Posted by: duncandrews | April 3, 2017

Romans 5-8: The Glorious Gospel

Romans 5-8. Honestly, this was a transforming experience for lots of us in church, as we were stuck again not only by the reality of what God has done for us in Jesus but by what that means for us in our every day lives.

Welcome to the new world! (Romans 5:1-11)

Through the looking glass…

Having been justified by faith, we have

a new peace (5:1)

a new place to stand (5:2a)

a new confidence (5:2b)

an unshakeable confidence (5:3-8)

fuelled by suffering (v. 3-4)

anchored in God’s love (v. 5-8)

a new future (5:9-10)

the ultimate boast (5:11)

Life in the new world of those justified by faith


Adam and Christ: Rival Reigns (Romans 5:12-21)

Who do you think you are?

The rule of death: being in Adam (5:12-14)

One with Adam (v. 12)

The depths of our inheritance (v. 13-14)

The triumph of grace: being in Christ (5:15-21)

Adam versus Christ (v. 15-17)

Adam like Christ (v. 18-19)

Why then the law? (v. 20)

The triumph of his grace! (v. 21)

So who do you think you are?


We too may live a new life (Romans 6:1-11)

I yam what I yam…

A logical question (6:1)

Some possible responses

Paul’s gospel answer (6:2-10)

We are united to Christ…

…and so share in his death to sin

…and in his resurrection to new life

The prime directive (6:11)

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

I yam…?


You gotta serve somebody (Romans 6:11-23)

The Prime Directive (6:11)

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Two logics

The logic of licence

The logic of the gospel

Two Lords

Sin / law / wickedness

God / grace / obedience / righteousness

Two fruits

Shame and death

Holiness and eternal life

“Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.”


The Utter Sinfulness of Sin (Romans 7:1-25)

The main thing: United to Christ, freed from the Old Testament law

Death and release (7:1-5)

Chapters 7-8 in a nutshell (7:6)

So what’s the problem? Not God’s law but our sinful flesh

Law and sin in Adam: ‘me’ in the past (7:7-13)

Law and sin in Christ: ‘me’ in the present (7:14-25)

The penalty, power, and presence of sin in the Christian life

In the realm of the Spirit (Romans 8:1-11)

A ‘spiritual’ person?

The freedom of the Spirit (v1-2)

The walk of the Spirit (v3-4)

The mind of the Spirit (v5-8)

The necessity of the Spirit (v9)

The life of the Spirit (v10-11)

Living a spiritual life


Are you lead by the Holy Spirit? (Romans 8:12-17)

Romans 8:14 … those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God

Where does the Spirit lead us?

1 The Spirit of God Leads us into Debt (Romans 8:12-13)

2 The Spirit of God Leads us into Sonship (Romans 8:14-16)

a. A child of God – no fear
b. Adopted
c. intimacy Abba Father -Mark 4:36

3 The Spirit of God leads us into our inheritance (Romans 8:17)

Are you led by the Holy Spirit?


The Spirit of Glory (Romans 8:18-30)

Something to look forward to…

The shocking statement (8:18)

The groaning of creation (8:19-22)

The groaning of God’s children (8:23-25)

The groaning of God (8:26-27)

Groaning in hope, not despair (8:28-30)

Suffering in the realm of the Spirit


More than Conquerers (Romans 8:31-39)

Life in Christ: one long plod?

“If God is for us…” (8:31)

God is for us: the achievement of God in Christ (8:32-34)

God is for us: the love of God in Christ (8:35-39)

Life in Christ: Super-conquerers through him who loved us

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