The following are sermon notes from Romans Soli Deo Gloria. This is a study of the book of Romans. To read more about this series, including the introduction, download the study guide, resources and listen to audio content click here
Do you lie your dad? Like anyone who has a present, average father, we’ve been positively influenced by our dads and negatively influenced by our dads. In the Bible we are told that apart from our fathers who gave us our last name, we all have the same dad and his name is Adam. Disappointingly, your first dad is a less than stellar example. Moreover, you are more likely to emulate him than any other person you know.
Our message is not one of hopelessness, however.
Everyone Needs Hope
If the Bible simply told us that our first dad’s name is Adam and that his sin lead to the fall of human-kind and that we are doomed to be just like him, we would have no hope. Thankfully, it doesn’t stop there.
Everyone on the planet is in need of hope. Often, hope is the fuel on which we live. Without it, there is no motivation for life.
- The hopeful need security in their hope.
- The hopeless need to find hope.
The Bible is the most hopeful book ever. There is no hope in anything, except what is found in the Scriptures. Romans 5:12-21 speaks of this great hope.
In Adam There is No Hope
”Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man (Adam), and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Here Paul is explaining something theologians call the doctrine of Federal Headship and the doctrine of Original Sin. What this means is that when Adam sinned, we all are implicated in that sin. He was the head, the first and therefore the representation of all mankind. Through his one sin, we all sinned and the consequence of sin spread from him to everyone that will ever live since apart from Christ Jesus.
So you are guilty. You were counted as guilty and sinful before you could even speak. In addition, all you could do was to continue in this sinful state. In Adam, there is no hope. Humanity offers no hope, self development offers no hope, positive thinking offers no hope, because they are all inventions of man derived from Adam. The only hope you have is in the death of the Second Adam who is Jesus.
Christ is Our Only Hope
Romans 5:15-18 explains this truth best. Here we see Paul offer the greatest hope of all, hope in our Lord.
“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:18-19).
Now before you think Paul is a universalist when he says “life for all men”, take a look at what he continues to say “many will be made righteous”. Not everyone will be saved, but everyone is able to come to Jesus and place their hope on His death and not their own actions. Christ is the Second Adam, who did what he could not do, died the death he should have died and secured what he could not secure. Our salvation from Satan, sin, death and the wrath of God.
- Life is greater than death
- Grace is greater than trespass
- Righteousness is greater than unrighteousness
- Obedience is greater than obedience.
We worship and praise Jesus for His obedience which won us our salvation!
- What does hope apart from Christ provide?
- Have you ever had that which you hope on betray you or leave you empty?
- Do you need to recenter your hope of Christ?
- Do you need to place your hope on Christ for the first time?
- Do you need to share the hope you currently have in Jesus with someone else?
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