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April 2, 2021 8:00 am
Who is the true hero in the book of Romans. Listen to Adrian Rogers every good book as a hero after he wrote this book is the Lord Jesus Christ will know and love the Lord Jesus Christ you're not going to understand the book of Romans, until God turns light on in your soul. It is a book about the Lord Jesus cries. That's what Christianity is Christianity is Christ, LLC what Paul says about welcome to Leavenworth finding insightful messages from pastor teacher and author Adrian Rogers. No book is ever influenced or impacted the world like the book of Romans.
Some of the fathers of our faith and greatest minds have called the Constitution of Christianity.
In part one of this message. Pastor Rogers spoke about the table of contents in the author.
The apostle Paul and his we just heard the hero of the book of Romans is Jesus.
If you have your Bible turn to Romans chapter 1 as we learn more about the book that changed the world again. Here's Adrian Rogers books have power book has the power that you have open in your hand right now has power for good for God and power that has changed the world radically dramatically and eternally, and a book that will go on through the ages. It is the book of Romans. It is been called the Constitution Christianity. Let me tell you the power of this book will book a masterpiece is the book of Romans.
Now we going to look at the book of Romans, and we're going to think about it as the book that changed the world for indeed it did go is the author of this book. What we know. Ultimately the Holy Spirit is the author because the human author. Well let's begin chapter 1 verse one Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.
I don't miss this no miss this. He says here separated unto the gospel of God that is very important. The keyword there is not separated. The keyword in my estimation is on to the gospel of God, not Paul it already been separated. He was a Pharisee of the Pharisees, you talk about people who lived quote separated life that is all of the outward signs of the fleshy airport.
He walk the straight and narrow. Their main piracy implies separation. They were so careful that they pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin.
That is when they were paying ties they had a lament plant.
They count all 10 leaves take one of them the time to give it to God.
1/10 of every sprig of mint.
For example, the pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin.
The Lord said to these Pharisees was already separated from sin, you say that's all the separation you have yours to make you a proud and bitter haughty Pharisee like the apostle Paul was when he was persecuting the church before he met the Lord Jesus and before he found the grace of God's nature abhors a vacuum.
And so if you get these things out of your life but you don't get Jesus Christ in your life if you are separated from, but not separated unto God nothing but an old Pharisee. That's what you're going to become and you need to ask yourself is there little piracy in me. Ask yourself that question because you see will be separated on to the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now what some people have a separation as I don't smoke and I don't. You and I don't know the girls okay, maybe that is a fence post. Have you got normal religion benefits quote I will tell you listen carefully giving up things will not make you one scintilla of an older, more like Jesus Christ. Make your piracy will make you like Jesus Christ, you got to be separated on to the gospel of Jesus Christ and of course when you're separated unto your separated from. But how do you get separated from by being separated unto, but you don't get on to by being separated from I can say that again was from malice. It is absolutely true. The word separated here separated is the word we get our word horizon from its Greek word that we get our English word horizon from. And so, and anise is compound word literally means separated all from unto all horizon will let me.
Well, as if I can explain no other horizon is if you go up to a tall building somewhere and look around 360° you see as far as you can see that's what the horizon. That's where they're just tales all and that's that's your world now you know how to change your horizon. Change location is a change location every time you change your location you change your horizon. So what determines your horizon is your center.
What determines your horizon is your center so when Jesus Christ is your center, then that horizon is your world is his life as the boundary of your life here separated unto him little boy. Maybe not dating some girls looking for my girlfriend he's dating Susie and Melody and he's dating and is dating Damian. Then one day he meets Jane and she becomes the center of his life sees the southern's always all-girls.
I just cannot amounts that abounds a bear. All the horizon for him because his horizon is now surprises dating life is love life. He hasn't found a new center frame. When you find the Lord Jesus Christ. You will find a new center and man and is not unitedly talk about what you gave up for Jesus. That's foolish herein. Is that what you have in the Lord Jesus Christ is the author of this book is name is Paul.
And because of the name Paul. We know you saying we know that this man is separated, we know that he has been surrendered we know is been sent. He's just the author of the book. Thank God for the apostle Paul. I believe the greatest Christian who ever lived one day in heaven, I will sit down let Paul teach me Romans it be wonderful if we want one at the right five. Now here's 1/3 time we talked about the author of the book to change the world malice.
Let's talk about the hero of the book every good book has a hero and the hero of this book is the Lord Jesus Christ. We can find out what this book is about by reading verses one through four.
Paul watch it, a servant of Jesus Christ called me an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God which you promised afore by his prophets in the holy Scriptures concerning his son, Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh and declared to be the son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead right up at the beginning of the book, he moves it to the front binary system outside the guy who's writing the let me tell you I'm writing about. It is concerning God's son, the Lord Jesus Christ you don't know and love the Lord Jesus Christ you're not going to understand the book of Romans, until God turns the light on in your soul is a book about the Lord Jesus cries. That's what Christianity is Christianity is Christ LSA what Paul says about Christ Jesus for all he's the promised one BC that which he promised afore by his prophets in the holy Scriptures verse two: start a new religion what were talking about was before the foundation of the world.
And Paul is just telling us in the book of Romans. What he learned in the holy Scriptures in the Old Testament. The Old Testament is about Jesus.
I wish our Jewish friends knew that the Old Testament is about to Lord Jesus all was a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin. He was a pedigree, but one day God turned the light on in the soul and the Scriptures burst of flame after Paul met the Lord on the on the Damascus Road. He went out into the desert out into Arabian the he spent a couple years out there studying one wise man said he put in his knapsack. The writings of Moses, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. He put in his knapsack, the words of the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, all of these he put in his knapsack of the Psalms, and he came out of the wilderness with Galatians and Ephesians and Romans in his heart name is mine. Where did you learn what he learned from the Old Testament. He said this is what God has promised Jesus told those people to stay said search the Scripture hires these are they which testify of me.
The Old Testament is not about the Jewish nation is about Jesus the Messiah of the Jews testimony about Jesus all the Bible is about Jesus and he is the promised one, and one of the ways precious friend that we can know the authenticity of the Bible are the authenticity of Jesus is fulfilled prophecy. Jesus authenticates the Bible and the Bible authenticates Jesus. He is the promised one. But not only is he the promised one.
He is the provided one. He says there he comes, he promised he is of the seed of David, do you see that there he's of the seed of David, the Messiah was of the house and lineage of David.
He is the royal heir to Israel's throne is Israel's Messiah. According to the flesh, it says that is in his humanity case of the seed of David within the next verse says in verse four.
He is declared to be the son of God with power by the resurrection from the so you see both his humanity and his deity at the same time is of the seed of David according to the flash, but he's the son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead. Now listen, here's the provided one God provided a Messiah, Jesus was not a divine man.
He was a human God.
He was the God man perfect humanity and perfect deity as much a heresy to deny his humanity as it is to deny his deity of the flesh is the seed of David shall but declared to be the son of God with power. He is the provided one that watch Jesus Christ, the promised one, Jesus Christ. The provided one, Jesus Christ, the powerful one, looking merciful, declared to be the son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, you know it was not just another wild eyed fanatic is not just another religious teacher something to root out to you how we know he walked out of that to what you say well how we know we did that. Good question. He showed himself alive by many infallible proofs, and people with good minds far better than mine or yours.
It said that there is an inescapable evidence that Jesus Christ came out of that great more evidence than the Julius Caesar ever live have to say that Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead is to fly in the face of sheer reason apart from revelation.
Yes, he showed himself alive by many and tolerable prose is declared to be the son of God with power by the resurrection of the dead. We serve a mighty Savior. He has conquered death, hell sent him the grave and that's what the book of Romans is about the row came out like gray. He, Jesus, the promised one Jesus, the provided one.
He, Jesus, the powerful one and he the pure one. The Bible says this in verse four that he did this by the spirit of holiness never met a man like the Lord Jesus how holy how to send this is the Lord Jesus Christ. John Philip severe member of the church wrote some words that deeply stirred me. I want to share them with you. He's talking about our Savior.
He said his life was perfectly holy.
He never looked with lust. He never uttered a hasty, unkind, untrue or frivolous word. He never entertained and impure thought he was never accused by conscience never inflamed by wrongful passion never out of step with the will of God's time was never wasted his talents and never debased for selfish ends. His influence never bad. His judgment never wrong. He never had to apologize for anything that he did or retract a single word he said he was never too late or too soon, never upset, never insipid, shallow are afraid.
He lived on earth approximately 12,000 days and every one of them was a marvel of holiness he was wholly harmless on the file separate from sinners. Hebrews 726 from the summit of the Mount of Transfiguration. He could've stepped straight into glory. He had absolute victory from the moment he first drew breath and that Bethlehem barn until the moment he closed his eyes, and death on the cross of Calvary, he was declared to be the son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness, don't you love that he's the pure one you're looking for hero. Let me suggest mine to you if you don't have one. His name is Jesus. Hello Savior, the author of the book, Paul the hero the book Jesus. The theme of the book the gospel notice had begins again. Verse one Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ called me an apostle, separated and want the gospel of God in library tells us the source of the gospel. Paul didn't think it up. He said I didn't receive it from man, neither was I taught it by man. It is the gospel of God, so don't tamper with it. Don't perverted Paul said to the Galatians, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that which I present you, let him be accursed and and Phillips translates at letting the dam why because a false gospel will lead to synthetic salvation that will lead to a very real well how Paul did not equivocate with the gospel. Paul is not trying to be politically correct. He just say it is the gospel of God is that of an angel comes and preaches any other gospel and to be accursed.
I preach any other gospel unto you than that which I preached.
Let know I need to be accursed is the gospel of God, but the source of the gospel is God, the subject of the gospel is Jesus look at you in verse three concerning his son Christ our Lord is not a gospel alludes to him is not a gospel that mentions him friend Jesus is the gospel.
His death, burial and resurrection of our sins. That is the gospel.
It is the gospel, the good news of Christ. The word gospel means good news and it is good news concerning the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now why we have churches that fill with Morrow whirling's of never been born again.
Mostly she pulls more like a zoo because people have met religion.
They met met Jesus. They met denominations they not met Jesus. They met programs I've not met Jesus. They met causes but they've not met Jesus. Christianity is not a creed, not a code, not a cause. It is Christ that I get in here is Jesus to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior not to know about him, but to know him, you can take Confucius out of Confucianism and still have Confucianism you can take good out of Buddhism and still have Buddhism you can take Mohammed out of this lemon still have this one, but you cannot take Jesus out of Christianity is still have.
Christianity is not just simply some truth that a man taught it is a vital relationship with him and take Jesus Christ out of Christianity like taking a water well the blue of the sky notes out of music and numbers out of mathematics I tell you, folks, Christianity is Christ, the source of the gospel is the gospel of God, the subject of the gospel, Jesus Christ, and the supply of the gospel.
Let me show you what that is. Verse five, by whom we have received grace and apostleship healing grace is grace is what makes God say people like we apart from works of any kind is because she absolute gift of God, the just shall live by faith, by faith I receive the gift of God by faith I receive the grace of God's you are saved by good work Gerard say my religiosity, my baptismal essay by church membership USA by giving you money was saved by the grace of God we are learn about that in the book of Romans.
What a wonderful, wonderful book.
This is a little boy came forward in the church service and wanted to be baptized, and they said will son tells how you got say he said well I did my part.
God did his well laid in like that. They said will tell us about your part.
He said I did the sinning and he did the saving. When that's it all in my hand. No price I bring, simply to thy cross I cling when I was a teenage boy in a revival meeting. They gave an invitation and I went forward they said well Adrian why did you come did you want to be say yes or be seated. Adrian my time person whose name I cannot remember sent by me and said not how you spell your name ADR i.e. in Rogers, is that right yes and you're coming accepting Christ as your Savior. Yes Ryan check that and so forth. Just at the Desoto plate on the day they said Adrian has come.
Those of you that rejoice that he's come. Did you lift your hand and say a man because they rejoiced at the terror in the neighborhood. I simply clad it is, I was sincere. I meant business with folks. I didn't have insurance you know why I've still not learned about grace and I wrote a spiritual roller coaster for couple beers, but I learned the truth is that I'm sharing with you today from the book of Romans. I learn about the grace of God and one night after I woke Joyce home I stopped on the corner of 38th St. in Calvin Ave., West Palm Beach, FL. I said God I don't know whether I am lost in the Holy Spirit has me on the convictional whether I'm saving the devils try to make it out if you have been gone. I will get a settle and I know now that I'm saved by the grace of God, and I look straight up into that Florida sky stars and I said dear God right now. My heart once and for all, now and forever.
I trust you to save if I am say this can take away but I'm going to mail down the state.
Now I trust you. I don't look for a sign.
I don't think I stand on your word.
I received the grace of God Brenda River P started to flow through my heart through my life is flowing this very minute is the river of grace that is the supply of the gospel will be learning about this marvelous matchless infinite grace. The author Paul the hero Jesus sent glorious gospel of the grace of God we don't have a good time together as we examine the foundations of our faith. I want to taste some good news the gospel is good news. You can be saved today forever if you will trust Christ and I want to help you to do that right now.
Want to help you to pray and I want you to pray right now right now to receive the gift of God, dear God, just pray sincerely in your heart. Dear God, I know that you love me. I know that you want to save me Jesus. I believe you are the son of God. I believe that God raised from the dead. I believe you paid for my sin with your blood on the cross and now by faith I receive the gift of salvation right now I don't look for sign unless were feeling. I stand on your word and my Lord and my Savior now sanction for saving me the Lord Jesus, I will make it public. I will not be ashamed of you because you died for me.
If you just give me the strength I will make this public. I will not be ashamed of you.
Thank you for saving me. I will follow you the rest of my life. I am your bondslave begin now to make me the person you want me to be in your name I pray, amen. If you prayed that prayer receiving Jesus as your Savior claiming him as Lord of your life. We want to celebrate with you where discovery Jesus page on the website. There you will find answers, you may need about your newfound faith.
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