Today we continue our study through Romans and in today’s service we will be looking at Romans chapter 4. But now let me pause for a minute while I write these lines to you and share with you something that I think is extremely important that we understand clearly. I believe it is transcendental that we really grasp the main theme of the entire book of Romans, which is, the Gospel and the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, a gift that we receive by faith alone (something that Martin Luther called Sola Fide).
Throughout Romans, the apostle Paul brought forth the revelation of one of the pivotal verses of the entire Old Testament, nothing more or nothing less than Habakkuk 2:4 that says: “The just shall live by faith.” The revelation that Paul received about this text impacted his theology and the development of three key books for the correct understanding of Christian faith such as Romans, Galatians and Hebrews. In these books, and especially in Romans, we can clearly see the three levels of God's plan of redemption in Christ Jesus:
- “The just” (Ro. 1:17) – Positional aspect
- “Shall live” (Gal. 3:11) – Practical aspect
- “By faith” (Heb. 10:38) – Personal aspect
In this way we can clearly understand that our justification does not depend on what we can do but on where we can stand. As Paul writes to the Ephesians, our redemption is in Christ. Today we can be sure that we are in Christ, and that He is our position before God. Now a couple of questions for you to meditate on: Where am I standing? What is my position in life right now?
Pastor Roger Yenkins
* Extracted from our September 17th, 2017 Sunday Worship Bulletin.