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By One Man

Feb 21, 2022    Pastor Matt Davis
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All right, well, welcome back to church everyone. It's been a rough start getting going today. Because technology will be technology, and will throw a fit and try and stop you from preaching the Word. So I can't watch my audio while preaching. So someone in the group, just let me know if my audio drops out. This way, I don't spend five minutes preaching what you guys can't hear. I've done that before, and it sucks. So we're going to continue this week through Romans Road, our series through the book of Romans, which I have always loved that I've always told everybody Romans is my favorite epistle, in the New Testament, but I have fallen deeper in love with the book, the last couple of weeks, and its meaning and its teachings of grace, and God's sovereignty. And his purposes in the elect. I love the book of Romans, and what it means, and I hope that you guys will grow to love it. As you see how God can work in your life, and redeem you.

So last week we were... we did chapter four, we talked about we are saved by grace, without works. Okay, Paul talked about salvation not being of works not be in the flesh, right? We cannot earn it with in chapter three, Paul drives that point home, that by the works of the flesh, by the deeds of the law, will no flesh be justified, it's impossible. We looked at Abraham as the example of faith. Last week, he consider not his own body dead, nor the bareness of Sarah. Sarah was 90 years old Abraham 100 years old when they gave birth to Isaac. But it says that He trusted in God that he was able to do what He promised to do. And we really see true faith right there that when we trust that whatever it is that God promises to do, that we that he will do what he can fulfill it. That is when we have the faith of Abraham. So when we trust that Jesus can raise us from the grave, in the resurrection, when we trust that by His grace alone, that we are redeemed. Then, as we will see, today, we have peace with God. We also learned that there is no hope in the law. Paul wrote that if the heir was through the flesh was through the works in the law, he says, then faith is null and void. And there is no hope in the law. The reason there's no hope in the law is the law serves to condemn us. The law, it serves to expose our sin to us. And so there is no hope. And we discuss that if the gift will come by the law, then we are all condemned and have no gift to receive.

This week, Paul will continue his same train of thought. And next week, I love where we're going to get to next week where Paul will talk about that redeemed life and what it looks like. But this week, he will continue his train of thought on how that redemption occurs and takes place. We're going to begin in chapter four tonight, verse 23, the last two or three verses of Romans four. We're gonna read through chapter five, verse two. Paul says, Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him, but for us also to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus, our Lord from the dead, who has delivered for our offenses and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith into his grace wherein we stand and rejoice In hope of the glory of God. If I stopped and said, every time we read something, I found myself doing that last week I went back and examined after every passage I said, that's beautiful. Well, I'm going to suffice it to say that every verse in Romans is beautiful. There is nothing Paul says here that is not filled with beauty in the glory of God, that it's not written for Abraham sake alone, okay?

The Bible did not record Abraham's journey, because he was a cool guy, and didn't record it, just so that his legacy would be preserved. It was recorded with the purpose. Okay, it tells us that what's recorded here is that it was imputed to him. Well, what does that mean? Well, what is recording what Paul has established through chapter three and chapter four, is that Abraham's righteousness was granted to him. He was not righteous of his flesh of his works of his own goodness, but it was imputed. He was counted as righteous, as Genesis 15, verse six would say, says that Abraham believed in the Lord, and it was accounted to him as righteousness accounted meaning on his account, he was steamed, righteous. So why is this written? Well, like I said, it's not because Abraham is just a great guy with a really exciting story, but it's written for the sake of us, to point to Christ. It is written, because in Romans three, verse 21, Paul establishes, he says, the righteousness of God without the laws manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets. It has written because his story reveals God's plan of redemption. That the works of the flesh will not justify us, but the faith given of God, Abraham story then points to Christ. And we see that in the promise made to Abraham, when he says, that through you will all families of the earth be blessed. The very Abrahamic covenant between God and Abraham was that Christ would come through him. And then all families of the world, not just those of Abraham's family, would receive blessing. And this is beautiful. We'll get into this in Romans nine, and Romans 10. And we've seen it already in Romans three, that righteousness is not just to the Jew, but also for the Gentile, right? God is the same God, the same justifier, the same Lord over all. And that was the very covenant made with Abraham, that all families may be blessed through him.

Paul continues, he says, If we believe on Him that raised Jesus, through whom our sins are justified. So the free gift of life then, Paul establishes again and he will continue to establish, comes through faith in Jesus. Now, why do you think that Paul has to say this, almost every other verse? Its because humans are stubborn. Because we want to keep going back to our works, we want to keep reverting. And so Paul has to keep stressing that salvation is a faith in Christ. So if it comes through faith in Jesus, we see that there is only one way to righteousness. Jesus, he talks in his ministry, he teaches that there are many key there are various, some wide paths into the gates of Hell, he says, but straight and narrow, is that gate that leads to eternal life. And what's cool about this idea of straight and narrow, is the the phrase straight and narrow actually has this idea that the closer you get to the gate, the narrower the path becomes. If we stand back and look, it gets smaller and smaller, because Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life no one will enter, but through him. But it's not just faith in him. It says, Believe on him that raised Jesus from the grave. We gotta to stress here, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a core tenant of Christian faith. In fact, without the resurrection, our faith would be vain and useless. But Paul will later write and he will tell us that the resurrection of Jesus is indeed the very assurance that we have been imputed righteousness. It's the very assurance that he defeated sin and that he defeated death. And without that assurance, we would have no faith.

It is a core belief because Jesus is either who He said He is, or he's not. Jesus is either God and the Messiah or he's not. And I recall that Jesus said, to the Pharisees, that if you would destroy this temple in three days, I will raise it again. So the resurrection is a core tendency of the Christian faith, and we must believe on Him who was raised and on him who did the reason. And then the Old Testament prophecies, they testify to the cross. Can we see an image of the cross in Genesis three, we see an image in Genesis five, it's really cool. For anyone who has not seen the prophecies in Genesis five to go and look at the names. We see the prophecy in Isaac, right when Abraham is sent with Isaac to offer him up. And we see that image. And we see that the Old Testament has pointed a Christ all along, and that if we will do that, if we believe that it says that he was delivered for us. Through him, Paul writes that Jesus came in the likeness of sin. [Bless you.] He had no sin. He knew no sin, but he came in the likeness of sin, to condemn sin in the flesh. The Righteous One was delivered for us, that our sins will be justified that is, that they will be forgiven, that God will look on us no longer with wrath, but through the blood of Jesus Christ. We have received redemption through him, and we have peace with God. Under the law, we are enemies of God. Okay, the law worketh wrath. Anyone who is not under grace, the grace of Christ, he is working for himself condemnation, he is working for himself, eternal judgment. And he is not a friend of Gods. No one who is attempting to merit their own salvation is a friend of God. But the very opposite, they are an enemy. And I love this concept of enemies, because we'll see God's love truly manifested in this concept of being his enemy. But under grace through Christ, we have peace with God, because no more do we receive condemnation and judgment and wrath, but we receive the gifts of God and the gift of eternal life. And so we have peace, we no longer have to struggle, but God will work in us and will indwell us. Rather than being enemies, we become the very children of God. John writes that in the very first chapter of John, he taught it right after verse right there in the dialogue, the opening dialogue, or the prologue there, he talks about Jesus coming into the earth, in the likeness of flesh, and that in Him, we see the likeness of God, and we see the glory of God and in Him, we have grace poured out upon us. But he says, And he gave to then that received him a talks about those who did not receive him, but to those who received him. He gave the ability to be called the sons of God, the children of God. We are no more enemies, but children, friends, loved ones of God.

Now Paul is going to talk here about tribulation for a moment. So we become friends of God, but we also have tribulation. Look at verses three through five he says, Not only so, but we glory, in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience, experience and experience, hope and hope make it not ashamed because the love of God has shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us. We see written in the epistles, we see it, prophesied of Christ, that we will not enter the kingdom of heaven, but through many tribulations. But look what Paul says here. We don't just glory in Jesus. The last verse said that we glory In Him, but here it tells us that we don't just glory in him but we glory and tribulation. Now the human, you know, the skeptic, even the rational would say, why would we rejoice for sorrow? Why would we rejoice in hardship?

Because it builds our faith. And I love the greatest example because Paul does not just talk the talk right? Here in Romans, we see that Paul, he writes to do this, but if you go to the book of Acts, you see Paul, acting out the very commands he has given us. When Paul and Silas are in prison, it tells us what they do at midnight. You know, they're shackled. They're in chains. They're in bonds, but they, they praise God, they glorify him through it. At midnight, they begin singing. He tells us here that we're not glory only in Christ, but we glory in tribulation, because tribulation worketh patience, or I hate that word. I hate that word. Because I'm not patient. I don't know the meaning or definition of patients in my life, because I like things right here right now on my time and when I demand it, right, but it worketh patients. Now patients here does not necessarily mean what we think it means. But it means long suffering, it means endurance. Tribulation, teaches us to wait on God to remain and abide in Him. Because we have no power to overcome the tribulations on our own. We have no power to come through it, but by the grace of God. And so what does this patience do? This patient give patients gives us experience, the more we abide in God, the more we wait on Him, the more we allow his strength to carry us the more experience we have. The more that we know that God is a promise keeper, the more that we know that when He said, I will not forsake you, that he will remain with us. And the more that we have this experience, the more hope we have. Right our faith strengthens, because we see God in action. And our hope our faith will not make us ashamed. Because in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation. So I love what Paul is telling us here he is telling us to glory and tribulation. Because when we go through tribulation, learning patience and gaining experience, our faith in God is strengthened. And when our faith in God is strengthened, we shall not be moved. We will be given more faith, he will grow it that was a tiny section.

What we really want to talk about here is the rest of this chapter. We're gonna break it up into two parts. I want to show you God's great love for humanity for his he let in verses six through 11. You ever want to know what true love looks like? Let's look into this passage it will show us for when we were yet without strength and due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die yet per adventure for a good man, some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us. In that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us much more than being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of a son much more being reconciled, shall we be saved by His life? And not only so but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we now have received the atonement. I said that I was going to just summarize in advance and say that every passage every verse in Romans is beautiful. But I want to say that again here because if you don't see the beauty in that, then you have probably not understood or received grace. This is beautiful. He says that, for a man will not die for an enemy right? He says scarcely when a man die for a righteous person. Maybe, maybe for a good one. People, we naturally We would never consider dying for our enemy. No, we fight them. Right? If I got an enemy, I'm going to fight him, I want to be victorious over him. Never would I consider a dying for my enemy given up my life for him, right? No, no, we don't, we don't care for enemies that way.

Naturally we should. Jesus tells us to love our enemies to pray for them, to do good to them, right. But that's not the natural man. The natural man wants to slay his enemy wants to be victorious. Rarely would one consider dying for just a good person, right? It is unlikely that somebody will just give up their life for a random stranger that they would just go and die in the place of somebody else. But we don't see kindness in the world very much at all, let alone that type of loving sacrifice. Perhaps you might die for a close friend for a relative or a family member, someone you dearly love you would, you would trade your life for there is in a heartbeat. But God shows us his love. And that he died while we were his enemy. Notice who God died for who Christ died for he did not die for his friends. He did not die for his closest relatives. He didn't go and die for all the righteous people out there. Now the Scriptures tell us there is none righteous, no, not one. God died for his enemy. He died for the very people that he should slay. Now he should condemn. Now he should pour out His wrath upon. He did not tell us, Matt, I want you to go and I want you to become perfect. And rid yourself of every sin. And then complete 1000 good deeds for each sin that you've done before. I will give my love to you. But he said, Matt, I died that I could give my love to you. But I could overcome the sin for you and in you. That we are powerless of our own strength and will to overcome sin. And I know every each and every day when I choose to not sin and in a given circumstance when that opportunity arises that is Christ in me. That allows me to not sin. Because I know how evil and wicked My heart is that it would want to sin that it wants me to do those evil deeds. So God shows us love because he did what no man would do. And he died from his enemy. He poured His love out so that we could no longer be enemies. And Paul establishes here he says if God died for us as enemies so much more shall we be saved through Christ. God's death will not be in vain. He didn't go and get no to a tree just to hang there and be gazed upon so that he can come off and we can still perish. He says if he died for us enemies so much more, we will be saved because he died for his enemies, he will give us everlasting wife. I love John 3:16. Okay, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life. Okay, God died that you will no longer be called an enemy of God, but you would have peace, that you would be a friend of Gods that you'd be a child of Gods. And so we see, manifested the love of God, we see manifested the greatest love that the world has ever known. And we see the example laid forth that Jesus wants us to do when he says Love your enemies. When he says, Pray for them, do good to them. And we joy through Christ if we dry through tribulation, so much more shall we joy through Christ, so much more shall we joy in that he saves us and that he redeems us, and that we have peace with God should we joy in every bit of righteousness He imputes to us. So we glory and His Holiness and worship Him for that Jesus is holy, and we are not. We show joy in Him and glorify Him.

But by one man, really two right, but I've titled this message by one man today and so we're going to get to the heart of the message here. By one man, sin entered, but by one man, life has been achieved. Let's read verses 12 through 21 together. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sin, for until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless, death rain from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come, but not as the offense so also as the free gift, for through the offense of one many, may be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace which is by one man Jesus Christ, have to bounded unto many. For if by one man's offense, skipped, a verse, and not as it was by one, the one that sin, so is the gift for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification. For if by one man's offense, death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace, and that the gift of righteousness shall reign and live by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men into justification of life. For us, by one man's disobedience many were made sinners. So by the obedience of one, so many be made righteous, moreover, the law entered, that the offense might have bound but we're seeing a bounded grace to much more abound. But as sin hath reign unto death, even so might Grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life, by Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Now, my job today is to actually preach through that and what it means. But I feel like as I read that, that in and of itself was the sermon right there. Paul wrote the sermon for us. Thank you, Paul, or God, Holy Spirit that wrote that through Paul. It's so clear by one man, right, by one man sin entered the world, but by one man sin can be taken as well. I love this comparison that Adam is a type to come. Adam is a prototype of the man who will come. But he's the exact opposite and reverse as well, or that same man to come for about one man sin into the world. Notice here that in the Bible, it's Adam's transgression. Now by one man who was blamed for the fall, Adam or Eve Eve technically ate the fruit first, right? But it's Adam, who receives the blame. Why? Because for Eve there was no transgression. He was not commanded of the Lord to not eat the fruit. And Adam did not properly teacher as he should have or she would not have eaten it. But Adam is the one who transgress the law. Adam on is the one commandment of God to not eat this particular fruit. I'm going to call it an apple only because I don't like Macintosh. And they have an apple with one bite out of it proven it was the apple which brought the Fallen men one by and all crashed. Okay, bad jokes aside. It was by Adam who transgressed the law that brought forth corruption into all creation. You know, until Adam's fall. There were no thorns for those of you who love roses, I'm sorry. There were no thorn bushes. There were not thistles. There was no disease, no cancer, no diabetes, no death. But creation was perfect. But when he sinned, it says by one man sin entered into the world, all of creation became corrupt. He brought into the world sin, and it says that Death had reigned. For all have sinned, and this is interesting, and this plays into what I was saying before, for until the law sin was in the world but similar is not imputed where there is no law.

The laws purpose is to expose sin unto us. Right, the loss purpose is not that we would sin it's not so that it's not so that we have a rule to break as much as it is to show us that what we do is sinful unto God. So until the law, well, we could say, well murder you look at Cain, right? Well, murder was still sin. Look at look at Gomorrah, Sodom and Gomorrah, right? They were wiped out over their sin, but there was no specific law by which their sin was imputed. Nevertheless, without a transgression, death did rain because they still sinned from Adam to Moses. And that says, although they sinned not after the similitude of Adam's transgression, what does that mean? Notice there's a difference between sin and transgression. And the Hebrew makes that distinction clear. The Greek which which, this book was written and I don't know too much about. But the idea of transgression in the Old Testament in the Hebrew, is that in order to transgress, you have to violate a law and agreement, a pact a covenant, you have to violate. Well, Adam had violated what was between him and God, uh, he could he have all the fruit of the garden, But the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, that's a lot of of's and the's, he could not eat. So all others who sinned up until the law had sin, but not in transgression. of Adam, who was the figure of him that was to come by one man, this is how Adam is a figure of the one to come referring to Christ, For by one man did all this corruption enter into the world, but by one man, it would be reversed. It says here, that but not as the offense, so also as the free gift, for through the offense of one many may be dead, much more the grace of God in the gift by grace which is by one man Jesus Christ hath many a bounded, have a bounded to many cannot as the offense the offense brought condemnation, it brought damnation in the wrath of God to all men. But not as that did but but through the means of one man, the gift of eternal life and justification and to the world. Which reverses the work that reverses the curse that reverses the condemnation, and the wrath and the judgment. But further, let's break this down one one step more, not as it was, by the one that sinned. Adam's transgression brought to all men, whether they accept it or not, sin, disease and death. Thank you, Grandpa, Adam, I don't have a choice in that matter. I was born into it now. Right. But unlike the offense, that Adam his transgression, the offense that brought death in that reign, the abundance and and the grace and the gift of God does not immediately affect all people but only affects those who receive it through Christ Jesus.

It's limited in its scope. Right? His Atonement is only available to those who receive it, who accept it who believe on him. Well, Adams gift to the world was made freely available to all people regardless. Therefore, by the offensive one judgment came upon all men to condemnation. But so by the righteousness of the of one the righteousness of Christ of God, the free gift may come upon all men into justification of life. Paul will say this a second time in the the very next verse, he says, in a different way. And you'll notice Paul speaks sometimes in circular language, he says, By one mans disobedience, we're many made sinners. By the disobedience of Adam, I have become a sinner. I have become corrupt, and through that corruption have made the choice on many occasions to transgress against God, but by the obedience of Christ, the obedience of one the ability of Christ to fulfill the law on my behalf may Grace a bound. Okay, may I be made righteous, and not that I am righteous, but I am accounted as righteous. Moreover, the law entered here that the offense might abound, law enter that we could be condemned. That sin could be imputed, because we were already sinners, we were already sinful, but the law enter that we might be charged with the sin, that the transgressions would abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. I am telling you tonight if you hear this how much that grace will abound. Okay, where sin abounded, grace did much more abound, no matter how deep in that ocean of sin and darkness, he may be, in fact, the deeper you are, the greater your experience being brought out, the deeper you are much more will you see the love of God. Because the extent of our sins, and let me tell you, whether you're you're redeemed or not, the extent the depth of your sin is probably much deeper than you know. And when we realize the extent and depth of our sin, then we see much more the depth of God's grace and His love for us that he would die, that he would put Jesus on the cross. And that he would make an enemy, his child. Much more do we see that now, seeing so much more that I am a sinner of sinners, I see so much more the love of God, so much more day by day as he reveals to me the nature of my heart. And I realized just how vile and wicked that I am so much more do we see His love and His grace. Jesus told us he said he didn't come for the righteous, He didn't come to heal the healthy. But he came for the sick, he came for the broken from the needy. He came for us.

Are you the elect of God? Do you know God? Do you feel God calling to you? Because only through Jesus can we receive the grace that sets us free, That gives us the gift of eternal life. If you are trying to work your way there right now. Okay. We talked about this last week. You're up there against the gates of heaven and you are pushing and you are a heven and he will never budge that gate. But that little grain of faith will open effortlessly. Do you feel God calling? Are you His elect?

We're told that if we would believe you know we see this every week right now in Romans. But if we were believe if we would have faith if we were trust in Him, that you will be saved. And Paul tells us that if you will believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead if you would confess with your mouth, that he is the Lord God Almighty that He is God over your life. He says that all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. So are you ready? Are you in that ocean right now, that deep dark ocean, feeling the weight of that sin? Because Jesus will pull you out of it right now. However deep your sin is His grace is deeper. And that begins with the knowledge and just that right there that you are a sinner that you are deep in this ocean that that we're so deep in it that we can't swim out. Right the pressure overcomes us. We can't move our arms. We can't kick our feet To move to the top and we need to be pulled out with believing that Jesus is God in the flesh, that He is God manifest God among us. That he did live perfectly he did die free, and trust and wholeheartedly that right that right there is enough that that is the only thing that can us and you're helpless otherwise. And confessing Him believing him. Let Him fill your heart, if you're ready to do that we're gonna pray right now. And we're going to confess, we're going to ask him into our heart, we're going to believe. And if you even think that you believe but you're not sure, just ask God for that belief. Ask him to grant it to you. Well, we know no man may go to the Father but through Jesus, we know no man goes through Jesus unless God brings him and gives him that knowledge. Let's pray.

Father, I come broken and I come. I come drowning literally drowning in an ocean that is too deep, the pressure is too great to swim out of, and I come no one nor that my works do condemn me that your law is there to charge me. And that there is no way I can escape, but through you. But Lord, I know what your word says is true. I know it. I know that, that Jesus is God in the flesh, and that he lived perfectly, and he died for me. And I know that he was brought up the third day. I believe. And I want that redemption and I want that. I want that gift of yours. I want to wholeheartedly experience your grace and be saved. And I'm tired of being your enemy. I don't want to be your enemy no more. But I want to be your child and your friend and to serve you. So I asked you for this, that you will redeem me and fill my heart right now. And we thank you for that and praise You.

And Lord, I pray for all of those who are hearing this. I pray for all of those who never hear this I will never personally meet or that I will never get to share with. But I pray Lord that they are seeking and I pray that you will give them your knowledge of grace. And Lord, I pray that you will be glorified as the abundance of Your grace flows into the hearts of many. And the Kingdom of Heaven fills up with those who are singing praise to your name. In Jesus name we pray, amen. Amen.