Romans 6 Lesson

Grace

In Romans 5, Paul contrasts the judgment that arose from one transgression (Adam in the Garden of Eden), with the abundance of grace and righteousness that we have through faith in Jesus.  

Grace means, “Unmerited favor.” Or to put it in lay terms, receiving something that you have not earned.

Paul writes in Romans 5:18:

  • “So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.”

Chapter 6 expands on this idea and shows us how significant Jesus’ sacrifice was.   Paul divides time into two categories:

  1. Life under the Law before Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection.
  2. Life after Jesus rose from the dead.

We will now look at these time periods one at a time, and in greater detail:

LIFE UNDER THE LAW BEFORE JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION

  • People were slaves to obedience and slaves to sin.
  • Death spread to all men through the sins of one person.
  • Judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation.
  • The body was used for sinful lusts.

LIFE AFTER JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD

  • People are freed from their sins.
  • Grace and righteousness spread because of Jesus.
  • The body is used as an instrument of righteousness to glorify God.

Jesus changed everything for the believer!    From the moment He arose, life would never be the same.   Instead of being trapped and lost in our sin, we now are liberated from our sin by the grace of God through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prior to Jesus, we would have tried unsuccessfully to keep the Law. However, since Jesus came and fulfilled the prophets, it is God’s grace that justifies us, not our obedience to the Law.   That is a monumental turning point in the history of the world!    

When the Law was introduced, transgressions increased because people became more aware of sin.   But notice what Paul writes in Romans 5:20-21:

  • “But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

If our sins and God’s grace were put on a scale, God’s grace would far exceed our sins.  

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that Jesus said:

  • My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”

No matter what life may throw at us; be it sickness, war, poverty, hunger, or any other type of adversity, God’s grace is sufficient to see us through.

So how do we receive God’s grace?

The answer is simple, we receive God’s grace through faith in Jesus.

All we must do to receive God’s grace is believe in His Son and follow his commandments. We are not expected to keep His commandments perfectly. Consider the following two scriptures:

  •  "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." - 1 John 1:8.
  • "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23.

No, we cannot follow God's commandments perfectly.  Only Jesus could do that.

But we are expected to try.

The character is in the trying.

We also are expected  to succeed much more than we fail, especially as our faith in Jesus grows and we mature as a Christian.

And when we fail (which we will), when we repent, it is our faith in the redeeming blood of Jesus that will reconcile us with God.

We will conclude today’s study with the following scripture:

  • "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9.

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Michael

Jesus' resurrection means EVERYTHING. Like the song says:

"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

Because He lives, all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living

Just because He lives."

Jesus gives me hope. Hope for eternity in heaven with God and His Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus!

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Pat Dermody

I think we get God’s grace by just trusting in God completely as Abraham did before he even knew about the law or was circumcised . He just simply did what God asked without question. If we gained grace by following the law then Jesus didn’t have to die. So grace is a gift that we do not earn.

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Ronnie 68

We need to stop the clock and take a moment to pray during these difficult times.

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John

Until today's study, I had never really looked at dividing time before Jesus' resurrection and afterwards. My takeaway from today's lesson is to pray more for God's grace as opposed to my own strength. I have done this a few times today and the Spirit fills me with peace and comfort. I'm so thankful for God's word and the way that it continues to find ways to pierce my heart and teach me.

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Charles
John

Q: How is God`s grace given? There is saving grace and sacramental grace, the last given through the church in baptism and holy commuñion: Holy Mother Church.

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Charles
Charles

In baptism we are buried to the law of sin and death and raised with Christ to New life, therefore I first come to Christ and believe on Him as God and then be baptised and die to sin and raised to New life under Grace.

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