SUBJ: The transition from doctrinal
studies to the study of the application of those truths in faith and
practice and the need to be exercised therein.
AIM: That we might truly live as in
the presence of the Lord with abundant evidence of His mercy and grace
INTR: We would depart here from our
normal method of exposition and rather make some general observations
about the structure and order of the Roman Epistle.
1. There is in
fact an abrupt change at this point as the emphasis shifts from the
truths wherein salvation is declared to the manifestation of these
things in our life and practice of faith.
2. There is a danger in
neglecting this section (the tendency is to think we have understood all
we need to know) in that we need both instruction and confirmation that
we know Him who is the truth.
3. We are bound to declare the whole
counsel of God and that includes “instruction in righteousness” such as
Paul supplies here.
neglect that which is produced by the inspiration of the Spirit is to be
found disobedient to the “heavenly vision.” It is in living that which
the doctrine teaches that we have confirmation.
I. A review of
what precedes (Romans 1:16 – Romans 11:36)
1. The all-inclusive
therefore is embraced in the first verse of Romans 12 and should not be
limited to the last words of chapter 11 (The doxology there is
2. But, The Gospel has been thoroughly presented along
with the teaching of all essential truth about the being and existence
of God, the ruin of man, and the merciful provision for salvation.
After the introductions, the powerful Gospel statement is declared
2) From there, the ruin of man is declared, and we see
that “God gave them up” in 1:24,26, 28
3) And we note” Therefore by
the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for
by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20.
3. The remedy is
declared in But now the righteousness of God without the law is
manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Romans 3:21.
1) And in that chapter, we learn of being freely justified and
That He is both just and the justifier of them that believe in Jesus.
4. Justification by faith is illustrated and explained in chapter 4
5. Life and righteousness are declared to be in Christ in chapter 5 and
we are reminded there of: But God commendeth his love toward us, in
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8. And,
that Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life.
6. In 6,
we are taught to think as having received such grace as enables a life
of worship and obedience – we learn of “newness of life” and to reckon
ourselves dead to the world.
7. In chapter 7, we are shown the
wrestling that occurs between the old and new natures.
8. In chapter
8, we learn of no condemnation and no separation – no condemnation to
those who walk in the Spirit and no separation from the love of Christ.
9. And in chapters 9-11 the matter of Israel and the Gospel is
reconciled in that all partake of the tree of life.
II. A preview
of that last five chapters
1. In chapter 12, the issue will be
relationships in the church and in all these the standard to which we
are brought is Christ and all that follows would be impossible without
that which has gone before and what is taught is learned before would be
meaningless if no life followed.
2. In chapter 13, we are taught how
to live under earthly governments and that so that the sovereignty of
God will be acknowledged.
3. In chapter 14, we are taught how to deal
with personal differences, knowing that the world is watching.
chapter 15, Imitation of Christ in our interactions is taught and so
bringing true humility to bear in every aspect of life and
5. In chapter 16, we read of endearing greetings and
commendations of the operation of the grace of God.
reasoning of the necessity of studying the rest
1. The tendency is to
stop when we have covered all that we think we need to know and
certainly that contained in especially the first eight chapters is
1) It may be that we embrace those truths and think that is
sufficient (James warned about being hearers and doers)
2) It may be
that we see them as separate and presume on grace to deal with our
2. Martyn Lloyd-Jones presented five things that constitute
a reason to study on. The following are strongly suggested by what he
1) We go on simply because the Scriptures do.
2) We go on
because Christianity is not a teaching, it is a life (it is who we are
and our conversation is in Heaven)
3) We go on because the things
addressed there will certainly arise in our lives and if not properly
addressed will certainly affect our worship and fellowship with God and
4) There is an intimate connection between doctrine and
practice; between what I believe and what I do as a way of life.
Because there is an adversary and he will delight if we neglect these