His promise if for you: Come to Jesus and He will give you rest in your soul! Christians always have grounds for rejoicing. Clearly, what made Him exult was the report of the 72 and the thoughts about the sovereign grace of God in salvation as He expresses it in 10:21-22. Anything that is prohibited, that's what he wants to do. "The Lord Jehovah is my strength." 1:26-31). The third level is rejoicing "in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation." Paul is making a comparison here. God stands eagerly welcoming anyone who will believe the good news and come home (repent, Luke 15:7-10). 1:10, 12). Luke chapter 10, verses 21 to 24 is the paragraph for us this morning. 3:7). The humble person is the one who comes to Jesus as a needy sinner, trusting totally in Godâs mercy and not at all in anything in himself. God has had our best interests at heart from eternity. The commandments actually were given to make men sin more, to increase the trespass. When we open our mouth wide in rejoicing, the Lord is faithful to fill our souls. (Romans 5:15b NIV). But if salvation is due solely to Godâs choice and Godâs power, then we can only boast in the Lord (1 Cor. You have been transformed. Also, here is the complete answer to those who doubt the historicity of Adam and Eve. This passage, admittedly, is one of the most theologically important chapters in all of the Bible. 15But the gift is not like the trespass. Jesus states that He reveals the Father to whomever He (the Son) wills (10:22). Jesus is not telling them not to rejoice at all in such victories. I read last week that last year alone, in the Los Angeles County jails 256 prisoners received the Lord. I have found that, if you get involved in the details of the passage, and it would be easy to do so, it would be possible to preach a month of Sundays on this one section alone. Obviously, Paul himself was an intelligent, well-educated man. What we lost in Adam, we regain in Jesus, plus so much more. We've never sent him to school to learn how to disobey. It is what Jesus meant when the Jews demanded, âIf You are the Christ, tell us plainly,â and He responded, âI told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My fatherâs name, these bear witness of Me. Normally, we would die for our own sins, but, as Paul goes on to argue, there are even some -- babies, for instance -- who haven't sinned at all, and yet they still die. Did he just marry a beautiful young woman? If you fail to stop, you are subject to a penalty, even though you have been driving through that intersection without stopping for years without any penalty. REJOICING IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY The apostle Paul learned to rejoice even in the midst of difficult situations. Let's take these verses one at a time and restate the argument so that we don't get lost in this passage, then we'll move on to the conclusion that the apostle makes. Paul tells us that the worse we get -- the more we fling ourselves into rebellion and sin and evil that we know to be wrong -- the closer we are to being broken, to coming to the end of ourselves and discovering how foolish and hurtful this whole thing is, and the closer we are to discovering the grace of restoration, cleansing, and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Therefore, Paul traces the reign of sin and death back to Adam. So the verses that follow draw both a comparison and a contrast between Adam and Jesus. When we see the greatness of Jesus, we see the greatness of God. He's only two years old, but he knows how to resist instruction and command; he wants to do what he ought not to do. I think any line of evidence will substantiate that. Christ died once and, despite thousands of trespasses, brought justification to all that are in him. The three kinds of rejoicing described in Romans 5 represent three levels of maturity. Publication date: May 27, 2015 They are not necessarily chronological levels, but they are levels of understanding truth and responding to it that reflect a continually growing and deepening maturity. They found that the Spirit of God swept through that prison in a remarkable way, and men were broken. For example, some say, âIf God has sovereignly determined everything, then why pray? So in these two forces that have been introduced into humanity, we have a pair of royal tyrants who rule over men. Whenever our spirit feels put down, or crushed, or insignificant, or inadequate, or insecure, we can be renewed, we can take again the gift of life and righteousness from him. Death reigns because of Adam's transgression. We only die once, don't we? He discovered that God was able to work for good in the lives of those around him and also in his own life. Some are robbed of joy when they think of Godâs sovereign grace because they take the doctrine to conclusions that may seem logical, but they are not biblical. Also, God was well-pleased to reveal His salvation to babes rather than to the intelligent. All rights reserved. 30 Bible Verses about Rejoicing In God's Works ... but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. It Ended in the Light: Rejoicing Comes in the Morning By Diane C Shore Dcshore Publishing, United States, 2015. In the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die," (Genesis 2:17). There are some people who claim that we are righteous because God declares us righteous. There are some who claim that the first chapters of Genesis are merely legend, or myth, that Adam and Eve were not real people. It is a remarkable paragraph. The gift, what every human being is always looking for, is the gift of righteousness, a sense of worth, a sense of significance to life. His argument: Adam's transgression permitted sin to reign over the whole race. From Verse 12 of Romans 5 to the end of the chapter is a record of the greatness of Christ, his achievement of what Paul calls the reconciliation. But it is equally true to say of that child, "Here is someone who is starting to die," because death is at work in that child from the moment of birth. This section also lays the groundwork for all that Paul is going to say in Chapters 6, 7, and 8. See the bounty that waits for you at His table. Rejoice a lways! Paul is saying that death is the result of breaking a command -- and you need a law in order to be able to break a command. Nobody had to teach him that. Rejoicing in the Lord means knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior, and Treasure. But sin is not taken into account where there is no law. What if Iâm not one of the elect? And it is not only evident in adults. You have too high a view of man in that you think that God is somehow obligated to show mercy to everyone equally. We are born to die. II. They were given to show men how wrong they already are. Then one day a stop sign is erected. Those who know the greatness of Godâs holiness, His glory, and His saving grace in Christ, will constantly judge their pride and rely on Him for everything that is needed to live in holiness. 1 John 1:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And along with sin came death. In Romans 5, we have been learning that the one clear mark of a true Christian is that he always rejoices. Notice again that Paul, as he so frequently does, reminds us that everything that comes to us comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. So Christ Jesus is greater than Adam; for though the trespass of Adam brought death once, the sacrifice and the death of Jesus brings life a thousand times. What will be, will be.â But as we saw in our last study, Jesus commands us to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers (10:2). He wants us to be in His arms of care. It is a very complicated statement, in some ways, and I am going to ask you to follow it very carefully, for it is tremendously important. Heb 6:17-20 â Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, Adam, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! King Sin and his evil and cruel queen, Death, who hold in their remorseless hands every human being, without exception. Philippians 4:4. Thus, It should bring great joy to us for the same reasons that it brought great joy to Jesus, namely, because it glorifies the Father, it defeats the power of Satan, it humbles the proud sinner, and it promotes holiness in His elect. Is it contradictory to appeal to sinners to believe in Christ when we know that they cannot believe by themselves? He has qualified us to be priests, which means we can dwell in Godâs presence like never before and for eternity. Why envy a man who in a short time will be cast into the lake of fire? 'He who sees me, sees the Father' â Christ is the human face of God.Jesus Christ, the âhuman face of Godâ: rejoicing in the Incarnation Tue Mar 26, 2019 - 2:06 pm EST Shroud of Turin. 5:9). When you understand that, you will sing, along with Christina Rossetti, these words: None other Lamb, None other Name, None other Hope in heaven or earth or sea, None other Hiding Place from guilt and shame, None beside Thee. Clearly, Jesusâ words would make no sense if He revealed the Father to everyone equally. When Paul was tempted to leave Corinth because of the threat of persecution, the Lord told him to go on preaching and promised to protect him. I am going to read that verse again to you, because I don't agree with this translation. And so, when we are in Christ, having worth and love is not something that we have to choose to earn -- it is a gift from the Lord Jesus. Or, as Peter puts it, âthe prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry.â But, âit was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heavenâthings into which angels long to lookâ (1 Pet. If it seems youâve lost your joy, simply remember what God has done for you through Jesus Christ. Rather, the contrast is between those who proudly trust in their own reason and intellect versus those who humbly bow before Godâs revealed wisdom in Christ. 2:10). This forgiveness, this atonement, can liberate us daily as we confess our sins. Why? As revealed throughout all of Scripture, God chooses certain individuals and reveals Himself to them, but He lets others continue on in their spiritual darkness. There are people today who do not like this word. Death is the absence of life. For these reasons, we should be found ârejoicing in the Lord always: and again, I say, rejoice!â (Phil. It takes us two days to get it back in shape after a visit from him. She gushed with thanksgiving to God for the opportunity to study the Bible. That is the contrast. This is the argument of Verses 13-14: For before the law was given, sin was in the world. Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Jesus doesn t want us in a pit of despair. If permitted to continue in the self-centered world of his infancy, given free reign to his impulsive actions to satisfy his wants, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist. I can almost hear Jesus laughing for joy as He speaks verse 17. Again and again Paul rings the changes on that phrase: through one man, by one man. They were excited about how God had used them in defeating Satanâs forces through their ministry. A thoughtful examination of Jesus' demands reveals a compelling yet personal portrait of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures. Earlier in Paulâs ministry, when the Jews stubbornly rejected the gospel and opposed Paul, he turned to the Gentiles. Paul is contrasting two men, actually, Adam and Jesus. Book Condition: New. In a world where death and life hang closely together all around us, in faith we live and serve, we're comforted and challenged by our Good Shepherd who knows his own, and whose own know him; the one who passionately brings us also to God, bruises, stains, scents and all. Verses 18 and 19 are a summary of this truth. Rather, He is putting it in perspective. Not only does death come to us at the end of our life because of Adam, but it reigns throughout our life because of Adam. (Romans 5:17 NIV). What God Requires of Us. But He chose to show mercy to some, which is His prerogative. His chief longing has always been relationship with us, and by your faith in Jesus Christ you have given him what he has always wanted. We don't die for our own sins. The phrase âwell-pleasedâ points to Godâs sovereign pleasure according to His secret counsel. He himself said so: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. Paul is saying that since we are born in Adam, sin and guilt are not an option with us -- we have no way of choosing. At this point, many people say, "Well, that isn't fair! Did he just get elected to a high public office? No matter what happens, you have a ground for rejoicing. Jesus tells us: Abraham rejoiced to see My day; ... Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is his pleading prayer, and grant us Your salvation! So she has learned how to make him eat his food: She says, "Now, don't eat your carrots." This is a clear statement on the universality of sin and of the fact, as Paul says here, that by one man, sin entered the world. Thus we rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has made for us the reconciliation. My faith burns low, my hope burns low; Only my heart's desire cries out in me, By the deep thunder of its want and woe, Cries out to Thee. The third level is rejoicing "in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation." Now that we are God's friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ's life! He himself said so: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. What Jesus Demands from the World Bible Study Kit includes a small-group Bible Study Book and one DVD with a promotional video and six 10-minute teaching sessions featuring author John Piper with Brian Tabb. He is delivered from misery, into union with God, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost; no longer a stranger and foreigner, but a fellow heir, rejoicing in Christ Jesus, and in the hope of His glory. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Luke 10:25-28  On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. The trespass is Adam's disobedient act in the Garden of Eden. God doesnât give us commandments that are impossible to keep! That is the way we see God. Martin Luther comments, âHere the bottom falls out of all merit, all powers and abilities of reason, or the free will men dream of, and it all counts as nothing before God; Christ must do and must give everythingâ (cited by Lenski, p. 593). It should not surprise us then to find that Scripture often speaks of God the Father rejoicing. He is the only being that truly deserves worship. You can have life in the midst of all the pressures and circumstances and suffering and troubles. In Verses 11-21, we learn to rejoice in our great and glorious God. Donât worry about knowing Godâs eternal decrees. You can call it anything you like, but the fact remains that there is clear evidence wherever you look in the human race that something has gone wrong with our humanity. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. No matter how many trespasses are involved in your record, there is freedom in Christ and forgiveness for all of them. Observe, to whom the believer refers us as the Author of this salvation â "God." We sin because we are sons and daughters of Adam, and we die because we are sons and daughters of Adam. The point of all this is that the one who breaks through is Jesus. Of course not! I don't have to go any further than my own heart to find evidence of that. As we see him thus, we discover what the Scriptures say, that the blessed Lord, who broke through death and sin, has come to live within us, to give himself to us, and to infuse us with his strength and purity, his wisdom and power. 16Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. Paul's argument is simply this: Death is the punishment for breaking a command. We share life together. Adam broke that specific, clear-cut command; he ate of the fruit. Those were the implications of his action. And each time, she brings a new neighbor or friend to join us. G. K. Chesterton said, "Whatever else may be said of man, this one thing is clear: He is not what he is capable of being." As Paul points out, God did this while they were still in the womb, before they had done anything good or bad, so that His purpose according to election might stand (Rom. That is what is called "original sin." People died from the time of Adam to Moses, even people who never had a command to break. The proud man thinks that he can approach God in his own way, on his own terms, and through his own merits. Godâs sovereign grace means that salvation is totally from God and not at all from man. Sometimes this happens without outward rebellion. And home, rejoicing, brought me. Some people never seem to have anything but death in their lives. If he could only see as God sees, that successful man would gladly and quickly trade places with the person whose name is written in the book of life, even if that saint were suffering from terminal cancer! Certainly, all the saints before Christ were saved and looked forward to being with God throughout eternity. 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