AGR On Romans: The Power Of God For Salvation (12)

Romans is one of the greatest resources available to the Christian faith and life. Written in the mid-to late AD 50s to the congregation in Rome, Paul sent this pastoral letter to make clear the gospel, that salvation is from the Lord, that it is and has always been by his free favor alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide), in Christ alone. Jesus the Servant of God is the Savior promised to Adam and Eve, to Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, to David, and to the prophets. To make clear the centrality of Christ and the good news—the power of God for salvation of the ungodly—he lays out the greatness of our sin and misery (1:18–3:20), how we are redeemed from our sins and misery by the grace of God in Christ (3:21–11:36); and how we ought to live thankfully for such a redemption (12:1–16:27). In this episode Chris and I get to Romans 3:26. We finish the bad news of the law and turn our attention to the good news that believers are not under the covenant of works (the law) but under the covenant of grace because of Christ’s righteous, substitutionary life and death for us.

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  1. This is a hugely important point to salvation by grace alone. Our salvation depends on the imputation of Christ’s active righteousness for our justification, because without holiness no man shall see God. Heb. 12:14 The problem is that we do not have the perfect holiness God requires of us to be acceptable in His sight. Christ not only died to save us from our sins, but lived a whole life of perfect holiness which is imputed to His elect through trusting, leaning and resting on Him alone for this perfect holiness. When that is true of us, God will work in us, to do the good works God has prepared for us to do, so we respond, in gratitude for so great a salvation. Phil. 2:13. It is all of grace, because it is all of God. Adding any condition of doing our part for final salvation makes it no more grace and puts us under the covenant of works, which is impossible for us to fulfill since the Fall. It only condemns us under its curse of spiritual death. That is also why the Synod of Dort and the document it produced are so important for the church.

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