Romans Series (25): The Power Of God For Salvation (Rom 6:9–23)

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 finish the rest of chapter 6 (vv.9–23).

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  1. Dr. Clark,

    Would you describe justification as the final judgement brought back in time to when we believe? Do you know of any theologians who have described it that way?

    • At the cross Christ bore the judgment of the wrath of God for the sins of His people, just as He covenanted to do for Abraham and his children in the faith, when God passed through the pieces alone. If Christ bore our judgment on the cross, how can we be judged for the sins for which Christ paid? Those who trust in Christ will be vindicated as those for whom Christ bore the wrath of God for their sins, as their substitute. The cross is where the judgement and wrath of God fell on the representative substitute of God’s elect. See the Belgic Confession on final judgment, art. 37

    • LC,

      Yes, I have said that. I think I learned it from Vos but I don’t think he invented it. I think it’s traditional. I don’t know that the older writers put it that way explicitly but it was implied.

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