divine, being transformed by renewal of the mind (12:1-2), Yeshua’s design – obedience to the Scriptures with love as the key ingredient in the mixture (12:9-10. 13:8-10). The godly man’s picture under the new covenant. Mindful of God, we submit to the goverment (13:1). Not passing judgment on weaker brothers, instead we spread love to them to keep them from stumbling (14:13-15). When we do this, God will truly then smile as Christ is glorified through jew and gentile (15:5-6). And the God of peace at His judgment seat will soon crush Satan under our feet! (16:20). Now this is just an overview – go and read Romans through and I pray the God of Romans will grab a hold of you!